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Brew awakening

Brew Awakening

Brew awakening…

Not too long ago, I drove down Fairview Street here in Boise, Idaho and noticed a coffee shop called Brew Awakening. What a great name for a coffee shop!  Recently, I found this space empty.  I am sorry to see someone’s dream not being realized.   Even if you have the benefit of high traffic street, cars don’t always stop.  Fast morning commuters won’t notice you if moving traffic is over 35mph.  Perhaps the owner found a better location. 

Here I am trying to offer you some simple guidelines on a perfect brew cup of tea.  The way to a perfect cup of tea can be as deep as the history of tea.  The whole process of brewing tea reminds us to be mindful of what we are doing.  It keeps us being in the present moment and pay attention to the detail of the three elements: the temperature, brewing time and serving traditions.  The steps are just as important as the drink itself.  The Japanese has gone as far as to creating a tea ceremony where every move has an intention.  Like mediation, the process slows down the mind and allows wisdoms to come through.

With Chinese tradition, the Kung Fu tea encompasses the reflective spirit, the etiquette, and the skills of making and pouring the tea. Drinking Kung Fu tea is not to crush thirst, but to experience the tea through the fragrance and the taste.  A special miniature clay tea pot is used.  This clay absorbs the fragrance of the tea.  Over time, one can smell the tea without having to brew the tea in the tea pot.

In modern days, the general guidelines are 2 to 5 minutes for steeping black tea.  Oolong tea takes longer, about 5-8 minutes. The recommended water temperature is 180-190 temperature. Green tea takes about 2-4 minutes at 160 to 170 degree water.  White tea steeps for 4-6 minutes at 180 degree temperature.  Second infusion will take twice as long for the flavor to infuse.  Steep time for Rooibos and other herbal tea varies, but most of them needs to steep 5 minutes or more.  Adjust these steps to your personal taste. 

Whatever method or tools you use, be with the process and enjoy the experience.  Make it your time to have a brew awakening.

Green rooibos – something that green tea lover wouldn’t want to miss

Green Rooibos – Something that green tea lover wouldn’t want to miss

How green is the natural Rooibos frozen and fresh, has more healing properties. The lack of oxidation of tea leaves with very high in vitamin C. You do not dip the tea made with hot water, as this process destroys the vitamin.

The amount of antioxidants and flavonoids are also much higher than the red variety of the plant, Rooibos. After the health benefits of green Rooibos has increased over Rooibos red.

Other nutrient content of Rooibos, remain unchanged. Thus, Green Rooibos is still a rich source of minerals and trace elements. In fact, it has much more antioxidants of green tea.

Rooibos Tea is a unique natural plant the CedarbergMountains of South Africa. During the summer months harvesting the plants fermented Rooibos and dried in the laboratory of nature. On pure mineral water, fresh air and causes the heat of the sun Africa, changing from green to red mahogany Green Tea Rooibos. It’s rich in many natural elements – to give you a delicious elixir that would grow to love, and enjoyed by people from South Africa generations. By the 18th century botanists have regained enjoyed for generations, the natural sweetness of them – unaware of the amazing powers of this wonder of nature, nor the wide range of applications, we can find. Relax until after nearly 200 years, in 1968, when South African mother, Annique Theron, the therapeutic benefits of such facilities and the ability to calm and stumbled her baby. Annique went to investigate and document the health benefits of spectacular. He made the discovery with others and shares the good news of Mother Nature’s lullaby. Today, the only effect of this remarkable plant review have been scientifically tested and proven to be beneficial, not only children but also for all age groups.

Rooibos first as the wild growing more linearis Aspalathus was the plants by cutting them with axes and bruised with hammers, fermented in heaps, before drying in the sun harvest. Today, the basic method Rooibos production from planting to harvesting is essentially unchanged.

However, the crops are not harvested from the wild. In addition, production methods and more sophisticated engineering. Large improvements in production technology and strict quality care now for a quality product every step of the journey from seed to finished product. Approximately 18 months after planting seedlings, is ripe and harvested. The plants are harvested once a year in summer. Cut Rooibos is bound in bundles and milled to a uniform length then bruised between rollers to cause significant chemical process (fermentation), which gave the characteristic yellow color, and characteristic flavor and sweet aroma of Rooibos. After fermentation of Rooibos is spread thinly in a large drying yards under the hot sun of South Africa, having sucked dry by a special vacuum. At this stage the product is generally referred to as tea farm said. The Rooibos Limited, we are kind and quality of the product according to the length, color and taste.

Tea for weight loss

Tea for weight loss

Britain is notoriously a tea drinking nation, but there are still a lot we are yet to learn about tea. Drinking the right blend of tea at the right time can provide ample health benefits for everyone.

Drinking tea may not be the most obvious choice for an effective way to lose weight but research and studies conducted shows that it does, particular certain types of tea. Most teas are derived from the same plant, the Camellia Sinensis first originating from Asia but are also found in places such as India, China, Indonesia and Korea.

