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Yes chinese herbal teas are uesd for healing

Yes Chinese Herbal Teas Are Uesd For Healing!

Chinese Herbal Teas

Chinese herbal teas are also called Tisanes and are not, technically speaking, actually teas. Rather, they are infusions made from herbs instead of tea that is made from the Camelia Sinensis plant. The essence of the herb is extracted when the tea is steeped in hot water.

Chinese herbal teas are traditionally used for their healing, medicinal properties. Many varieties are also enjoyed simply for their taste, however. China is known for producing an entire pharmacy of herbs, making the herbal teas from there increasingly popular today.

The Beneficial Properties of Chinese Herbal Teas

The caffeine-free alternative represented by herbal teas is one of the well-known benefits Chinese herbal tea offers. Additionally, many of them are attributed with very soothing and comforting effects. Rosebud and Chrysanthemum herbal teas are two of the more popular examples of them.

Rosebud and Chrysanthemum teas are considered in China to be a woman”s herb. They are, however, also useful for aiding digestion. Even a hard-core tea drinker is sure to enjoy the fresh floral flavor of these miniature rosebuds. Chrysanthemum tea has long been used to cool the body and reduce fever and has a particularly unique flavor.

Due to the lack of caffeine, Chinese herbal teas are great beverages to have when caffeine would be avoided, such as at night before bed.

The Fantastic Flower Herbal Teas

Among the many varieties of Chinese herbal teas are the wildly popular flower teas. These teas are, like all herbal teas, caffeine-free alternatives and offer various benefits. Most offer a palate of flavors while being calming and soothing.

The following are among the more famous of the flower herbal teas (alphabetically):

* Carnation Flower Tea–The tea brewed from this is attractive red flower is said to help restore the energy of the body. It is also widely used for relaxing.

* Chrysanthemum Herbal Tea–This tea has a subtle sweetness and is regarded as highly refreshing. Among the popular cooling infusions this is a premier choice.

* Forget Me Not Flower Tea–This brews a mild and grassy flavored tisane. Said to aid the lungs, it is also caffeine-free. It is widely known for its beautiful purple flowers.

* Gongju Herbal Tea–The Gongju flower is known for its soothing and relaxing attributes and brews a smooth tasting herbal tea.

* Jasmine Bud Flower Tea–This Chinese herbal tea, according to some experts, is comprised solely of the small and beautiful Jasmine flowers that have not yet opened. The tea produced sweet and caffeine-free.

* Kuding Pearl Tea–The leaves for this variety are rolled into large pearls, which is one of the sources of its nickname, “one leaf tea” due to the size of the leaves. The other reason it is called “one leaf” is because of the belief that only one leaf of this tea is needed to heal a number of things. Many people consider this tea to be a bitter tea, but nearly everyone agrees that this ancient leaf brews an interesting herbal tea.

* Yunnan Flower Bud Tea–This Chinese herbal tea grows, as implied by the name, in the old forests of Yunnan. This rare flower is primarily a local Yunnan drink and is caffeine free.

* Wild New York Ginseng–For those who appreciate the wild growing conditions in which the roots ripen this is another well-known Chinese herbal tea. It is said that each root develops a unique appearance and personality because of the rugged wild conditions. Size and age can vary greatly, with some of these wild roots being very small and very old while some larger roots are much younger. These herbal roots live for seven years or more.

What is loose tea

What is loose tea?

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Due to the convenience tea has been served in tea bags for a while but not all teas need to be served in this method. Tea served directly from the tin or box may not come in bags but as loose tea, hence the word loose tea is used.

Loose tea is prepared and ground up and is made without the use of paper or a bag material. All the leaves will come into contact with the hot water and nothing is in between the water and the leaves.

The leaves will generally be packed in a large tin or other solid container. This is to ensure the leaves will not be spilled out.

One of the big reasons why loose tea is the much preferred type of tea to be served is that the loose leaves are not filtered as much as bagged tea. The lack of the filter will allow for a much more favorable and aromatic tea.

A big plus of loose tea is you can control the strength and flavor of the tea by simply adding or removing the quantity of leaves, compared to a standard tea bag which will have a fixed strength. There is no limit to how many leaves makes a good cup of tea and comes to a personal preference.

