Tea Production

by Elena Popec 25. August 2011 10:56

Within all tea growing regions, merely a top leaf bud and the next two leaves, the youngest ones of a spout are picked. More mature leaves have an undesirable impact on the quality of the processed teas. In the mountains, therefore cooler regions, tea naturally matures slower. This lets the especially high-quality, aromatic characteristics to envelop. The actual cropping period also has a tremendous influence on the quality of the tea. The plucking necessitates a lot of proper care along with skills set and is commonly performed by women. The standard plucking volumes are roughly 35 to 53 lb of green leaves a day which produces 9 to 13 lb of processed tea. A few times per day, the green leaves are delivered to the manufacturing facility in the tea garden. The green leaves are still absolutely neutral in fragrance and initially will be handled in the tea production line, going through numerous production procedures, in order to generate a savory final product.


Processing


Tea gets processed on the plantations in the country of origin and after that, exports in its finished form. The most essential steps of the procedure with respect to orthodox tea production (which may be utilized for the manufacturing of any kind of tea desired in contrast to the subsequently described CTC production) are: withering, rolling, fermenting, drying and sorting into leaf and broken grades of different sizes.


Withering


When the freshly picked leaves arrive at the manufacturing facility, they are weighed and the quantity is documented. After that, the withering process is initiated where the moisture content of the leaves is diminished by approximately 30% in order to make them tender and workable for the following step - rolling. The withering takes place in a specific withering troughs 80 to 100 feet long that are usually stringed with a wire grid and ventilated by big fans. The leaves are distributed out on the grid. The air flow that moves through the ventilators can easily be heated up when needed due to greater moisture content of the leaves. The withering process requires 12 to 18 hours.


Rolling


Hereafter, the withered green leaves are thrown in the rolling equipment, which commonly consists of a pair of big, hefty metal plates that are spinning in opposition direction to each other and are bruising the leaves, opening their cells, providing the cellular juice into contact with the oxygen in the air flow. This process begins the fermentation step as well as the occurrence of the essential oils that then establish the aroma and the flavor of the teas. Now rolled tea will begin fermentation in a dedicated fermentation room. A lot of tea production facilities use so-called "rotor vane" equipment, a sort of shredder that further processes the leaves. The leaves move throughout a slowly spinning screw conveyor via a tube where presence of oxygen speeds up the fermentation process.


Fermentation


The fermentation is an oxidation and tanning process of the cellular essential oils, which are produced during the rolling process. Intended for the fermentation, the leaves are spread out on workstations in 4 inches layers. Advanced tea producing factories humidify the area where the fermentation takes place. During the fermentation, which usually takes 2 - 3 hours, tea leaves alter their color that progressively turns into a copper-red. This color is observed in infused tea leaves. The "tea maker" is required constantly measure the degree of oxidation, especially with regard to the aroma of the wet leaves. The superior quality of the end product depends on the accurate fermentation.


Drying


The fermentation is completed when the ideal grade of fermented product is achieved. In other words as soon as tea develops its typical fragrance and the copper-red color, the drying process begins. So-called tiered dryers are used. They are powered with wood or oil. Tea moves through the dryer on a conveyor belt. The beginning temperature is about 190 degrees that helps to bind the cellular oils solidly to the leaves. Towards the end of the 20 minutes long drying procedure, the temperature decreases to 100 degrees and the humidity content to approximately 6%. Later on, whenever tea is brewed, the essential oils that stuck to the dried leaves are dissolved in the hot water and produce the aromatic and stimulating beverage.


Sorting


The black tea produced via the drying process or the so-called raw tea, now will be sieved by a variety of shaking mechanical sieves with different sieve sizes, in which the typical leaf grades are separated  from each other.
Based on the sieve sizes, sorting typically yields the following grades: leaf tea, broken tea, fannings and dust. Typically, the smaller the leaf, the stronger the infusion.
Tea is a natural product, which is created by reducing its moisture content. It should be stored in a cool and dry area. Tea maintains its original flavor when kept in a tightly sealed container, away from powerfully smelling food items such as spices.


