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Tea Gifts

Tea Inspired Gifts to Give This Fall

September 20, 2021

Fall is approaching, and there is nothing better than a warm cup of tea on a cold fall afternoon. Here are 9 great tea inspired gifts to give this fall to your tea loving friends and family.

1- Matcha Roll Bubble Bar by Lush

Baths are a great way to relax on a cool fall day. The warm water allows your blood to flow and your breathe to slow which results in a relaxing experience. When you add in the Matcha Roll Bubble Bar to your soak, your skin will be left feeling softened and refreshed. Lush is a natural cosmetics brand that has taken the drivers seat in all things bath and body related. Their wide selection of bath accessories are popular for gifts and perfect for Fall, because who doesn’t love a little self-care on a cool Fall day. Treat yourself today with this bubble bath accessory.

2- 16oz Stoneware Happy Fall Mug by Threshold at Target

Kickoff Fall with a cute mug. This fall mug is perfect for anyone with a Fall birthday, or for that special person you are thinking of gifting. Pour a nice cup of our loose leaf tea into this fall mug and grab your favorite book or turn on your favorite TV show to binge. Mugs are also great teacher gifts and can be paired with a pack of loose leaf tea or a gift card to a local coffee shop for a generous gesture. Sip in style with this cute, inexpensive fall mug.

3- Commuter Cup (insulated travel mug by Corkcicle)

This excellent travel mug by Corkcicle is perfect for someone who is always on the go. It comes in two different sizes, 9oz and 17oz, and is designed with a 360 degree spill proof lid so you can throw it into any bag without having any worry of spillage. Keep your water cold for 18 hours, or your tea hot for 5 hours with the insulation designed into this great commuter cup. Whether you are commuting for work, or just always on the go, this mug will make your life easier with its convenient design.

4- Interchangeable Tea Quote Throw Pillow Covers

Elevate your fall home decor by adding a tea inspired throw pillow cover to your home. It’s easy to stick with your same pillows, so why not switch it up with an interchangeable throw pillow cover. Whether you are looking to accessorize your couch, bed, or chair, this pillow is great for any tea lover. Some of the cute designs we found include a Tea, Books, & Rain or this Books & Tea Make Me Happy pillow cover.

5- Pumpkin Perfect Loose Leaf Tea Infuser by David’s Tea

Tea infusers are a great way to gain the maximum amount of flavor out of your favorite loose leaf teas. This pumpkin patterned tea infuser is a great gift for fall. Tea infusers allow you to control the amount of time in which your tea steeps and prevent the over extraction of tannins which can result in a bitter taste in your cup of tea. Another great tea infuser is this Rose Gold Tea Ball Infuser by Crate and Barrel. Rose Gold is a great fall color that can be thrown with any kitchenware for a shiny touch.

6- Pumpkin Shaped Stoneware Mug by Pottery Barn

Who doesn’t love pumpkin themed items in the fall? This pumpkin shaped mug from Pottery Barn is perfect for your pumpkin obsessed friends. Pair it with a bag of our loose leaf Chai tea to complete the perfect fall gift. Gift your friends with the opportunity to whip up a Chai Tea Latte at home in their new mug.

7- Le Creuset Kettle and Mug Set

Le Creuset is a trusty favorite in the world of kitchenware. The enamel this steel kettle is crafted from sturdy carbon steel and finished with a vibrant porcelain enamel finish. The mug is made from durable stoneware and is generously sized for enjoying a decently sized cup of tea. Treat your loved one to this kettle and mug set by Le Creuset, you will not regret it.

8- Pumpkin Chai Candle by Nest Fragrances

Do you love flavors of pumpkin and chai in the fall? Then this candle is perfect for you. There is nothing better than the warm fragrances of fall. This candle creates a cozy fall ambiance with a scent that is created through a mixture of wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon.

9- Tea By Sugarfina 3 Piece Candy Bento Box

This delicious candy bento box is a great gift for your tea loving, sweet tooth friends. It features matcha, rose tea, and peach tea flavored chewy bears. This delicious treat is an excellent gift to sweeten someone’s day.

Now that we’ve shown you 9 excellent tea-inspired gifts, which are you going to give this fall?

Tea Health Benefits

5 Best Teas to Reduce Stress

September 13, 2021

Feeling stressed or experiencing elevated anxiety? Unwind with a soothing cup of tea. Tea is the best natural way to relieve stress and reduce anxiety. It offers relaxing properties and a list of other added benefits for your health. Please note that a doctor should be consulted in order to establish a proper routine for care and treatment of anxiety or stress.

1. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile Tea is a popular herbal tea that is made from the flowers of the Chamomile plant. Aside from it’s long list of health benefits including providing digestive relief, controlling blood sugar levels, and boosting your immune system, Chamomile Tea is also known to reduce anxiety and stress. According to an article on Medical News Today, many researchers believe that Chamomile tea can function as a benxodiazepine, a prescription drug that can induce sleep and reduce anxiety. Since Chamomile is an herb, it will not provide as large of an effect as a pharmaceutical drug but can still show benefits. It has been used for years by many different cultures, and can also be served in supplement form. Chamomile tea is safe to consume and has a recommended dose of 1 to 4 cups of tea daily.

