Tao of Herbal Tea

Tea has been regarded for thousands of years in the East as a key to good health, happiness, and wisdom.

Researchers in the west, have discovered the many health benefits of different types of teas. The science is staggering: studies suggest that one cup of tea may contain up to five times more antioxidants than any fruit or vegetable.  Studies have confirmed that some teas may help prevent certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes, encourage weight loss, lower cholesterol and bring about mental alertness.  This is due to the unique antioxidants (which are polyphenol flavonoid compounds) that are abundant in tea.  Tea is also hydrating to the body (despite the caffeine) and increases bone density.

There doesn’t seem to be a downside to tea. It’s a great alternative to coffee with less caffeine.

We have added numerous herbs to our teas for their health benefits and the flavors they impart. First and foremost is lavender.  Lavender is known to calm digestive upsets and lessen indigestion and gas. It may also relieve symptoms of anxiety, restlessness and tension. Consuming lavender regularly may help to relieve moderate depression.

A cup of tea solves everything!

TEA TYPES:

  • Green Tea: made with steamed tea leaves. It has the highest concentration of the most potent flavonoids known as ECGC.
  • Black Tea: made with fermented tea leaves, it has the highest caffeine content, but still beneficial.
  • White Tea: uncured and unfermented with the lowest caffeine.
  • If a “Tea” does not contain the plant Camellia Sinensis it is technically not tea but an “infusion.”  However, like our Lavender & Chamomile or Fruit Fusion “teas” they still have amazing health benefits due to their herbal content.

BREWING/STEEPING TEA:

The lighter the tea color, the cooler the water should be:
White: 155° That’s way off of boiling temp, which is 212°. Let the water rest for three minutes before you pour.
Green: 165° After boiling, let the water rest for 2 minutes before pouring.
Black/Herbal: 212° No resting.
Steeping Time – While each tea has a specific steeping time, the three- to five-minute range is a safe guideline for all of them.

Do you want an adventure now or shall we have tea first?

-Peter Pan