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Enjoy a classic cup of chai? –how much do you really know about it?

Taking a Look into Masala Chai

 Tea Blendz Chai Tea

Most drink tea because they relatively enjoy the meditative process of creating a little magic in a cup, or simply because of the taste and scents that consume the room. We all know and have heard about the health benefits of tea but, how much do you really know about the other ingredients such as spices, that you’re getting from the specific cup you’re drinking.

Due to the fact chai actually contains several spices, Not very many know that “chai” is actually a form of medicine used by the ancient Ayurveda methods. I took the list of ingredients to Tea Blendz Masala Chai Explosion ( black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander and clove.) and we’ll help explain some of their best benefits.

 Tea Blendz Tea Mixers

Ginger

Probably the most widely known for its effective cold and flu assistance, ginger also helps assist the body with so much more. Thanks to its awesome ability to absorb and stimulate nutrients ginger offers antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory effects.

Cardamom

Of course cardamom has more than a few benefits but the most relatively predominant feature is its ability to improve digestion by speeding up the process. Cardamom reduces inflammation that can be associated with heart burn, and apparently helps reduce acidity level within the gut flora to assist with gas, bloating and indigestion.

Cinnamon

As per a previous Tea Blendz blog based on cinnamon, Cinnamon can improve sensitivity to insulin, and there is seemingly a link to improving neurodegenerative diseases. Cinnamon has highly potent polyphenols and has been linked with reducing the risk of heart disease by reducing the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

Coriander

Also known as cilantro to many of us, has a list of health benefits that seems to take pages and pages worth of explanations. To make it short, Coriander has components and oils that help with skin inflammation & skin disorders, lowers cholesterol levels, reducing blood pressure, mouth ulcers, anemia, properties aiding in anti-histamines, bone health, digestion and much much more!

Clove

Just to name a few, cloves are acknowledged to have: antioxidant, anti-septic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, warming and soothing properties, anti-flatulent properties by providing higher gut motility therefore, helping relieve indigestion and constipation problems.

 Tea Blendz Masala Chai Tea

Therefore to sum up chai, is to expect lots of advantageous health perks such as digestion aid, help with anti-inflammation, improved blood sugar levels and an overall super potent mix in helping fight free radicals through the body’s natural oxidation process through its superb antioxidant structures.

 

Now who would love a cup of chai?

A simple do it yourself beauty project - DIY Tea Body Scrub

A simple do it yourself beauty project 

For a tea enthusiast, like myself, I am always trying to figure out a new way to incorporate tea into my everyday life. Of course, drinking tea is essential but where’s the fun if you can’t explore the options!
As someone who exfoliates regularly, I thought; why not make a scrub that includes tea? I’ve seen the product out there for purchase, but why would I spend the money to buy it when I have all the necessities to make it right at home? And so I began..
First, I needed the scrub base, something to help exfoliate when scrubbing, I used Epsom salts.  I also used a CTC (cut-tear-curl) type tea leaf, because I know this type of tea leaf will not change its consistency when exposed to moisture's such as steam, water or oils.
For my CTC tea I used Irish Breakfast, Thankfully Tea Blendz has this available.
 
 
Secondly I added some vanilla, because well…I simply like vanilla, besides it smells nice.
The vanilla is optional please do not feel obligated to use it.
 
Next I added a TBS of Tea Blendz Natural Raw Honey, olive oil and an essential-oil. 
 
 This portion is really up to what you like, I used Lavender essential-oil to help soothe out the warm tones the vanilla has set earlier.
I am going for a relaxing scrub and lavender does the trick for me.
As an added bonus, or should I say "extra pampering", maybe include some  Tea Blendz Lavender buds, after all, who doesn’t love the smell and lovely pastel color of Lavender!
 

Last but not least, our final step – mixing!!

Make sure to mix the above ingredients thoroughly to distribute the olive oil evenly and get a lovely unison texture. Here you have it – your very own home made
Tea Body Scrub!!!

 

 
 
Tip: Store extra in a spare mason jar and make sure to use within 2 weeks of making.
February 10, 2016

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Storing Your Favourite Teas - Knowing the Facts

If you have bought fine teas you’ll want to be sure you store them properly, once you get them home.

Let us tell you why!

Tea is hygroscopic; that is, it absorbs moisture from the air and in addition to moisture it also absorbs odours and fragrances, which are in close proximity. Even though you have put your tea in a well-sealed container, it is best not to store it near anything that is highly fragrant, such as coffee, cinnamon or other fragrant spices.  

 “It is truly a shame when your favourite tea begins to tastes just like coffee, because it was convenient to put them in the same cabinet.”

A general rule of thumb is that most teas should be consumed within a year or so of being purchased.  This is not because tea goes bad, but rather because it will lose it flavour over time.  Matcha, is the exception to the rule, it should be used within three months or so upon opening.  

Storing your favourite Tea

 Store all of your favourite Tea Blendz teas away from light in a cool dry place, at room temperature and in an opaque airtight container. The container can be a ceramic canister, a tin, a foil pouch or non-permeable bag. 

Moisture is detrimental to a delicate tea leaf, once wet, it begins to mold and decay. For this reason, we do not recommend storing tea in the refrigerator or freezer because continual opening and closing of the door relates to temperature differentials which causes rapid changes in humidity. This spike in humidity allows moisture to seep into the tea and robs the leaves of their flavour.

When properly stored, your favourite loose-leaf teas can remain untainted, fresh, and enjoyable.

Tea Blendz Tea Tin

 

Try using a Tea Tin Today! 