2. Green Tea

Green tea contains an amino acid called Theanine that is a known constituent that effects the central nervous system. It’s mood-altering effects provide relaxing benefits that can be beneficial to someone suffering from anxiety or stress. It can affect certain chemicals in the brain, including serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin and dopamine which are neurotransmitters that are known to regulate bodily functions such as emotion. It is important to note that green tea contains caffeine and caffeine can alter the effects of theanine. As proven in a study by the U.S. National Library of Medicine: National Institutes of Health, reduced stress and improved sleep quality can be caused by reduced caffeine content in green tea.

3. Peppermint Tea

Peppermint Tea is another popular herbal tea that has proven health benefits including relieving tension, improving energy, and inducing sleep. Peppermint teas are packed with relaxing effects to help relieve stress and ease your mind. The menthol within the peppermint allows your muscles to relax amidst any ongoing stress or anxiety. When your muscles are relaxed, it is also easier to fall asleep. Peppermint tea can also reduce your body temperature and blood pressure, which in result will help you to better relax. Naturally, peppermint tea does not contain any caffeine and it can relieve tension in your sinus is and head which is beneficial if you are sick. Peppermint tea can also be consumed to relieve cramping or body aches.

4. Lavender Tea

Lavender tea is another soothing herbal tea that can help calm your nerves which results in reduced stress and anxiety relief. Lavender is also a popular aromatherapy scent that can be produced in essential oil form. It is known for its soothing scent and clarifying properties. When consumed in tea form, lavender can help improve the quality of your sleep. Lavender extract can also be found in supplement form and should be consumed with caution. When taking anything that may have an effect on your central nervous system it is important to consult a doctor or other health care professional who can better guide you on how to use and consume the product safely. Aside from its soothing properties, lavender tea can also improve the quality of your skin. The anti-inflammatory properties found in lavender extract can help diminish the appearance of inflammation on your skin.

5. Lemon Balm Tea

According to WebMD, lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. It produces a calming effect that can be used to treat insomnia, stress, and anxiety. Similar to lavender, it is another popular essential oil that is used for aromatherapy purposes to achieve soothing effects. Lemon balm tea contains powerful antioxidants that can combat sickness and create an alert effect on your central nervous system. Lemon balm tea contains rosmarinic acid, which is known to boost brain activity.

Self-care is the best way to show compassion for your body in a physical and mental capacity. Whether you are feeling slightly anxious or have a lingering feeling of stress, decompress with a nice cup of tea and experience the anti-stress factors associated with the teas listed above. Not only will you experience soothing and relaxing benefits from consuming these teas but other health benefits as well which can play a role on your mood and brain function. It is important to remember that anxiety is a mood disorder that should be diagnosed by a doctor or other health care professional. If you suffer from anxiety, please consult a doctor before looking to tea as a solution.

Tea Recipes

Tea Latte Recipes to Try

September 6, 2021

With fall being just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to consider tea lattes. Tea lattes are the perfect combination of warm and cozy that is necessary for the fall, and they are easy to make from the comfort of your own home. Just like a regular latte, tea lattes are equal parts tea and steamed milk and can have other added flavors for your liking. We rounded up 4 of our favorite tea latte recipes that can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

Matcha Latte

Matcha is a popular form of green tea that has become a trend inspiring drinks, desserts, and more. It is high in antioxidants and has 10x the nutrients of regular green tea, which is why matcha lattes are the perfect drink to get your day going. Here is everything you need to make a perfect matcha latte. The recipe for this tasty drink is simple, but requires certain techniques to make it smooth.

Ingredients:

  • Matcha Powder
  • Hot Water
  • Honey, or another natural sweetener such as agave
  • Milk

Instructions:

  1. First, we recommend using a matcha whisk. Begin by sifting your matcha powder to avoid clumping. We want your latte to be as smooth and clump-free as possible to make it more enjoyable.
  2. Next, add the matcha to a cup or mug. Pour the hot water over the sifted matcha and whisk using your matcha whisk. The outcome should be a smooth dark green paste.
  3. After the paste is whisked to perfection, heat your milk of choice in a small saucepan and pour into the cup or mug. If you prefer and iced latter, use cold milk.
  4. Use your matcha whisk to thoroughly mix the milk and paste together. This should produce a light green color.
  5. Following this step, you can add honey or a natural sweetener such as agave for your liking. Add a sprinkle of the matcha powder on top for decoration.

Chai Tea Latte

Craving something spicy and don’t feel like spending the money on a chai tea latte from Starbucks? Make your own Chai Tea Latte at home with this easy recipe. Chai tea is a version of black tea that includes chai spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, black pepper, and cardamom. The infusion of spices and a touch of milk creates a perfect creamy combination perfect for a fall day.

