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.
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.
1. August 2011 17:20
Oolong tea, which is also known by the name wu long, is a unique type of tea. It is widely consumed in the East, and just starting to become more popular in the West. It comes from the camellia sinensis plant, as do the other three main types of teas. (Those being white tea, green tea, and black tea). It is processed a bit differently though. It goes through an oxidation process that oxidizes it more than green tea, but less than black tea.white
Oolong and its flavor
In this way, its flavor varies between being closer to black tea to being closer to green tea. It’s delicious, but depending on the type you may have a variety of flavors and oolong experiences. In addition to its complex and varied flavor, oolong tea has health benefits. It contains antioxidants and vitamins that help to improve your health.
Weight loss and oolong tea
Oolong tea may also help you to lose weight, and keep you slim. While green tea has more proven beneficial effects on your health, it is also studied and researched far more extensively than oolong tea. And while perhaps oolong tea may not have the same effects as green tea, it does have tons of nutrients and vitamins that are excellent for you. And oolong tea can help you to lose weight.
Benefits of weight loss
And weight loss can be important to you for many reasons. There are more than cosmetic reasons for losing weight. Though it is important to feel comfortable in your own body. The condition of being overweight or obese can lead to social discomfort and anxiety, and even lower self-esteem and self-confidence. By reaching a goal weight you can increase your confidence level and your self-assurance.
But beyond these reasons, reaching a healthy weight can help to lower your cholesterol and prevent against cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Boost your metabolism
There is scientific evidence which supports the belief that oolong tea can help to boost your metabolism. In this way, you can burn off more calories at a faster rate. This is one of the things that weight loss diet pills and crash diets advertise; how much they can increase your metabolism. An increased metabolism is known to be extremely beneficial in the weight loss process.
Burn off fat
Loose leaf oolong tea can also improve the process your body uses to burn off fat. Some research suggests that it may help to burn off twice the amount of fat than is normally burned off by your body. It can also block the absorption of fat by your body. By preventing the fat from being absorbed, it prevents it from becoming fatty cells in your body. Oolong tea can help to slim your waist by burning off belly fat. And it can lower your LDL, or the bad type of cholesterol.
But even after you reach your goal weight, how do you keep the pounds off? One of the most difficult part of a healthy lifestyle is maintaining a healthy weight once you’ve reached it. Oolong tea can actually help you to keep the weight off. Regular consumption will help keep you burning off fat on a long term basis.
27. April 2011 09:03
In addition to all of its other health benefits, loose leaf green tea may help you to quit smoking. Green tea may truly be a miracle tea, with all of its health benefits. This type of tea comes from the same Camellia sinensis plant as the other types of tea, but it is processed differently. It is less oxidized than oolong or black tea, and a little more than white tea. Being oxidized for less time leaves many of the antioxidants and polyphenols intact. It creates tea leaves that are a powerhouse of healthy benefits for you.
Cigarette smoke is bad for you
Smoking does damage in many ways to your body, as is commonly known today. Yet the process of quitting is vastly more difficult than tossing out that last pack and vowing never to light up again. Cigarette smoke causes damage to the lungs, throat, may cause high blood pressure, discolor your teeth, cause diseases such as emphysema, and forms of cancer. The risks are not worth continuing, but you may need a little extra help in the journey of quitting smoking. Smoking also breaks down your immune system. It leaves your body open to attack from free radicals which cause illnesses.
Green tea can help
Loose leaf green tea can help alleviate some of the effects of smoking after you have gone through the process of quitting. Green tea has many health benefits, from anti-carcinogenic effects to helping keep your teeth healthy. Loose leaf green is just packed with antioxidants which help boost the immune system and help to combat free radicals which cause diseases in your body.
In this way, loose leaf green tea can help to prevent you from getting sick. But this is just one of many of the health benefits of regularly drinking this type of tea. Green tea can also help protect against the effects of aging, and even work to slow down the process.
Weight loss and fighting cancer
After quitting smoking, many people find it hard to keep weight off, or to lose weight if they are trying to. Drinking green tea can help in this process as well. There are compounds and nutrients in green tea that help the body to burn off fat at a faster rate. It also helps to boost your metabolism and increase your energy throughout the day.
Loose leaf green tea also has ant carcinogenic effects, and may even prevent cancer from developing as well as fight off cancerous cells.
When you quit smoking, and start adding five or six cups of loose leaf green tea to your daily routine, you can reduce and help to eradicate the toxins cigarettes have left in your body by a significant amount. Drinking tea regularly is a great way to help get rid of toxins in your body and start the path to a healthy lifestyle.
And you don’t have to drink hot tea, you can brew it and store it in a refrigerator. Enjoy a glass of delicious iced tea while kicking the smoking habit.
