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Health Benefits: Rooibos - who knew it was so awesome?

  1. Heart-Healthy Rooibos tea contains chrysoeriols, a flavonoid with high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This substance improves the blood circulation and also reduces bad LDL level. Consequently, reduces the risk of cardiovascular ailments.
  2. Soothe Tired Eyes Working for hours on the computer certainly puts a strain on your eyes. To refresh your sore eyes, simply wash them with lukewarm rooibos tea. Or else, soak a clean washcloth in the herbal decoction and wipe the eye area with it. Besides, placing a frozen tea bag on the eyes also give relief.
  3. Combats Free Radicals Rooibos tea is rich in antioxidants that protect cells from the harmful effects of free radicals. Thus, keep several critical diseases at bay. Besides, it promotes multiplication of healthy cells.
  4. Normalizes the Digestive System Rooibos tea acts as an antispasmodic agent that helps activate the potassium ions in the body. Thus, eases stomach cramps and abdominal pain. It relieves a person from diarrhea, vomiting and helps combats colitis. Have a cup of Rooibos tea 30 minutes before having your food to reap its benefits. It will prepare your digestive system well.
  5. Reduces Severity of Diabetic Complications Regular consumption of rooibos tea helps treat the after-effects of diabetes. This herbal decoction can suppress the oxidative stress that leads to the diabetic vascular complications. The presence of antioxidants in this shrub gives anti-diabetic effects on the body.
  6. Promotes FertilityThe antioxidant in this beverage stimulates the production of healthy sperms and improves sperm count. Besides, rooibos tea is also suggested for pregnant ladies, since it helps the body in absorbing iron (an essential mineral for would-be moms).
  7. De-stress Your Mind Rooibos tea relieves a person from hypertension. This caffeine- free beverage lowers the cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the body. So, drink a cup of this tea to de-stress yourself.
  8. Strong Bones and Healthy Teeth Rooibos tea is well off with manganese, calcium, and fluoride, which are highly required minerals for maintaining bones and teeth healthy. Manganese leads to stimulation of enzymes that increases the bone mass, while calcium strengthens the bones. On the other hand, fluoride protects your teeth from cavities.
  9. Prevents Respiratory Disorders A bronchodilator is a substance that helps dilate the bronchi and bronchioles in the respiratory tract and encourages improved airflow into the lungs. Rooibos tea is a bronchodilator by nature, regular consumption of which will keep respiratory disorders at bay.
  10. Anti-cancer The antioxidants in the rooibos are full of anti-mutagenic properties that safeguard the DNA and cells from any damage and inhibit the growth of cancerous cells.
  11. Post Workout Energy Beverage Being inflammatory in nature, rooibos eases post-exercise muscle pain. This herbal infusion has high nutrient value. The presence of various minerals like zinc, calcium, manganese, magnesium, etc. make Rooibos tea a very good supplement. After effects of rooibos tea are similar to that of coffee even without the caffeine content.
  12. Treats Insomnia Sip a cup of refreshing rooibos tea before you hit the bed to encourage peaceful sleep. You may also substitute over-the-counter drugs with this soothing herbal decoction. Also, it treats disturbed sleeping patterns, and headaches that may hamper sound sleep.
  13. Heal Liver Diseases  Rooibos tea stimulates the proper functioning of a liver. It helps revitalize the liver tissues and prevents fatty liver disease.
  14. Prevents Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases Lipid per-oxidation is a process in which free radicals damages nerve tissues and brain cells. This process gradually leads to several diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Rooibos tea, if consumed on a daily basis, can protect your body from such harmful effects.
  15. Boost Immunity The herbal infusion brewed from rooibos extract is packed with abundant minerals that boost up the immune system. Regular usage of this drink keeps several health problems at bay and regulates proper functioning of the body.
  16. Fights HIV Extracts of rooibos tea produce antigen-specific antibodies. These antibodies defend the body against HIV that hampers the immune system and causes life-threatening disease, like AIDS.
  17. Treats Gout This caffeine-free beverage limits the concentration of uric acid in the body. Consequently, helps alleviate the problem of gout to a major extent.
  18. Lustrous and Healthy Locks The rooibos tea is well off with numerous minerals, like zinc, copper, calcium and potassium that strengthen your hair and helps maintain beautiful strands. Consumption of rooibos tea on regular basis fastens the hair growth. Polyphenols present in it soften your hair and add shine to them. Besides, the anti-inflammatory properties do away the problem of dandruff.
  19. Repairs Tanned Skin The antioxidants present in Rooibos tea improve the blood circulation that leads to the formation of new cells; thus, repair tanned skin. Sip a cup of rooibos tea regularly for keeping your skin healthy.
  20. Anti-aging The rooibos tea is rich in an enzyme called super-oxide dismutase that promotes the generation of healthy cells. It inhibits the ageing process and keeps your skin younger. Also, this substance neutralizes the harmful effects of free radicals.
  21. Treats Skin Disorders The rooibos tea prevents frequent acne breakouts and also treats other skin ailments, like eczema. It consists of zinc and alpha hydroxyl acid, which helps eradicate ugly pimples.  Individuals, who experience any skin related problems, can either drink the rooibos concoction or apply the herbal paste on the affected skin surface. Both of these methods will significantly reduce acne and give you a flawless skin.

