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Tea Talk for Tea Lovers, Issue #009 -- A Tea 'Medicine Cabinet' cont., Tips for New Tea Drinkers
August 15, 2014
Greetings from The Tea Talk!

Welcome to Issue 9 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 Well-Stocked Tea 'Medicine Cabinet' (Part 2)
-- Some Helpful Hints for New Tea Drinkers
-- Tea Recipe of the Month
-- Our Monthly Tea Tip


A Well-Stocked Tea 'Medicine Cabinet' (Part 2)

In last month's issue of "Tea Talk for Tea Lovers," we talked about a few teas that may be good choices to include in your own tea 'medicine cabinet.'

Many everyday minor aches and ailments, such as headaches, insomnia, sore throat, menstrual cramps, post-workout muscle pain, and mild sunburns can be quickly and effectively managed simply by sipping some hot or iced tea, or by applying a tea compress or soaking in a comforting tea bath.

Readily available, inexpensive, versatile, and healthful, teas and herbal tisanes are natural, generally safe alternatives to prescription and over-the-counter medications for many common health and wellness concerns. And, they're delicious, so very fragrant, and utterly enjoyable, too!

Here are a few other teas (in no special order) that may be good additions to your tea 'medicine cabinet.' (If you missed Part 1 of A Well-Stocked Tea 'Medicine Cabinet,' you'll find it here.)

-- Green tea - Considering the abundance of publicity that green tea's many benefits have garnered, it will probably come as no surprise that green tea is a smart choice to have on hand for good health and wellness!

Sipping some green tea can boost your immune system and provide some extra protection against troublesome seasonal viruses. Green tea can also relieve anxiety, sharpen concentration, and prevent dental plaque. This powerhouse tea can help your body recover more quickly after exercise, and it can increase your metabolism, as well.

Please remember, though, that green tea does contain caffeine, so if you are caffeine-sensitive or are keeping an eye on your caffeine intake, this tea may not be the best choice for you. (Read more about tea and caffeine here.) Also, many people find green tea to be a bit too strong, so, if green tea is new to you, be sure to introduce it to your diet slowly.

-- Ginger tea - Ginger tea is a flavorful, aromatic herbal tea that is beloved around the world - for good reason! Not only is it a delight to the senses, but this tea can provide so much support for your body and mind during the day, too.

Enjoy some ginger tea to soothe a troubled tummy, relieve nausea, ward off a chill or cold, soothe a sore throat or ease a cough, or freshen bad breath. This tea is so effective, too, at reducing aches and pains, such as headaches, menstrual cramps, back pain, sore joints, and more. Add some ginger tea to your bath (or a footbath) to ease soreness, reduce swelling, and combat odor. These are just a few of ginger tea's impressive benefits... Learn more here.

-- Peppermint tea - Peppermint tea is another tea that can provide a wealth of health benefits whether enjoyed as a beverage, applied topically, or in a tea steam. This herbal tisane is a comforting, powerful remedy for indigestion, nausea, anxiety, headaches, cold and flu, menstrual cramps, and so much more! Treat yourself to a therapeutic peppermint tea steam to relieve a stuffy nose and ease chest and nasal congestion. A peppermint tea compress is a soothing remedy for a headache, various aches and pains, and skin irritations.

Although we tend to think of peppermint tea as more of a seasonal tea, this versatile, caffeine-free beverage is so very refreshing iced, as well as hot, making it a delicious, beneficial option year-round.

Many of us who love tea choose teas based mostly on taste and aroma (and curiosity!), building a delightful collection of delicious, fragrant teas and tea blends that provide us with comfort and refreshment at any time of the day or night.

As you continue to choose more wonderful teas for your tea cupboard, why not keep tea's health and wellness benefits for you and your household in mind, too? A well-stocked tea stash can provide such a healthful resource to have on hand the next time you or a family member needs some extra support in managing aches, pains, or another everyday, common health concern.

Please remember, your qualified herbal practitioner or healthcare provider is the best person to advise you about the best, safest, most beneficial teas for you and your family. Ask her or him about any potential side effects for any teas you're thinking of adding to your routine. And, please drop by http://www.theteatalk.com to learn more about this amazing beverage.



Did you know... The EU has given South Africa's Rooibos worldwide trademark protection, which means that only Rooibos tea that comes from and is approved by South African manufacturers can be labeled as such.


