Cool Tea Infusers for Geeks At Heart!

You mean there are cool tea infusers for geeks?

Why yes, there are!

Geeks and gadgets go together. And as an unashamed geek, I will admit I love my morning tea. And if you are a fan of tea also, you’ll know that loose tea is better. It’s cheaper to buy tea in bulk, and it tastes better.

If you’re brewing a cup of tea at a time, then you need a tea infuser. Now you could settle for an ordinary tea ball, but why do that when you could have one of the cool tea infusers shown below?

You could jet-propel your morning brew with a rocket tea infuser. Put a Death Star to good use, or go really retro and back to prehistoric times with a T-Rex to brew your tea.

Add a little whimsy to your morning brew and put a smile on your face!

        Robot Tea Infuser

                  Robotic Butler for Tea Making!

What self-respecting geek doesn’t like robots?

If you like to drink hot tea, and you like robots, then this Robot Tea Infuser is just the thing!

All you have to do is pop open this robot’s stainless steel chest compartment and fill it up with some awesome loose leaf tea. Then shut the door dude! And let the robot take a dip in a cup of hot water.

“Thank the maker!” your robot will exclaim. “This tea bath is going to feel so good! I’ve got such a bad case of tea dust contamination, I can barely move!”

The robot can hang by his arm and keep his head above tea level, while his body soaks in the hot water and allows the tea to steep.

When your hot tea has reached perfection, pull out the robot and there you go!

Robots and tea = superb geek hot drink!

Rocket your way to Geek Tea Heaven!

This ain’t rocket science… it’s rocket tea time!

Hey, even brainiac geeks can use a nice cup of tea now and then. That’s when a Rocket Ship Tea Infuser is really useful

It’s a sturdy stainless steel rocket, ready to take your load of tea into the inner space of your tea cup, and brew a little tea fuel.

Rockets and geeks… it’s the perfect combination.

Steep with the Star Wars Death Star!



Star Wars Death Star Tea Infuser

Use the dark side of the force and make some darkly steep Star Wars tea!

The Death Star is the perfect shape for a tea ball, and will allow the tea to evenly distribute itself through your cup of hot water.

It’s stainless steel, so no contamination of your tea… just steeped in the Dark Side… but hey! Explore that bad boy or bad girl persona and make a dark drink.

When you’re finished, you can grab that TIE Fighter and yank that Death Star out of the mug and enjoy your infusion of tea steeped in the dark side.

You know you want one…


What’s The Best Tea For a Geek?

If you love Star Trek, there’s only one choice for tea. . . Tea, Earl Grey, Hot

Yep, it’s – Officially-Licensed Star Trek Tea!!

You can pretend you’re on the Starship Enterprise, just sitting down to a friendly chat over a nice cup of tea with Captain Jean Luc Picard.

Earl Gray… the perfect tea for for a spaced out geek tea infuser. Get your Earl Grey tea by clicking HERE.

Science Fiction Tea Cups

You need something to pour your tea into it so you can drink it! So let’s check out what might be on eBay that looks cool!

Doctor Who Figural Tardis Mug, 17 oz
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Green Tea Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Machine

Would you like to make green tea ice cream, but don’t have an ice cream machine? No Problem! There are many recipes available that don’t require an ice cream maker.
To start with, here’s a video showing you how to make green tea ice cream that doesn’t require using an ice cream machine.

Here’s a video about making Green Tea ice cream without a machine, and using only 3 ingredients!

And here is some more information on the subject of green tea ice cream!

Ruth asks…

how can I make green tea ice cream w/out an ice cream maker?

How can I make green tea ice cream? I don’t have an ice cream maker available to me but I would really love to make it!

Camillia answers:

You’ll have to find some green tea powder. If you can’t find it already ground, buy the best quality green tea you can and run 3 or 4 tablespoons of it through a clean spice or coffee grinder.

When you’ve gotten the powder as fine as you can, add a few tablespoons of very hot water, milk or cream to it and stir until it becomes a green paste. Once cooled, stir the paste into a pint of good quality softened (but not melted) vanilla ice cream.

Once well blended, put the mixture back into the freezer until it’s set enough to serve it. You will probably not get the mint green coloured ice cream you see in the restaurant since a lot of that is artificially coloured. A drop of food colouring will fix that if you want the green colour.