Green Tea Production


Green Tea differs from black tea merely by not being fermented, other words not altered by oxidation. The manufacturing process is generally the same until the end of the withering process. Throughout green tea production, tea tannins and enzymes are destroyed by steaming or roasting after the withering. Before the rolling starts, tea is "steamed” or "pan-fried" and then rolled and dried. This guarantees that the leaves will not change their color, they will remain olive-green. The color of infusion varies depending on the kind of green tea, cultivation region, and plucking period and can be anything from light yellow to dark green.


CTC-Production


This term means: crushing, tearing, curling.

This technique starts by withering the green leaves, then rolling them once before they are torn in the CTC machines in between thrones rollers. This method makes sure that the cells are broken up more extensively and rapidly compared to the orthodox tea production. CTC tea has the most intensive color and greater yielding. The stems and leaf ribs are removed, only the cut "flesh" of the green leaves is processed further. After this process, tea is delivered into the fermentation area. Depending on the preferred leaf size, this procedure is repeated numerous times.
During the CTC-Production, primarily fanning is made, no leaf teas and only very few broken teas. Therefore, CTC teas are very appropriate for tea bags. In the present day, 50% of tea produced in India and almost 100% in Kenya by using the CTC technique. In Darjeeling, however, only orthodox tea is manufactured.

The most essential grades are:
BP = Broken Pekoe
PF= Pekoe Fannings
PD = Pekoe Dust

What Is The Difference Between Tea In The Bag And Loose Leaf Tea

by Kirill Hmir 23. August 2011 21:27

While we all find ourselves cornered by stresses of daily life, we do find time to enjoy subtle little pleasures, and that’s how you find yourself at the loose leaf tea blog. However, you ask yourself what’s the big difference between tea in the bag and loose teas; while both have their drawbacks they both have their benefits. The difference is convenience and tasteful experience.


When it comes to drinking tea, it is important to keep in mind that tea bags are recent invention compared to tea itself. While teabags went commercially around 1904, tea became a common drink during Qin Dynasty (around 200 BC). However, both teabags and tea have evolved since their origin.


Teabags


Teabags main advantage is their convenience compared to the loose leaf tea; the brewing, clean-up, and storage are all the highlights of teabags. And with today’s innovations teabags are made of different materials and come in different shapes allowing different properties to the brewing process. The reason for improvement in the design is due to flaws that teabags bring to the table and that is: due to size of the teabag only lower grade teas can be packed in them, flavor cannot flow evenly, and overall benefits of the loose leaf tea are lost in the tightly packed confines of a teabag.


Loose leaf teas


As the name suggests loose leaf tea has no confines. It gives the entire flavor of the tea leaf into the cup of delicious tea you are brewing. Loose leaf tea at this point is a tradition, and the flavor it brings to the table is unparalleled. While the tending to loose leaf tea might be seem difficult, it is what preserves its flavor and health benefits. It is important to understand that the loose leaf tea is minimally processed and preserves stronger/better aroma and taste unlike its tea bag counterpart.

Conclusion


While it might seem tough to decide between teabag and loose leaf teas, it is no brainer if you really want to submerge yourself in the world of teas; loose leaf teas all the way. While brewing process might expose few hurdles, it also allows greater control over quantity, aroma, color, and taste of the tea. Lastly today’s innovation make drinking loose leaf tea much easier than you might think there are plenty of devices such as Magic Tea Filter, and many others that allow you the benefit of loose leaf tea with easy clean up.

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Brewing The Perfect Cup Of Tea

by ESP Tea Lover 23. August 2011 08:30

When it comes to tea preparation, this process is as important as the tea being brewed; you do not want to find yourself buying batch of premium teas and not enjoying a full potential of the tea.  The beauty of loose leaf tea is that it is such a delicate substance that in order to unlock all of its flavors you need to be methodical about the brewing process. Like everything amazing, a great cup of tea begins with the best ingredients: your favorite tea, right temperature and time it needs to be brewed in, and something most might overlook, water. After all, every cup of tea is composed primarily of water so it is imperative to use the right kind of water to steep your favor cup of green tea, black tea, herbal tea or many others.