5. January 2011 15:49
Loose leaf green tea may be a delectable way to help prevent arthritis. Green tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant, which is the same plant that white, oolong, and loose leaf black teas come from. However, it is processed in a different way which results in its unique, vegetal flavor. Green tea undergoes less oxidation than oolong tea or black tea and this leaves it with more antioxidants, polyphenols, catechins, vitamins, and nutrients than those types of tea.
Arthritis and how green tea may help
Arthritis is a debilitating condition that causes inflammation of the joints. It can be extremely painful and cause stiffness and weakness. It can interfere with your quality of life and even impede upon basic daily tasks. It can become difficult to climb stairs or even to type, walk, or prepare food. Drinking green tea may help with rheumatoid arthritis. It contains polyphenols that may help to reduce the severity of this condition. Green tea may delay the onset of arthritis and even after the condition sets in, regular consumption of green tea may result in a more mild form of it.
Green tea is not a cure
There is no known cure for arthritis, and while drinking tea on a regular basis may help to prevent it or delay the onset, it is not a cure. And it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, a healthy diet, and daily exercise. While green tea has many health benefits, it’s not a miracle cure for everything. However, it can’t harm you, and in fact is better for you than other types of drinks. It tastes delicious, and yet has no calories. It is a tasty treat that will help improve your health and quality of life over time.
18. November 2010 13:32
Drinking tea may cheer you up, and help to ward off depression. Loose leaf white tea might be a great addition to a healthy lifestyle to help lessen depression symptoms. Beyond being absolutely heavenly and enjoyable, Chinese white tea has many health benefits.
What is white tea?
White tea comes from a plant called camellia sinensis, which oddly enough is the same plant that the other four main types of tea are harvested from. The difference between white, green, oolong, and black teas are all about how they are processed. White tea undergoes no oxidation, unlike the other three teas. In this way, it is able to maintain more antioxidants and nutrients than oolong tea or black teas.
It has a delicate flavor that is absolutely divine, especially when mixed with other flavors such as fruits and sometimes nuts. It can be a great way to start off, or to close your day.
Tea is perceived by many to be a relaxing experience, and white tea is also shown to have this effect. White tea can help to alleviate stress, and can soothe anxiety. In this way, adding white tea to your daily life may help to ward off some of the symptoms of depression.
Why it works
There may be scientific, and direct biological reasons for this. White tea contains a compound which is called L-theanine. This is a type of amino acid which enters the brain and has certain psychoactive properties which have been shown in some studies to reduce different types of stress. It is a naturally occurring compound in this type of tea that is harmless to consume even in high quantities, and it works in much the same way certain classes of antidepressants work; by increasing serotonin, dopamine, and gamma aminobutyric acid levels in the brain.
This leads to a lower stress level, which can alleviate anxiety. Those who suffer from depression tend to experience higher anxiety and stress levels, so regular white tea consumption can only help. Decaffeinated loose leaf white tea can only be more beneficial in this process, but white tea already has the least caffeine out of the four main types of teas, which all contain less caffeine than coffee. This may mean that loose leaf white tea may mean that it is superior in effectiveness against depression than the other three types of teas.
It would take regular consumption to build up the serotonin enhancers in the brain, but adding a few cups of white tea to your day isn’t that difficult, especially since the drink is so enjoyable on its own.
This L-theanine compound in white tea has been shown by research to have other properties that may help to lower hypertension, and may promote cognitive functions such as concentration and learning.
Talk to your doctor
As with anything, though, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes a well balanced, healthy diet and daily exercise. And it’s important to discuss any changes or health plans with your doctor.
But drinking white tea every day can’t hurt, as it has many proven health benefits and is a delectable treat to enjoy.
24. September 2010 12:39
Oolong or Wu Long means "Black Dragon". Oolongs are half-fermented (or semi-oxidized) teas that are in the specialty tea family. Half-fermented because the processing of Oolong tea requires only a partial fermentation (oxidation) of the leaves. Oolongs occupy an intermediate position between non-fermented green teas and fully fermented black teas and are the most diverse and interesting loose leaf teas. Oolongs can have varying degrees of oxidation that ranges somewhere between 10-35% in classic Chinese Oolongs to 60-70% in classic Taiwanese (Formosa) Oolongs. Oolong specialty tea is often made from mature leaves, collected from older tea trees.
Processing Oolong is considered the art of tea, where the character of tea is created. Tea masters participate in Oolong tea processing competitions to demonstrate their professional skills at this fine art.
Let’s take a look at Oolong manufacturing process.
There are no standard recipes on how to manufacture oolong tea; it is up to the discretion of each tea garden or tea master to decide on processing and the level of oxidation.
Immediately after gathering, the tea leaves are spread in a thin layer on special bamboo mats under direct sunlight for withering that will let most of water evaporate. The withering process time varies depending on the ambient temperature.