Laura asks…

How do I make GREEN TEA mochi ice cream?

I want to make GREEN TEA mochi ice cream, how do I do it ?
and where is an easy place I can get the ingredients, more importantly GREEN TEA ICE CREAM ?
AND do I need to add anything to the batter thing that will make it green ? not the ice cream part but the batter around it ?

Camillia answers:

Things You’ll Need:
10 scoops ice cream (green tea ice cream)
1 cup glutinous-rice flour (mochiko)
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla
corn flour, for dusting
glass bowl
mixing spoon
plastic wrap
cutting board
airtight container
Soften the ice cream, scoop into 10 round balls, and refreeze until hard.

Step 2Combine glutinous rice flour and water in a glass bowl. Mix well to paste, then add sugar and vanilla, mix until dissolved.

Step 3Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes. It will be half cooked. Remove and stir well while it’s hot.

Step 4Cover and return to microwave for 30 seconds. Stir well.

Step 5Place plastic wrap over a cutting board. Dust generously with corn flour (this is a must).

Step 6Wait for dough to cool. Place onto board and divide into 10 pieces.

Step 7Flatten dough with your palm. Wrap each piece of dough around an ice cream ball and refreeze in an airtight container.

Linda asks…

Can you make green tea ice cream without matcha?

I want to make Green tea Ice cream but the nearest asian market is miles away. Can i substitute ground up green tea? Or any other suggestions?

Camillia answers:

You can, but will get the best results using green tea powder or matcha.

Here is my favourite Green Tea Ice-cream Recipe

Makes about half a litre

Ingredients

• 1 tbsp green tea powder
• 2/3 cup sugar
• 3 egg yolks
• 3/4 cup milk
• 200ml pure cream

Method

1. Mix the tea powder with two tablespoons of sugar.
2. In a seperate bowl, mix egg yolks with remaining sugar.
3. Pour milk into pan and heat gently. Be careful not to boil it.
4. Remove from heat and mix some of the milk into the green tea mixture.
5. When you have a smooth paste, add it to the remaining milk in the pan.
6. Whisk in the egg yolks and leave to cool.
7. Whip the cream then add to the cold green tea mixture.
8. Freeze

Read more on Green Tea here
http://japan-australia.blogspot.com/2010/11/green-tea-antioxidant-wonder.html

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Benefits of Different Teas

Laura asks…

Which has more health benefits- green, white or pu-erh tea?

I have heard many people talking about how healthy each of these teas are and i would like to know which is the healthiest so i can start drinking it. A list of each teas health benefits would be greatly appreciated. Thank You

Camillia answers:

The benefits of white, black and green teas vary in both strength and anti toxins. I would use a gallon container, and put four bags of each in this container, and fill with hot water and let sit in the sun two days. Then drink it iced with Lemon and mint. However, it is said that white tea is the most beneficial but is week in strength so you must use more tea bags when making it. Many people think a cup or two a day is enough too reap the full benefits. It is not. You would drink 5 cups per day for full benefits and that is easy too do with iced tea. Most store products have syrup sweetener which is not a good thing. Go with natural organic sugar and for hot tea use honey and lemon. Also, it takes time too sustain benefits. After a month you should be in full swing with the protection tea offers. Again, a mix is the best solution. Have a healthy day.

Lizzie asks…

What are the differences between green and black tea, and which has better health benefits?

I like Earl Grey tea a lot, but green tea is also on my favorites list. Hmmm.

Thanks!
Also, I’ve been drinking two cups of tea a day, and my eye has been twitching a little. Could these be related? My head also hurts…

Camillia answers:

The difference between white, green and black tea is all in the processing. All (real) tea comes from the same species of plant, Camella Sinensis. The tea is picked, then put through a drying process, and is then heated. The drying oxidizes the leafs, while the heating “kill green” process halts it. White teas are dried and heated at the same time so almost no oxidation takes place. Green (and yellow) teas are allowed only minimal oxidation, while black teas are allowed a great deal of oxidation.

You hear more about the health benefits of green tea, but that’s because it is a more widely studied subject than black or white teas. Contrary to popular belief, there is no systemic difference in the caffeine level of any true tea.