 Alright, so I preached the importance of every ingredient involved in the preparation of your favorite cup of tea, and water is the topic of our discussion. Before you worry about how difficult or special the water might have to be for your tea, I want you to take a sip or two of chamomile herb tea (it tastes best with hint of dandelion honey), please stick with me. These days we are surrounded with an immense variety of aqua, from its origin to pH levels and calcium levels; all this fine and dandy but when paired with spoonful of Silver Needles white tea, you do not want to make any mistakes.

So before you put that kettle on the stove make sure of few key steps to prevent from making your tea dull and flavorless. Firstly, make sure you are using the purest water available to you, it might sound silly but many different location have different quality coming out of its tap; if you are not 100% confident that your tap water is best then I would advise to use filtration system, and you do not need to install an enormous water purifier or buy dozen of gallons of filtered water, instead use a simple water filter that eliminates the chlorine, salt, calcium, and any other heavy particles in water; essentially you are trying to make your water as “soft” as possible. While boiling water helps for all those heavy minerals and particles to descend it does not eliminate them. So what is the ideal water for brewing tea? Well, most experts agree that spring water, because of its purity, freshness, and high oxygen level. However, it might be difficult to find your local well or natural spring source in the middle of NYC. So why not give all those bottled waters a try, right? Yes and no, many of the bottled waters might have minerals added to them, or in case of distilled water it's so purified that is considered dead water.

So to wrap this up, be cautious what you prepare your tea with, and if you looking for a safe bet and you can’t get your hands on natural spring water, then use your tap water just make sure to filter out all heavy minerals and others additives that are in it.

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Chai Tea Pertaining To Your Digestive System

by Elena Popec 21. August 2011 11:18

Legend, along with history, advocate that Chai Tea was in fact created by sovereign of India who held his recipe ingredients secret and sacred. Actually, chai tea is truly a remedy of Ayurveda, the knowledge of which goes as far back as five thousand years. The term chai doesn't relate to a specific kind of tea but the way in which it is actually made and served. As a rule, each and every household might have their very own recipe, ingredients such as, herbs and spices to combine with tea leaves. Chai recipes took its origin from obtainable ingredients on the market. This typically is a remarkably powerful combination which has countless therapeutic and wellness providing qualities. Among all these benefits associated with drinking chai frequently is to boost the digestion, calm and de-stress the digestive system, improve  toxins excretion, increase fat burning capacity, and reduce cravings.

Researcher, without a doubt, are discovering tea as the primary ingredient for Chai, it’s a superb resource of anti-oxidants, beneficial to the cardiovascular system, in addition to lowering blood cholesterol levels. Furthermore, various herbs are blended with the tea leaves so it can have its authentic flavor as well as therapeutic properties. It's not one particular herb or spice that helps with digestive function but the mixture of several performing together.

Chai tea, just like the body system, is a homogenous combination of numerous ingredients performing and responding jointly in order to create tranquility. The constituents once steamed in water acquire and increase the flavors among each other right before fusing together to create one healthy and balanced decoction one can enjoy.
 
Chai reveals a unified mixture of all five tastes (sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and spicy) identified by the taste buds which are always pleasing to the other senses.

As mentioned earlier, there are literally limitless combinations of herbs and spices that may be utilized to produce Chai. Of course, there are a number of basics widely used in most, from the family recipe to store acquired. A description of components in many chai teas and their holistic applications can explain why limitless combinations may be utilized as a remedy to various disorders and conditions, most particularly those connected to digestive function.

Black Pepper is one of the initial elements to help inducing the body since it works along with the taste buds in addition to their connection to the stomach. The taste buds signal the stomach to excrete hydrochloric acid that is required for digestion of proteins as well as other food components.  When food goes partly digested by the stomach this might remain inactive for several hours. This leads to symptoms associated with upset stomach and/or heartburns. Whenever undigested food proceeds into the intestinal tract it starts to rot. The intestines are designed for absorbing nutrients not digesting them. As the food begins to rot it results in intestines being an ideally suited place for gas generating, diarrhea causing, and even constipation triggering intestine bacteria. The external layer of the peppercorn aids activate metabolic process and even breaks down existing fat tissue.

Cinnamon is contemplated to be one of the most recognized spices on the planet. There was a period when it was in fact looked at as such a commodity that it was used as a sort of currency. It is discovered in almost every Chai blend. Cinnamon helps digestive function by simply soothing the stomach, combating bacteria and infection. It has been demonstrated to improve production of blood insulin and offering anti-nausea and diarrhea properties.  Cinnamon additionally improves the benefits of other herbs and connects the gap between flavors.

