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Why I Love Matcha

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Matcha Tea is a finely milled, powdered, Japanese green tea. When you drink other teas, you’re simply brewing the tea leaves and missing out on so much the tea has to offer.

 

With matcha, the leaves are stone ground. It’s made from the tender, young leaves at the top of the tea plant and is stone ground into a fine powder. This means you’re not straining out any of the leaves in the process of making the tea; and that you consume the entire leaf with every sip!

 

Tea Cuts Down Risks of Cardiovascular Diseases

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The last two blog posts have discussed the studies focusing on the health benefits of tea in the body. The findings from these ventures were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and for this blog post, we'll talk about how tea helps in cutting down risks of cardiovascular diseases.

black teaTea has long been believed to keep the heart healthy. In a recent study conducted by Dr. Claudio Ferri from the University of L'Aquila in Italy, it has been found that black tea helped trim down blood pressure in patients with hypertension.

There have been numerous studies backing up claims of the benefits of tea for health. And recently, additional research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) has further supported that tea could benefit our health. In this recent study, the researchers have focused on the effects of tea on weight loss, cancer and cardiovascular risk, bone strength and attention and focus.

tea and weight lossFor now, we'll discuss how tea could help with weight loss.

Homemade Tea Mouthwash

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tea mouthwashMouthwash is an important commodity that helps promote good oral care. Studies show that brushing alone only cleans around 25% of bacteria in the mouth. The remainig 75% feast to create infection and cause bad breath. The use of floss and mouthwash help clean nooks and crannies that plain brushing can't reach. Mouthwash helps flush debris, cleans throat, cheeks and gums that homes most of the disease-causing bacteria.

There are some issues, however; with most commercial mouthwashes. Yes the clean feeling is good, but the burning sensation and the aftertaste, and also the high alcohol content that dries out the mouth are concerns one could not just overlook. Fortunately, there is an alternative to commercial mouthwash that is just as effective - with tea.

Are you one of those people who've constantly been suffering mouth ulcers (canker sores)? Mouth ulcers are those white or sometimes yellow cuts that are found inside the mouth. These lesions often sit inside of the cheek, roof of the mouth, gums and on the tongue. Canker sores can occur sometimes in clusters and can take up to two weeks to heal if left unattended.

The root cause of canker sores are yet unknown, however; there is no denying that these small cuts cause extreme pain and discomfort. Fortunate enough for some, these mouth ulcers occur for only three to four times a year but for others who suffer complex canker sores, especially those who previously had them, mouth ulcers occur even more often.

Cure Boils With Tea

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For a while now, we have been discussing a lot about the beauty benefits of tea. So far, we could see that tea could help us in a number of ways, from head to skin - but mind you, we're not done yet.

But before we proceed on that particular topic, there are some noteworthy tips that you all should know.

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Tea Bath for a Beautiful, Refreshed Skin

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tea bath for beautiful skinHas your skin been through a lot that it now appears to always seek attention? It's because stress can create several effects on a person. It not only affects the mind and the body but also the skin. Most common signs of stressed skin are dryness, fine lines and redness. When at least one of these appears, do not wait any further for the condition to worsen. Pamper your skin with a natural tea bath and see it revived and refreshed.

Prevent Dandruff with Tea

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Another frustrating hair problem that most of us suffer from is dandruff. These itchy flakes are really disturbing and could oftentimes cause embarrassment. Most dandruff sufferers take utmost efforts to eliminate these flakes and prevent them from coming back. Sure, there are a number of anti-dandruff shampoos and creams available. But for those seeking alternative and safe treatments, why not try using chamomile tea or green tea?

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prevent baldness with green tea maskHair is every person's crowning glory. It is important to always keep it looking vibrant and well-nourished. Unfortunately, keeping it soft and manageable isn't always easy. Plus, there comes tangles and brittleness. But above all these hair problems, one of the most common issues affecting both men and women is thinning and falling hair, which could be very alarming especially when left unattended.

Benefits of Rooibos Tea

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We have started to discuss the benefits of rooibos tea's quercetin in the body. This time, we'll tackle another bioflavonoid content of rooibos that also offers the body a number of health benefits - rutin.

Rutin is found in various food sources - citrus, berries, buckwheat seeds and of course, rooibos tea. It has been known to deliver health benefits in the body particularly in the protection of blood vessels.

In an experimental study published in the PubMed section of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, it has been found that rutin is capable of inhibiting platelet activating factors, thus helping in blood circulation.

Added Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea

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Rooibos tea may not seem to be as famous as green and black tea in the Western world but it is a very important commodity in South Africa where it naturally grows. Rooibos tea has shown a lot of health beneficial potentials and has become the subject of studies recently.

Japan, one of the top importers of rooibos tea (both conventional and organic), patronizes it for its anti-aging benefits. Their researchers also recognize rooibos tea for its anticancer and antimutagenic (ability to reduce rate of mutation) properties.

green tea helps protect skin from sun damageMost people worldwide patronize tea for its health benefits. To add up to the long list, a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition has found that green tea catechins could help protect the human skin from UV damage.