Now, there are other “teas” that are not really teas. Red tea is from an African plant known as “rooibos.” Mate is a herbal infusion that has a stimulant similar to caffeine call matein, which is said to be a less jittery, more invigorating perk (personally, I think that’s horse****). Herbal teas are infusion that are brewed like tea, but have no actual camella sinensis plant.

Sandra asks…

Is there a list of teas and their provided health benefit anywhere on the internet?

I’m looking for a list of teas and their health benefits. For example, peppermint tea for digestion, green tea for its various antioxidant properties, chamomile for relaxing and sleeping, etc.
Right. I tried looking on Google but couldn’t find it. That’s why I’m asking here.

Camillia answers:

You could try here:

http://www.locateadoc.com/Patient_Resources/AlternativeMedicine/herbaltea.cfm

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Benefits of Green Tea For Skin

What are the benefits of green tea for skin?

Green tea exhibits positive effects on skin problems and is good for regular care of your skin.

Two of the most irritating skin diseases, eczema and acne, are helped by green tea. For instance, if you have acne, you can use green tea as an astringent.

It can also be combined with other ingredients to make a substance to apply to the skin with a cotton pad and makes a super alternative to high-priced astringents and toners.

Using Green Tea as an Exfoliant. . .

 
For eczema, you could mix the green tea with olive oil.  You can also drink green tea, but for skin care it’s also good to apply it directly to the skin.

Liquid Green Tea Extract for Skin Care

Because liquid green tea extract has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent and antioxidant properties it is a great ingredient for skin care products. You can buybath, body and skin care products that come with liquid green tea extract, or if you’d prefer you can save money and make your own.  Also great for face and body moisturizers, soaps and face masques, green tea is just an all-around good skin product. You can even add a few drops of it directly to your bath water if you want.

Other Benefits of Green Tea for Skin

There are several advantages to using green tea for you skin.  To start with, it is a good astringent, so it can help heal up pimples and scars. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and the antioxidants it contains can counterbalance the damage caused by the sun’s rays, which helps to stop the skin from aging prematurely.

No matter if you decide to buy green tea products or make your own, it can be a great way to care for your skin naturally.  Don’t miss out on the benefits of green tea for your skin!
 
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More About Green Tea Extract

Lisa asks…

What is the equivalent in cups of Green tea to taking a 315mg green tea extract capsule?

Basically, how many cups of green tea is equal to one 315mg extract capsule?

Camillia answers:

4

Joseph asks…

Can i mix green tea extract with green tea powder in a body scrub?

I want to make my own green tea body scrub, and am wondering if I can mix green tea powder with green tea extract and sugar.

Camillia answers:

Yes. Try to add a little jojoba oil or sunflower oil to it as well. I know that you can order the matcha green tea from origins stores or origins.com. Its delicious and it is the most potent green tea on earth derived from the oldest tea fields in japan

Laura asks…

How much theanine is there in green tea extract?

Hi.

I want to supplement with theanine for stress relief and it seems green tea extract might be a more natural and economical way to do it. The container says each pill has 315mg of green tea extract, how much theanine will it have? My aim is about 150mg of theanine.

Many Thanks

Camillia answers:

That really depends on what you buy. Normally, Theanine accounts for 1 to 2% of dry tea. When buying Tea Extract, most will say something like “so much whole herb, so much this.” so to get the percentage of how much Theanine you are getting just assume 2% of that. Which isn’t allot.

But I have seen extracts range between “Green Tea L-theanine 10%” to “Green Tea L-theanine 99%” because they are formulas for extracting the most Theanine compared to other components of tea.

I do know that Theanine is found most abundant in Chamomile. Which is why Chamomile relaxes most people and helps most people fall asleep and is used as a traditional cure for nightmares. Because of all the teas you can drink it has the most. So you might get better results looking for whole chamomile extract if you don’t want to buy specific percentage extracts of tea.

Or just do a search for: “Green Tea L-theanine 99%” in google and just take however many mg of Theanine you want each day.

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Green Tea Liquid Extract Secrets

Benefits of Green Tea Liquid Extract

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Green tea has several health benefits, but not everyone enjoys drinking green tea. In that case, you might want to try green tea liquid extract.

