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September 30, 2016

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5 Benefits of Green Tea We Bet You Didn't Know

When someone says "green tea" most of us immediately think of the word "healthy." It is a well known fact that green tea has been used as medicine for thousands of years in Asia, but besides fat burning and weight loss - what does green tea really do?

The following is a list of 5 amazing benefits of green tea we bet you didn't know:

Improves Eyesight

The antioxidants found in green tea can actually penetrate eye tissues and produce antioxidant activity. Catechins, an antioxidant in green tea, are capable of being absorbed into the tissues of the eye. Several studies have even found that green tea can prevent cataract-induced blindness.

Reduces Allergies

Do you suffer from springtime allergies? Drinking the green liquid may provide some relief, as it's been proven to be anti-allergenic.  

2007 study published in the journal Cytotechnology found that green tea catechins can reduce pollen allergies. A specific compound, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), appears to be the most potent. In addition, Quercetin, a naturally occurring flavonol in tea, can also alleviate allergy attacks. 

UV Protection

Packing for a tropical vacation? Make sure to add a few bags of green tea to your suitcase. The catechins in green tea make the skin more resistant to the effects of UV rays and therefore premature aging. These catechins can also lead to reduced skin redness after sun exposure.

Keeps Teeth and Gums Healthy

We know what you are thinking - tea stains teeth. This is true, however according to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Periodontology, drinking green tea showed an adverse effect on periodontal disease.

Tea Blendz picture of a Healthy ToothRegularly consuming green tea reduced symptoms of periodontal disease, once again due to the presence of catechin.  Catechin reduces inflammation in the body, therefore interfering with the body’s inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria. Its ability to control bacteria and dental plaque makes it useful for preventing cavities and other indicators of poor oral health. 

Lowers Cholesterol

We live in a world where greasy food is almost too accessible. Replacing unhealthy snacks and drinks with green tea could actually help keep down cholesterol levels. Green tea’s powerful antioxidant, EGCG, has been proven to stop the absorption of cholesterol from the large intestine.

With all these amazing benefits, why wouldn't you add drinking green tea to your daily regime?

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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.

Original Blog :

www.homeremendyhacks.com/21-superb-health-and-beauty-benefits-of-rooibos-tea/

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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.

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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?

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.

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

January 21, 2016

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Ayurveda - What is it? What does it do? Why is it in my tea?

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is one of the oldest holistic forms of medicine known to man and originated over 5000 years ago in India. The word 'Ayurveda' is a Sanskrit word that consists of two words. 'Ayur', which means lifespan and word ‘Veda’, means knowledge/understanding or science. Ayurveda, literally means the science of life and longevity, which is based on belief that health and wellness depend on a subtle balance between mind, body, and spirit. In western countries, Ayurveda is considered to be alternative medicine.

Ayurveda is a holistic approach that focuses on supporting good health to prevent illness and treat diseases. Ayurveda suggests the true meaning behind diagnosis and provides you with a bunch of therapies that emphasize on prevention, cleansing, and an all around safe, natural form of health care. 

The Concept:

Everything in the universe (living or not) is linked meaning Good health is when your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe. A disturbance of this “harmony” equates or leads to poor health and sickness. In Ayurveda theory, every person is made of a combination of the five elements found in the universe: Space, Air, Fire, Water & Earth. These elements- in the human body- form three life forces or energies, called doshas and Doshas control how your body works. The three doshas are:

  • Vata dosha (space and air)
  • Pitta dosha (fire and water)
  • Kapha dosha (water and earth)

Everyone has a unique mix of the three doshas. Like most other things one dosha is usually more dominant and each dosha controls a different body function. It is believed that once these doshas are unbalanced, sickness comes easily.

Why do we use Ayurveda in herbal teas?

The method of Ayurveda basically cleanses our systems from toxins and specific herbs & spices are used as ‘cleansers’. Ayurveda teas are used to help balance your doshas. Some teas can obviously favor a certain dosha, but for the most part the teas regulate and keep your body and mind in a state of peace/harmony. Simple recipes can help improve digestion, increase metabolism, eliminate toxins, increase energy, help brain function, improve memory, and most important these teas help you feel healthier! Don't forget to view our health teas today!