The research involved sixteen health human subjects, who orally took 540mg of green tea catechins (low-dose GTC) which is equivalent to around 2 cups of green tea; along with 50mg of Vitamin C daily for 12 weeks.

green tea and red wine against Alzheimer's diseaseA new breakthrough in the study of Alzheimer's disease has been discovered by a research from the University of Leeds in UK. The EGCG components of green tea and the resveratrol from red wine could possibly disrupt a stage in the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Coffee Leaf Tea - A Unique Brew

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Coffee leaf teaBoth tea and coffee have been the world's second most favorite drink after to water. Most tea and coffee enthusiasts can hardly choose which among these two drinks is better, but now to perhaps settle this dilemma, a coffee leaf tea has been discovered.

The researchers of this so-called "coffee leaf tea" - the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London and the Joint Research Unit for Crop Diversity, Adaptation and Development in Montpellier made a rare tea out of coffee leaves and claims that this is healthier than both drinks.

Does Tea Really Cause Kidney Stones?

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tea and kidney stoneWith a wide number of health benefits and soothing effects, it's not a surprise that the world continues to enjoy tea from generations to generations. But as years go by, people began to speculate several health disadvantages that could potentially be associated by drinking tea. And one of these disadvantages is that it might cause kidney stones.

What is a kidney stone?

Is Aluminum in Tea Harmful?

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You might have heard of another supposed drawback of tea - that it causes aluminum toxicity. Like the issue on fluoride absorption, some people think that tea could be harmful to health as it absorbs in it quantities of aluminum. We already have discussed the matter with fluoride in the previous post, and will explain further why you shouldn't fret a lot on this aluminum issue- especially if you're a tea drinker.

fluoride in teaWith tea providing us a huge number of diverse health benefits, there are still those who remain skeptical as to how healthy tea is for their bodies. And given the widespread rumors as to the so-called drawbacks of tea, I find it important to tackle some of them and somehow show that tea is nothing less than a healthy drink.

We've already discussed the iron absorption effects of tea on food and drinks. Now we'll have to tackle the amount of fluoride in tea, which, some people thought to be alarming.

What is fluoride?

tea and iron deficiencyIt has been told that drinking tea may have iron-inhibiting effects in the body. And because of that, some people have been avoiding tea. But little do we know that the iron absorption effects of tea are minimal, because it only affects nonheme iron, and it's not necessary to stop consumption in the fear of being iron deficient.

Drinking Rooibos Tea Helps Fight Type 2 Diabetes

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fight type 2 diabetes with rooibos teaSo it's not just green tea and black tea that has the potential to fight diabetes. There's also the rooibos tea, a native from South Africa. But in fact almost all types of tea have this effect on diabetes management so there's no wonder why tea has always been a part of the diabetic diet.

Does Green Tea Lower Blood Sugar? Answers Revealed

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Drinking green tea lowers blood sugar spikesGreen tea has long been used as a medication since the early discovery of tea. It has also been widely utilized in traditional medicine to control blood sugar levels. With this assumption, people, especially diabetes patients, have made green tea a part of their diet in the hopes to lower blood spikes and to improve insulin levels.

With regards this claim, a few medical studies have shown that green tea supplementation might reduce blood sugar levels in people with borderline diabetes.

Reduce the Risk of Diabetes with Black Tea

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Black tea against diabetesLatest research studies discovered that black tea benefits the body by potentially cutting down risks of type 2 diabetes and promote significantly lower levels of metabolic syndromes.

It has been known since the early past that drinking tea could give astounding health benefits to the body. And now, statistically analyzed data showed direct relation of type 2 diabetes with drinking black tea.

Beauty Benefits of White Tea

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White Tea BenefitsWhite tea may not be as popular as green tea and some other tea flavors but it certainly has inherited most, if not all of the tea health benefits every enthusiast enjoy. Most people might have not known that there's this magic-like benefit one could get by drinking every cup - that it helps keep one feeling young and youthful, plus the bonus of fighting off inflammatory and chronic diseases.

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Improve Your Memory with Green Tea

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Drinking green tea improves memoryIt has been hypothesized that one of the prime health benefits of green tea is its ability to boost brain function and memory. And just recently, Chinese medical researchers have discovered how this works - by conducting a study focusing on green tea ECGC (epigallocatechin-3 gallate).

The Anti-aging Drink - Rooibos Tea

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rooibos tea the anti-aging teaTea has been known worldwide for being a pure goodness in a cup. But did you know that there's this certain tea that helps keep you look and feel young? Rooibos tea (rooibos red tea), is a native in South Africa and known for its strong anti-aging properties, and is patronized by both men and women to keep their skin look young, youthful and vibrant.

Enjoying Health in Chamomile Tea

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chamomile tea benefitsIt is amazing how the propagation of tea has progressed overtime. From a simple drink, tea has leveraged into becoming a popular health drink known to cure and aid several illnesses and health discomforts. Among the herbs now popularly used as tea is chamomile, a flowering plant from the daisy family.

