Spruce up your Daily Green Tea! by Rickey Jones

Green tea undoubtedly has multiple health benefits for someone who drinks it daily. However, not all green teas have a good taste. Few can be tannic and bitter and may leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth. At The Tea Trove, we provide different natural flavours of fruits, flowers, herbs, and spices that can be added to your tea to make it more interesting and tastier.

Here are few of the flavours that will work best with any of the green teas available: Marigold: Marigold, also known as Calendula, is a yellow or orange coloured flower used as a colouring and flavouring agent for foods as rice, cereals and soups. However, the Calendula tea made from the petals of the Calendula flower has been brewed as a natural medicine for thousands of years. As with most of the herbal teas, the Calendula tea also has a number of health benefits like reducing inflammation, promoting wound healing, and as an antiseptic. Rose: Simply the fragrance of this light herbal tea is enough to calm a tired mind! Light and fragrant like a delicate perfume, the infusion is soothing, soft and refreshing. These intensely fragrant and beautiful rose petals release an almost euphoric aroma and flavour. It helps in building a strong immune system, strengthening the digestive system and in detoxification.

Lemon Peel: Lemon peel is the outer skin of the citrus fruit, lemon. Because the peel is where the essential oils of the fruit reside, it retains its robust flavour, even when dried. It provides a refreshing, lemony flavour to the tea blends.

Orange Peel: The orange peel is a perfect ingredient for a refreshing herbal blend. With undertones of grapefruit, the orange peel makes a rich, hearty, and tangy blend. It lends a deep aroma to your tea blend and adds a unique citrusy flavour.

Chamomile: Chamomile tea is known to be a natural stress reducer. However, that’s not the only thing it does. Its vast healing properties will surprise you! It cures sleeping problems, is an antidepressant, an anti-inflammatory, and also deals with menstrual cramps You can also use chamomile tea bags to topically treat tired eyes, dark circles around eyes and treat bee stings, acne and burns. This caffeine free herbal infusion is delicious served with honey.

Lemongrass: Lemongrass is a cooling, clear, and crisp herbal tea with a distinctive, spicy, lemony aroma. It has a zesty flavour reminiscent of lemon. Add it as a complementing flavour to your favourite tea blend, or drink it on its own. Either way, you can reap its medicinal properties and its various health benefits like stress reduction, better digestion, and to relieve fatigue. Peppermint: Our whole Peppermint leaf infusion is striking and strong, with a fantastically fresh and cleansing minty flavour. Great both as a hot and iced tea, peppermint helps soothe an upset stomach, and can also help clear out a cold. If you have dry or dull skin, drinking peppermint tea can help your skin to rid itself of dead skin cells and get you glowing.

Tulsi: Tulsi also known as Holy Basil, an ancient Ayurvedic herb, is one of roughly 60 species of the Basil family. A Tulsi tea has a crisp flavour with slightly peppery notes and a grassy clean finish. It contains antioxidants and strengthens the body against fatigue and stress. With anti-viral properties, Tulsi also helps reduce inflammation, stomach illness, and headaches. This tea is completely organic, all natural, and contains no GMOs.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon lends a delicious sweet flavour to any tea blend. It gives out a heady aroma that will instantly uplift our mood. Lower your cholesterol – and protect your heart health – with this cinnamon tea. It is filled with potent antioxidants, improves circulation, and reduces swelling and pains.

Ginger: Ginger provides a warm, comforting taste to your tea. Milk, sugar, and even honey, blend well with a cup of ginger tea. Rich in digestive enzymes that help the body process and digest food, it also quells inflammation and reduces joint pain. It also helps calm motion sickness.

 

Green Tea and its amazing health qualities

Green tea has a huge array of amazing qualities and can be really beneficial to our health. From Cholesterol to cancer the list is never ending… You would not believe the benefits it can bring….

The Chinese have known about Green tea as a powerful medication for at least 4000 years. According to legend, tea was discovered by a Chinese emperor called Shen Nung. Some tea leaves accidentally fell into boiling water, and he tried it and found it invigorating. Green tea became part of the Chinese diet and many important health benefits were attributed to it. Now recent medical studies in both asia and the west are providing a scientific basis for the claim that drinking green tea has very significant health benefits.