January 28, 2016

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Caffeine in Tea vs Other Beverages

Caffeine is a stimulant made up of a chemical compound that is naturally found in a wide range of plants which are often used to produced coffee, tea, cocoa, and herbs such as guarana, yerba mate and even some medicines. 

If you look online you will most likely find a wide array of articles stating the myths, benefits, facts and effects of caffeine, some being rather contradictory, while others actually have a thread of factual commonality.  All of which really signify only one thing... the lack of studies on the matter, or at least any in depth studies that put forward any evidentiary facts on its conclusive effects.

The most common fact you will read are those that state a small amount of caffeine may have positive effects. It can increase alertness and help with concentration and naturally this is directed towards “healthy adults”.

However, to children and those people who are sensitive to caffeine or have underlying medical conditions, caffeine often disrupts sleep, causes headaches and makes them irritable and nervous. Researchers are now seriously looking into the potential adverse effects of caffeine, when consumed in high doses, on heart and bone health, behavioral patterns, cancers (risks) and infertility.

Below is a comparative list of products out there, which contain caffeine, that you may or may not consume on a daily basis.

Tim Hortons

  • Original blend Medium size( 14oz-414ml) 205mg
  • Dark Roast Medium (14oz-414ml) 200mg

Starbucks

  • Café Americano Grande (16oz-473ml) 225mg
  • Brewed Coffee Grande (16oz-473ml) 330mg

Others:

  • Coca Cola Classic 34mg (355ml- one can)
  • Diet Coke 43mg (355ml-one can)
  • Red Bull 80mg (250ml-one sm. Can)

Tea: (All content is per cup (8oz/250ml)

  • Black Tea 40-50mg/cup
  • Green Tea 30-35mg (Chinese) 25-30mg(Japanese)
  • White Tea 10-15mg
  • Oolong 30-50mg
  • Pu’Erh Green 30-40mg, black 60-70mg
  • Yellow Tea 25-35mg
  • Rooibos/Herbal/Fruity ZERO

According to Health Canada & Dieticians of Canada, Canadians get about 60% of caffeine from coffee and 30% from tea. For kids, most caffeine comes from soft drinks. To protect health, Health Canada’s limits on caffeine intake:

Kids:

  • Age 1-2 and under: no more than 2.5 milligrams of caffeine per kg of body weight
  • Age 4-6: 45 mg
  • Age 7-9: 62.5 mg
  • Age 10-12: 85 mg

Adults:

  • For healthy women : no more than 300 mg caffeine/day.
  • For healthy Men:  400 mg or less caffeine/day.

Sources:

www.tea.ca 

http://www.timhortons.com/ca/en/pdf/CAFFEINE_CONTENT_-_Canada.pdf

http://www.caffeineinformer.com/the-caffeine-database

http://energydrink.redbull.com/caffeine

http://www.starbucks.ca/menu/nutrition-info

http://www.dietitians.ca/Dietitians-Views/Food-Regulation-and-Labelling

http://www.healthyalberta.com/1182.htm 

Tea Blendz Featured Tea: Twilight Tea

Tea Blendz Twilight Tea

Twilight Tea 

We all have those days that feel like they are taking years to finish. From the noise, to the chatter, your mind never settling. There is so much stimulation during the day that its hard to calm down at night. So here we are introducing you a brilliant method to do just that. Tea Blendz's Twilight Tea is composed with Ayurveda methods in mind. These herbs aid to calm us down, relieve stress & part ways with any anxiety.

One particular herb - Valerian - is probably the most interesting to read about!! Commonly medicine is actually made from its root and it has several well-known benefits. It is said that Valerian helps to relieve conditions connected to psychological anxiety and stress like upset stomach, headaches, & nervousness!

Another awesome benefit Valerian root has is its ability to help with insomnia. You can even add it to your bath water which helps with restlessness for a better night’s sleep. Most often it is paired with other well-known herbs for sleeping disorders however; scientific studies are inconclusive on its affect for sleeping disorders.

A nice feature for this tea and ingredient, regarding women, is that is Valerian can actually be used for menstrual cramps and symptoms associated with menopause, like hot flashes and anxiety. 

 Ingredients: Twilight Tea | Tea Blendz

Fierce Fenugreek

Fenu...what? Fenugreek! Also known as methi, fenugreek is a very important ingredient in Indian households. It is used in almost every preparation of curry, dal or paratha. So why does this culture use it so much? Fenugreek seeds and leaves are jam packed with medicinal properties and health benefits. Here the top 5 reasons why you should add this spice your diet.

1) Digestion - fenugreek is rich in fibre and antioxidants. When ingested, it helps remove harmful toxins from the body, aiding in digestion. Adding fenugreek seeds to your tea, will help relieve indigestion and stomach pain. 

2.) Weightloss - add fenugreek to your weightloss diet by chewing soaked methi seeds in the morning on an empty stomach. The natural fibre in the fenugreek will swell and fill your stomach,  suppressing your appetite and aiding your weightloss goals.

3) Increases Breast Milk Production - fenugreek ranks high among the ‘must haves’ for new mothers. The steroid diosgenin in the spice acts to increase milk production in lactating mothers. 

4) Helps Prevent Colon Cancer - The fibre in fenugreek binds to toxins in food and flushes them out. Removing toxins helps protect the mucus membrane of the colon from cancer.

5) Soothes Sore Throat and Reduces Fevers - when taken with a spoonful of lemon and honey, fenugreek works wonders to reduce fever by nourishing the body. The soothing effect of mucilage in this powerful herb also helps to reduce coughing and throat pain.

Add some fenugreek to your tea today!