History of Green Tea Liquid Extract

For literally thousands of years the Chinese have studied medicine, herbs and the like. And for those thousands of years, they have been aware of the health benefits of green tea. It has been used to aid digestion, increase longevity and cure headaches since ancient times.

In the United States the use of green tea has been of more recent vintage. There is only know a developing understanding of what green tea or green tea liquid extract can do to improve a person’s health.

What Does Green Tea Liquid Extract Do?

Green tea is made by steaming the leaves of a plant called Camellia sinensis. The steaming process used for these tea leaves helps them retain their antioxidant and bioflavonoid chemicals.

Because of this, the green tea liquid extract fights free radicals, pro-oxidants and carcinogens in the body. In turn, this helps reduce the chances of developing certain types of cancer, combats the signs of ageing and improves digestive and respiratory health.

Green tea liquid extract also has antibacterial properties and helps to metabolize fats in the body.
 

 
There is scientific evidence to suggest that it can help lower cholesterol and stop blood clots from forming too, which means those who consume it are less apt to have a heart attack or stroke.

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Green Tea Benefits for Hair

Jenny asks…

what will green tea do for your hair?

what will it do for your hair besides encourage growth?

Camillia answers:

It dosnt encourage growth. But the herbs make it a lot healthier stronger and shinier

Charles asks…

What does green tea do for my body?

I heard a rumor it helped your hair, I don’t know!

Camillia answers:

Green tea is known for its incredible power to prolong life. In recent research into green tea, results show its power in preventing disease as well. The main ingredients of green tea (tannin, catechin); in sufficient amounts lower the standard mortality rates for stomach cancer. There are two types of cholesterol, one is “bad” cholesterol (LDL), and heavy accumulation of these in tissues can lead to atherosclerosis. The other is good cholesterol (HDL) that prevents accumulation of excessive “bad” cholesterol. It has been proven and demonstrated that green tea catechin restricts the excessive buildup of cholesterol. Green tea is known for lowering blood pressure. Green teas given to diabetes patients cause a decrease in the blood glucose levels. Consumption of antioxidants such as vitamins E and C promises longer life, and we already know that green teas are rich in those two vitamins.

Green tea caffeine taken in proper quantity stimulates every organ in the body and clears your mind. The small amount of caffeine (about 9 mgs of caffeine) present in a normal serving of green tea can stimulate the skeletal muscles and smooth the progress of muscular contraction.

It has long been known that green tea has the ability to kill bacteria and is known to deter food poisoning. Treating diarrhea with consumption of strong green tea.
Soaking in green tea has been successful as a treatment for athlete’s foot. Bedsores and skin disease can be prevented or healed by using a green tea bath.
Green tea contains natural fluorine and is thought to aid in the reduction of cavities in schoolchildren. It has been known for some time that small amounts of fluorine can strengthen teeth and help prevent cavities.

Green tea catechin and theaflavin, which are both present in black tea, have a strong effect on the flu virus. It is also thought that the anti viral capability of green tea catechin may have some beneficial effect on the AIDS virus.
· Green Tea drinkers appear to enjoy better health.

· Catechin is 100 times more potent than vitamin C and 25 times more potent than vitamin E.

· Green Tea drinkers have half the risk of fatal heart attacks. Compounds in the tea called flavonoids stop blood platelets from forming clots, much like aspirin does.

Carol asks…

Are any of these home remedies for growing hair really effective?

1.Drinking plenty of water and eating plenty of raw fruits and vegetables is probably the best way to achieving healthy hair.

2.Vitamins B, C, F, zinc, iron, copper and protein are essential for hair growth.

3. Brush your hair gently with preferably wooden brushes to increase hair growth.

4.Boil 1 cup of celery leaves with stems, strain and add juice of 1 lemon. You can
rinse your hair with this after washing your hair. It makes your hair look healthy
and lustrous.

5.Lavender oil has been shown to increase hair growth so massage the oil once a week and soak for 30 minutes before washing.

6.If one wants to grow hair, trim the hair once every month.

7.Never brush the hair when it is wet.

8.Massage aloe vera gel over the scalp and leave it for about one hour.After this rinse the hair with warm water. It gives amazing results for hair growth.

9.Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar and sage tea helps in hair growth

10.Boil rosemary leaves in water and use this water while washing your hair daily to improve hair growth.