The next step of processing is very peculiar, withered leaves are placed in a large bamboo basket and put in a shady area. Approximately every hour, the tea leaves are shacked and gently tumbled in order to bruise the edges of the leaves to start an oxidation, at the same time avoiding breaking or crushing them. This procedure has to be done several times, until following effect will be reached: bruised up edges of the leaves due to the fermentation become brown blush (like 'rusty'), while veins and parts of the leaves should remain green.
Once the desired level of fermentation is reached, the oxidation process should be stopped immediately. This is achieved through the heat drying phase of raw materials in scorching air called "panning". The pan roasting of the leaves requires extensive experience in Oolong tea processing.
Most Oolongs are dried in two stages: first is partially, primary drying and rolling of tea leaves, then a final finish drying. Some highly fermented Oolongs undergo an additional stage of wetting and softening.
The partially drying process is carried out manually. This stage is necessary to stop the fermentation. Partially drying can be done in 2-4 steps, when the raw material is taken out of the oven, quickly cooled, then rolled. Then again dried in the oven, rapidly cooled, then rolled again, and so on. Afterwards, the leaves go through a final drying phase, ending oxidation and often followed by baking (roasting). Several kinds of Oolong are not rolled just dried after panning. With such a "multistage" technology, taste and degree of fermentation of Oolongs differentiate. Although, manufacturing Oolong is very intensive and meticulous process, unique aroma and flavor profile of this specialty tea makes this tea worth the trouble.
Good quality Oolongs are only loose leaf teas, not tea bags!
The most widely known and actively exported Oolongs are Chinese (Fujian and Yunnan) and Taiwanese (Formosa). Among the most well-known are Formosa Oolongs. Grown and manufactured in Taiwan, named after the province in which grown, these teas are considered the best in quality and affordability among Oolong the loose leaf tea family. Taiwanese Oolongs are often called "Champagne of Teas". Typically Taiwanese Oolongs are specifically labeled that indicates the quality of tea:
1. Fanciest or Extra Fancy
3. Extra Choice or Extra Fine
5. Fully Superior
Chinese Oolongs are famous for the fact that are used in a Chinese traditional procedure named Gongfu Cha and withstand up to 7 steepings.
Brewing Oolong is a very delicate process because it strongly depends on the type of oolong, more precisely, the degree of its fermentation. A lightly fermented Oolong is closest to the brewing of green tea with 190-195 degrees water and the brewing time 1-3 minutes. More fermented Oolong (such as Formosa) is brewing a little longer 4-5 min in hotter water 203-212. After brewing a quality Oolong has pronounced specific characteristics that cannot be mixed with any other kinds of tea.
The best quality Oolongs expresses a strong and rich floral aroma and a remarkable peachy flavor with a honey-sweet aftertaste. Oolongs that closer in oxidation to black teas, have a nutty, toasted flavor. Color of brew is very diverse: from light yellow with green notes (like green tea) to a dark red. Oolong specialty teas contribute 2% of tea consumption of all the teas all over the world.
Enjoy a great cup of Oolong, happy drinking!
19. July 2010 09:31
With all the weight loss miracle claims, it’s hard to ascertain what actually works, and what’s actually good for you. There are many fad diets and crash diets that make wondrous and difficult to believe claims, but many of these are incredibly unhealthy, damaging, and can wreak havoc on your body, and cause far more harm than good. Diet pills and diets that exclude food groups are advertised all the time these days. The truth is that there is no miracle cure, but adding green tea to a healthy diet and exercise plan may help you to lose weight.
Weight loss effects
Being at a healthy weight is about more than just social acceptance. It can lead to significant health improvements, such as a lower cholesterol, and put you at a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and a variety of other ailments.
The “secret” is that green tea contains a chemical called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, which may be beneficial in helping you lose weight. This is just one of many nutrients and antioxidants that green tea contains that have a beneficial effect on your health and your weight loss adventures.
What green tea is and does
Loose leaf green tea comes from the same plant as white, black, and oolong tea. It’s a plant called camellia sinensis which is grown in many countries all over the world. The difference between these types of teas is all in the processing. Green tea is a little more oxidated than white tea, and unlike the fermentation process of black tea, is produced by steaming fresh leaves. In this way, the process yields a higher content of certain types of beneficial nutrients and compounds. Due to this process, loose leaf green tea has a higher content of polyphenols than does black tea, or oolong tea.
Green tea has many healthful effects, including a boost in your metabolism which will lead to burning off calories at a quicker rate. Green tea has also been shown to help improve your energy, which leaves you with more energy for daily exercise. It may also burn off fat, making it easier to see those pounds start dropping.
The EGCG polyphenol that occurs naturally in this tea will make it easier to burn off more calories throughout the day. It has a stronger effect than other natural compounds to increase thermogenesis, which leads to a higher amount of calories burned off at the end of the day.
