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Tea Talk for Tea Lovers, Issue #001 -- Tea's Topical Benefits; Tea-licious Recipe of the Month
November 03, 2013
Greetings from The Tea Talk!

Welcome to Issue 1 of Tea Talk for Tea Lovers, our monthly newsletter about the many benefits of tea for health and wellness!

Each month in the Tea Talk for Tea Lovers newsletter, we'll provide you with tea tidbits about health and well-being, recipes for teatime (or recipes made with tea!), and other tea tips to help you enjoy this healthful, delicious beverage to the fullest.

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This month...
-- Not only a beverage... Tea has many topical benefits, too!
-- Tea, Diet Soft Drinks, and Weight Management
-- Tea-licious Recipe of the Month
-- Tea Book of the Month
-- Our monthly Tea Tip


Not only a beverage... Tea has many topical benefits, too!

Around the world, we are falling in love with tea in a whole new way, thanks not only to its delightful taste, but because of tea's many benefits for health and wellness, too.

But tea is much more than a delicious, comforting, and healthful beverage - this amazing brew can be used topically, as well, to help and heal a wide variety of health concerns and issues.

Chamomile tea, which is one of the most popular herbal teas (we consume over 1 million cups of this tea each day around the world!), is renowned for its many topical benefits.

Add chamomile tea to your bath to ease aches and pains, soothe menstrual cramps, and calm skin irritations, such as rashes, burns (including sunburns), eczema, and itchy or inflamed skin. A chamomile bath is a gentle, natural way to soothe your little one's diaper rash, too. Your skin will be softer after bathing in a chamomile tea bath and, if you wash your hair in the tea-infused bath, your locks will be shinier, silkier, and softer, too! (Just remember, chamomile tea is also a natural hair lightener, so use with caution!)

Chamomile is known for reducing anxiety and encouraging a sound sleep, as well, so, if you've had a stressful day, add a cup or two of chamomile tea to your bath to help you leave the worries of the day behind and enjoy a good night's sleep. Visit The Tea Talk website to learn more about the amazing benefits of chamomile herbal tea.

Colorful, fragrant Rooibos tea is another powerhouse herbal tea with many topical benefits. This South African red tea is well-known for calming and soothing baby's diaper rash, as well as other skin irritations, such as rashes, acne, sunburn, itch, and inflammation.

Used topically, Rooibos can help to reduce those signs of aging we dislike so much, like wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity. Scientific research is targeting the effectiveness of Rooibos in cosmetic and skincare products, and early research suggests that Rooibos may even be an effective treatment for skin cancer. If you'd like to learn more about this wonderful South African herbal tea, you'll find information about Rooibos tea health benefits here.

White tea, another tea renowned for its topical benefits, can protect your skin cells against sun damage and other stressors that can harm and age your delicate skin. Researchers attribute white tea's topical benefits to the high levels of antioxidants found in this powerful tea. These antioxidants boost the immune function of skin cells, protecting them against oxidative stress (which ages and damages the skin). And white tea doesn't stop at merely protecting your skin - it can even help your skin build resistance to stress! Interested in learning more? Visit the White Tea Benefits page on our website.

Please visit The Tea Talk website at http://www.theteatalk.com to learn more about the many ways tea is so very good for us (including its topical benefits). And, as always, please be sure to check with your healthcare professional before adding any tea to your diet in therapeutic amounts or using tea topically (for yourself or your little one).

Tea, Diet Soft Drinks, and Weight Management

If you're watching your weight, trying to stay hydrated without adding too many extra calories to your day can be a challenge. Rather than reaching for a diet soft drink, why not brew up a cup of tea or pour a glass of iced tea, instead?

Why choose tea over a diet soft drink? Not only is tea hydrating and refreshing, but it's virtually calorie free. And, tea (especially organic tea) is a natural, nutritious product with many health and wellness benefits.

And... research has found that no-calorie soft drinks don't actually help us lose weight - instead, they make us more apt to gain weight by increasing our sugar cravings! Tea, on the other hand, has long been recognized in traditional medicine for helping with weight loss, and current scientific research supports this knowledge.

You can learn more about the effects of no-calorie soft drinks on weight management here. Just keep in mind, if you're counting calories, adding milk and sugar to your tea will add extra calories to your beverage! Try a squeeze of lemon or dash of cinnamon, instead.

Tea-licious Recipe of the Month - Bessie's Shortbread

My favorite shortbread recipe comes from my great-aunt Bessie, who moved to Canada from Scotland when she was a young woman. Her simple cookie recipe has been passed down from generation to generation in my family, and this rich, delightful treat is perfect with a cup of hot tea when you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up (and they freeze wonderfully, too!).

Bessie's Shortbread

1 cup sugar
2 cups softened butter (real is best, rather than margarine or a butter substitute!)
3 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat your oven to 325F.

Mix all ingredients gently until combined (by hand, if you like). On a lightly floured board or countertop, carefully pat or roll dough to a 1/4 - 1/2 inch thickness, and then cut into your favorite shapes with floured cutters. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake on the middle rack until ever-so-slightly golden on the bottom and still soft to the touch on the top (or longer if you like a crisper cookie).

Enjoy with your favorite tea! I make a huge batch of these cookies every Christmas - they're so delicious with black or cinnamon tea.

Tea Book of the Month

For those of us who love books as much as we love tea, it's truly a delight to discover a wonderful book about tea!

One book in my collection of tea books that I refer to over and over again is Victoria Zak's '20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs.' This treasure is filled with so much useful information, from the best herbal teas to help and heal common ailments, how to create your own herbal tea blends, easy-to-understand descriptions of the top 100 herbs, and much, much, more!

Whether you're just starting to build your collection of tea books or barely have room for another on your shelves, you'll love Zak's book.

Our Monthly Tea Tip

Herbal teas are best when steeped longer than 'true' teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant. While true teas (such as black, green, and white teas) are typically steeped from 2 to 5 minutes (depending on the type), herbal teas need a longer brewing time to bring out their best flavor and fullest health benefits. So, when you brew up a cup or pot of herbal tea (such as chamomile, cinnamon, or hibiscus tea), remember to steep your tea for at least 5 and up to 10 minutes.
Wishing you a wonderful, tea-filled day! :)
Della @ The Tea Talk
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