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Pu-erh Tea - The Healthy Chinese Tea

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pu-erh teaSince the early times, tea has become one of the most exquisite and relaxing drink patronized by people from all throughout the world. Not only is it loved by its calming, soothing and tasty properties, but also because of all the tea health benefits made known to us. Since its propagation, several tea collections and flavors have been developed and among them are green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea. But have you ever heard of pu-erh tea? If not, this short article will give you an overview of its history and its benefits.


coffee and tea benefitsI am particularly keen on topics regarding coffee and tea. I am a fan of both, but my curiosity led me to do my own research. In the end, it actually helped me come up with a comprehensive generalization and of course a more favored drink. If you are as curious as I am, or just want to learn bits of information, please read on.



coffee bean and tea leafWe have already begun comparing coffee vs tea on our first short article. Now we will discuss more of the overall feel, the drinking experience and the compostition that makes coffee and tea distinct from each other.

Valerian and Chai Tea- A brew against insomia

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tea and insomniaNothing is more rewarding than having a sound rest after a long, tiresome day. But unfortunately, not all people seem lucky enough to enjoy that peaceful rest. Sleeping disorders such as insomia could definitely take its toll on worn out bodies and exhausted minds. This condition, arising from a number of possible causes, including anxiety, stress, depression and other psychological factors, has affected a majority of people, summing up to about 30-50% of the US population.

green teaHere's some great news for you Green Tea fans out there: a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that an unlikely combination of green tea and gold may help to treat prostate cancer. University of Missouri reseachers found through tests on mice that combining a compound found in green tea leaves with nanoparticles of gold led to the destruction of cancer cells. The particles are tiny enough to destroy the cancer cells while leaving surrounding tissue intact. This new treatment, if applied to humans, would require doses far lower than chemotherapy, according to the researchers.

Interview with a Tea Teacher

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Ms. Cymantia Tomlinson recently taught a course called "A Tea Experience, Jamaican Style". Students who took this course learned about the healing properties of various bush teas and created their own signature blends using exotic spices and organic ingredients. They were also able to sample delectable Jamaican desserts as part of the experience.

I was not able to attend, but Ms. Tomlinson was kind enough to let me interview her and share her passion for tea with all of you. Enjoy our conversation!

Jamaican style tea cup - Ms. Cymantia TomlinsonQ. You recently conducted a course called "A Tea Experience, Jamaican Style". What made you want to teach this course?

Ginger Tea: A Spicy and Healthy Remedy

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The smell of ginger tea has defined my college career. Living and socializing mainly with international students from China in my time as a college student, I've gotten used to the sharp smell and spicy taste of the tea that really isn't strictly a tea. While this drink obviously isn't like more traditional teas in that it's made from a root rather than tea leaves, I feel it's a must try for anyone who enjoys tea. According to Chinese folklore, the tea is good for coughing and colds, as it has a "warm" property. In China, the tea is usually made by boiling peeled ginger root and can have brown sugar added to it according to preference.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

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Over a half million people die every year from heart disease. Although heart disease in some cases can be cured, the key to avoiding heart disease is prevention.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are five key steps to preventing heart disease:

1) Do not use tobacco of any kind (luckily, smoking is no longer considered cool)

2) Try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day (a walk is one of those things that's only tough to get started, but you love it once your up and moving)

Top 5 health benefits of Rooibos

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Rooibos, or Red Bush in Aficans, is rapidly growing in popularity throughout the world due to it's great taste and the amazing health benefits. The source of Rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) is a native of the Western Cape of South Africa. The needles of this shrub turn red when when fermented, and the brewed needles were first drank by the native Khoi people of the Cape.

The Khoi's magic cup of tea is no longer a secret. There is currently a boom in the popularity of Rooibos that is spreading around the world. This naturally caffeine-free cup is most popular in Germany, the UK, the US and Japan with more than 15,000 tons of Rooibos leaves brewed each year.

Natural Beauty Tips with Tea

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Are you looking for some natural beauty tips? I've been an educator for a cosmetics company for the last few years, so I'm always interested in what's on the ingredient panel. We carry a number of products that contain red, black, green, and white teas. Tea is always a great addition to cosmetics-they contain tannins that naturally tighten pores and antioxidants that protect the skin from aging.

While using tea as part of one's beauty regime goes back millennia, I've done some research for you and found some inexpensive, modern ways to keep you Beau-TEA-ful from head to toe. Here are some natural beauty tips using tea:

Going Green (and Pink)

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I'm not proud to admit it, but though I consider myself a tea lover, I've never been a fan of green tea. I'd love to get a dose of green tea's healthy antioxidants, like the EGCG I profiled in a previous post, which can fend off cancer and Alzheimer's. I like green vegetables, green lights, and the green movement to save our beautiful planet - and yet, somehow, green tea left me cold.
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What is EGCG?

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You probably think you've never heard of epigallocatechin gallate, but you have heard everyone from your hairdresser to your favorite celebs to the experts at the Mayo Clinic raving about the practically-magical EGCG. What is it, what will it do for you, and where can you get some?EGCG in Tea

Do you take sugar?

