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The best tea for weight loss diet

The Best Tea For Weight Loss Diet

The best tea for weight loss is those that are from China and Japan. Why is that so? This is because there tea product is proven to work all through the years, some said over centuries but other would say three thousand years. Nonetheless, if you look at Chinese and Japanese people, they have lean body, beautiful skin and are healthy people. Of course, these only refer to people who incorporate tea in their daily meal.

Let us understand that people’s lifestyle have been changed through the years. So, some have been introduced to a different diet from other cultures. Acculturation is happening everywhere across the globe. This is especially internet plays a big part in educating people all over the world the different lifestyle. But in the southern part of China, you can still see that tea is served every meal time.

Anyway, tea has different types based on how they are processed. But these types of tea use Camellia Sinensis. Based on the studies conducted, this plant contains antioxidants, polyphenols, essential nutrients, theaflavins, and epigallocatechin gallate. These substances found in the tea make it beneficial to the human body, thus it enhances metabolic rate, reverse the effect of obesity, and other health benefits.

There are only two clinical studies conducted which have Japanese men as the subject. The first study revealed the result that catechins present in tea can really control the person’s body from becoming overweight. The Second study gave a conclusion that green tea has the thermogenesis effect in the body thus it boosts the heat production in the body at the same time improve the metabolic rate.

Other health benefits that a person can reap in drinking tea are controlled cholesterol levels and high blood sugar levels. Since the tea has antibacterial properties it also protects your gums from antibacterial infection and your teeth from having cavities. The best tea for weight loss is not only effective in trimming down excess weight but also in improving your overall wellness.

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Tea cozies: a charming and practical accessory for lovers of gourmet teas

Tea Cozies: A Charming and Practical Accessory for Lovers of Gourmet Teas

Are you a fan of gourmet teas?  If so, you probably enjoy collecting different accessories such as tea pots, tea cups, and tea tins.  One accessory you may want to consider adding to your gourmet teas collection is a tea cozy.

Tea cozies were first introduced in Britain in 1867.  Tea cozies were introduced in North America around the same time.  People used tea cozies to insulate their tea pot and keep their tea warm for longer during afternoon tea.  One of the main aspects of tea parties is conversation, but if the tea gets cold fast, conversation can get cut short.  The tea cozy was invented in order to keep the tea warm and thus facilitate longer conversations.

The tea cozy flourished in Britain in the 1800s.  During the Victorian era in Britain, adorning and decorating objects was a popular practice so tea cozies were commonly found in households across Britain.  Afternoon tea was a time for aristocrats to network and keep up to date with news and gossip.  Tea cozies allowed afternoon tea participants to continue chatting with a warm pot of tea by their side.  Thanks to tea cozies, afternoon tea participants no longer had to settle for tepid tea or cut their parties short.

Why Tea Cozies?

If you enjoy holding tea parties and serving gourmet teas, a tea cozy is the perfect accessory to have.  Not only is it a charming addition to your tea set, you will be able to enjoy longer conversations with your friends and loved ones anytime you have a tea party.  The tea cozy will keep your gourmet Tea warm so you can enjoy them for a maximized amount of time. Tea cozies have the added benefit of enhancing the tea infusion process.  They complete the infusion of tea into hot water by keeping the tea pot insulated.

Gourmet teas have a particularly delicate balance of flavor that can be ruined if you reheat them multiple times.  Tea cozies allow you to keep your tea warm for hours without reheating it so you can maintain its original, delicate flavor.  Tea cozies are also eco-friendly because they help you keep tea warm without using energy to reheat it time and time again.  Not to mention tea cozies will cut your energy bill if you drink tea frequently!

Every lover of gourmet teas should have a tea cozy or even a collection of them.  They make drinking each warm cup of gourmet teas from your collection all the more enjoyable.  Tea cozies are both charming and practical.  Nothing will decorate your tea party table more beautifully than a unique tea cozy.  Guests at your tea party will be delighted to see a beautifully adorned tea pot on the tea party table.

