Over the Teacups

Giving Voice to the Tea Industry

4 Great Benefits Of Pure Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is probably one of the most commonly known essential oils. It has been used for centuries as a fragrance in perfumes, soaps, and cleaners. And you may find it commonly in linen sachets and amongst lingerie. But there are many other powerful uses for pure lavender essential oil that you may be unaware.

Top Five Cuppas Around the World

Did you know that tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world? Besides water, tea is a daily staple for most cultures. Some spice it, some chill it, some folks even butter it! Since the 10th century BC when the Chinese began honing this fragrant, restorative draught, it has taken many forms. Here […]

Tea for Any Body

The Health Benefits of Tea – Tea is one of the most powerful natural medicines. There are so many different types and flavors that there is a solution for just about every minor ailment to be found in one type of tea or another and suited to fit just about any persons tastes. Teas can be a source of caffeine for alertness or antioxidants to help clean out your system and improve your health. Some teas can help you relax and sleep. Other types of tea will help your focus and improve your ability to think. Outlined here is a guide to five teas and herbs and their purposes.

Green Tea:
Green tea is a light tea with a subtle flavor that has a wide variety of health benefits to many parts of the body. Studies have shown that can improve cognitive functions as well as bone density. More than having these positive effects it helps to prevent a number of serious ailments including some types of cancer, cardiovascular disease and dental cavities. It is very high in antioxidants which are a main contributor to these positive effects. It has been shown to lower blood pressure and help to stabilize both blood sugar and body weight for overall healthfulness.

Black Tea:
Black tea is a darker cousin of green tea, as it has a higher oxidation level than the other, and offers a selection of similar health benefits. Although studies have shown that it has very positive effects on the prevention of cardiovascular maladies, addition of milk to the beverage seems to counteract any of these benefits. The tea contains theaflavin which is not included in the green tea, which is shown to help prevent the incorporation of cholesterol into the body. Overall black tea is the best option that you have for your heart, as far as tea goes.

White Tea:
White tea is the lightest cousin of the green and black teas, is the most lightly oxidized and has the most delicate flavor. Rather than mature tea leaves, this blend uses only the youngest leaves and more so, even, flower buds. This tea has similar antioxidant properties to the related teas and provides a number of the same benefits as the other two. It is beneficial to the cardiovascular system and other essential internal functions. As well as these positive aspects it is also known to have immunity benefits in both the antibacterial and antiviral aspects.

Herbal Teas Help Menstrual Cramps

While there are many different medications on the market to help menstrual cramps and all the unfortunate aches and pains that come with having a period, there are more natural, holistic ways to settle the discomfort within. In fact, herbal tea is not only soothing but is known to help alleviate some of the pain associated with menstruation. Here are some herbal teas that may help take a bit of the pain out of your period.

How Teas and Herbs Can Help You Get Pregnant and Have a Healthy Pregnancy

Teas and tisanes “herbal teas” can be so much more than an enjoyable beverage! Did you know that there are teas that boost fertility, tone the uterus, and help you have a healthy pregnancy? These are some of my favorite teas for women who are trying to conceive or are already expecting. They all have a pleasant taste, as well as added health benefits!

Some Herbal Teas Are “Unsafe”

BBC News Health reports that some herbal teas promoted as weight loss aids or anti-obesity drugs were recalled in Europe in January, 2010 and recalled in the USA in September, 2010. Diet Drug Sibutramine is Deemed Unsafe.

Chocolate, Chocolate Everywhere

Tea and chocolate go together like ….. hmmm…. well, tea goes with nearly everything so it’s no wonder we’re seeing mar-tea-nis, tea lattes, tea and chocolate facial masks. Tea and chocolate facial masks?! Imagine the skin restorative properties of those two together!

Hibiscus – the new “in” herbal flavor?

What’s used to brew the teas and make the beverages is the part called the calyx, or “the outer shell of the flower. They turn red and are kind of fleshy, and they have sort of a sour, lemonade-y taste.”
Judy Hevrdejs, Tribune Newspapers
Looking for teas that feature hibiscus as an ingredient?