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While sipping tea recently with a friend, I was impressed by her sugar dispenser, a little glass bauble which puts out exactly one teaspoon of sugar each time you invert it. I sheepishly admitted that I don't get out much, and I might even have uttered the word "newfangled." Then she told me the piece was actually old. Oops.

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Make Your Own Green Tea Facial Mask

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green tea face mask When it comes to relaxation, there is only one thing better than settling down with a hot cup of green tea to calm th nerves... making yourself a green tea facial to relax and rejuvenate your skin.

Green tea is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce stress lines and wrinkles on the face, making skin more taught and youthful looking. If this isn't enough to convince you to slather some green tea on your face immediately, green tea facials have also been proven to help reduce the risk of sun cancer in animal tests! Are you slicing the cucumbers for your eyes yet?

Peace Tea

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When it comes to your health, what's in your cup is a very important topic. The beverages that we take in on a day to day basis really add up and can take from or add to your life in a big way. If you're drinking 60g of sugar sodas, even if it's one a day, you'd better have a pretty good workout schedule or be blessed with a super high metabolism to keep that off your belt line. If you're having more than one soda per day, you are raising your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

On the other hand, enjoying a cup or more of tea a day can extend your life by helping eliminate cancer causing free radicals from your body. Drinking tea can also help promote healthy gums, skin, hair, weight loss.... the list goes on and on.peace tea

The Healing Properties of Tea

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A couple of days ago I had small accident.

We'll just say that I was perhaps a little too tired to be slicing an apple and in addition to a couple of ounces of beautiful, crisp, sweet gala apple slices, I wound up with a beautifully sliced thumb as well. It was almost like a surprise holiday bonus. Almost.

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Anyway, since I use my thumbs quite a bit as a primate, writer, student, and assistant office manager, my first reaction after suturing myself up (thank you, Girl Scouts) was to scour the Internet for information on how I could help my injury heal as quickly as possible.

Why Organic Tea?

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Many of the herbal teas offered by California Tea House are grown at small, organic farms in California; these farms also provide many of the berries and flowers found in other teas. Even large chains like Wal-Mart have begun to offer and promote organic products. In my experience, organic products taste the same as coventionally-raised and produced food items, yet cost much more. So, what gives? Why is it important to eat and drink organic, even when it coems to tea?organic tea

Tea for Hair?

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Ttea for hairea lovers, rejoice: you can use tea to give your locks extra luster this winter!

How, you ask? Well, the tannins found in tea can thicken the shaft of the hair, which of course makes hair appear thicker. Although there's no science to back it up, I have also found that my hair appears much smoother following what I call a 'tea rinse.'

The method couldn't be simpler.

Gingerbread Tea: For Your Holidays; For Your Health

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Gingerbread Chai TeaChristmas is drawing near and a crisp chill is in the air as we all plan our holiday shopping lists. I was fortunate enough to get to sample one of the gifts I will be sending to many people on my 'nice' list this year: Gingerbread Chai Tea. Not only is this blend, which is a subtly spicy combination of Rooibos tea leaves, ginger, lemongrass, vanilla and cinnamon, incredibly tasty, but it's also very healthful.

Does Sleepytime Tea Work?

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Find out if Sleepytime tea works.

Stay Hydrated This Winter!

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If you are like many people, myself included, it's hard to remember to drink enough fluids when you're not hot. Most of us remember that if we're exerting our bodies physically, we need to replenish them with water, tea, or other beverages; but when temperatures drop and we find ourselves shivering our way into work, hydration is not quite so intuitive. The fact is, however, that the white mist you breathe out is actually water vapor: you lose just as much water in the winter as you do during the summer!

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Tannins in Tea: The Facts

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As any tea drinker is aware, most types of tea, from green to black to herbal, contain various amounts of a group of chemical compounds collectively referred to as "tannins." But what does this mean?

The Magical Powers of Yoga and Tea!

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I've been practicing yoga on and off for a number of years, really having trouble sticking to a consistent routine. For the past week I've propelled myself into daily practice every morning to help heal some injuries I sustained to my back and to help clear my mind. Yoga does a lot of things for my mind and body that tea also does. I've been thinking about all of the parallels between yoga and tea:

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- tea and yoga settle and stimulate my mind

Rooibos for Flu and Cold Season

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What tea can you drink to help relieve cold symptoms? Rooibos tea for colds!

How to Use Tea in Meditation

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Meditation is being proclaimed by magazines, medical journals, and adherents everywhere as the Next Big Thing: a cure for stress, for headaches, for pain, even for obesity. While I'm not personally in a position to make any huge claims about meditation's efficacy as a cure for any ailment, I can certainly say that it has helped me achieve and maintain a sense of balance in my own hectic life.

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Herbal Remedies for Insomnia

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Why can't I fall asleep!? Learn Herbal Remedies for Insomnia:

I've have had difficulty sleeping for the majority of my life and lately with the stress of school and late nights, my sleeping patterns are way out of wack. Not wanting to take prescription sleeping pills, It was time I discovered some herbal remedies for insomnia.