Ingredients:

  • Loose Leaf Chai Tea
  • Hot water
  • Your milk of choice (non-fat, almond, etc.). The higher fat your milk is, the creamier texture you will achieve. Starbucks uses 2% milk for their lattes.
  • Granulated sugar, brown sugar, or another artificial sweetener of your liking
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg (for garnishing purposes)

Instructions:

  1. First you want to create a chai concentrate using the loose leaf tea and sugar. Brew this mixture and then remove from the heat and allow it to steep for 10 minutes.
  2. After the tea is done steeping, heat your milk of choice over medium-high heat until warm. Once the appropriate temperature is achieved, whisk the milk to create the froth.
  3. Pour the chai tea concentrate over the milk and stir to create your desired mixture. An optional last step is to add Cinnamon and nutmeg on top for garnishing purposes.

Lavender Tea Latte

The hint of floral notes in this tasty tea creates a soothing and sweet taste enjoyable by all. Lavender is an aromatic plant that is used as a popular essential oil, and scent for body products and home fragrances. It is also used to add a floral taste to any drink or dessert. The Lavender tea latte is surprisingly delicious and easy to create.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Steep the lavender flowers and earl grey tea in hot water for 7-10 minutes.
  2. While the tea is steeping, heat the milk in a small saucepan.
  3. Strain the tea and stir in the agave. After fully stirring the mixture, add in the milk and continue to stir.
  4. Top off the drink with lavender as a pretty garnish and enjoy.

Honey Chamomile Tea Latte

Not only is this latte perfect if you are feeling sick, but it also is a nice way to hit refresh for your body. The combination of the calming effects of Chamomile and the warmth and sweetness create the ultimate mixture.

Ingredients:

  • Herbal Chamomile Tea
  • Honey
  • Hot Water
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Milk of your choosing, we recommend trying coconut milk for this recipe.

Instructions:

  1. Bring your water to a simmer and add the tea. Allow it to steep for 10 minutes while covered.
  2. Heat your milk in a separate container and whisk until frothy.
  3. Add the honey to the tea followed by the milk. Stir until the mixture is completely dissolved.
  4. Serve and enjoy.

No Barista skills are necessary to create these simple lattes. Not only can you try one of these 4 recipes, but you can also transform any of our loose leaf teas into a tea latte by adding milk and a sweetener.

Tea Health Benefits

Can Tea Help You Lose Weight?

August 30, 2021

According to an online survey, over 50% of Americans list weight loss as one of their top New Year’s Resolutions. It is no secret that obesity is a prevalent issue in America with over 40% of our population fitting into that description. But when it comes to losing weight, there are thousands of unsustainable “fad diets” out there that people subscribe to. People all over the world are always looking for the next best “quick fix” to reach their goal weight or shed a couple pounds. But the truth is, there is no quick fix. Everyone’s body reacts different to different things, which makes it impossible to have a single solution to help you lose weight. One thing people have looked at to aid in their weight loss journey is tea, but does it really help you lose weight? Let’s break it down.

While one cup of tea is not going to instantly make you lose weight, researchers have suggested that pairing tea with a sustainable diet and exercise can help you to shed a couple pounds. Although tea will not directly lead you to weight loss, there are weight loss properties that can assist. Tea contains specific compounds that can aid in weight loss, but it is not the end-all be-all answer to losing weight. It is important to remember that losing weight is an independent journey that requires individuals to find what works best for your body, so don’t be discouraged if something that works for a friend does not work for you.

According to WebMD, the caffeine and flavonoids found in tea have been proven to boost your metabolism, improve insulin activity, and increase fat oxidation. This means your body can break down fat at a faster pace. There are also polyphenols found in tea that are plant compounds that can help block fat absorption, which can prevent you from gaining weight.

Appetite Suppression

Tea is a natural appetite suppressant that can help you lose weight. Herbal teas have been proven effective in suppressing one’s appetite because of the plant compounds and antioxidants found in tea. The hormones found in tea can also activate the sympathetic nervous system which results in a decreased desire to consume food. Caffeine is also an active ingredient in tea that is a known stimulant and appetite suppressant.

Metabolism Booster

Although it is at a much lesser scale than other stimulants or supplements, tea can serve as a metabolism booster. It contains specific flavonoids called catechins that when paired with the caffeine compounds found in tea, can speed up one’s metabolism.  (via Medical News Today)

Improves Insulin Activity

According to a study found in the National Library of Medicine performed by Richard A. Anderson and Marilyn M. Polansky, black, green, and oolong teas were all shown to increase insulin activity, but not herbal teas. Insulin activity matters in association with weight loss because it plays a key role in your metabolic health. When someone loses weight, it can improve insulin sensitivity which is an added benefit to someone who might be at risk for developing diabetes. Balanced insulin levels are also something that can stem from a balanced diet and routine exercise/activity.