Green and White teas are well known for their thermogenic properties, this means the body temperature raises slightly to burn more calories. In Chinese medicine these teas are frequently used to detoxify, refresh and bring balance to the immune system.

Organic Green tea is prepared from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, without the help from any artificial fertilizer or pesticide. It has a very abundant supply of powerful antioxidants, containing Flavonoids, Polyphenols, Catechins and the compound EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate). (Catechins and EGCG being the two most important ingredients of Green Tea.) It also boasts many vitamins and minerals such as A, B, C, D, E, K and manganese to name just a few.

Green tea helps to control weight gain by lowering the level of LDL cholesterol and helps to boost your metabolic rate. It contains caffeine which helps with fat oxidation and is also a great appetite suppressant meaning you will consume less food and therefore fewer calories! Green tea has detoxifying properties and helps to protect your DNA by guarding against free radicals which would then lead to cellular damage.

White tea, (its namesake is given due to the silver fuzz that covers the buds of the plant which then turns the tea white as it dries) helps control the blood cholesterol levels which is one problem that attributes to obesity and weight gain. It also helps to decrease the growth of fat cells on the human body and slowly destroys the existing cells. It is made from the under developed tea leaves that are picked before the buds have fully opened has Anti-Viral and Anti Bacterial effects. It helps to slow down the growth of Bacteria that can lead to Staphylococcus infections, dental cavities and even Pneumonia.

It was also discovered that white tea has an even stronger antibacterial effect on human pathogenic viruses than even Green tea. White tea even helps prevent DNA damage caused by the suns rays. With its large amount of antioxidants it is even suggested it can help prevent premature ageing. There are many different varieties of White tea depending on the amount of leaves or buds included in the mixture but you can gain many health benefits from White tea.

There are many different teas that we can choose from, one of the best available is called Tava Tea, it offers users a unique blend of the very best Chinese teas that will enhance weight loss, along with offering many other health inducing benefits.

Herbal tea for a healthy body

Herbal Tea for a Healthy Body

Drink some herbal teas – they really will have positive effects on many parts of the body. Replace drinking so much coffee, sugar and milk everyday – all of which are bad for you when taken regularly every day.

Burdock

  • Cleanses the blood
  • Stimulates the liver
  • Helps to regulate blood sugar
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant properties

Cardamom

  • Eases stomach cramps
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Reduces gas and flatulence
  • Chewing the seeds can freshen breath

Chamomile

  • Soothes the stomach
  • Calms the nerves
  • Induces sleep
  • Eases cold symptoms

Cinnamon

  • Improves circulation
  • Eases cold symptoms
  • Relieves stomach upsets
  • Reduces menstrual cramps
  • Regulates blood sugar and insulin

Dandelion

  • Effective diuretic
  • Stimulates and cleanses the liver
  • Expectorant
  • May reduce the incidence of gallstones

Elderflower

·         Relieves cold and flu symptoms,

·         Reduces catarrh

·         Helps reduce sinus problems

Echinacea

·         Helps maintain a strong immune system

Fennel

  • Improves appetite
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Eliminates flatulence
  • Relieves stomach cramps
  • Soothes throat, and coughs

Ginger

  • Improves circulation
  • Relieves cold and flu symptoms
  • Eases stomach cramps and nausea
  • Reduces menstrual cramps
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Takes the zing out of arthritis pain,

Hawthorn

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Balanced blood pressure
  • Strengthens circulation
  • Improves overall heart health
  • Anti-oxidant

Lemon Balm

·        Relives anxiety.

·         Promotes digestion

·         Induces rest

Licorice

  • Relieves coughs and sore throats
  • Improves digestion
  • Eases menstrual cramps
  • Believes to increase libido
  • Reduces seasonal allergies and congestion

Lime flower

·         Another anti-stress herb for soothing the nervous system

·         Relieves indigestion,

·         Eases common cold

·         Relieves griping or colicky pain in the abdomen.

Marigold

·         Cleansing and Detoxifying herb

·         Provides anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibiotic activity

Motherwort

  • Relieves symptoms of PMS
  • Good for uterus health after childbirth
  • Reduces nervous anxiety

Mint

  • Eases many stomach and digestive problems
  • Helps relieve headaches
  • Relaxing

Nettle

  • Cleanses the blood
  • High in vitamins A and C
  • Improves liver and kidney functions
  • Eases coughs and other respiratory problems
  • Relieves diarrhea and constipation

Raspberry

  • Eases diarrhea
  • High in many vitamins and minerals
  • Menstrual aid
  • Antioxidant

Rosehip

  • Source of vitamin C
  • Antioxidant
  • Prevents bladder infections
  • Eases headaches

Rosemary

  • Improves circulation
  • Stimulates the liver
  • Eases joint pain and headache pain
  • Relieves cold symptoms

Sage

  • Calms the nerves
  • Improves digestion
  • Eases lung congestion and coughs

Strawberry

  • Relieves diarrhea
  • Soothes the stomach
  • Helps ease arthritis and rheumatism

Thyme

  • Improves immune system
  • Promotes perspiration
  • Eases sore throats and coughs
  • Antiseptic
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