Fennel has also been well recognized for hundreds of years by the Greeks, Egyptians, and Eastern civilizations for its culinary and healing properties. It is one of those super foods as it provides Vitamin C & B, promotes liver, gall bladder, and spleen function, as well as supporting  food digestion by scattering flatulence producing bacteria.  Fennel is also an excellent source of fiber, therefore it aids to maintain the large intestine and colon healthy.

Ginger is the only root utilized in remedies as well as cooking. It possesses a mild, fresh flavor that assists settle the stomach. The gingerols and shogaols discovered in Ginger root have been demonstrated to relieve the effects of motion sickness.

Cloves are usually found in a variety of Chai Teas. They are highly regarded for their capability to stimulate the digestive fire. Cloves are also beneficial for soothing the throat and mouth and are often included into oral sprays for such purposes.
 
Chai can be served hot or cold. Usually it is offered with milk and honey. The milk softens the taste of the various robust herbs and the honey balances the spices.

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Japanese Tea Ceremony and Zen Buddhism Are Inseparable

by Elena Popec 20. August 2011 19:12

“Chanoyu should be made with the heart,
Not with the hand.
Make it without making it,
In the stillness of your mind.”

- Hamamoto Soshun -

Japanese tea ceremony is a central point of the concept of attitude, which the Japanese call “cha-no-yu”. Being the basis of the whole aesthetic doctrine itself “chanoyu” roots in Zen Buddhism. Perhaps, the initial period of a tea ceremony in Japan was religious in nature.


No one knows exactly when tea attained Japan. For centuries, Buddhist monks included tea in their spiritual practice to stay awake during meditation. Tea makes the mind fresh and alert, not intoxicated. Perhaps, the monks were the first who brought it to Japan. Natural tea ceremonies are practiced in Zen Buddhist monasteries, stands apart from the art, which is now in fashion.


Zen and tea ceremonies combine the constant striving for simplification. Zen eliminates everything that is unnecessary on the way to acknowledgement of ultimate reality; tea ceremonies manifest simplicity in real life and in the tearoom. Tea ceremonies celebrate aestheticism of primitive purity, finds perfection in the imperfect, embraces the discordance in order to achieve concordance… The idea is unifying with nature. Tea ceremonies embody its ideal in a small room, which however, decorated and furnished tastefully. Zen also seeks to strip off all the husks of artificiality, which humanity used to disguise itself to seem perfect. 

Tea ceremonies symbolize the simplification in the tea room built, for example, under an old pine tree as a part of nature, rather than creation of human hands. The key principle of the ceremony is the perfect obedience of the original idea of eliminating the unnecessary.

Tea ceremonies are closely related to Zen, not only in its practical development, but mainly in the preservation of the spirit in which it is impregnated. It’s more than an elaborated ritual. There are four basic principles of the philosophy of tea: harmony, respect, purity and tranquility (wa, kei, sei, jaku).They had become the embodiment of tea ceremony as a whole procedure:  its meaning, spirit and enthusiasm, as well as its separate components, down to the smallest detail. Each of the four principles can be in the abstract and philosophical sense, as well as in the concrete and practical.

Harmony – tea ceremony is the way of leading oneself into harmony with nature;


Respect – is a polite, cordial relationship with others;


Purity – is purity of the mind, heart and intentions. This state of purity can be reached through five senses: hearing , when hearing the sound of water; sense of sight, when see the beauty of flowers; sense of touch, when touching the utensils; sense of smell when smelling the fragrance of the flowers and sense of taste when sipping tea.


Tranquility – is the apogee of all three preceding principles. Tranquility is a harmony of the moment, acceptance of the surrounding, respect for people and things with purity of intentions, peace of mind and appreciation of nature.


From the perspective of Zen Buddhism, the Japanese tea ceremony can be viewed as a way to achieve satori - enlightenment associated with awareness of the triviality and unimportance of worldly vanity.