Some Helpful Hints for New Tea Drinkers

The amazing selection of teas available to us in local and online tea shops, and even in local markets and grocery shops, can be overwhelming at times - especially for those of us who are still fairly new to tea! So, if you're not quite sure where to begin and which teas to choose, here are some helpful hints for finding your way in the wonderful, delicious world of tea.

-- Try new teas whenever you can! Take advantage of every opportunity to enjoy a new tea or tea blend, like when a friend has you over for tea or you visit a nearby tea shop with your mom. If a particular tea blend sounds especially intriguing, give it a try! Many tea shops offer free samples with a purchase, as well, which is a great way to try new teas without hurting your pocketbook.

-- When you first brew a new tea, consider a slightly shorter steeping time and a bit less tea leaf to give you a lighter, milder flavor. A stronger flavor may turn you off, and you may miss a tea that is actually quite enjoyable! Try the lower end of the suggested steeping time and amount of tea at first - you can always add more tea leaf and brew it a bit longer next time, if you think you would prefer a stronger flavor.

-- Do some reading about the health and wellness benefits of various teas, and also on any potential side effects. Teas do have active ingredients that can be so very good for us, but not every tea is the best (or safest) choice for each of us. A bit of reading beforehand could protect you from an allergic reaction, heartburn, or various other mild (or more serious) side effects from that new tea you're considering.

-- Whenever you can, try to choose organic! Certified organic teas are free from harmful chemicals (such as pesticides, fungicides, and synthetic fertilizers), are not genetically modified, and are grown using sustainable practices that protect not only our health but our precious planet, too.

-- And, finally, enjoy! Tea time provides a multitude of goodness for physical and mental health, gives us an emotional boost, and, when shared with a good friend (or many!), is even good for our social selves! Savor the many ways that tea is so very good for you.



'Never trust a man who, when left alone with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.' - Billy Connolly


Tea Recipe of the Month - Toast & Egg Cups

I have a collection of recipes that I particularly enjoy for high tea - that comforting late afternoon or early evening brunch-type meal that tastes particularly wonderful when accompanied by a huge pot of tea!

This Toast & Egg Cups recipe is a favorite. Fast and simple to make, it's a versatile recipe that can be adapted to include whatever you have on hand.

Toast & Egg Cups (makes 6)

You’ll need…

-- 5 - 6 strips of bacon, diced (or substitute some chopped cooked ham, if you'd rather, or even leave the meat out altogether)
-- 1/3 cup maple or another favorite syrup
-- 1/4 cup butter
-- 6 slices fairly firm-textured bread (sourdough, white, wheat... whatever you have)
-- 6 eggs
-- Optional: some diced green onions or red peppers, a bit of grated cheese

To make the Toast & Egg Cups…

Preheat your oven to 375F.

Cook the bacon until crisp, and then drain it on paper towels. (If you're using ham, it doesn't need to be reheated.)

Heat the syrup and butter in a small saucepan until the butter is just melted.

Cut the crusts from the bread (or leave them on, if you're a crust-lover), and brush one side of each slice quite generously with the melted butter/syrup mixture. Press each slice into an ungreased muffin tin (syrup side down).

Divide the bacon amongst the muffin cups, and sprinkle in the vegetables, as well, if you're using them. Break an egg into each cup, and top with salt and pepper (a sprinkle of grated cheese is very tasty on top, too).

Cover with foil if you'd prefer your toast & egg cups not to be too crispy (I don't cover them - I like the crispy toast!), and bake for 15 - 20 minutes, until the eggs are cooked enough for you.

Enjoy right away with a steamy cup of tea! Wonderful served with a favorite topping or sauce, too (my husband prefers his with a spoonful of raspberry jam).


Our Monthly Tea Tip

Many of you have contacted us here at The Tea Talk, asking where you can find certain types of tea in your particular town, city, or country.

While it can be much easier to find a wide range of teas in some parts of the world than others, thanks to the Internet, almost everything is now available at our fingertips, no matter where we call home. So, if you don't have access to a good selection of teas and herbal tisanes near your home, there are a number of excellent options for purchasing teas online.

One website that we do recommend (and purchase from ourselves!) is www.iHerb.com. This site has a wonderful, reasonably priced selection of all types of teas and tea blends, and an impressive selection of certified organic teas, as well. And, iHerb.com is well-known for shipping products to (almost) the four corners of this beautiful planet we call home.

If you've been having difficulties finding your favorite tea or a new tea you're hoping to try, why not take a few moments to browse through iHerb's pages - you may find exactly what you're looking for.



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



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