The Best Tea After Yoga

By September 21, 2016 Health & Lifestyle

Do you practice yoga? Well, just like with any workout, rehydrating after a rejuvenating yoga session is essential. But instead of drinking electrolyte soft drinks like many other gym goers do, reach for a delicious cup of hot tea that can be just as relaxing as the yoga itself!

There are countless benefits to drinking tea after a yoga session. But how do you pick the right one for you?


How Much Energy Do You Want?

Tea is a great after-exercise drink. Why? It provides a light pick me up that won’t result in a crash for a simple reason: On average, a cup of tea has half of the caffeine of a cup of coffee. (Different kinds of tea have even less.) In general, the darker the tea, the higher the caffeine content you’ll find in it.

For example, after yoga, the low oxidation of green tea provides a steady release of a low dose of caffeine that make it the perfect meditative and relaxing tea. Those who want no caffeine at all, however, can always find their favorite decaffeinated tea or just opt for an herbal blend.

How Intense Was Your Workout?

Several teas are associated — both through scientific studies and folk-medicine perspectives — with muscle relaxation. These include ginger, green tea, and most of all, chamomile.

Chamomile contains dozens of different anti-inflammatory chemicals and ginger is believed to help with pain relief. Thus, if you tend to push yourself especially hard while you exercise, these could be perfect choices for you.

How Committed Are You?

A number of delicious and healthy teas can actually be grown in your own backyard. If you already have a garden or even just a few pots around the house, growing your own tea can be a highly rewarding experience.

A hugely popular tea that’s easy to make and grow is ginger root tea. By picking up some organic ginger from a health food store or a farmer’s market, leave a portion of the root out until it sprouts and then plant it like a potato. Rose hips can also be made into a tasty herbal blend and  rosemary can make a great drink as well.

In some places, people may have wild chamomile growing in their yard and not even know it; the same goes for mint, another relaxing go-to herbal blend chosen by many yoga experts. (Just make sure it’s properly identified before it is made into tea.)

What More Do You Want From Your Tea?

Are you health conscious (like most people who practice yoga)? If so, then you’ll enjoy the many health benefits of various teas.

Some studies have shown that tea drinkers have healthier bones than non-tea drinkers, despite the fact that caffeine may be linked to bone complications. Experts believe that this may have to do with antioxidant related compounds called flavonoids.

Flavonoids are found in drinks made from tea leaves: Green tea has the most followed by black teas. Tea has also been linked to weight loss, thanks to compounds called catechins, which affect your metabolism. (In fact, no tea has a higher catechin count than oolong, a black tea originating in China.)

While there’s a whole world of tea to choose from, if you’re about to try an after-yoga tea for the first time, green tea may be your best option. Why? Not only does it taste amazing, but it also offers tremendous health benefits.

Give it a shot for your next yoga workout and take your fitness to a new level.

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Everything You Need To Know About White Tea

By September 19, 2016 Brewing Tea, History and Culture of Tea

 What is tea? Well, even though there are many different types of tea  — white, green, oolong, pu-erh, black, etc. — they all come from the same plant called Camellia sinensis.

And while each tea has a distinct flavor and body, white tea is lighter with some notes of honey and a rich, grassy taste. It’s also known for having very low caffeine content.

But what else makes white tea so unique and delicious?


The Origins Of White Tea

For a tea to be considered a “white tea,” it has to come from a region in China called Fujian. Originally, it got its name from the silvery white color it gets from the tiny hair of the unopened tea buds.

The reason the buds aren’t open is due to the process of picking the young leaves and buds that haven’t bloomed yet. In fact, these young buds are picked only 7 to 10 days out of the entire year and undergo no processing before being dried — it’s these younger leaves that actually give white tea its delicate flavor.

The Best Grades Of White Tea

White tea is broken into three major grades. The two best types are Baihao Yinzhen and Bai Mu Dan and the lowest grade is Shou Mei (which we won’t discuss in this article).

Baihao Yinzhen

Also known as Silver Needle tea, this type of tea is the highest grade of white tea available. And its name is extremely fitting: it’s made up of unopened buds that are shaped like a bunch of needles.

The reason that this type is the best is due to its Hao content. Hao is the soft down covering on the outside of the tea that comes off into the tea as you steep it; these little hairs rest at the top of your cup of tea and reflect the light, giving it a shimmer or silver color.

