TOP 3 Post Surf Tasty Teas
In 1211, the Japanese monk Eisai wrote-:
“Tea is a miraculous medicine for the maintenance of health. Tea has an extraordinary power to prolong life. Anywhere a person cultivates tea, long life will follow. In ancient and modern times, tea is the elixir that creates the mountain dwelling immortal”
Tea is an ancient remedy used for many thousands of years in the Eastern world for inner and outer peace it until it was introduced to the English where it was commercialised and altered for use, including adding milk. With the hustle and bustle of our modern lives and the constant struggle to maintain a balance of inner peace and holistic health there is one basic element fro ancient times that we can draw back to. TEA.
Besides essential hydration, tea is SO EASY, it is perfect for the impatient, the time poor, the modern woman. It has the power to change your mood in just 200ml. In some cultures this is could be called MAGIC! We are so lucky today there are thousands of teas and tea recipes available and they claim to fix or aid nearly anything, any condition, any mood, any ache or pain. See below for the extended list of health benefits thanks to Naturopath and Herbalist Sarita Merlo.
1. Muddled Marrakech Mint – The Healthy Chef
Nothing on earth beats a home-made tea. They are so good for the soul. Refreshing and totally natural you know exactly what’s going in your body and it feels so good. This is a great recipe you can knock up on a cold Saturday afternoon watching movies or have ready when you get home after a dawn patrol session. It’s sweet and smooth and gets our tick for it’s simplicity and holistic benefits. This tea is ‘Cleaning, detoxifying and immune boosting’.
- 1 small bunch of mint leaves
- 4 sticks cinnamon sticks
- 3 star anis
- 6 cups cold water
- 1-2 thin slices of fresh ginger (optional)
- 1/2 lemon
- Manuka honey to taste (optional)
Combine mint, cinnamon, star anise and ginger in large pot. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes and remove from heat. Add a squeeze of lemon to taste. Sweeten with a little manuka honey or stevia. When pouring into serving glasses, you can add cinnamon sticks and mint for garnish and serve. Enjoy.
2. Energy Tea – Byron Bay Tea Company
It’s all natural, smells amazing and really does give you an energy boost. When you jump out of the surf and are feeling like you need a kick back into reality this is the tea for you. It’s on our Top 3 because it tastes great and really gives you that great sugar free, natural lift after a long work out or your in the office heading into the afternoon. With a number of certified organic and all natural ingredients it gets our big tick of approval!
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION – Brighten your day with this clean, balanced and lively infusion of Green tea, Siberian Ginseng, Gotu Kola and mixed berries. A perky and delightful tea to pick you up in the morning, inspire your afternoon, or energise your evening. A healthy alternative to coffee. Enjoy!
INGREDIENTS – Green Tea* Siberian Ginseng* Blackcurrants, Strawberries, Blackberries, Hibiscus, Rosehips, Bilberries, Elderberries (*certified organic)
3. Choc-Chip Chai – T2
It’s the commercial pick you can’t beat it if you are a chocoholic and love your teas. It’s spicy and deeeelish you can drink it with or with out milk… in the T2 shop they served it with vanilla milk and it was so smooth and divine. It’s the best tea to have stored in your cupboard for any occasion and is best served from an infuser or tea pot but is available in tea bags.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION – Our classic Chai blend of black tea with cloves, star anise, sweet cinnamon, ginger and orange peel and delicious cacao bean pieces provides a distinctive, warm chocolaty aroma with nutty nuances. Slightly softer spices makes this a comforting and silky smooth winter winner.
INGREDIENTS – Black tea, cloves, star anise, cinnamon, orange flowers, ginger, cardamon, gingko leaves, flavour
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEA
1. Antioxidant Protection
Tea contains an abundant source of natural plant-derived antioxidant compounds called polyphenols. In this broad polyphenol class of antioxidants are flavanoids and catechins that can provide protective antioxidant action against harmful free radicals that can damage DNA, cell membranes and other cell components. While most fruits and vegetables contain natural antioxidants that help combat free radicals, it is the tea leaf which boasts one of the highest total flavanoid contents of all plants- at 15% of its dry weight. Green tea and White tea are believed to have higher antioxidant levels than both Oolong and Black tea, due to their differing manufacturing processes.
2. General Nutrition
The tea leaf contains the following-:
Vitamins- C, K, B12, B6 and E
Minerals- trace amounts of calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium and 70% of our daily fluoride intake.
3. Boosting the Immune system
Tea contains the amino acid L-theanine and this has been found in two studies conducted at Harvard and the Bringham Women’s hospital, to strengthen the immune system. Tea consumption led to an increase in the number of T-cells to help the body fight infection.
4. Preventing Cancer
There are many studies that have indicated that green tea may help protect against a range of cancers (including prostate, lung and breast cancer) and also heart disease. This is largely due to tea’s high antioxidant protection. In some recent research, the catechins in tea were found to inactivate oxidants before cell damage occurred, reduced the number and size of tumors, and inhibited the growth of cancer cells.
5. Preventing Heart Disease
While free radicals are a major cause of heart disease, tea that contains anti-oxidants, may help to inhibit the development of heart disease and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Furthermore, many studies have also shown that both Green tea and Black tea consumption helps to lower blood cholesterol levels and lower blood platelet activation which is linked to blood clotting and increases the risk of heart attack. The flavonoids found in tea may also help to improve the integrity of the blood vessels, thereby increasing coronary blood flow and improving the functionality of the blood vessels.
6. Increasing Mental Alertness and Reducing Anxiety and Stress
The amino acid L-theanine which is found in the tea plant has been known to have a profound effect on the nervous system. Theanine is absorbed by the small intestine and crosses the blood-brain barrier where it influences the “feel-good” neurotransmitters of the brain (serotonin and dopamine). This in turn increases the alpha brain-wave activity and has the effect of producing a calmer, yet more alert, state of mind. Furthermore, tea drinkers have been found in a study by UCL researchers, to have lower stress hormone (cortisol) levels.
7. Increasing Metabolism
Clinical trials conducted by the University of Geneva and the University of Birmingham indicate that green tea raises metabolic rates, speeds up fat oxidation and improves insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. In addition to caffeine, green tea contains catechins that raise thermogenesis (the rate at which calories are burned) and hence increases energy expenditure. There is also a suggestion that tea catechins can increase endurance in exercise by improving fat metabolism.
For further information visit The Byron Bay Tea Company they have an in-depth description of all teas and their processes and benefits.
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