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Can Green Tea Promote Natural Hair Growth?

by Elena Popec 15. August 2011 08:48

The battle against hair loss is yours to win. For centuries we have been fighting hair loss with countless solutions. There are toupees, wigs, and now there are even surgeries and hair plugs. There are dozens of methods advertised, tons of varied solutions offered.

Hair loss
   
For those who suffer from hair loss, it may lead to low self esteem and less self confidence and self assurance. It may alter your positive self image and lead you to involve yourself less in social interactions.
   
And with all these miracle cures that are advertised, the choice of one to aid you can be overwhelming. Each method makes claims to lead to a full head of hair, but how can you be sure they will work for you? Do any of them work? Are there any that truly prevent hair loss?

Green tea and how it can help

   
Loose leaf green tea, in addition to its multitudes of other health benefits, may prevent hair loss. Studies show that it may help in the battle against baldness.
   
Green tea has many antioxidants and other types of nutrients that help to improve your health. It can help to fight off cancer cells, fight off diseases, and can help to slow down the aging process. It can alleviate stress and anxiety, help to relax you, and lead to a stronger, healthier life. It can fight off diabetes, depression, cardiovascular disease, and help to lower cholesterol and help you lose weight. Its positive effects are almost endless.
   
Live a longer, fuller life by regularly drinking green tea, and it may even help you to look younger by fighting off the effects of aging such as hair loss. It contains a compound called epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, which has been studied and shown to have marked benefits on general health.
   
Research shows that nutrients in green tea help to suppress the production of various compounds that cause inimical health effects in the body and can lead to cancer, diseases, arthritis, and are also implicated in causing hair loss. In this way, green tea works to fight against baldness.
   
Studies also show that high amounts of the compounds in green tea increase a hormone which may help to stimulate hair growth. The EGCG compound has been tested and in some studies results in increased hair growth.
   
Studies also show that green tea consumption can help with eradicating dandruff. Green tea can help to interfere with and a protein that can cause skin cells to die off too quickly, leading to dandruff. It can be a healthier, more natural way to help cure this condition, rather than using products packed with harmful chemicals. Green tea can have other beneficial effects on skin and can help to alleviate inflammation.
   
Green tea contains lots of nutrients and antioxidants that can help improve your hair health by strengthening it and softening it, bringing out your natural beauty.
   
Green tea is a tasty beverage that can help with more than just hair problems. It is a healthful drink that also tastes delicious, and can help to enhance, lengthen, and improve your life with all of its health benefits.

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A fabulous hot cup of green tea and also its particular marvels

by Steven Popec 7. August 2011 21:02

The latest medical analysis implies that aside from being revitalizing, tea provides substantial health advantages. Even though green tea is regarded as the advantageous, you actually cannot make a mistake with any kind of selection. A straightforward beverage includes a sophisticated brew connected with substances, a plethora of which will be flavonoids, a class of purely natural anti-oxidants. Flavonoids assist one's body eliminate free radicals which behave adversely with essential molecules making way for heart related illnesses and cancer.

Human population research has connected consumption of tea with a decrease chance for a variety of forms of cancer. Experts theorize that flavonoids, particularly in green tea can certainly destroy cancer cells. They already have been identified its capability in decreasing LDL levels plus encouraging blood vessels to relax.

This in turn potentially reduces blood pressure as well as minimizes stress on the heart. Research indicates that catechins of green tea alleviate the metabolic process and also increases thermogenesis. As a result it may be defensive against strokes and Parkinson's disease.

The mystery associated with green tea is based on the reality that it is actually loaded in EGCG polyphenol this is a potent anti-oxidant, the fact is two times as powerful as resveratrol of red wine in which restricts the side effects of cigarette smoking and also a unhealthy eating habits. Although green, oolong and black tea, all originate from the same leaves of the identical plant, camellia sinensis, they do not possess equivalent health-giving attributes. Black and oolong teas are prepared by fermenting the leaves, green tea is merely steamed just before packing and shipping.

In case you consume tea for wellbeing, hold the milk! Proteins connected with milk react with flavonoids, abating their particular wholesome effects in regards to their vasodilatory function and also the cancer preventing components aside from neutralizing their own fat-fighting potential. Plain tea served by pouring boiled drinking water over leaves provides all of the amazing benefits of its anti-oxidants. Decaffeinated, bottled and also ready-to-drink teas contain much less of these compounds. Boiling leaves in normal water is likewise not suggested since it leads to their tannin being introduced in to the liquor which could damage abdominal surfaces.

