"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."
~ C.S. Lewis

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tea Review: The Persimmon Tree's Coconut Chocolate

Coconut Chocolate -  The Persimmon Tree
Ingredients: Organic Pu-erh Loose-Leaf Tea, Organic Cocoa Nibs, Organic Coconut Pieces, Natural Flavors

Steep Time: 5 minutes

First Sip Thought: "Rich & Creamy!"

Smell: When first opening the tin, I wasn't crazy about the scent. After I steeped it though, it was a delicious scent. The initial one definitely did not do it justice! A great way to realize to "never judge a tea by its initial smell."

Taste: Don't let the verdict steer you away, because I definitely enjoyed this pu-erh tea. It's not like others because it's not an intense earthy flavour. If I were to change one thing it would probably be to have more pu-erh taste than the coconut/chocolate, but that's me being picky. However, the chocolate and coconut are the perfect match for the pu-erh base.  It's a lovely taste and if you do enjoy coconut and chocolate then you'll love the combination in this tea. I think of this tea as an excellent cozy drink. When I took a few sips I noticed a toasty coconut, and rich and creamy chocolate coating.  It is definitely not a cheap, artificial chocolate or coconut flavouring as well.
Bonus: several re-steeps of this tea will get you the same flavour each time!

Verdict: 3 out of 5 tea leaves
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Messages in your Tea Cup {part two}

My first post about Tea Leaf Reading was a brief introduction on the first time I had my tea leaves read, and tidbits to get you started.

Please Note: My findings are based on extensive research, reading and studying. It's made clear that each reader will have their own style based on what is suitable to them. These are only some ideas on how you may begin. You're always welcome to share your thoughts in the comments :)




When beginning the reading, it is standard practice to view the tea leaves in the cup as a time period of one month but depending on experiences some readers can see your whole lifetime. Before even beginning to distinguish that though, you must have the tea ready and prepared to be drank. But how do you know what tea to use for the reading? I've learned that you can really use any but it's best to use a tea according to the type of reading you will be giving. For instance, many herbal blends tend to produce few bold images so they are appropriate for shorter readings. Finer teas like Ceylon often produce quite a bit of complex designs. Thus, these types of teas would be best suited for those who have many questions or busy lifestyles.

Part of the ritual is to sit down and enjoy the tea before you get started. Think of it as a tea meditation practice. It's a simple and rewarding experience that allows you to relax and also gather your thoughts. 

Come back for part three soon to learn about getting started with your reading!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tea Etiquette, in One Minute

Proper etiquette. It's always important for various things. However, do you know the proper etiquette during tea time? Pinkies up? Pinkies down? I stumbled upon this one minute clip that gives you a brief overview of some of the common practices. Take a look, and take some notes.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Guest Post: Green Tea is One of the Top Ten Best

Green tea is called Camellia Sinensis (Latin). It comes from the identical evergreen shrub that black tea arrives from. Green tea is getting from the light cooking with steam of fresh tea departs. The light weight processing procedure of tea departs to make green tea leaves behind polyphonies, encompassing the powerful antioxidants proanthocynadin and catechin.

This is why the benefits of green tea extract are much mightier than a lot of extra tea. The Polyphones of green tea enhance the body's antioxidant enzymes encompassing glutathione. The antioxidant effects of green tea can smaller the risk of evolving cancerous disease of the digestive scheme, prostate cancerous disease, and cervical cancer disease. Green tea may play a part in reassuring menopausal symptoms like hot flashes if it's taken both day and evening. Green tea may furthermore help to balance estrogen levels. This can not only help to alleviate warm blinks, but furthermore avert certain types of breast cancers. Tooth decay can be stopped by the use of green tea, air gush in the lungs of asthma patients' is advanced, and mental alertness is strengthened. The Green tea extract is used as an appetite suppressant in weight decrease.

Farther In To the Benefits of Green Tea

Numerous investigations by various researchers have shown that green tea has been shown to be 100 times mightier than Vitamin C, and over twenty times mightier than Vitamin E as an antioxidant. Antioxidants neutralize and halt free radicals, which are highly reactive chemical substances that can impairment units, such as the body's DNA, premier to premature aging and infection. You need antioxidants to battle free radicals; else you will slowly decay on the interior. Antioxidants are required by every person to maintain wellbeing, prevent disease, and advance longevity. This is why you are told to ear abounding of vegetables and fruits, as the vitamins and minerals inside this vibrant nourishment, contain hoards of antioxidants.
http://www.teanaga.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/800x800/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/2/0/2012-new-authentic-white-tea-green-tea-longjing-grade-mingqian-50g--cans_dragon-well_-1.76oz-_0.jpgBecause green teat has great antioxidant strength, green tea extracts actions as a powerful immune system booster, which is just one of the numerous advantages of green tea for your wellbeing. It is said that green tea may be one of the most potent nutrients in the battle against diverse forms of cancer and heart infection. The advantages of green tea extract keep on influencing investigators of up to date medicine. As an alternative wellbeing remedy, many persons turn to green tea for its renowned benefits. 
 


