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Tea Talk for Tea Lovers, Issue #003 -- A Tea First-Aid Kit, Tea for Children
February 04, 2014
Greetings from The Tea Talk!

Welcome to Issue 3 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...
-- A Tea First-Aid Kit
-- Tea for Children
-- Tea-licious Recipe of the Month
-- Our Monthly Tea Tip


A Tea First-Aid Kit

While many of us think first of prescription or over-the-counter medications to help with everyday aches, pains, and discomforts, the delicious contents of your tea cupboard can provide quick, inexpensive, natural relief for a vast range of common health concerns and ailments.

The next time you're battling a headache, needing fast relief from the pain of a sunburn, or suffering from a toothache, why not turn first to tea for help? Keep your tea cupboard stocked with a variety of healing teas, and you'll be set to manage and ease many ailments and pains with your handy, healthful 'tea first-aid kit.' Here are some of the many ways tea can help to manage and ease some everyday health troubles.

Headaches - When you have a throbbing headache, you may find relief from the pain in a soothing cup of spicy cinnamon tea, which is well-known for its pain-relieving abilities. Peppermint tea is another effective remedy for headaches and migraines, and this herbal tea can even be used topically for pain relief - simply place a compress of peppermint tea or a warm, moist peppermint teabag on your forehead or temple (wherever the pain is most intense). If your headache is due to nasal or sinus congestion, consider steaming with peppermint tea as a natural, effective way to clear congestion.

Toothache or Sore Gums - Peppermint tea provides wonderful benefits for dental wellness, too. Sipping or rinsing with peppermint tea can ease a bothersome toothache or painful gums and, for additional comforting relief, place a warm, moist peppermint teabag directly on the offending tooth or gum.

Sunburn - If you've paid for a fun day in the sun with tender, sun-burnt skin, a soothing herbal tea bath or compress can help to ease the soreness. Add some cooled Rooibos or chamomile tea to your bath to gently calm your irritated skin. These teas are wonderful remedies for a variety of other skin irritations, too, such as itchiness, insect bites, and eczema. You'll find a recipe for a chamomile tea bath on our website (as well as some precautions) here.

Cramps - Menstrual cramps can range from slightly irritating to almost debilitating! If cramps interfere with your daily functioning on any level, try a cup of chamomile or Rooibos tea for natural, safe relief. And peppermint tea can help whether sipped or used topically in a peppermint tea compress - soak a soft cotton cloth in peppermint tea (warm or cool), and gently lay the cloth across your lower belly or back (wherever you need it most) to soothe and relieve those painful cramps.

Indigestion - If you're suffering from indigestion or other tummy troubles, brew a cup of steamy herbal tea for quick, comforting relief. Caffeine-free Rooibos, peppermint, and cinnamon teas are all well-known for their ability to soothe an upset stomach quickly and capably. Try one of these teas to relieve indigestion, gassiness, nausea, and other digestive issues. It's best to avoid peppermint tea, though, if you have GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Tea is a beloved beverage around the world for so many reasons, from its delicious, soothing taste to its many physical and emotional health benefits. The next time you're struggling with pain or discomfort, steeping a cup of healing tea to sip or use topically may provide comforting relief.

As always, be sure to stay up-to-date regarding any possible risks, side effects, or contraindications for any tea you consume or use topically (for yourself and your little ones, too). Your herbal practitioner or healthcare provider will be happy to answer any questions you have about the health benefits and effects of teas and tisanes.

You can read more about tea and the many, many ways this amazing beverage is so very good for us on The Tea Talk website at http://www.theteatalk.com.



Did you know... The country of Turkey enjoys more tea per person than any other country around the world!


Tea for Children

If you've been looking for a healthy alternative to sugary soft drinks for your child, why not give her a refreshing glass of iced tea, instead? Even though we often think of tea as a 'grown up' drink, teas and herbal tisanes can be excellent beverage choices for children and adolescents for a number of reasons.

-- Teas and herbal tisanes are very hydrating, refreshing, and delicious.

-- Traditional wisdom and current research tell us that tea is chock-full of a multitude of benefits for health and wellness. This is true for herbal tisanes and for 'true' teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant, as well.

-- Herbal teas are caffeine free, and even 'true' teas contain far less caffeine than the sodas and energy drinks so popular with children and adolescents today. As too much caffeine can be linked to various health concerns (such as insomnia, increased anxiety, and reduced concentration), it's important to monitor how much caffeine children are consuming each day. Health Canada, for example, recommends no more than 62.5 mg of caffeine per day for children aged 7 - 9, and no more than 85 mg/day for 10 - 12 year olds. Considering that many energy drinks have 80 - 160 mg caffeine per small serving, and a 12-oz. soft drink has from 35 - 70 mg caffeine, caffeine-free herbal tea or a cup of 'true' tea (at about 40 - 50 mg caffeine per 8 oz. serving) is a safe, healthy alternative.

-- Tea is virtually calorie free. Sugary drinks have played a major role in climbing childhood obesity rates and increased dental problems in today's world. Substituting a glass of fruity, refreshing iced Rooibos tea, for example, for a fizzy soft drink is a healthy choice that is far better for the waistline and for dental health.

-- Tea is a very inexpensive alternative to costly bottled or canned drinks. Most of us are watching our pennies today, and another benefit of tea is that it's good for your pocketbook, as well!

Of course, it's best to check with your healthcare professional about safe amounts and possible side effects of any tea - both as a beverage and used topically - for your children.



'Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.' - Anonymous


Tea-licious Recipe of the Month - Blueberry Cinnamon Muffins

One of my very favorite muffin recipes - simple to make and absolutely delicious! A wonderful way to use fresh or frozen blueberries, and the perfect accompaniment to your afternoon tea break.

Blueberry Cinnamon Muffins

2 eggs
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon (or more if you love cinnamon!)
1/3 cup almond or dairy milk
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (if using frozen, thaw and flour the berries)
extra sugar and cinnamon for sprinkling on top of the muffins

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Separate the eggs. Set the yolks aside, and stiffly beat the egg whites.

Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the sugar. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, and then the vanilla. Gently fold in the egg whites.

Combine the flour, baking powder, and 1 tsp. cinnamon, and add this mixture alternately with the milk to the wet ingredients, stirring just until combined. (Don't over mix, or the muffins will be tough!) Gently fold in the blueberries.

Spoon the muffin batter into greased or paper-lined muffin tins, and sprinkle the tops of the muffins with sugar and cinnamon to taste.

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, until the tops are lightly golden. Enjoy with your favorite tea for a delightful afternoon treat! These muffins freeze very well.


Our Monthly Tea Tip

We are fortunate to have at our fingertips so many herbs and herbal teas... Delicious and so very good for health and wellness, herbal teas are beloved around the world.

However, it's still essential that we remember that herbs are active ingredients and, as such, every herbal tea may not be the best choice for every person. Some people may experience allergic reactions to certain herbal teas, while others may find that some herbal teas interact with prescription or over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies they're currently taking.

As such, to be safe, please be sure to educate yourself about any new herbal tea you're thinking of adding to your (or your family's) day, and ask your healthcare provider or herbal practitioner about any potential risks or side effects associated with that herbal tea, as well.

Interested in learning more about herbal teas? Visit the Herbal Tea Benefits section on The Tea Talk website here.



Wishing you a wonderful, tea-filled day!
Della @ The Tea Talk



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