 

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A Green Tea Diet Encourages A Healthy and Balanced Weight Reduction

by Steven Popec 7. August 2011 15:33

A green tea diet plan produces a moderate carbohydrate deficit which allows one's body to help burn body fat by using one of the most natural and finest fat burners found - green tea. Additionally, it inhibits carbohydrate absorption, curbs hunger, levels glucose within the bloodstream as well as enhances your disposition. There is not like any moderate eating routine considering the benefits associated with green tea.

Nowadays, our country incorporates an emerging strategy with the challenge towards being overweight. Using loose leaf tea, it has definitely purported to assist individuals develop a command over their own health as well as their destinies. Unquestionably, it's sensible, in addition to being a scientifically-sound strategy, the utilizlation of green tea increases the ultimate results.

Often a healthy eating plan results in a carbohydrate shortage that will make one's body to lose unwanted fat as a way to get the energy it will require. Green tea may be the central component within the diet plan since it eats away at excessive fat four to five percent quicker, suppresses the desire for food, not to mention heightens ones frame of mind in combination with various other advantages which can be appropriate for weight reduction.  Green Tea incorporates a resolution for decreasing carbohydrates together with an improved activity level.

Even more than two-thirds of American citizens are generally either overweight or perhaps obese, of which often one-third are generally obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This particular astonishing statistic is undoubtedly much more worrying if examined over time. Ever since 1960, the actual amount connected with obesity has increased by much more than five hundred percent. Presently, there are actually 5.7 people today per 100 whom are quite overweight in 2011 when compared to less than 1 for each 100 in 1960. Furthermore there has been a 155% increase in all the actual amount of overweight individuals, however, just a 6% increase of obese people. The actual weight problems will be essentially exploding throughout the United States.

Despite the fact that presently there are countless who seem to have connected green tea and weight loss, many have not specified a scientifically appropriate method in order to make use of green tea to assist in losing weight. A green tea diet plan entails the use of superior premium loose leaf green tea. Alternative kinds of teas frequently are lacking the necessary amounts of polyphenols, theanine and also tannin to stimulate thermogenesis to be able to melt away excess fat. Each of those premixed as well as bagged teas are generally commonly lower quality teas devoid of the large quantity of catechins which have already been scientifically shown to be able to enhance mood, help safeguard against a number of forms of cancer, make improvements to dental hygiene and also help against Alzheimer's disease.

Green tea supplements as well as bagged green tea just simply will not perform very well. These products tend not to possess sufficient catechins in order to improve ones metabolic rate in my personal opinion. Numerous are usually made of tea dust eventually left over as the result of loose leaf tea processing. Loose leaf is actually the most effective green tea in which consumers currently have appreciated throughout the world for thousands and thousands of years. Today's scientific principles maintains the fact that the actual moderate quantity of caffeine within green tea may perhaps interact along with its natural antioxidising catechins in order to increase the metabolic process rate.

Generally there tend to be around 200 to 300 types of green tea, and each assortment provides a distinctive name and method of cultivation as well as processing which impacts the actual level of natural ingredients delivered through the tea. Any time a tea is actually generically named "green tea", that may suggests the actual amount of natural ingredients may not likely be known. A good solid green tea diet and lifestyle will certainly help save many of individuals the agony and tremendous expense associated with manifesting preventable health issues. In short, always drink a quality loose leaf tea.

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Loose Leaf White Tea

by Elena Popec 3. August 2011 11:41

Loose leaf white tea is loaded with health benefits, and is completely scrumptious. It has the most delicate flavor of all the tea types, of which there are four. (Green tea, oolong tea, and black tea being the other three.) It comes from the same plant as the other three types of tea. The plant is called camellia sinensis, but the difference between the teas is in the processing. White tea is the least oxidized of the tea types, in fact is not oxidized at all.

Is white tea better than green tea?
   
