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Turmeric Tea, Anyone?

Read an article today online regarding the health benefits of turmeric and it reminded me of an article I once wrote about turmeric tea.  I have been aware of turmeric tea for quite some time.  It is very popular in certain parts of Japan where it is regularly brewed and served though it is a little difficult to find here in Australia, even online!

Studies cited in the article mentioned that elderly people in India have a far less chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease because of the active ingredient, curcumin, present in turmeric.  Indian Ayurvedic medicines often use turmeric in the preparations they make, where it is reputed to not only be beneficial for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease but it is also used as an anti-inflammatory agent, and it is said to be helpful as an anti-depressant and alleviates anxiety as well.  There are some cautions when it comes to turmeric though: drinking excessive amounts of turmeric tea is not recommended for anyone with liver problems, circulatory problems or those taking blood thinning medication.

As mentioned above, people from Okinawa, Japan have been apparently imbibing turmeric tea for centuries.  While it is readily available in Japan, it can be difficult to find here (though there are quite a few capsules and supplements available.)   Not to worry, you can actually make tea using the dried turmeric you buy from the spice section of the supermarket.  

Here are some different recipes that I have tried:

Measure 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric into three cups of water.  Simmer gently for 7-10 minutes and it’s ready to drink.  You may want to add a little honey and even a squeeze of lemon to make it more palatable. You can also make a tea using milk instead of water, although in this case you should heat up the milk gently, making sure it does not actually boil. Make a paste out of turmeric and honey – this can be kept in the fridge for a few days without spoiling.  Use 1/3 cup of honey and 3 teaspoons of dried turmeric powder.  Then, when you want a cup of turmeric tea just put a teaspoon of the mixture into a cup and pour boiling water onto it. If you are prepared to spend a bit more time on your tea you can actually buy fresh turmeric root, grate it and use that

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Rooibos Tea Secrets

Rooibos Flowering Plant — Native to South Africa

Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) is a broom like flowering plant which is found growing in South Africa.

For generations, those living in South Africa have made a tea is from the thin, needle like leaves of the plant.   While its introduction to the rest of the world is fairly recent, for years in South Africa the tea was used to treat a variety of ailments ranging from colic and respiratory problems to skin problems.

The tea is prepared from the leaves in a very similar manner to how regular tea is processed – giving the final product a reddish color.  Unoxidised Rooibos leaves produce a “Green Rooibos” however the most common tea exported is the reddish, oxidised Rooibos.  Higher grade Rooibos teas, those with a higher leaf to stem proportion, are usually what are exported.

Natural Rooibos Tea

Today you will find a wide range of Rooibos teas available, ranging from the standard Rooibos tea to flavoured Rooibos teas.  It can be served with milk, sugar or honey may be added.  Some prefer it without any milk – preparation often depends on what additives accompany the Rooibos and whether milk would blend well with the overall flavour.  You can also find Rooibos iced teas on many supermarket shelves.  Lemon slices are a nice accompaniment to black Rooibos.

Studies from South Africa as well as other locations worldwide have shown that, similarly to green and oolong teas, there are high levels of antioxidants in Rooibos tea.  It is caffeine free and has very low tannin levels.  Because of this it is easy to see why it is becoming a healthy alternative as a hot beverage.  Flavonoid compounds also found in the tea are said to help steady the nerves.

Who Should Drink Rooibos Tea?

Rooibos tea should be considered by anyone concerned about health and nutrition.  It is safe for children, pregnant and nursing mums to consume – so is ideal in situations where caffeinated drinks are not recommended.

What Does it Taste Like?

Rooibos tea is a full-bodied tea, with some suggestions of it having an earthy or slightly nutty flavour.  Some teas may be considered an acquired taste (Pu-erh tea, in my case) and it seems that Rooibos is a little similar. In other words, some people fall in love with the taste immediately while others take a while

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5 Reasons I Use Glass Teapots

Standard 900ml Teapot and Warmer

They Look Great! They Keep Tea Warm They are Easy to Clean Perfect for Displaying Tea Visual Guide to Brewed Tea

Not only do I sell glass tea ware but I also regularly use it at home, often in preference to using other teapots.  Yes, you do have to be somewhat careful with glass teapots — like any glassware it will break if dropped (then again, so will a ceramic teapot).  The other day, when asked what type of tea pot I used at home, without hesitation I answered, “a glass teapot.”  When asked why, I could not immediately answer–perhaps it is simply because it’s sitting there on my kitchen bench ready to use?  No, that wasn’t the reason, there are plenty of tea pots hanging around begging to be used.

 

Any given time you walk into my kitchen you will find quite a collection of teapots sitting around on benches, kitchen shelves and on the shelf above my sink–and that’s not counting the numerous other teapots patiently waiting their turn to be used in various kitchen cupboards. There are Ipots, clay Yixing teapots, stainless steel teapots (not many of those, though) and a Handybrew aside from an assortment of glass tea pots. Overall, in order of use, we probably use glass teapots the most. Next would be the Handybrew, then Yixing or other small, Chinese clay teapots.

 

1) They Look Great: Even as a decorative item, glass tea ware looks beautiful. Whether sparkling in sunlight streaming through a window, or reflecting soft candlelight glass ware is eye-catching. It looks crisp, clean and begs you to use it. I know some of my customers buy glass teapots purely to display.

 

glass candle warmer

2) Keeps Tea Warm: Paired with a glass candle warmer, they will keep tea warm for at least an hour.  If you are brewing tea for several people and intend on offering top-ups, a glass teapot sitting on top of a lit candle tea warmer will definitely keep tea drinkably warm for long enough to finish all your tea.  At our market stall we prepare a blooming tea in a tall Jewel teapot and set it on a lit warmer. It is still very warm to the touch even a couple of hours later, although the tea may be a bit too lukewarm

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