Increases Fat Burning

With the help of caffeine and a fast metabolism, tea can help your body to break down fat at a quicker pace. According to Healthline.com, one study showed that “men who took green tea extract before exercise burned 17% more fat than men who didn’t take the supplement. The study suggests that green tea can boost the fat-burning effects of exercise…. Several other studies confirm these findings, indicating that EGCG boosts the burning of fat — which may lead to reduced body fat in the long term.”

Different types of tea contain different amounts of compounds and properties that may be associated with weight loss. Some examples of how to include tea to potentially supplement weight loss include drinking a cup before working out to increase fat burning and drinking a cup of tea at the beginning of the day or before a meal to avoid overeating. However, it should be noted that a healthy diet and moderate exercise are recommended to experience weight loss. There are weight loss properties associated with tea-drinking, but it is not a simple solution.

The moral of the story is that drinking tea while maintain a healthy diet and exercise can lead to weight loss, but it is a time-consuming process that requires you to figure out what works best for your body. Whether you decide to opt for a green tea that contains high caffeine amounts to see the above results or a different type of tea for a different reason, we recommend conducting your own research to figure out which tea will benefit you the most in regard to weight loss and check out our online collection to start your journey today.  Consult a doctor before making any extreme lifestyle changes.

Tea Recipes

3 Tea Infused Desserts to Try

August 23, 2021

Tea infused desserts are here to stay, so why not try one. Switch up your dessert palate and add tea for an exciting change. Below you’ll find 3 of our favorite tea infused desserts.

Picture via The Gingered Whisk

Earl Grey Tea Infused Lemon Bars (via The Gingered Whisk)

Take a modern twist on everyone’s favorite summer lemon bar by adding earl grey tea to your recipe. Everyone loves a good lemon bar, so why not add something new to the mix. The sweet tangy taste of lemon combined with the subtle citrus aroma from the earl grey tea creates a perfect custard to accent the crunchy taste of the shortbread. Our earl grey tea is our favorite to use for this recipe as it provides a delicate blend of large leaf black teas and features oil of Bergamot.

All of the ingredients for this simple earl grey infused lemon bar can be found at your local grocery store. First, you’ll start with your shortbread.

Shortbread Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups of flour
  • 1/3 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp of Salt
  • 1 Tsp Loose Leaf Earl Grey tea
  • 8 Tbsp of chilled butter cut into smaller pieces

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine together the flour, sugar, and 1 tsp of tea leaves until they are fully combined and then add salt for a bit of a flavored accent.
  3. Press the butter squares into your baking pan and add the ingredients on top of the butter.
  4. Let it bake for 19 minutes or until lightly browned.

Custard Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp of Loose-Leaf Earl Grey tea
  • 2 Tbsp of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ½ tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tsp of lemon zest
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp of powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. Microwave the lemon juice on high for 30 seconds in a medium microwavable bowl.
  2. Add 1 tsp of loose-leaf earl grey tea to the heated lemon juice and let the combination steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk together sugar, flour, and baking powder in another bowl.
  4. Add the eggs, lemon zest, and sugar to the heated lemon juice combination after the 10 minutes are over and mix until combined.
  5. Combine the juice mixture with the sugar mixture and whisk until fully combined.
  6. Pour the filling onto the hot shortbread and bake for 23 minutes or until set.
  7. Allow the lemon bars to cool for 30 minutes. Once the 30 minutes is over, dust the bars with powdered sugar and enjoy your tasty treat.
Picture via Just One Cookbook

Matcha White Chocolate Cookies (via Just One Cookbook)

Not only is Matcha high in antioxidants, like many other green teas, and boosts your immune system, but it can also be a tasty addition to any dessert. Hop on the matcha dessert trend and test these Matcha White Chocolate Cookies. These buttery and crispy texture of these cookies are perfect to enjoy with your afternoon cup of tea. Although Matcha is not apart of our online collection of teas, there are plenty of other green teas to check out to include in other recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ Tbsp of matcha green tea powder
  • ¾ cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • Sea salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ¼ cup of white chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together the flour and matcha green tea powder in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Sift the combination to ensure there are no chunks.
  3. Add the unsalted butter to this combination and blend it together until you reach a smooth and creamy consistency.
  4. Add a pinch of sea salt and continue blending.
  5. In a separate bowl, add the powdered sugar and egg yolks and mix until well combined.
  6. Combine these two mixtures for a thick, doughy consistency.
  7. Add the white chocolate chips and mix until dispersed in the combination.
  8. Take the doughy combination out of the bowl and roll it into a ball. Cut the ball in half and roll into 2 cylinders.
  9. Wrap the cylinders in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until firm. This should take around 2 hours.
  10. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  11. Cut the cylinders into 1/3 inches thick rounds and place them on your baking sheet.
  12. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned. Let them cool for 5 minutes and then enjoy them with a cup of your favorite tea.
Picture via Honest & Truly

Chai Tea Scones (via Honest & Truly)