11.Massaging your scalp vigorously with your fingers promotes hair growth.

12.Rinsing your hair with one juiced lemon and one cup of water is said to bring
life and shine back to dull hair.

13.Rub olive oil into the scalp to promote hair growth.

14.Massage the scalp with egg yolk, leave for 1 hour and wash.

15.Brush your hair gently with preferably wooden brushes to increase hair growth. Never brush the hair when it is wet.

16.If one wants to grow hair, trim the hair once every month, just the tips will do.

17.It is possible that the side you sleep on most grows longer, stimulating the scalp causes good blood flow which help the hair to grow.

18.Use flat beer to help prevent spit ends do it once or 2 times a month put it straight on your hair, wrap it in a towel for 1 to 2 hours and rinse out.

19.Massage small amounts of fresh or canned coconut milk into the scalp and keep overnight if possible or at least for a few hours. This procedure will help hair grow longer, thicker and also make your hair look soft and shiny.

20.Egg is excellent for the hair. It nourishes hair and adds shine. Whip up an egg and apply it to your hair once a week. Wash with a mild shampoo.

21.You can try and include a few of these food in your diet to make your hair grow fast. Essential fatty acids are found in oily fish such as salmon and tuna, flaxseed oil, sunflower oil, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. Mushrooms and cauliflower for Vitamin B. Oranges and tomatoes for Vitamin C. Olive oil, wheatgerm and Vitamin E.

22.Your hair is what you eat. If you eat correctly and drink enough water, 80 percent of your hair problems are solved. Eat a healthy and a balanced diet rich in protein and minerals. Oil your hair regularly, include a lot of milk, almonds and greens in your diet and drink at least 12 to 14 glasses of water daily.

23.Regularly cleaning and brushing the hair is very important. When the hairs are brushed, oil-producing glands in the scalp get stimulated. This natural oil makes the hair healthy.

24.You should take plenty of green vegetables, fruits, sprouts, honey, cereals, nuts, grains, milk products, and no cholesterol-rich food in your diet. Eat fish if non-vegetarian or else take soybeans, and raw vegetable salads. Good balanced diet keeps your skin and hair healthy.

25.An very effective hair treatment for dull lifeless hair can be made with 1 egg yoke, 1 Tbsp Olive Oil and 3 drops Vitamin E oil. Combine these, and apply on scalp and massage well for at least 10 minutes and soak for 30 minutes. Wash out with shampoo.

26. Castor oil mixed with almond oil and massaged on regular basis and washed is highly recommended for hair growth.

27. Powdered fenugreek 1 tsp, pepper powder 1 tsp and coconut milk 1/2 cup mixed together and massaged on scalp and washed after at least 2 hours is another ancient remedy for hair growth.

28. Rub any oil like coconut or olive oil into the scalp and massage for 5 minutes . Wring out a towel in hot water and wrap it on the head, keep it on for 5 minutes repeat the process at least 2 times before shampoo. Or if you have a steamer you can use that in low setting for 5 minutes after oiling and massaging.

29. Diet and lifestyle are two major factors that influence the health of the hair. Poor diet, illness and deficiencies of any particular vitamin and mineral affects the quality of hair.

30. You should take plenty of green vegetables, fruits, sprouts, honey, cereals, nuts, grains, milk products, and no cholesterol-rich food in your diet. Eat fish if non-vegetarian or else take soybeans, and raw vegetable salads. Good balanced diet keeps your skin and hair healthy.

Do you have any success stories? Sorry there are so many! And thanks!
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what about this, women’s rogaine?

Camillia answers:

Try hair oil; it really works! Put it on at nite before bed and wake up and shampoo it off. Usually coconut hair oil works the best but try others to suit ur hair

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Tea Fukuundo Ashitaba

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Looking for Tea Fukuundo Ashitaba?

You know that ashitaba is an amazing plant that exhibits health benefits from both land and marine plants.

 It is a a great addition to your diet because it contains 

  • eleven vitamins,
  • thirteen minerals,
  • chlorophyll,
  •  enzymes,
  •  carotene,
  • germanium,
  • saponins,
  • proteins,
  • plant fibers,
  • glycosides,
  •  coumarins, and
  • a unique and rare class of flavonoids called chalcones.

