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Tea Talk for Tea Lovers, Issue #007 -- Tea for Women, Tea... Not Just a Beverage!
June 11, 2014
Greetings from The Tea Talk!

Welcome to Issue 7 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...
-- Tea for Women
-- Tea... Not just a Delicious, Healthful Beverage!
-- Tea Recipe of the Month
-- Our Monthly Tea Tip

Tea for Women

We women have many life events and wellness concerns that are uniquely special. From periods to pregnancy to perimenopause, many times in our lives come hand-in-hand with a variety of aches and pains, issues, and conditions that have us searching for ways to soothe our bodies and ease our days.

Fortunately, we have at our fingertips a wealth of help and comfort in teas and herbal tisanes! Easily accessible, inexpensive, delicious, and so very effective, many of these beverages can provide amazing support by helping us manage whatever our female bodies and minds may be facing.

If you've been looking for some natural, effective ways to help and enhance your journey as a woman, or, if you're reading with the woman (or women) in your life in mind, here are some of the many ways that tea can provide support and additional health and wellness benefits throughout a woman's life.

Tea & Your Period

If you usually spend a few days each month feeling bloated and sidelined by menstrual cramps, take heart - you may find relief with tea!

Ginger herbal tea, for example, is a very well-known pain reliever, working as (or even more) effectively as many prescription and over-the-counter pain medications. To enjoy even more of ginger tea's pain-fighting abilities, why not apply a soothing ginger tea compress or soak in a therapeutic ginger tea bath to ease cramps and lower back pain during your period? (As an added bonus... you'll be amazed at how soft your skin feels after a tea bath!)

Cinnamon tea is another potent tea for alleviating pain, and peppermint tea, as well, is wonderfully effective at soothing achy menstrual cramps. Fragrant peppermint tea may relieve bloating during that time of the month, too, and hibiscus tea, with its natural diuretic properties, is another herbal tea that may help reduce uncomfortable bloating and swelling during your period.

Tea & Pregnancy

Traditional herbal medicine and recent research indicate that certain teas may provide support and health benefits for expecting moms. For example, studies have indicated that ginger tea may be a helpful remedy for pregnant moms experiencing morning sickness or the more serious hyperemesis gravidarum (severe nausea, vomiting, and dehydration during pregnancy). Rooibos tea is another popular herbal tea for expecting moms. Chock-full of vitamins and minerals and caffeine free, this fruity, fragrant, delicious tea is also an effective stomach soother.

However, if you are expecting a little one, please avoid teas and herbal tisanes (as beverages and used topically) until you've asked your healthcare provider about safe, beneficial teas for pregnancy. Keep in mind that some teas are not recommended during pregnancy, so it's best to check with your healthcare provider to ensure the best for you and your little one while you're expecting.

Tea & Menopause

Various teas and herbal tisanes can also provide relief from some of the changes that may come about during perimenopause and menopause.

Red clover tea provides so many health benefits, but this herbal tea is perhaps best known for its ability to ease the physical, emotional, and mental changes that typically accompany menopause. Research about red clover has shown it can alleviate headaches, relieve insomnia, and ease the intensity and reduce the frequency of hot flashes. Sip some red clover tea to keep your bones strong and reduce bone loss, too.

Teas and herbal tisanes can provide emotional and mental support, as well, during perimenopause and menopause. If you're feeling down or dispirited, sipping some red clover, cinnamon, or peppermint tea may help. These natural mood enhancers are sure to lift your spirits!

Tea is such an amazing, delicious beverage, and we are so fortunate to have countless teas and herbal tisanes available to us to help us thrive at various times in our lives! Whether enjoyed hot, iced, or for its topical benefits, tea can provide us with amazing support and health benefits, no matter where we are in life.

As always, please pay a visit to your herbal practitioner, naturopathic or homeopathic doctor, or another healthcare provider to ask her or him about the best teas and herbal tisanes for you - as well as teas to avoid, and potential risks and side effects, too. She or he can help you make the best, safest choices for you. And, please visit us at to learn more about the many ways tea can enhance and benefit health and wellness.

Did you know... If you have an important project, deadline, or test coming up and need to be especially alert, try drinking a cup or two of black or green tea. Research shows that sipping some tea may enhance your performance by increasing alertness and accuracy, and helping you focus better on the task at hand.