I've tried many different remedies : melatonin, warm milk, listening to classical music and nothing has been as consistent as having a cup of tea a half hour before hitting the hay.

Tea Reduces the Risk of Alzheimers?

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For anyone who has ever had a relative that has suffered from Alzheimers, you know it is a devastating disease. It is impossibly difficult to watch your loved one suffer. My grandmother and my grandmother in law both suffered from Alzheimers. Knowing that genetics can play a part in risk factors, I want to do all I can to decrease the risk for my family. That is why when I found some great information on Alzheimers and tea, I just had to share it here. The study is below. It turns out that tea drinkers fared much better with cognitive decline. Thankfully there are many flavors to choose from, and I will be sharing a cup of tea with my family every day!

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Rest Assured With Rooibos: Natural Allergy Relief

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I am lucky enough to live in a very outdoorsy city where the opportunity to hike, bike, run and picnic in lush, green surroundings is very accessible. As with most beautiful, lush, green places, allergies often creep into your day and wreak havoc on outside adventures. If you're like me, you'll do everything possible before taking antihistamines that leave many people weirdly wired and in no condition to enjoy the rest of their day.

In search of a natural remedies and immune boosts to combat allergies, I came across numerous articles and studies supporting rooibos as a common cure for seasonal allergies. While the effects of the tisane are believed by many to eliminate or prevent symptoms of allergic reaction, it must be noted that the theory is not scientifically proven and may not work for some. If you're anything like myself and other allergy sufferers, you'd rather try drinking tea before many of the other options!

Tea: It's What's for Dessert

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Are you trying to lose weight, maintain your weight, or lower your blood sugar or cholesterol? If so, then I'm sure that at one time or another you have tried to accomplish your goals by skipping dessert.

But really, who wants to skip a sweet ending to a long day of work or school?dessert tea

Fortunately, you can still have your sweet ending but spare yourself the calories and the guilt.

Black Tea Could Cure Your Post-Workout Aches!

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Anyone who knows me would describe me as a gym rat. Other than a good cup of tea, there's nothing I love more at the end of a long day of work than hitting the weight room floor.

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But all of my workouts leave me with one negative side effect: soreness.

I'm sure you are familiar with it: the day after hitting a new personal record in deadlifts or your first 10-mile run, you're sore. This soreness, known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) can persist for days and, in severe cases, can even interfere with day-to-day life.

This One's for the Ladies!

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Women have conquered unthinkable odds in the past few decades. We've become multifaceted business moguls, competitive athletes and supermoms who fight for rights and break glass ceilings. With the world at our fingertips, why then can it seem impossible to conquer our own hormones?

Herbal teas and natural herbs found in loose leaf tea blends may provide a basis for balance and promote your well-being. From PMS, through pregnancy and even menopause, you can find a useful tea in each facet of feminine health!

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Where to buy Gluten Free Tea

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California Tea House is the place to buy gluten free tea online.

Tea and Skin Care: What Variety Works Best?

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Women have used teas to improve their complexions for centuries and beauty consumers of today are no different. Studies have credited tea with a relieving such skin conditions as acne and rosacea, and helping to protect against ultraviolet rays which cause wrinkles and skin cancer. One study actually credits tea with rejuvenating the skin! 1 Currently, there is a vast array of products containing tea on the market ranging from cleansers to creams. Although the tea most commonly associated with skin care is green tea, researchers have found that white, rooibos, oolong and black all offer positive benefits to skin.
White, green, oolong and black tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant, the difference being the length of fermentation. Rooibus tea hails from the Asplathus linearis which native to South Africa . Regardless of the variety or plant of origin, each of these teas contain powerful antioxidents and have been found to be equally beneficial to skin health.2

Make Time for Tea

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We live in high stress environments. With jobs, school, families, social groups, the economy, bills to pay and your health to concentrate on, it's no wonder stress quickly becomes a typical part of the American adult life. Worries are amplified through constant noise from our many TV channels, limitless radio, the unending internet and ringing smartphones. Our days become so rapid that often, if we don't notice it, stress invades our minds and bodies and reeks some serious havoc. I'm beginning to get stressed just thinking about it!

Effects of stress on the body include, but are not limited to:

  • Anger or Anxiety
  • Restlessness or lack of focus
  • Depression or social withdrawal
  • Fatigue or sleep problems
  • Muscle tension
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Increased use of alcohol or tobacco

Tea for Me - Part One

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Will I miss coffee? And why am I drinking tea these days?
As a new blooger for California Tea House, I have to admit I am a Tea Novice. But as the saying goes, "Great journeys all begin with the first step." and this is my first step. About the only thing I can really say at this point is that I've been drinking ordinary, grocery store variety, green tea daily for the last eight months. After many years of being a solid coffee drinker, sometimes even 3-4 cups a day, this has been an unexpected run. I've surprised myself that after three months of tea drinking

Coffee used to be part of my morning ritual. For more than 20 years, I would wake each day, drag myself to the coffee maker and put it on to brew. Before rushing out the door, I'd mix it with a big splash of cream and a couple of spoonfuls of sugar and off I'd go to face the day. Sure, coffee gave me enough of a jolt that I could launch myself off to my job as a teacher, but the crash and jitters inevitably followed a few hours later. Soon after, I would find myself becoming impatient and cranky with my students and colleagues, and anyone else who had the misfortune to be around me. Not to mention, I'd feel lousy and tired for the rest of the day.