Ashitaba is sometimes called “Green Blood”  because it is high in chlorophyll that has a similar molecular structure to that of our blood. It helps the internal organs, the stomach, and the brain work better and has exhibited anti-allergy actions.

Also in Ashitaba is a natural organic germanium that is known to promote production of Interferon, a defensive material produced by our body to prevent viruses and bacterias from penetrating into our cells. Germanium is valuable in the purification of blood by keeping away harmful hydrogen ions in the blood, creating an alkaline PH, increasing oxygen, and by activating blood cell replacements.

Ashitaba plants possess phenolic compounds active as an Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti- Turmorigenic, Anti- Carcinogenic, Anti-Microbial, and a Detoxifier.

 The plant has been an integral part of the diet on a Japanese island for hundreds of years, and is the only known plant to contain a substances called chalcones, discovered when scientists began to analyze the diet and environment in order to determine the reasons for the health and longevity observed. Ashitaba is historically referred to locally by the residents of the island as the “longevity herb”, and is one of natures most dynamic nutritional food sources, and has a vast spectrum of other beneficial properties which augment a number of systems in the body, especially the immune system and the circulatory system.

You can find out more about Tea Fukuundo Ashitaba tea bags here.

Questions About Green Tea Advantages

There are many advantages to drinking green tea.

Here are some questions people have asked about green tea. Perhaps you have had some of the same questions. At any rate, here’s the information on green tea advantages. . .

Maria asks…

What are herb and green tea advantages?

I am curious about the medicinal effects of some of the teas for diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc.

Camillia answers:

Herbal teas nourish our nervous systems and strengthen our immune systems. In Chinese medicine, every aroma and flavor is associated with organ systems of the body: the sweet flavor found in anise seed has a special affinity for the stomach and spleen; the bitter flavor in dandelion root affects the heart and small intestines, helping to improve digestion and aid fat metabolism; the pungent flavor in ginger helps to improve lung capacity and large intestine health; the sour flavor in rose hips stimulates the functions of the liver and gall bladder and the salty flavor in kelp – a seaweed – nourishes the kidneys and bladder. The benefits are immediate – as soon as we taste the herbs, our brains receive signals from the subtle qualities of the plants.

Anise seed (Pimpinella anisum ) is a member of the parsley family and has a lovely licorice-like flavor. Anise seeds aid digestion and freshen the breath. Anise also helps soothe a cough, improves bronchitis and its naturally sweet flavor can be blended with other herbs to make a pleasantly sweet tea.

Ginger root (Zingiber officinale ) is a member of the ginger family. Zesty and very warming, ginger is an excellent way to improve poor circulation to all parts of the body and to help those that suffer from cold hands and feet. It is one of the best herbs for improving digestion, nausea, lung congestion and arthritis.

Rose hips (Rosa species ) are members of the rose family. With a lemony tart taste and antiseptic properties, rose hips are a natural source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids. They are considered a liver, kidney and blood tonic, and are regarded as a remedy for fatigue, colds and cough.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita ) leaf, one of the most recognized members of the mint family, aids digestion, calms nausea, freshens the breath and even has antiseptic properties that can help relieve cold and flu conditions. Peppermint has a refreshing cool flavor that makes it one of the most beloved herbs as well as a perfect after dinner tea.

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea ) is a member of the daisy family – the leaves and roots are valued for their immune stimulating properties. Echinacea stimulates T cell activity and interferon production, and makes cells less likely to be subject to viral takeover. It is used to treat colds, sore throat, fever and flu and is usually consumed several times daily during cold and flu symptoms. Echinacea has a slightly bitter, cool flavor and mixes well with peppermint.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita ) is a member of the daisy family. It has a calming quality and is widely used to relieve anxiety, caffeine withdrawal, hyperactivity, insomnia, pain and stress. Chamomile is also an excellent digestive tonic helping to relieve colic, flatulence, indigestion and irritable bowel. Some European hospitals serve it to calm patients and it is said to prevent nightmares. Many women use chamomile as a successful remedy to relax menstrual cramps.