Fall is just around the corner, and chai tea is always a fall favorite. Enjoy a chai tea scone to remind you of the festive and flavorful tastes of fall.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of milk
  • 2 bags of chai tea
  • 10 Tbsp of butter
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 ½ cups of oats
  • 1/3 cups of sugar
  • 1 Tbsp of baking soda
  • 1 Tsp of cinnamon
  • ¼ Tsp of cardamom
  • ½ Tsp of ginger
  • ½ Tsp of salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cups of powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Heat your milk and two bags of chai tea in a small saucepan. Let this simmer for 6 minutes.
  3. Combine the flour, sugar, oatmeal, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and salt in a mixing bowl and mix until fully combined.
  4. Remove the tea bags from the heated milk and squeeze to get out all of the rich flavor.
  5. In a separate bowl, add milk, an egg, and the heated butter and mix together.
  6. Combine the two mixtures.
  7. Once a doughy consistency is achieved, place the dough on a rolling pan and roll it out.
  8. Cut the dough into your desired shape and bake for 10-13 minutes, or until golden around the edges.
  9. For a yummy drizzle, combine powdered sugar, the remaining chai infused milk and stir.
  10. Allow the cooked scones to cool for 3-5 minutes and then drizzle on top of your cooked scones and you are ready to enjoy this fall flavored scone.

Adding tea to dessert can be a fun twist for any recipe. We hope these tea-infused desserts please all of our sweet-tooth readers. Take your tea-time to the next level and try one of these tasty desserts today. Our vast collection of loose leaf tea gives you room to experiment with your own tea-infused dessert.

Tea Guides Green Tea

The Health Benefits of Green Tea

August 20, 2021

Among health aficionados, green tea is becoming more and more popular as it boasts health benefits and other soothing properties and effects. Green tea is far more than just a drink. It is actually considered a superfood because of the amounts of antioxidants and healthy properties it contains. These antioxidants and other healthy properties can have a positive effect on your body and overall health.

Green tea can be associated with many benefits, but today we are going to focus on these 7 benefits that should convince you to start drinking green tea.

1- Promotes Brain Function

Green tea can be linked to promoting healthy cognitive function which can provide clarity and improve your focus. It combines both caffeine and l-theanine which makes for a potent combo to boost your energy levels and brain power. By boosting your brainpower, green tea can boost the function of your memory which has been linked to aiding in diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. A strong trend of improvement in memory has been linked with green tea consumption in these memory-affected diseases. The antioxidants in green tea can also help alleviate stress which can leave you with more clarity and the opportunity to use your brain in better ways. Green tea pairs with our working memory to boost the connectivity between our frontal and parietal cortex which can lead to improved brain performance.

2- Aid in Weight Loss

We all know there is no magic pill to help you lose weight. However, green tea can aid in weight loss as it increases fat burning, boosts your metabolism, and suppresses your appetite. The flavonoids and caffeine found in green tea can help elevate your metabolic rate which results in more calories being burned even if you are not working out. When you burn more calories, you are burning more fat which can lead to weight loss. We aren’t saying that green tea is the end all be all to weight loss, but we are saying it can help! Green tea can also help suppress your appetite which means you are less likely to add extra calories to your day. Caffeine is a well-known appetite suppressant that is found in green tea. According to a study discussed by WebMD, the International Journal of Obesity found that extract from green tea may increase calorie and fat burning that can lead to lose weight.

3- Promote Cardiovascular Health

Green tea can help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. According to an article posted on WebMD, “one large study in Japan followed 40,000 adult participants over 11 years, and found that daily green tea consumption was linked to lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.” (Read more of the article here.) The anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants found in green tea have been linked to lowering your cholesterol. Lowering your cholesterol means lowering your risk of heart disease and/or stroke. If consumed consciously and consistently, green tea can improve your cardiovascular health and leave you with fewer red flags such as high cholesterol.

4- Benefits Oral Health

Another benefit of green tea is that it can boost your dental health. Regularly consuming green tea can protect against bad breath, gum disease, and even cavities as it reduces oral bacteria. The bacteria-killing properties found in green tea can assist in lowering the acidity of your saliva which can protect your teeth from decaying.

5- Helps to Fight Certain Cancers

The consumption of green tea and cancer prevention have been linked as the predominant polyphenols found in green tea have been proven to activate enzymes that can detoxify your cells and prevent tumor development. Preventing tumor development can reduce the risk of cancer. Green tea can also benefit those battling cancer as it provides healthy nutrients to support their immune system and body. As found by the National Cancer Institute, the polyphenols found in tea can help protect in things such as tumor development and damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

6- May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Green Tea consumption can reduce insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar levels. This allows your cells to better metabolize sugar. Sugar is a known enemy when it comes to Type 2 Diabetes. High sugar consumption leads to high levels of blood glucose. With Type 2 Diabetes, high blood glucose affects your body because your body does not react correctly to insulin therefore the blood glucose is not stored for energy in your cells. Green Tea can help your metabolic system serve your body properly and avoid some of these issues associated with Type 2 Diabetes. In a medically reviewed article by Everyday Health, it was suggested that green tea is a great beverage to add to a diabetic’s diet.