There had to be a better way.

A moment of zen with a cup of tea

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Do you want to lower your blood pressure, decrease feelings of anger and frustration, improve concentration, and boost confidence? Simple! proclaims the Mayo Clinic. Just relax.

Of course in our busy and chaotic society, this is often easier said than done. Relaxation gets just another slot on the to-do list and it's an easy task to skip since its neglect causes problems only for you, not for your employer, spouse, or kids.

But if you're reading this, you enjoy tea. So, how can you use your daily ritual of drinking tea to infuse your life with a little relaxation?

Health benefits from caffeinated tea

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End of semesters can be very difficult, you have to say goodbye to new friends, colleagues, and thoughtful professors. Yesterday was my last day at my internship, where I was able to work with Chinese scholars and students. It was a wonderful experience not only to improve my resume, but I was also able to learn so much about a culture different from mine.

I was very accustomed to running out to the student bookstore and grabbing a large 60-cent pop, but the faint delicious smells from my co-workers cubicles drove me to ditch my soda habit and explore the world of tea. Initially, teatime was a great way to start a conversation, but it persisted into more, and changed my life for the healthier.

Chrysanthemum - The Golden Flower

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One of my favorite herbal teas is Chrysanthemum tea. This fragrant tea is reported to have many medicinal values in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Most notably, within TCM, it is claimed that Chrysanthemum tea can help support the immune system, and help keep your body from getting sick. Studies suggest that chrysanthemums contain a high amount of B Carotene. This is converted to Vitamin A in the liver, which can help support the immune system. Drinking the tea is also claimed to have a cooling effect, reducing body temperatures during a fever and soothing a sore throat.Chrysanthemum Blooming Tea

Catechins in TeaWho doesn't wish they looked like someone else at one point in their life? Or that they could have their high school waist forever?

Even though I am only in my 20s, I already feel my metabolism quickly slowing down and my six pack abs from my previous soccer years adjust to a more flabby feel. While I'm not huge into diets, I do like to stay healthy and I am looking to TONE TONE TONE what my mama gave me.

One of my biggest challenges in the fight in staying healthy and fit, is the ever tempting second-helpings of my favorite thing — carbs!

No one will scold you for having second helpings of vegetables (no, fries do not count) and fruit, but when it comes to startches like pasta, it's hard for me to say no.

Untangling the web of Japan’s radiation effects

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What shook Japan on March 11th was fatal and catastrophic, but no one knew then that its shocks, in the form of economic drains, wouldn’t cease a bit several months later. In the latest wave of banned items issued by the government, dried tea hits the list in even wider margins.

What does this mean for the tea buyer? Shortages and higher prices and probably not just for tea drinkers in Japan.

The primary problem remains to be the radiation leaks from the greatly affected Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station. However, as of early June, the ban now extends to four surrounding provinces where tainted produce has been found over legal limits: Ibaraki, Chiba, Kanagawa and Tochigi. products effected by Japanese radiation

Bargaining for tea in Shanghai

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As the tea puffed its warning steam, the host of the teahouse urged me to drink up. I was in the Old Town of Shanghai and after market hunting and bargaining I needed a good wake up. Tea.

Old Town is a reminder, albeit kitschy, of the bustling financial city’s older glamour and simpler times. Dragons decorate ornate black and white buildings, red lanterns populate the area like tourists and truly nothing is more relaxing to escape the preying hawkers than to sit for a spell and watch some tea seep.

So, after the requested gift of Jasmine, I asked, what is the best?

Met Your Matcha

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Matcha is a type of green tea used mainly in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies; pale green with a nice, if weak smell. I heard the taste is bitter, but strangely plesent. As a lover of all sorts of green tea, I've always wanted to try it, so imagine my joy when I found it at the local grocery store I shop at. Having run out of black tea and dried cranberries earlier in the week, I decided to go shopping earlier than unsual. I could live without black tea by drinking the remaining green tes, but I needed the cranberries.

AS I browsed the tea aisle, I passed the green and flavored teas to look for standard black tea, when I looked up on the top shelf and ta-da! There it was in all its very expensive glory. $30 for tea is far more than any college student could afford, and I still needed my cranberries. I poked around and eventually found a matcha and green tea blend that fit within my budget. I took it home and proceeded to make a cup of tea.

Green Tea is Great for Your Skin!

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As a fair skinned woman, I'm constantly having to check the weather before I go outside to make sure I don't end up sunburned by the end of the day.

I think it is very important to take care of one's skin because this is the only skin that you'll have for your life, why not make it the begreen tea skin productsst and most beautiful you can!

In addition to my routine of washing my face and applying SPF moisturizer and make-up, I've been searching around for other tricks that will help my glow.