Green tea (Camellia sinensis ) is a member of the tea or thea family, named after the Greek word for goddess. Both green and black teas are from the same plant, yet black tea is fermented and contains more caffeine. Green tea leaves are rich in fluorine and help prevent dental decay by inhibiting the enzyme that causes plaque formation. Green tea is also a natural antioxidant, rich in vitamin C and has immune protecting properties. Most people find that green tea, although containing small amounts of caffeine, is less likely to cause nervousness or anxiety than black tea.

Raspberry leaf (Rubus species) is a member of the rose family. With a flavor very similar to that of black tea, raspberry leaf is very rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron. It is considered a supreme tonic herb for women’s health concerns such as menstrual conditions , pregnancy and menopause. Raspberry strengthens the joints and tendons – and its nutrients are also beneficial for men.

Maté (Ilex paraguariensis ) is a member of the holly family. Native to South America, maté is the national drink of Argentina where it is consumed more frequently than black tea or coffee. Also known as yerba maté, the leaves are a powerful antioxidant, nerve stimulant and rejuvenating tonic. Maté helps promote regular bowel health, lifts the spirits, curbs the appetite and helps relieve hay fever. Maté does have a caffeine-like constituent which some refer to as mateine, but it does not seem to promote insomnia or nervousness the way coffee does. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals and has a pleasant earthy flavor.

Roasted dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale ) is a member of the daisy family. For those giving up coffee, roasted dandelion root has a rich, warm, earthy flavor that can be very satisfying. It also helps one to stay warm longer

Carol asks…

What are the advantages of drinking green tea?

Hot or cold?

Camillia answers:

Contains thiamine – good for you. Aids in weight-loss, and improves health. I use a brand that contains coral calcium, wich has 73 trace minerals. Keeps me healthy!!!

Paul asks…

what are the advantages of drinking green tea.?

i have been drinking green tea since i was like 13 and im nearly 19 now. and i plan on drinking green tea for the rest of my life.. i dont drink coffee or regular tea only green tea.

Camillia answers:

The Chinese have known about the medicinal green tea benefits since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. Recently green tea has been receiving much attention. As a result, we now have several green teas medical reports and studies by accredited institutions concluding that Green Tea contains many healthful and healing properties. Drinking green tea has been shown to provide the human body with various health enhancing components.

Some of the benefits of green tea which I’ve found during my research.

1. It is used to treat multiple sclerosis.

2. It is used for treatment and prevention of cancer.

3. It is used to stop Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

4. It is used to raise the metabolism and increase fat oxidation.

5. It reduces the risk of heart diseases and heart attacks by reducing the risk of thrombosis.

6. It reduces the risk of esophageal cancer.

7. Drinking green tea inhibits the growth of certain cancer cells, reduces the level of cholesterol in blood, improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.

8. It is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular diseases

9. It is used to treat impaired immune function and boost the immune system. .

10. Some researches show that, drinking green tea regularly may help prevent tooth decay by killing the bacteria which cause the dental plaque.

I drink 3-6 cups of green tea per day and it relieves my stress, decreases my appetite and gives me more energy. The recommended high quality green tea is at the source below.

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Questions About Tea and pregnancy

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Betty asks…

Black tea and pregnancy….

I had no idea that black tea was from the same family as green tea which is not good for you to drink during pregnancy because it can get rid of important enzymes you need during pregnancy. I just saw on the bottle I was drinking my drink out of said that it had black tea in it. Should I be concerned or should I just blow it off and not drink it again. I hope you can help me out, any opinions?

Camillia answers:

One tea a day will not harm you!  You have to drink large amounts of green or black tea for it to become a problem.

Donna asks…

Tea Drinking in pregnancy?

okay, I know Im not supposed to drink dark teas while Im pregnant because of the high amounts of caffeine.. which is also why we shouldnt drink dark sodas. But what about that Lipton White Tea with Raspberry or Green Tea?? Are those allowed.

Thanks!!

Camillia answers:

How much tea do you plan on drinking?

One cup of any tea, dark, white, green, will not harm you or the baby.

Drinking excessive amounts- such as for every drink you consume you have ice tea – would be a lot.

White tea has very little caffeine. Herbal Teas have no caffeine (like celestial seasonings flavored ones, they are herbal so no caffeine)

Drinking any kind of tea in moderation is okay, but for more information on green tea and pregnancy read this article.

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