White tea is less oxidized than green tea. These means many things. It means that this type of tea has more antioxidants and nutrients than the other three types of teas. It also means that the flavor is the most delicate of the other three types. It’s an interesting and unique tea and definitely worth experiencing. It can be an adventure to add and to mix different flavors such as fruits to loose leaf white tea and see what unique combinations can do to the taste. Many fruits can help to enhance the flavor.
   
This type of tea has also been researched, and studies have shown that it has many benefits to your health. It has effects that may help to prevent cancer, and it may also help improve the strength of your immune system.

Loose leaf vs. tea bags
   
Loose leaf tea will always yield more benefits than tea bags. Tea bags have been processed and pounded to the point of leaving little more than dust. They are almost flavorless, and the chemicals used in the processing can leave the tea not only devoid of nutrients, but actually harmful to you. Going with loose leaves is the obvious choice.
   
Loose leaves will yield the most wonderful aroma, and the best flavor, and the most health benefits. When brewing this tea, the water is able to move around the leaves, and brings out the best flavor.
   
Loose leaf white tea contains catechin antioxidants and polyphenols, among other types of nutritional compounds that are excellent for you.

White tea and flavor
   
White tea is light in color, and has an airy, almost elusive aroma. Its flavor is subtle, but fruity, much less vegetal than green or oolong tea. It has a light and mild taste, which can be enhanced with fruits or nuts. It can be a great tea to start off trying, because of its airy, fruity flavor.

How to brew white tea
   
To brew loose leaf white tea, heat up some fresh water, but don’t bring it to a boiling point. Let it steam, and pour in a large infuser to give the leaves plenty of room so that the most flavor can be brought out. Letting it steep from anywhere between three or five minutes will give you the perfect cup of tea.
   
It’s a great experience, and worth trying. If you enjoy this type of tea, start adding a few cups of it to your daily life. It’s a delicious way to add some more health benefits to your healthy lifestyle.

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Oolong Tea to Treat Eczema

by Elena Popec 2. August 2011 12:57

Oolong tea, sometimes called wu long tea, and known to mean “black dragon,” is one of the four main types of tea. Among these types of course there are countless different varieties. Black, white, and green tea are the other three main types of tea. They all are harvested from the camellia sinensis plant, but they are processed quite differently. It is in this processing that they acquire their very different flavors, aromas, and health benefits.

The oxidation process
   
White tea is the least processed of the teas, and undergoes no oxidation. Green tea undergoes a small amount of oxidation, and black tea undergoes the most of this process. Oolong is oxidized more than green tea, but less than black tea. The length of time it is left to oxidize will change its flavor and aroma, and it can vary from being more similar to the taste and flavor of green tea, to being closer to the fragrance and taste of black tea. Due to the complexity of the processing for this type of tea, it is varied in flavor.

Oolong tea is varied
   
Oolong can vary tremendously depending on the processing. Some types of this tea take a day to process, while others can be processed in the course of only hours. The varieties this creates leads to a unique and intriguing type of tea. Even subtle differences in the complex process of making oolong tea can have an impact on its flavor, and so there are many different flavors of oolong to experience.
   
It is a complex and delectable tea, and worth trying and experimenting with the tastes of the different types of oolong tea.

The effects on eczema
   
Loose leaf oolong tea, in addition to being varied in flavor and a delectable, creative type of tea, may help to treat eczema. Studies show that drinking oolong tea may help to relieve the symptoms of eczema on the skin when a person is experiencing an outbreak. It may reduce the inflammation and itching, or even eradicate these irritating symptoms within a few days.

What is eczema?
   
Eczema is a condition that affects the skin and results in itchy, irritated red patches on the epidermis (skin). It is unknown what causes this condition, but it may be worsened by dry skin and cold weather, among other things such as stress. Eczema in itself can cause other problems, it can lead to social anxiety, low self-esteem, changes in self-image, and can alter your self-confidence and self assurance. It can impede on your normal daily life, and it is no fun to go through the outbreaks with this condition.

What research says
   
Oolong tea has been researched on treating eczema, and it does take a good amount of the tea to affect the outbreak. However, after drinking about a liter of this type of tea every day, some people may show significant improvement and may reduce or completely eradicate inflammation and itching.
   
Why does oolong tea have this effect? This tea contains antioxidant polyphenols that have specific properties that help to alleviate allergic reactions and to quiet an unnecessary immune system response.

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