Styles of Tea Cozies

There are several styles of tea cozies available, allowing you to match them to your other kitchen accessories.  Lace, knitted, crocheted, and cloth varieties of tea cozies are available.  They come in many different shapes and sizes.  If you are feeling particularly crafty, you can even make your own tea cozies.  There are books of tea cozy patterns out there that you can use to create a variety of unique tea cozies for your collection.

Tea cozies can be purchased or made to match with your aprons, table cloths, oven mittens, and so on.  Most of the tea cozies used in Britain were hand-knitted.  Cloth tea cozies are the most convenient because you can wash them easily.  They often come with removable padded inserts that can be washed separately.  A cloth tea cozy can be embroidered in order to match with a fine set of china.

Some tea cozies have openings for the lid and spout of the tea pot so you don’t have to remove them anytime you pour tea.  These types of tea cozies are ideal for people who pour tea frequently.  For maximum heating capability, the traditional U-shaped tea pot is best because it covers the entire tea pot and traps the steam.  Others also include hidden pockets where you can place dry flowers and herbs.  The dry flowers and herbs give off a pleasant aroma.

Tips for Purchasing Tea Cozies

The best kinds of tea cozies have a ring or bobble at the top, allowing you to remove them with ease.  Tea cozies that feature bobbles look like knitted winter hats.

The tea cozy you use should be large enough to cover your entire tea pot.  A quality tea cozy can keep your tea hot and fresh for up to three hours, eliminating the need for you to reheat your tea several times throughout a tea party.

Whether you’re chatting with tea party friends or you’re drinking tea while reading a gripping novel, tea cozies will help you get more enjoyment out of the tea drinking experience.  By using a tea cozy, you can enjoy tea with enhanced flavor due to the extended infusion process.  Moreover, you can enjoy warm tea for a longer time without having to go up to the stove and reheat it again.

How to make red raspberry leaf iced tea

How to Make Red Raspberry Leaf Iced Tea

Are you tired of the usual high sugar and caffeinated drinks for your afternoon pick-me-up?  Do you want a refreshing drink that is good for you?  Red raspberry leaf tea is nourishing for the whole body and good for everyone at any age. 

This tea is good for the reproductive system for both men and women.  For men it’s a good tonic for prostate health.  For women, it is especially good to drink before and during pregnancy.  This herb is the one you want to strengthen and tone the uterus for childbirth.

It even helps prevent osteoporosis.  It’s a good tea for children to drink because it gives them strong healthy teeth.  And you can even use this tea as a mouthwash and a gargle for a throat that’s irritated!

Red Raspberry tea is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, selenium, phosphorus, potassium, and the vitamins B, C, A and E, so be sure to drink it regularly.

Here’s a good recipe for Red Raspberry Leaf Tea:

Pour 1 quart boiling water over 1 ounce of dried red raspberry leaf.  Cap with a lid and set this out to infuse for 4 to 8 hours.   Strain off the herb and store the tea in the refrigerator.

Serve iced with a sprig of peppermint and a little sweetener if desired.  Sweeteners include honey, maple syrup, and dehydrated cane sugar.  Some find they like it better if the sweetener is made into a thin syrup.  To make this just dissolve the sweetener with a bit of hot water before adding it to your tea.  If you don’t want any sweetener, you can use apple juice instead.

©2009 Shanna Ohmes

Romantic story of buddhism & tea

Romantic Story of Buddhism & Tea

Every Chinese tea and Japanese tea lover will be familiar with this writing, in English that’s “Tea and Zen are the same feelings” or “taste Zen in Tea”, it shows the close connection between tea and Buddhism. 

Do you know where does tea come from? The legend says Xin Southern and Northern Dynasties, Dharma slept unexpectedly when he was practicing self-cultivation in Shaolin, he was so angry about that and in order to stop sleeping next time he took off his eyelids onto the ground. At the next year there was a tea tree on the ground, and the green tea leaf fell into the pan when Dharma’s Service was boiling water, and after drank tea water Dharma found he will not feel sleepy. That’s the mythic story of the origin of tea. There are some romantic stories between Buddhism and tea.