7- Protects Vision

Green tea can protect our eyes from UV damage, eye disease, and more with its powerful antioxidant properties. The tissues in our eyes are very vulnerable which means even the slightest bit of damage can impact our vision. The antioxidants and flavonoids found in green tea can promote healthy eyes and protect our eyes from being damaged. Gallocatechin, zeaxanthin, and lutein are 3 flavonoids found in green tea that promote healthy eyes. Gallocatechin is absorbed in the retina and can protect our retina from harmful blue light.

The bottom line is that Green Tea has a variety of different health benefits you may not know of. Learn about the health benefits that can impact your life, and start drinking green tea today. Browse our vast collection of loose-leaf teas on our website to kickstart your tea obsession today.

Tea History & Culture

20 Tea Quotes for Tea Lovers

August 2, 2021

“There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be diminished by a nice cup of tea.”

-Bernard Paul Heroux

“You, me, and a cup of tea.”

Unknown

“But indeed, I would rather have nothing but tea.”

Jane Austen

“A cup of tea is a cup of peace.”

Sen Sshitsu VX

“Wherever you are drinking your tea, whether at work, ina café or at home, it is wonderful to allow enough time to appreciate it.”

Thich Nhat Hannh

“Have a cup of positive-tea.”

Unknown

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

C.S. Lewis

“Teatime is a chance to slow down, pull back, and appreciate our surroundings.”

Letitia Baldridge

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”

Bill Watterson

“Making tea is a ritual that stops the world from falling in on you.”

Jonathan Stroud

“Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A cup of tea solves everything.”

Unknown

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

Henry James

“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.”

Lin Yutang

“Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.”

Ancient Chinese proverb

“I am in no way interested in immortality, but only in the taste of tea.”

Lu T’ung

“A great idea should always be left to steep like loose tea leaves in a teapot for a while to make sure that the tea will be strong enough and the idea truly is a great one.”

Phoebe Stone

“Tea should be taken in solitude.”

C.S. Lewis

“The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort, and refinement.”

Arthur Gray

“The ‘art of tea’ is a spiritual force for us to share.”

Alexandra Stoddard
Tea Travel

Tea Rooms to Add to Your Bucket List

July 30, 2021

Image Courtesy of: POPSUGAR Photography / Tara Block

From the aesthetic interiors to the mouthwatering tea party delicacies, we found 10 tea destinations across the globe that need to be on your bucket list. Sip your tea in style at one of these 10 incredible tea spots.

Sketch – London, UK

Calling all lovers of pink and aesthetics, Sketch is THE place for you. If you find yourself in London and are looking for an afternoon out, we recommend trying Sketch. Not only will you love the interior of this fabulous spot, but you can also enjoy Michelin-starred food while sipping a cup of afternoon tea.

Bellocq Tea Atelier – Brooklyn, NY

Tucked away in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn is the Bellocq Tea Atelier. This hidden gem offers a wide variety of luxury teas to choose from and is even available for sale online. Feel at home with the antique bedroom-style pastel décor and draping greenery inside this cute Brooklyn tea wonderland. The Bellocq Tea Atelier offers tastings of their luxury tea so you can pick one to your liking.

Image Courtesy of: Sadie Lebow (guest of a guest)

Cha Cha Matcha – NY & LA

If you are matcha-obsessed like the rest of us, then you must visit Cha Cha Matcha. With locations in both New York and Los Angeles, this cute chain of matcha shops offer an alternative to artisanal coffee culture with a menu full of tasty delights made from ceremonial grade matcha. Enjoy everything from matcha soft serve to a matcha latte, and don’t forget to take an Instagram-worthy picture in their aesthetic shop.

Jiufen Teahouse – Taiwan

Perched on a hillside in Taiwan is where you will find the quaint and iconic Jiufen Teahouse. This small town was once a dense area for mining, but now is home to over 2 dozen teahouses. The interior ambiance of this 2-story teahouse is meant to replicate an old wooden house in Jiufen. It is unique in its structure and decor and offers fantastic views of the city. Learn about traditional Taiwan tea while enjoying a cup at the Jiufen Teahouse.

Lake Agnes Tea House – Alberta, Canada

The Lake Agnes Tea house is in the Alberta Rocky Mountains of Canada. The home in which it resides in once served as a refuge home for hikers where they began serving tea in 1905. It is a family-run teahouse that has created a new tradition of enjoying tea on the mountain top at Lake Agnes. Enrich yourself in the Canadian tea culture of Alberta and enjoy a cup of fine loose-leaf tea at the Lake Agnes Tea House.