Loose tea is found in almost every form of tea regardless of the brand and style, from green, oolong and black or fruit teas. Loose leaves are truly the tea of choice as it always individuals to control the flavor and aroma of their tea to their tastes.

Brewing the perfect cup of herbal tea

Brewing the Perfect Cup of Herbal Tea

There is nothing quite as good as the taste of teas made with fresh picked herbs. However, many herbs may not be available fresh, either because of the season or their growing environment. A perfect cup of tea can still be brewed with quality dried herbs.

Although numerous gadgets exist for tea making, all that is really required is a pot or kettle to boil water in, a teapot or glass canning jar for steeping, and a strainer. It is important to use a glass, porcelain, or glazed earthenware pot for brewing as some metals can react with the herbs. Always warm the teapot or jar to prevent the tea from cooling off too quickly and to prevent the container from breaking. Many types of strainers and tea balls are available but you might want to just use the herbs loose to allow the herbs to float and move around during brewing. If you prefer a tea ball, use a large one. The tea can be strained after brewing with a stainless steel kitchen strainer.

Because herbal teas can be brewed from leaves, roots, bark, seeds or flowers; alone or in combination, a couple of brewing techniques need to be acquired.

Teas made from the leaves or flowers are infused to protect the more delicate oils from evaporating. To make an infusion, place the herbs in the warmed teapot or canning jar, pour gently boiling water over the herbs, cover to prevent evaporation, steep for 10 – 15 minutes, and strain. In general, use one teaspoon of dried or 3 teaspoons of fresh, bruised herb per cup of water.

Teas made from the roots, bark or seeds are decocted to release their properties. A decoction requires the roots or bark to be cut into small pieces and the seeds to be bruised with a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon. Place 1/2 to one ounce of herb into a pot with one pint (2 cups) of cold water, bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat, simmer gently for 10 – 20 minutes, and strain. Teas made with stronger spices such as ginger, clove or cinnamon will need to be adjusted for personal tastes.

To make a tea with both roots/bark/seeds and leaves/flowers follow the directions for making a decoction using just the roots, bark or seeds. Pour the strained decoction over the leaves or flowers and infuse as above.

Herbal iced teas follow the same procedures as above but should be brewed double-strength. After straining, chill for 30 minutes and pour over a glass full of ice. Most herbal teas are delicate enough that sweetening is not necessary but sugar or preferably local honey can be added. There are also naturally sweet herbs that can be added to the teas such as licorice root and stevia (up to 250 times sweeter than sugar! All natural with just a pinch required to sweeten a whole pot of tea).

Unused tea should be refrigerated and used within 24 hours of brewing. 

A wonderful supplier of organic and wildcrafted herbs is Mountain Rose Herbs.

Tea – london shops selling quality tea

Tea – London Shops Selling Quality Tea

British people are known for their tea drinking, but unfortunately they mostly drink over-brewed tea with milk and sugar. For the tea connoisseur this is a complete no-no. So if you’re visiting London and want to buy some quality black, oolong, green or white tea, where should you head. This is my personal choice of the best tea shops in London.

My favourite is Tea Smith in Spitalfields Market (6 Lamb Street, E1 6EA, Tel: 020 7247 1333). Here you can explore the world of exceptional teas – delicate Whites, energising Greens, aromatic and complex Oolongs, and mysterious aged Puers. Here you can buy tea to take away or sample various teas at their tea bar. The quality of the tea is truly exceptional.

Another of my regular tea shops is Teaspoon in Paddington (195 Praed Street, W2 1RH, Tel: 020 7402 0499). This is where I get my favourite tea from – Organic Dragon Well. They also sell a great tasting Organic Silver Needle Tea – it’s low in caffeine, so great for drinking in the evening.

If you’re in central London, then the Tea Palace in Covent Garden (12 Covent Garden Market, WC2E 8RF Tel: 020 7836 6997) is the place to head for. Tea Palace has a very large range of quality teas to choose from and also sell presentation packs – idea for a present for the tea-lover in your life. Tea Palace tea can also be bought at Selfridges (400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB) and Mitsukoshi (14-20 Regent Street, SW1Y 4PH)

Another neat little tea shop is yumchaa (91/92 Camden Lock Place, Upper Walkway, West Yard, NW1 8AF & 45 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8SF). Yumchaa also have a stall at Portobello Market on Saturdays.


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