"Tea is hot and getting hotter. From iced to spiced, from austere black tea to sweetened and milky chai, from a flowery pick-me-up to a healing herbal, no other beverage has such a place in the heart of every civilization. No wonder it is the most popular beverage in the world, next to water."
- Sara Perry, The New Tea Book

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Poll: What are Your Favorite Original Teas from Yera Dé?

Poll: What are Your Favorite Original Teas from Yera Dé?

Quick Summary of Some Popular Healing Herbal Teas

Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world and also one of the easiest ways to absorb medicinal benefits from plants! Since ancient times many cultures have adopted this drink for its pleasant flavors, its energizing effects, and for its many medicinal properties. But not all teas are the same and each has its own unique qualities.

1. Black Tea
Contains exceptionally high levels of antioxidant the arubigins
Regular intake can reduce risk of cancer
Can reduce risk of stroke
Can reduce clotting of arteries
Helps sooth the digestive tract
Helps improve cholesterol levels
Can improve breathing in asthmatics
Steep for 15 min to alleviate diarrhea (no sugar)
Helps maintain normal blood pressure
Helps improve circulation

2. Chamomile Tea
Contains antioxidant flavanoids
Often used as a muscle relaxant
Helps alleviate menstrual cramps
Helps alleviate discomfort of allergies
Used topically for dressing burns
Beneficial or skin irritations
Can be taken internally or topically for acne
Helps stimulate immune system
Helps fight infections during colds
Helps relax nerves

3. Green Tea
Contains exceptionally high levels of antioxidant catechin
Regular intake can reduce risk of cancer
Can benefit those with rheumatoid arthritis
Helps improve cholesterol levels
Can benefit those with cardiovascular disease
Can help fight infections
Known to stimulate impaired immune function
Can help dieters burn extra calories
Helps prevent food poisoning
Help prevent plaque and tooth decay

4. Oolong Tea
Contains exceptionally high levels of antioxidant polyphenols
Regular intake can enhance metabolism and prevent obesity
Helps prevent tooth decay
Can alleviate skin conditions like eczema
Helps improve cholesterol levels
Rejuvenates internal organs
Helps prevent hardening of the arteries
Helps prevent bad breath
Helps fight flu virus
Helps regulate blood sugar levels

5. Rooibos (Red) Tea
Rich in antioxidants
Regular intake may help prevent cancer
Found to interfere with skin cancer cell production
May reduce risk heart attack and stroke
Helps prevent DNA damage
Enhances detoxifying enzymes in the liver
Helps relieve constipation
Helps alleviate inflammatory skin conditions
Alleviates infant milk allergies

6. Rosebud Tea
Rich in essential oils
Helps improve circulation
Known to promote a healthy heart
Known to sooth the nerves
Helps sooth the mind
Alleviates stress and nervous tension
Known to sooth mild sore throat
Can ease stomach bloating
Used with brown sugar and red wine for menstrual pain

7. Ginseng Tea
Improves mental functioning and alertness
Enhances immune system
Improves circulation
Increases resistance to stress induced illness
Lowers blood sugar in type 2 diabetics
Regular intake significantly reduces risk of cancer
Can benefit cases of impotence
Alleviate digestive disorders
Helps regulate high blood pressure
Alleviates many skin disorders

8. Yerba Maté
Rich in antioxidiants
Good for detoxification
Enhances immune function
May reduce risk of cancer
Improves digestive function
Increases mental focus
Relaxes muscles
Helps alleviate allergies
Helps burn calories in dieters
May reduce risk of heart attack and stroke

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Did You Know?

Did you know that many of the plants used by humans to season food yield useful medicinal compounds?

In fact, many well-known culinary herbs and spices, such as ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, mint, nutmeg, cloves and lemongrass, are used in my tea blends to help with indigestion, cold & flu symptoms and detoxification.

Some other herbs often used for cooking, like peppercorn, oregano, cumin, thyme, bay leaf, sage and orange peel, are also very helpful and relatively gentle herbs that herbalists have recommended for centuries to boost cardiovascular and respiratory health and enhance liver and immune system function.

So, of course, at our house, in addition to drinking a variety of herbal, green and black teas, we also cook with many, many herbs and spices! One of our favorites is to re-use our organic Dragonwell green tea leaves, once they've already been steeped a few times, as an addition to our rice and veggie stirfrys. We also like to make a nice smokey marinade for kidney beans out of a cup of lapsang souchang black tea! Plus make a number of tasty herbal soups, a popular method used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, in addition to spicing up our smoothies and desserts with some fun and flavorful goodness! The possibilities are endless!

So, next time you walk by that dusty spice rack of yours, take a minute to survey and experiment and see what new, flavorful and herbal medicine-infused meals you can make for yourself!