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Salon Proust, Ritz Paris – Paris, France

Experience the ritual of afternoon tea at the Salon Proust of the Ritz Carlton in Paris. Afternoon tea at the Salon Proust is served in the traditional British style. Find your tea accompanied by savory sandwiches, biscuits, scones, and Parisian pastries from the head pastry chef. This tearoom will take you back to the iconic French Rococo period with its picturesque décor. The virtuous flavors and colors of the Salon Proust will leave you begging for more.

Aman Tokyo – Japan

Enjoy afternoon tea at the luxurious Aman Tokyo Hotel. The minimalistic décor creates a relaxing ambiance with soft white lighting and balanced architectural features. They offer high tea service with aesthetic presentations and vibrantly tasteful Japanese teas. Enjoy authentic Japanese pastries and savory foods paired with your favorite traditional Japanese teas.  

Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum and Mason – London, UK

Located on the 4th floor of Fortnum and Mason in London is the Diamond Jubliee Tea Salon. This space has served many different purposes as it once served as a family apartment, interior decorating department, and antiques department. Visit this incredible award-winning tea salon for a sophisticated afternoon tea experience.

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Dushanbe Tea House – Boulder, CO

I know what you are thinking. A Teahouse in Colorado may sound a little random, but what you may not know is that this special tea house was created as a gift from Tajikistan. During the 1980s, Boulder and Dushanbe, became sister cities as they entered a cultural agreement to encourage tourism and build a friendship across seas. Artisans in Tajikistan carefully built this incredible teahouse and shipped it across the world in 1990. It now stands as a beautiful cultural temple teahouse in Boulder that can be characterized by its’ intricate detailing and vibrant colors.

Huxinting Teahouse – Shanghai

Complete your trip to Shanghai with a visit to the Huxinting Tea House. The façade of this incredible teahouse is a reason to visit in itself. Located in the main pavilion of the Yuyuan Garden, this teahouse is one of the oldest operating teahouses in Shanghai as it dates back to the ruling of the Ming Dynasty in 1855. Enjoy traditional Chinese tea and architecture when you visit the picturesque Huxinting Teahouse.

These 10 tea destinations are rich in flavor, culture, and history. Whether you opt for the traditional route or the alternative one, these tea spots are sure to impress you (and your taste buds).

Tea Health Benefits

How Tea Can Benefit Your Skin

July 23, 2021

If you know skincare, you know that it’s no secret that tea is a beneficial ingredient that can be found in many different skincare products. The antioxidant properties found in teas provide a long list of different benefits for your skin. Not only does consuming tea benefit your skin, but it can also serve as a topical use ingredient.

Tea has been used in skincare for centuries in Asian countries such as China, Korea, and India. Tea extracts were used as essences by Asian Princesses centuries ago, and the cosmetic application of teas has continued to develop since then. As the demand within the cosmetic industry for “clean skincare” products has risen, so has the presence of tea in skincare products. What once served as a product only available to royalty, now has expanded to be used by people all over the world as dermatology concerns become more prevalent in today’s society.

Camellia sinensis is a species of tree that produce tea leaves. They are known to be a rich source of antioxidants and other bioactive compounds that benefit our skin. Some constituents associated with tea and the condition of our skin include antiaging properties, cell regeneration, skin circulation, increased UV protection, and more. These can be broken down in specific by the type of tea found in your skincare product, or the type of tea you are using to apply directly onto your skin.

Keep reading to learn about how these specific teas can benefit your skin.

Green Tea

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties found in Green Tea can help protect your skin from environmental stressors. The consumption of Green Tea can also aid in preventing skincare is it brings these properties to the foreground in protecting your skin from UV damage. It achieves this by promoting DNA repair. UV damage is often a primary cause of fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots. Therefore, making Green Tea a great product to prevent those skin concerns from arising. The potent polyphenols found in green tea are extra helpful in benefitting your skin and reducing damage which can help to prevent the formation of wrinkles. Green Tea can also help detoxify your skin and prevent acne blemishes. The anti-inflammatory properties found in Green Tea can aid in soothing your skin and can act as a great natural toner. Add green tea to your skincare routine to experience these benefits.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile herbal tea is great for supporting your skin health for a variety of different reasons. For starters, chamomile teas are often used to aid in sleep as they are not caffeinated and can alleviate stress and anxiety through the relaxing compounds found inside of them. More sleep means healthier skin which can result in a glowing complexion. When you are able to get a full night’s rest of sleep it can avoid skin concerns such as dark under-eye circles or puffiness. Chamomile tea also has healing properties that can relieve other irritations such as eczema and rosacea.  

Jasmine Tea

Among the many benefits of Jasmine tea, it is rich in antioxidants and antibacterial properties which can assist in supporting the health and look of your skin. These properties bring a rich blood supply packed with nutrients to your skin which can prevent aging and be used to treat acne. It helps to regulate the circulation of your blood which has major skin benefits. Jasmine tea can also be used to even out the tone of your skin and prevent uneven pigmentation as well as reduce fine lines.