Hao has a very high antioxidant content and also gives the tea a very smooth consistency. There’s also a legend that says it was grown in a secret garden within the province of Fujian and hand-picked by virgins with white gloves; the story goes that only the emperor could drink it.

Talk about a tea with lofty standards!

Bai Mu Dan

Although this tea has a slightly lower grade than the Baihao Yinzhen, it’s still delicious and adored by many. (It goes by the name “White peony” in English.) This type of tea has a mix of both the young leaves and buds.

Both of these teas can be blended and flavored. The Bai Hao Yinzhen has an especially mild flavor. (Some would go so far as to say that it is almost tasteless.) At Art of Tea, we offers blends of both. Amore is a blended Baihao Yinzhen that has the flavors of rose and lavender. There’s also a blended Bai Mu Dan called Butterscotch, which is a sweet delicious buttery tea so tasty and fulfilling that it can replace even your favorite dessert.

Ultimately, white tea is a wonderfully delicate and light tea with high antioxidant levels making it a fantastic choice for your health. And if that weren’t enough, they offer a unique blend of delicious flavors that are lighter than your typical tea. Enjoy!

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5 Ways To Use Tea For Your Health Without Drinking It

By September 16, 2016 Health & Lifestyle

Did you know that you could use tea to potentially improve your health without actually drinking it?

The crazy thing is that the tea leaf is so chock-full of healthy antioxidants that its healing powers can be tapped into without even ingesting it!

How? Here are a few ways you might have never even considered.


1. Bathe In It

What’s more relaxing than tea? A warm bath, maybe.  

What if you could combine the two?

Adding six to eight bags of green tea to hot bath water is a great way to take advantage of your tea bags without sipping it. All you have to do is add the tea bags to your bath about 30 minutes before you are ready to get in. Just be sure to fill the tub with water hotter than you want it to be when you want to actually get in — that way, the tea will steep better and it will still be warm after you wait.

This stress-relieving bath will help soothe any aching muscles you may have as well as any skin conditions or open wounds. The vitamins in green tea can also help to keep your skin soft and youthful-looking.

To make this an extra special experience, try lighting some candles and putting on your favorite relaxing music: You’ll feel like a new person in no time at all.

2. Relieve Tired, Puffy Eyes

Lack of sleep, stress, sickness, and hangovers can make your eyes look sleepy.

Once again, tea is here to save the day.

All you have to do is steep two green or black tea bags in hot water for about five minutes. Squeeze out all the water from the tea bags then place them in the fridge for about 15 minutes (or until they are nice and cool).

Then, find a relaxing spot to lay down with your face up and place the cooled tea bags over your eyes. Make sure to cover the area under eye (as that is the usual source of most puffiness). In 15 – 30  minutes, take off the tea bags to reveal beautiful and sparkling eyes.

3. Make A Mouthwash

While tea may be your taste bud’s best friend, peppermint tea can be a great friend to your entire mouth for a number of reasons.

Brewed with a teaspoon of salt, peppermint tea can be used as a mouthwash to disinfect your gums, freshen your breath, and even help relieve any pain from toothaches. (You can also place the tea bags directly to the affected area for a more targeted pain reliever.)

4. Treat Acne And Soften Wrinkles

Want youthful-looking, glowing skin? If so, you should definitely consider adding tea to your skincare regimen.

All you need is a paper towel and some cool green tea: Soak the paper towel in tea and squeeze out any extra. Then, lie down and apply the cool towel to your face, pressing around the curves and into the crevices.

Rest the towel on your face and allow the tea to absorb into your skin. Do this for about 20 minutes. The antioxidants can help keep your skin looking youthful and help balance the hormones that cause acne.

5. Wash, Rinse, Repeat

As you saw, you can bathe in tea and reap the benefits. But that’s not all tea can do for you during your bath or shower…

For example, you can use green tea with castile soap and olive oil to make a shampoo for your hair. You can even jazz it up with some sweet smelling jasmine or rose petals!

You can also add green tea to coconut oil, avocado, and honey for a deep conditioning mask for your hair. Just allow it to set for a couple of hours or overnight. (You can use green tea as a finishing rinse for your scalp, too.)

The next time you feel like cozying up with a nice warm cup of tea, don’t forget about all the different ways you can use it without drinking it.

As an old Chinese proverb says: “Better a week without food, than a day without tea.”

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