Tea... Not just a Delicious, Healthful Beverage!

We are discovering more and more about tea everyday - more about its amazing health benefits, and many new ways to enjoy this wonderful beverage! But... don't be so mesmerized by the delicious, fragrant, amazing beverage in your mug or glass that you miss the many other ways we can enjoy tea! :)

Here are a few ideas to get you started...

-- Tea to combat odors - Here's a way to recycle and reuse teabags! Place one or a few used teabags anywhere you need to fight bad odors! Tuck used teabags in the toes of a smelly pair of shoes, in your less-than-fragrant refrigerator, or in your cat's litter box or dog's bed. The tea will absorb any bad odors, leaving everything smelling sweet and fresh before you know it.

-- Tea for plants - My grandmother had the lushest, greenest, healthiest indoor plants I've ever seen... and she insisted it was due to tea! Her trick was to pour any leftover cold, black tea into the nearest planter. A few used teabags are great cover for the drainage holes in a plant pot, too, helping to retain water and providing some extra nutrients for the plant.

-- Tea for crafts and decorating - If you love that antique look in linens or clothing, you can easily create your own with a tea dye - simply soak your fabric in steeped black tea until it reaches the desired color, and then hang to dry (do a test swatch first, just to be safe!). A tea stain can give a lovely aged look to wooden furniture, too. Different types of tea, brewed to different strengths, can provide a lovely, subtle palette of colors for creating unique artwork.

-- Tea, the cleaner - Did you know that tea is a powerful degreaser? Add some hot water and a few black teabags to that greasy pan and let it soak overnight for easy cleanup the next morning. Some weak brewed tea added to water in a spray bottle makes an effective, streak-free glass and mirror cleaner, too. And, steeped black tea can make your hardwood floors and wood furniture shine (but again, do a test spot first, as the tea may cause the slightest change in color).

'A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.' - Eleanor Roosevelt

Tea Recipe of the Month - Chai Rice Pudding

If you've been thinking of using tea in new ways in your kitchen, but aren't exactly sure where to begin, why not try enhancing a familiar favorite with the flavor of tea? Something delicious and simple like this Chai Rice Pudding is a wonderful introduction to the world of baking with tea.

Chai Rice Pudding Recipe

This is such a simple, quick recipe, and so delicious served hot, warm, or cold.

You’ll need…

-- 1 1/2 cups rice (use any type of rice you like – white, basmati, even minute rice works well for this recipe)
-- 2 chai teabags or 2 – 3 teaspoons loose chai
-- 2 1/2 cups milk (dairy, almond, rice… whichever you prefer!)
-- 2 eggs yolks, slightly beaten
-- 1/2 - 2/3 cups sugar
-- 2/3 cups raisins
-- 2 tablespoons butter

To make the rice pudding…

Cook the rice in the usual manner.

Meanwhile, add the milk to a large, heavy saucepan, and heat it over medium-low heat until it’s fragrant and steamy (just below the boiling point).

Add the teabags or loose chai to the milk. (If you’re using loose chai, an infuser is a great idea!). Cover the pot, and steep for 3 – 5 minutes. Then, if you’ve used loose chai without an infuser, strain the milk.

Cool the chai-infused milk for a few minutes, and then whisk in the beaten egg yolks. Stir in the cooked rice, sugar, raisins, and butter. Mix well, return the saucepan to the stovetop, and, at medium heat, bring the mixture just to the boil.

Cover the pot and remove it from the burner. Let the pudding stand, covered, for about an hour.

And… Enjoy your delicious, aromatic Chai Rice Pudding! Absolutely wonderful with a dollop of milk or cream, and why not serve the pudding in your loveliest china teacups for a special dessert for dinner with friends? This recipe will make enough for you and 4 or 5 friends (or just lots for you to keep in the fridge and enjoy over the next few days :) ).

Our Monthly Tea Tip

Tea provides so many benefits for dental health! This amazing beverage freshens breath, fights unhealthy bacteria in our mouths, and protects against cavities, plaque, and gum recession.

However, some tea drinkers find that drinking tea regularly may, over time, cause a slight discoloration or staining of their teeth. A few simple habits that may help to protect your teeth against tea staining are to brush and floss regularly, drink plenty of fresh, clean water, and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

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

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