Matcha

Matcha is a favored ingredient in the “beau-tea” realm as it promotes healthy-looking skin with the help of the powerful antioxidants and vitamins found in matcha. Matcha can serve as a gentle exfoliant to help diminish the appearance of pores and wrinkles. Its antibacterial properties can also help remove excess oils from your skin which can assist in treating and preventing acne. Matcha can also help moisturize and cleanse your skin to provide a natural glow while detoxifying your skin from irritations. Hydrate your skin and pack it with nutrients by using high-grade matcha to opt for healthier skin.

White Tea

White Tea is another tea that can help boost a naturally glowing complexion. The properties found in white tea can serve as stress relievers which may help flush the toxins out of your body. By flushing out the toxins, it can help to detoxify your skin and clear out any existing acne. The theanine found in white tea is what makes this all possible. By relaxing your body, it boosts the appearance of your skin and can dramatically strengthen your elastin and collagen which can help prevent wrinkles or fine lines from appearing.

Whether you are new to skincare or a skincare pro, consider adding tea to your skincare routine to boost your skin’s health and get all the benefits associated with the different types of teas.

Tea Health Benefits

Energizing Teas to Help Start Your Morning Off On The Right Foot

July 19, 2021

There is nothing better than starting your morning off with a little bit of caffeine to kick off your day. While many look to coffee for their caffeine kick of the day, we recommend tea to give you that extra boost of energy in the morning. The caffeine found in tea differs from the caffeine found in coffee as it delivers longer energy boosts and fewer adverse side effects. Tea offers a more focused and sustained amount of energy levels without that dreadful caffeine crash often experienced with coffee. While coffee can cause jittery feelings, drinking tea can reduce your stress level while also making you feel more alert. 

Caffeine is one of the main sources of energy that is found in many teas. Not only does it boost your energy, but it also promotes focus and calmness. There are different amounts of caffeine found in different teas. The antioxidant properties and compounds found in tea allow for energy-boosting and other health benefits which is far more than coffee can say. This is primarily due to the presence of L-Theanine, a compound found in tea that promotes these side effects. L-Theanine is a unique amino acid that is commonly associated with brain function and its effects on the central nervous system. Similar to caffeine, different types of teas contain different amounts of l-theanine. L-Theanine works in conjunction with caffeine to provide improved brain function.

So, take the alternate route and get your caffeine intake from tea with these 4 energizing teas to help kick off your morning.

Green Tea (nutritional benefits + caffeine)

Although Green Tea contains less caffeine than coffee, it still has enough to provide a more stable energy supply. Recent studies have shown that consuming a glass of green tea every day can significantly boost your endurance and energy. Aside from green tea acts as an energy booster, it also can help lower blood pressure levels, repair damaged skin, and provide your body with other healthy nutrients to supplement a healthy lifestyle. Drinking green tea can result in mental alertness without the caffeine crash associated with other energy drinks. Green Tea also is known to contain small amounts of vitamin C which is another compound linked to energy boosting.

One type of Green Tea that is a big caffeine boost that is loaded with catechizes & polyphenols is Matcha. A single serving of Matcha can boost your alertness for an entire day, whereas coffee is typically absorbed in just 30 minutes. This is due to the high concentration of antioxidants and amino acids found in Matcha. L-theanine works with caffeine to absorb caffeine over time which equates to a prolonged effect of alertness. It also means that you do not face the harsh side effects commonly associated with caffeine. Our Green Tea Collection is full of teas that can provide you with all of the side effects listed above, try it today.

Black Tea (bold & comparable to coffee)

Black Tea is another tea drink that is high in caffeine, in fact, it may contain the highest amount of caffeine when compared to others. It is low-calorie and packed with antioxidants. Not only can Black Tea assist in promoting alertness, but it also can improve your gut health, reduce blood sugar levels, and lower your risk of heart disease. According to the FDA, certain blends of black tea may contain up to 90 milligrams of caffeine in a single 8-oz serving. This is due to the long fermentation process associated with the preparation of black tea leaves. Though 90 milligrams may be only half of the amount of caffeine found in coffee, it also means that there is less risk for caffeine crashes or jittery feelings. We recommend checking out our collection of Black Teas to experience the effects it has on your energy levels.

White tea (less aggressive)

White tea provides the most subtle effect of caffeine as it contains a high number of antioxidants but a lesser amount of caffeine. Some of the other impressive benefits associated with white tea include acting as an aid in weight loss, benefitting your dental health, and combatting skin aging. White tea provides you with an alternate approach to caffeine intake as it has a gentler effect. Because white tea leaves go through less processing, we do not see a higher level of caffeine present in it. Our White Peony Tea is a great way to get your subtle dose of caffeine.

If you are looking for a caffeine boost of energy but don’t want to experience the uncertainty of adverse effects found in coffee, try tea. Among the many other health benefits, tea takes a more practical approach to boost your energy and prolonging your alertness throughout the day. Tea is guaranteed to give you a subtle mental boost and can assist in improving your health in many other ways.