The Health Benefits of Ginseng

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In Traditional Chinese medicine, Ginseng is one of the most used herbs. It is sometimes called an adaptogenic herb, meaning that it is claimed to be one of the best herbs for returning the body to perfect balance. it can be used by itself or in a mixture with other medicinal herbs.

Results in the clinical studies seem to vary widely. Some attribute this to there being several different types of ginseng and the various studies don't always use the same quality of the herb. When taken by itself, studies have found that ginseng has some anticarcinogenic and antioxident properties....

Want to live longer?

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Picture two middle-aged mice, born at the same time. One suffers from gray hair, shriveled muscles, and creaky joints. He's a pint-size Wilford Brimley. The other mouse, meanwhile, looks healthy and young—Jack LaLanne in his fifties. Why the contrast? While the geriatric mouse lived a sedentary life in his cage, his younger-looking contemporary literally outran the effects of aging,” says Outside magazine.

In today’s world, a food’s health profile seems relatively easy to understand. With a cursory glance at the label on a box of Oreos, you’ll not only discover it contains sugar, number one, but also artificial flavor and just 2 percent of calcium, despite all that rich cream in the middle; along with all those other things you didn’t want to read aloud to your conscience, like 60 calories from fat in just a few bites. In today’s world, unfortunately, you need the black and white stats.

But when you break a food apart to each ingredient, compound and chemical, piece-by-piece, how do you really know which is better for you?

Traditional Chinese Medicine

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From a Westerner's point of view, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is old fashioned and perhaps even obsolete. The methods are usually different from Western Medicine and can often seem like they come from fantasy novels. A closer look, however, can show someone with an open mind that some of the practices make a certain amount of sense.

Puffy Eye Remedy

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Looking for a way to relieve puffy eyes after a night of little to no sleep?tea for puffy eyes

Luckily, your used tea bags can help sooth and reduce under eye bags and dark circles.

Use a loose leaf tea pouch to brew your tea. After making your tea, take the moist tea bag and let it cool. Once the tea bag becomes cold, let the bag rest on your eyes for ten to fifteen minutes, then discard.

Birthday wishes for a runner, an extra boost

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I recently turned 23, I know, I’m still very young (or at least I hope that’s what you’re thinking). Yet still, no matter the age, birthdays always get me thinking about the past and what I want to happen in the future, before the next tick mark, 24. And as so, I’ve created a system, perhaps stolen from another, 23 things to do before 24.

It’s a list I put heavy thought into, much differently than my usual daily to-do jots. Among this year’s list: learn more about tea, become proficient in Spanish (as I’m moving to Spain next fall), keep studying Chinese, maintain target weight, run a marathon.

In tea central, what to buy?

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In the history of tea, it’s a long one. And as for its birthplace in Yunnan, China, I couldn’t think of a more idyllic one.

As I posted earlier, I recently visited tea’s historic roots, both physical and mythical, in Yunnan. A unique province, for sure, Yunnan is tea central for any tea buyer, casual drinker or coinsurers. And as for the traveler, it’s a prized gift-buying paradise—tea—something people back home will actually use.

How tea can save you from stressful midterms

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tea can reduce stress during testsMidterms are, once again, upon many college students across the nation and while many are grabbing coffee and energy drinks to keep them focused all through the night, I’m personally reaching for tea.

Now some of you may wonder how tea can even COMPARE to a product such as Five-Hour Energy when students are looking for that extra boost. While tea is not filled with the same caffeine that students think they are looking for, it IS filled with many values that energy drinks, soda, and coffee can’t even compare to.

Tea and the Gym Enthusiast

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It is widely known that there are many health benefits to drinking tea which aids a wide variety of audience, even workout buffs. Below are the top three reasons why gym enthusiasts should drink tea:

tea and yoga1. Tea leads to a healthy heart. Dieting and exercise are the main ways to combat heart disease. Research has suggested that tea drinking is associated with improved cardiovascular health....

Are tea imports from Japan safe?

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Consumers of Japanese goods around the world are responding to the tragic tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan with fears of radiation contamination. Should tea enthusiasts be worried as well?

According to the New York Times, the Food and Drug Administration in America has banned all dairy products and produce from the area of Japan where a damaged nuclear reactor is leaking radiation. Other products, such as seafood, will not be banned, but will be tested for any trace of radioactive iodine.

Apricot Chai: Aphrodisiac Tea

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While I was eating a soft, ripe and juicy persimmon one morning, I understood why this fruit has been regarded as one of the various kinds of aphrodisiacs in history. It then occurred to me...why not an aphrodisiac in a cup? aphrodisiac tea

I was inspired to then research various fruits, spices, herbs and teas throughout history that have been recognized as having sensual qualities. The knowledge I gathered was fascinating, as I learned that lovers, poets, kings, mistresses and even doctors alike have been interested in this phenomena.

Green Tea vs. Black Tea: Which is Better?