Green tea, like black tea is made from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis. The difference between the three main types of tea is the way that they are produced. Green tea is unfermented tea meaning that the leaves used for green tea are steamed soon after been plucked in order to prevent the oxidation of the leaves. In this way the leaves remain green and the active substances within the leaves retain their qualities. Black teas on the other hand are made from fermented leaves and as a result have less nutritional and enzyme content as the green tea. Thus green and black teas have different chemical properties.

Modern science has in recent times been able to demonstrate that green tea is beneficial to one’s health and this is mainly due to the fact that tea contains high levels of antioxidants called polyphenols or flavonoids. The antioxidant activity of tea has been compared to that of fruit and vegetables in a number of studies. One study concluded that consuming three cups of tea a day produced a similar amount of antioxidants as eating six apples. Antioxidants help your body fight against free radicals which cause damage to cells and tisuues in your body.

While all tea is healthy to drink, it is green tea that contains the highest level of flavonoids. Recent medical studies suggest green tea to be beneficial in many areas including the following:

-Digestive and respiratory health.

-Lowers cholesterol levels

-Boosts your immune system

-Reduces high blood pressure

-Arthritis – anti-inflammatory effect.

-Oral hygiene – due to antibacterial properties.

-Skin conditions such as acne

-Lowers blood sugar

Weight loss is another area that is attracting huge attention. Recently published research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that an extract from green tea may speed up fat oxidation. A study was conducted of ten healthy men over a period of 6 weeks. It was discovered that those men who were given green tea extract burned more calories per day than those who were not given the extract. Much more research needs to be conducted in this area but the signs are certainly very encouraging.

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Green Tea and its impressive wellness high qualities

Green tea has shown far greater antioxidant protection than the well-known polyphenols in antioxidant vitamins such as C and E. Learn more about green and white tea and some of their health benefits.
Green tea is 6% more potent as an antioxidant than black tea.”GREEN TEA IS 6% MORE POTENT AS AN ANTIOXIDANT THAN BLACK TEA.”
Tea can be a welcome break for buzzing coffee lovers. When your immune system is on its last leg, and you have already thrown back three coffees and three energy pills, why not complete your day with a cup of tea?

Asians have been enjoying the healthy benefits of drinking green tea for many centuries. Scientific research now suggests there might be something to the 4,000 years of folklore that has long claimed tea can be beneficial to your health.

GREEN TEA
Green tea has shown far greater antioxidant protection than the well-known polyphenols in vitamins such as C and E. Green tea is 6% more potent as an antioxidant than black tea.

Green tea is produced by lightly steaming the fresh-cut black tea leaf. With black tea, the leaves are oxidized, which destroys some of the antioxidant compounds that green tea has.

Studies indicate green tea consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of certain cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. Its antioxidant effects may also reduce the risk of other types of cancer, such as breast cancer and prostate cancer.

BENEFITS INCLUDE
CHOLESTEROL
Drinking green tea may help maintain cholesterol levels already within a normal range, particularly “bad” (LDL) levels.

BLOOD PRESSURE
Research indicates that green tea may be beneficial to maintaining blood pressure already within the healthy range.

Green tea works by increasing energy expenditure, and also has thermogenic properties which promote fat-burning.
“GREEN TEA WORKS BY INCREASING ENERGY EXPENDITURE, AND ALSO HAS THERMOGENIC PROPERTIES WHICH PROMOTE FAT-BURNING.”
BLOOD SUGAR
In recent studies, increased green tea consumption coincided with decreased blood glucose levels. Fewer spikes in blood sugar levels were also seen.

VIRAL & BACTERIAL AGENTS LOWERED
Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents, which may support the body’s immune function. People with influnza, diarrhea, or even tooth decay may benefit from tea catechins.

CALORIE-BURNING
Green tea should be used as part of a healthy diet, as it can play a role in controlling weight. Green tea works by increasing energy expenditure, and also has thermogenic properties which promote fat-burning.