While all of these are shown in various studies, the truth is that there is no miracle weight loss cure. There is no answer that will instantaneously slim your waist. Weight loss is a journey, and it takes a lot of work and a lot of time. It needs to include a well balanced, healthy diet, and daily exercise. But adding loose leaf green tea to your daily routine can help you in this process. Drinking green tea can only be helpful, as it has a myriad of other nutrients and antioxidants that will lead to health improvements in many areas.
It can’t hurt to give green tea a try. It’s healthy and tasty. Drink up and enjoy!
16. June 2010 15:06
Tea is delicious and healthful, but there are so many different kinds it can be difficult to navigate through them to choose the right tea for you. Teas have thousands of different varieties and flavors, and the health benefits vary also among the types of teas.
Most teas today are blends, because pure tea is rarely ever the same. Oolong tea, for example, will vary from being very close to a black tea, to being very similar to green tea, depending on how long the leaves are left to oxidize. Teas will also vary depending on the weather, climate, where they were grown, altitudes, and so on. There are many factors that can change the flavor of a tea.
Most teas that are widely available in grocery stores and online stores today are tea blends. A common reason to blend tea is to blend higher with lower quality to price the tea at the higher quality level. But the other main reason to blend teas is to create a new, consistent flavor.
Where Tea Comes From
All teas come from the Camellia sinesis plant, which may be surprising considering that there are thousands of varieties of teas. But depending on where the plant is growing, the altitude, weather, climate, and so on, the plant is affected differently. The processing of the tea leaves also affects the variety and flavor of the tea. The tea plants today are grown to about three feet and then harvested; though in the distant past tea plants would grow to be much, much taller. After the tea leaves are processed they are kept protected from air and sunlight so that they maintain their flavor and aroma.
Tea is produced by over twenty-five different countries in the world today, which of course include the main producers: India, China, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Nepal. There are four main types, or varieties, of tea, and they are: white, black, green, and oolong. But among these there are thousands of varieties. These teas all come from the same plant, surprisingly enough, but they vary based on the different climates and altitudes of where they were grown.
The Different Types
But among the four main types the differences depend also on the processing. Black tea is oxidized more than the other types and has a much higher level of caffeine. White tea is the least fermented of all the types. Green tea is sweet with an almost plant-like taste. Oolong varies between being more like black tea or more like green tea, depending on the process.
Green tea has many health benefits. It’s almost like magic. It helps with reducing inflammation, even with keeping teeth healthy. It can improve heart health and has been shown to help lower cholesterol. It can even help prevent or reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. It can help fight off diseases and help prevent cancer, and it can also help boost your energy and metabolism. Teas are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. It’s delicious and healthy. Drink up!
11. June 2010 07:34
The choices of flavors of teas can be overwhelming. There are literally thousands of different types and flavor pairings of teas. There are more types of teas in existence than a person could ever possibly try even in an entire lifetime. So, there are some things you should take into consideration when choosing a tea to taste.
There are four main types of tea: black, oolong, white, and green. Among these there are many varied flavors, but most teas fall under one of these varieties. Another thing to consider is the quality of the tea. Tea that has been processed by hand has the best flavor, much better flavor than teas that have been processed by other means. The quality of the flavor is another thing to take into consideration. Natural flavorings are always the best choice.
Among the different types of teas, it’s important to know the main differences to begin trying out which ones you might like. Black tea is the most consumed worldwide but it has a strong flavor and the highest level of caffeine. It can handle strong flavors such as chocolate and strong fruits.
Green tea tastes sweet but has a very natural almost plant-like flavor. Most fruit flavors work well with green tea, as do herbs and spices. There are some flavors that could overpower the tea, however.
White tea has a sweet flavor and aroma but its flavor can be overpowered by others very easily. Certain flower or fruit flavors do enhance the tea quite well. Melon and jasmine are examples which enhance the white tea flavor. Peaches, pears, and roses are also excellent to be paired with this type of tea.
Oolong tea has complex flavors, and it varies in flavor depending on how it is processed. It can range from being very similar to a black tea, to being very close to green tea. Peaches, apples, or oranges can be paired with this type of tea to enhance its flavor, but almonds or other types of nuts make good parings as well. Some spices and flowers can be paired with oolong tea as well.
The Health Benefits
There are many flavors of tea, but the health benefits of certain types of tea may alter your decision as well. Green tea and white tea have the most natural antioxidants of the other types of teas. When pairing these teas with healthy fruits full of antioxidants, you’ve brewed a drink exploding with health benefits. There are many fruits, spices, and nuts which have health benefits of their own that can be deliciously paired with white or green teas.
So How to Choose?
Learn what flavor teas you enjoy the most. Take some daring risks and try some flavor pairings you might not think would go well together. There are many different combinations of flavors of tea. Try out some different flavors and see which types of tea and which pairings you like the best. And by all means have some tea adventures and risk trying some bold new flavor pairings.