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Local Artist - Klara Biernacki Collection

Hello all!!! Today I am sharing with you 2 pieces I completed for Paulina Wojtowicz /TEA BLENDZ loose leaf tea distributing company. All free handed, original work done with acrylic paint. *Unfortunately the photos lost some quality (and therefore detail) when they were uploaded.

Thank you, and happy sipping, friends! 😄☕️ - Klara

Klara Biernacki painting

I will be explaining the painting in 3 sections; top left, top right, and the bottom.

Top left: As tea originates from China, I decided to include (minimal) cherry blossom branches in the painting. A sexy lady has fallen into a tea cup! Next to her, a sexy Latin male rides the waves of life (lol). Underneath we have Alice and her friends, and more cherry blossom branches are found to be holding up the tea cups or wrapping around the sign, which points us in a few directions, including towards the top right of the painting!

Top right: As the sign suggests, a loose leaf tea blend is being sprinkled into a golden spiral abyss where ..

Bottom: ..Alice experiences time travel as she falls into a "parallel universe" :p A cosmic galaxy is presented at the bottom with trees lined all around. *Similar to my "Lunar Lovin" piece, it is possible to rotate this 360 degrees (or upside down) and still have an image as the trees are mirrored*. - Klara Biernacki

 

Klara Biernacki

"This quote was provided, I presented it in a font I felt was fitting, and threw in some of the Alice and Wonderland characters. All free handed, done with acrylic paint!"

- Klara Biernacki

 

 

These painting are as unique, mesmerizing and "mad hatter-ish" , as the staff who makeup our business... in short, they are the perfect fit thank-you so very much.  

- Paulina Wojtowicz

High Tea? Afternoon tea? Whats that!

Long, long ago back in the 19th century a great tradition was started. Afternoon tea wasn’t a thing until Anna Maria, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, is said to be the first to introduce it in England, in 1840.

Anna, The Duchess, would become hungry around four in the afternoon since evening meals were served fashionably late (around eight). Apparently, there were only two meals each day -- a mid-morning- brunch meal and the other was an increasingly late dinner… This left a long period of time between lunch and dinner to honestly get a little hangry. So the Duchess asked for: a tray of tea, bread, butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit and she began inviting friends to join her.

This idea of afternoon tea gatherings spread across high society, became a favorite pastime leisure for ladies and eventually became a fashionable social event.  During the 1880's upper-class (who called it low tea) and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon/high tea which was most commonly served in the “drawing room” between 4-5.

Tea parties were created for all sorts of different occasions….just for fun, girl time/high tea, gatherings, birthdays, house warming, weddings, bridal showers, baby showers & some hotels serve a classic vintage style high tea.

Afternoon teas are an excellent way to entertain elegantly.

 

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Easy - No Bake - Matcha Truffles

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Probably the best little dessert around- perfect as a dessert by itself, sweet tooth fix, or a dessert complement.  Best of all, it’s simple, easy to make- no bake- Matcha dessert truffle. The whole process took me a total of 15 minutes to prep, overnight refrigeration and 15 minutes to roll into balls the next morning. All you need is:

  • 1 ½ Cup White Chocolate
  • 2 ½ Tsp Tea Blendz Matcha
  • 1/3 Cup Heavy cream( I used a heavy whipping cream)
  • 4 Tbsp Unsalted butter

And 1 Tsp each Matcha & icing sugar (dusting for final roll)

As for instructions they are pretty simple

  1. In saucepan, heat cream and butter and sift in matcha as butter melts. Make sure to whisk so matcha blends seamlessly and continue to Heat on low until bubbles start to form.
  2. Pour hot matcha cream mixture over white chocolate (in glass/heat proof bowl) and whisk mixture until chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Refrigerate mixture until hardened (min 4 hours however overnight worked best for me)
  4. Once hardened, in a small bowl mix the 1tsp matcha and 1 tps icing sugar
  5. Using a teaspoon, shape chocolate into balls. Lightly dust each ball until lightly coated.
  6. The Matcha Truffles are ready to be served, or store in refrigerator.

Easter Special - Natural Flavoured Marble Eggs

Flavoured Marble Eggs

As always, here I am experimenting with tea and I have recently been looking into ideas with eggs; since Easter is right around the corner. I came around an old Chinese method of making marbled eggs, so I thought-why not? - I’ll make my own!

I took a simple recipe and made it even shorter and ultimately easier to make. All I needed was:

First thing I did was make sure I hard boiled my eggs, so in a small pot I brought my water to a boil and let my eggs dance around over medium heat for 10 minutes.

After a hard boil, I removed the eggs and let them cool for a couple minutes just enough so I could hold them without burning my fingers (placing them in cold water also works).

At the same time, after removing the eggs after the hard boil I placed  the tea bags, star anise, cracked pepper and brown sugar to the water.

While the tea is steeping, I gently tapped each individual egg with the edge of a spoon to create a cracked egg effect all over but also making sure the shell did not chip or peel off. Once all eggs where complete, I returned them to my pot with the new tea mixture.

I allowed these eggs to simmer on the lowest setting for 90 minutes (More intense flavours happen with longer simmer times)

Once you decide to remove the eggs, you can either store them for a couple days in the fridge or peel them immediately but be VERY careful and gentle when taking the shell off.

 

And there you go! A simple step by step to create a flavoured egg with beautiful dark marble stains! Of course you can always make variations of the ingredients.. I bet this marbled egg would taste lovely with a Tea Blendz cream earl grey and some vanilla syrup!!

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.

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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?