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When the camelia sinensis plant gave birth, she produced a similar yet very distinctive set of quadruplets: green, white, oolong and black. The siblings that shine the most are the oldest and the youngest...green and black. As the youngest, black tea has for many generations been the spoiled, all American favorite especially in southern households as it is welcomed with every meal, iced. Green tea, although it chose to go backpacking around the world and thus developed a finer sense of appreciation, has far lived in the shadow of its youngest sibling at home...

Sun Tea - How to brew tea in the Sun

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I have a confession to make. Prior to meeting my southern husband, I have never heard of Sun Tea before. When he found this out, he had the most quizzical expression on his face as if he saw something in my teeth and couldn't decide whether to laugh or cringe.

brew sun teaAnd so I got the lecture. "Sun Tea", he proclaimed, "is part of what bonds children with their mothers, is what makes childhood memories everlasting, it's what no child should ever be deprived of, otherwise its a childhood not worth having..." OK, maybe I am exaggerating the lecture a little bit. Wink

Electric Honeydew Tea Recipe - Summer Cocktail

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These days, non-tea-drinkers categorize our fun loving group into two stereotypes: the zen and serene / the pretentious (and possibly British). I'm sure the health-conscious are thrown somewhere into the mix. ThisElectric Honeydew Tea Cocktail weekend, I vow to throw those preconceived notions to the wind and let lose with a high in tea, low in calorie, summer cocktail. The days are warm and the nights are long, what better time than now? Move over Long Island Ice Tea, there's an electrifying new antioxidant-rich drink on the block. Enjoy...

What's fabulous about LA is that you can wake up in the morning, have your breakfast, and decide to spend yourhard earned day offat the beach... in no time. This past weekend we ventured out to sunny Malibu for our third stair-climb, gaining one step closer to conquering our Mount Whitney feat. Continuing our exercising with tea adventures, our featured tea of choice was Silver Needle white tea, no sweetener, chilled.castellammare_beach_stairs

Tea and Exercise

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On their own, both tea and exercise have many benefits to one's health. But did you know that there are identical and specific results from tea drinking and physical exertion? And by drinking tea—as opposed to just plain water—during exercise, these results can be doubled?! Take a look at the list below of the similar effects tea and exercise can have on your mental and physical health, and start using tea as your beverage of choice during your cardio or strength workout routines!

•    Increases metabolic rate
•    Increases endurance
•    Boosts mental alertness
•    Boosts immune system
•    Lowers cortisol, the stress hormone
•    Improves cardiovascular health

Beauty Benefits of Green Tea

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Green tea is packed with both health and beauty benefits. These benefits can be reaped by drinking the tea or applying it directly to the skin. The green tea extract is naturally chock full of antioxidants which helps the body fight free radicals, thus resulting in younger looking skin.

A lot of makeup, lotions, and creams now use green tea extract. However, you don’t need to rush to the department store just yet. Many products can be made at home. Try this recipe:


"Green Tea Toner"

•    Steep green tea in purified water
•    Let cool, and transfer to a spray bottle
•    Either spray directly onto skin or soak a cotton ball and wipe over skin


This is a great toner for the skin!
 

Rooibos Tea and Pregnancy

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Great news for pregnant women!

One of the Debbie Downers of pregnancy is the "black list" of foods that your doctor forbids. Even though this list includes hard-to-part favorites like sushi and caffeine, what's comforting to know is that some types of tea survive the pregnant pause.
Rooibos, a South African red bush, is commonly referred to as 'tea' even though it does not spawn from the camilia sinensis plant where green, black, white and Oolong tea originate.

Lemon Meringue Pie Rooibos TeaRooibos, however, stands on its own.

Basics to Healthy Living

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Follow this quick guide to living a healthy and balanced life:

  • Have 1500-1600 calories per day based on physical activity

  • Have 300-500 calories each for breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Have up to 200 calories each for 2 snacks per day

  • Find only 50-100 calories to cut per day if weight loss is the goal

A cup of Green keeps the dentist away?

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Recently, a study was released discussing the dental advantages of drinking green tea. Of course, it is assumed that the tea would be drank without sugar, as sugar has reverse effects on teeth. The researchers found out that green tea contains antimicrobial molecules called catechins. These catechins, which are commonly known as active antioxidants can possibly kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms in your mouth, such as some forms of oral bacteria. This research is ongoing at Columbia University in New York City, by Alfredo Morabia....

Food & Tea Benefits

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A balanced diet not only promotes weight loss, but each food group provides essential vitamins and minerals to your body to keep it functioning. Take a look at what these foods offer your body.

Dairy
• Essential for maintaining a healthy immune system.
• Helps to build strong bones; slows bone loss; and reduces fragility.
Choose: Fat-free or low-fat milk and yogurt.

Tips to Eating and Feeling Your Best

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Hello Everyone! My name is Joanna, and I am a new guest blogger here at California Tea House. I will do my best to provide you with blogs that will help to improve your mind, body, and soul. Enjoy!

"Top Ten Tips to Eating and Feeling Your Best"

Give to Operation Smile!

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which got us thinking about our White Tea...

Studies show that drinking white tea daily promotes a healthy smile and fights gum disease,

not to mention tastes delicious and helps fight cancer as well!