Zen and tea’s fable 

The most famous fable about Zen and tea is ZhaoZhou Monk. 

One day two monks came for learning Zen, ZhaoZhou Monk asked one of them, “have you ever been here?”

“Yes.”

“So go to drink tea!” ZhaoZhou Monk said.

“No, I’ve not been here.” Another man answered.

“You drink tea too!” ZhaoZhou Monk said.

“Why do you let them to drink tea no matter they have been here or not?” the abbot wondered and asked.

“You go drink too!” ZhaoZhou answered.

Could you get the Zen from what ZhaoZhou Monk said? No matter you understand or not, here is another interesting fable. 

One man came to NanYin for studying Zen, NanYin welcomed him with tea, he poured tea water into cup and didn’t stop though the cup was full. The man said:” Master, the cup has been fulfilled. ” Master NanYin said :”You’re just like the cup fulfilled with your ideas, if you don’t make it empty, how can I teach you Zen?”

Why Monks obsess on tea?

Tea has three virtues: for Buddhism, it can help you touch Zen; for body, it can help digest; for soul, it can help keep your heart awake.

  

Tang Dynasty is a very important time for Tea and Zen, Tang is also one of the most powerful countries in the world. Its economic was powerful and the more important is that it absorbed and syncretized everything that’s excellent from other races and countries. And the most important book of tea—- Cha Jing was born in Tang as well. 

Cha Jing, also named Tea Classic, was wrote by Lu Yu in 761 AC, this book is the first book covers the whole tea circle in the world. Lu Yu has a very close connection with Buddhism, he was a foundling and was brought up by Zen Master ZhiJi, but Lu Yu didn’t like Buddhism and ran out to be the circus clown, fortunately Governor Li Qiwu recognized his gift and let him follow and learn from Zhou Fuzi, Another important man named Cui Guofu also appreciated him, they’re very important to his growing. Do you know Lu Yu was not famous for Tea but for his literature in Tang Dynasty? Surprising? It’s true. He was one of the most famous litterateurs, when he came to one city, the chief will welcome him personally. And certainly tea is one of his hobbies, his Shifu Master Zhiji loved tea very much and also was a tea Master, so Lu Yu had connection with tea in the very young age. One of Lu Yu’s best friends Jiao Ran was also a Monk, a very famous poetry Monk. If you take a look at the whole life of Lu Yu, you’ll find the birth of Cha Jing has so close connection with Buddhism. 

Could we find Dharma in tea today? 

Still we can meet Dharma in tea in the 21st Century, but you know not every one can hear his voice. In Jiuhua Anhui Province which is one of the 4 most famous Buddhism Mountains in China you can take a drink of Jiuhua Buddhism tea (Jiuhua Fo Cha), in HangZhou, you can go to JingShan Temple for JingShan tea. JingShan Tea Banquet is the origin of Japanese Tea Dao.

 In Southern Song Dynasty (about 1235 AC), Japanese Master Shenyi came to China and learned from Master Wuzun in JingShan temple. He went back and introduced The JingShan Tea Banquet to Japanese and which gradually evolved into Japanese Tea Ceremony. But for now JinShan tea in China is not so famous as in Japan.

 We have so many more famous teas like Tie Guan Yin, Buddha Hand, Da Fang tea and so on. There is a story about the source of Tie Guan Yin which is the most popular tea in China now. In Qing Dynasty an old man named Wei Yin who believe in Guanyin and offer a cup of tea everyday morning. One night he dreamed that he went out and found a tea tree near the river and at the second day he found the tea tree by tracing the way in the dream. He moved the tea tree into an iron pan. He thought the tea tree was gift of Guanyin, so named it as Iron Guanyin (Tie Guan Yin).

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