About The Author:

Guozhi Liu is a writer for Teanaga. The article is providing some benefits of green tea and many more. You can also visit at here Facebook and Google +.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tea Review: Tea People's Makaibari DarjOolong

Makaibari DarjOolong - Tea People


Ingredients: Pure Darjeeling Oolong Tea

Steep Time: 3 minutes

First Sip Thought: "Slow Down."

Smell: The after steep is a beautiful amber shade that has soft lemony scents.  I enjoy the shade because when I see amber I think of a stop light and to "slow down." This is a nice tea to remind me to do just that and savour each scent and taste. The entire aroma of the tea is not strong, but a nice and calming.

Taste: I was very excited to try this rare oolong from the organically certified Makaibari tea estate in Darjeeling. I love a good cup of Darjeeling and wish I had it more often, so it was neat to get my hands on a DarjOolong for the first time. The initial taste I got was lemon. Not additives are needed as there are hints of natural sweetness with each sip. I enjoy it as a great light tea with flowery undertones. The quality of this tea is remarkable and I can't help but imagine the leaves being handpicked with care and making their way to my cup. In my experience, most people who don't really enjoy "pure" teas have a reason of it tasting like grass. I get that, and I've had that experience with many teas myself before. However, I assure you that this one is not grassy at all. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to start getting into pure teas without additional flavouring. It definitely sets a high standard for the rest.


Verdict: 4 out of 5 tea leaves
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Drink Your Plants with Traditional Medicinals {+ giveaway!}

Traditional Medicinals
"Our company and our products are based on the principles of Knowledge, Efficacy, Sustainability and Partnership. Every herbal product we make is designed to serve a specific purpose. As such, they are formulated according to well-defined systems of Traditional Herbal Medicine that guide the appropriate combining of herbs. We won't make products using just any herbs. Every tea and herbal product that we make must have sufficient evidence of safety, quality and efficacy in support of our claim statements and formulation rationale. Our products are created for self-care of common, non-serious conditions."


*Please Note: This product may not be right for you. Always read and follow the label.*

I was contacted by Traditional Medicinals to give a few of their herbal teas a try. When I agreed, the package above showed up at my doors a few days later. It was advertised as a "medicine cabinet" with a prescription from a doctor recommending you "drink your plants!" I could not get enough of it. Inside my TM "medicine cabinet" were 4 different wellness teas - all of which are "natural medicines you can trust." I am into holistic health myself so you can imagine how excited I was to receive teas created by herbalists! Another plus: TM is pesticide, GMO, artifical flavouring FREE! Woooaah!

Organic Throat Coat 

Ingredients: organic licorice root, organic wild cherry bark, organic bitter fennel fruit, organic marshmallow root, organic slippery elm bark, organic cinnamon bark, organic sweet orange peel.
Thoughts: I woke up one morning with a scratchy throat. It was inconvenient since I had an important phone call in a few hours. My first thought was I need tea. I went to my collection and started to make some green tea with honey but it didn't do the trick (or at least not as quick as I wanted). I completely forgot about my "medicine cabinet" until I saw tweets from TM that morning. I went to steep this one for 10 minutes and sipped away. While I wasn't 100% better, I noticed a difference. I could swallow without pain and I felt a burst of energy for my morning. Learn more here.

Organic Ginger Aid

Ingredients: Organic ginger rhizome, Organic blackberry leaf, organic stevia leaf, organic lemon myrtle leaf.
Thoughts: TM suggests that this tea is great for relieving digestive upsets but I found it to be especially helpful for those dreadful time of the month cramps. Before TM, I always relied on ginger of some sort (whether it was tea, or fresh in smoothies) for the pain. I decided that their Ginger Aid was the next best thing for it and it was. Learn more here.

Organic Roasted Dandelion Root

Ingredients: Organic roasted dandelion root
Thoughts: I won't lie, I was skeptical to try this tea. I've never had dandelion of any sort before and only ever thought of them as unwanted weeds on my lawn. I started to research it a bit more though and realized it's used to help treat digestive disturbances and increase bile flow. When I took my first sip, I felt silly for fussing about it at first. It wasn't horrible at all, in fact it didn't really taste like much. Learn more here.

Organic Nighty Night

Ingredients: Organic passionflower herb, organic chamomile flower, organic catnip herb, organic hop strobile, organic spearmint leaf, organic sweet orange peel.
Thoughts: Restless sleeper? Thoughts racing in your mind at night? Before you reach for sleep meds, or other types of sleep aid drugs consider trying out this herbal tea. It has a soothing taste that easily relaxes me. I enjoyed the fact that I did not wake up feeling droggy. I woke up just like a normal sleep except a lot more rested. Learn more here.
 

GIVEAWAY


Would you like to win the "medicine cabinet" from Traditional Medicinals for yourself? Well, now is your chance! Simply follow the instructions on the widget below. Entering the contest begins NOW sharp! The contest will then close two weeks after on Tuesday, April 8 at midnight. Winners will be selected at random and announced the following week by email, social media & on our site. Feel free to enter as much as you can each day, and best of luck!
*Please note: This giveaway is limited to Canada only. The teas are packaged differently by country so the medicine cabinet kit is Canadian specific. Thank you for your understanding.



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