Top 5 Caffeine Facts

  1. Determining the levels of caffeine in a tea can be very difficult because there are so many variables that need to be considered.  Such variables include, soil, vegetation, water temperature, steeping time etc.
  2. The steeping time can change the amount of caffeine that is released into your cup of tea.  A black tea doesn’t necessarily have more caffeine than a green tea, but it tends to have that stereotype because you generally steep it longer than a green or white tea.
  3. Adding herbs and spices changes the level of caffeine because there is less of the actual Camillia Sinensis plant in the brew.
  4. Studies of caffeine levels in tea are all different; the scientific conditions in which the study takes places are also different then how each and every one of us brews tea at home.
  5. The caffeine in coffee is not the same in tea, it enters your blood system a lot slower and gives you a nice gradual increase of energy rather than that jolt you get from coffee.

tumblr_m93393bubH1r06jpwo1_500If the tea you’re drinking makes you feel good as much as it tastes good than don’t worry about the caffeine levels and just drink it!:)

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Top 5 Tea Resolutions 2013

There are so many things that I want to accomplish in my life that a single New Years resolution cannot wrap around my aspirations for 2013.  I want to embrace opportunities in my current and future job, empower my body through yoga and healthy recipes while expressing and accepting the love around me fearlessly.  I also want to progress in my tea-ventures and I hope those of you reading become a part of this tea journey as I make a list of Top 5 Tea Resolutions for 2013!

Top 5 Tea Resolutions 2013:

  1. Try a new tea or tea shop every month
  2. Find a good tea documentary to watch, any recommendations?
  3. Go to the Toronto Tea Festival February 2nd
  4. Have many tea experiences with new and old friends
  5. Explore different tea infused recipes in the kitchen

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Top 5 Get Well Teas

It’s been a crazy month of sickness for me.  Coughing, congestion, sore throat, headaches and fatigue.  With all the Cold FX and oil of oregano I have been consuming I should be super woman by now! But apparently my immune system is not as strong as I thought and maybe I forgot to wear my scarf a few times and have stayed up late looking at tea blogs… Whatever the case may be I have become sick for the second or third time this season.  So it is time for a top five get well tea list to help those of you who have been dragged into the sick pool as well.

Top 5 Get Well Teas:

1) David’s Tea Cold 911

The eucalyptus helps relieve congestion.  You can steam this tea in the shower and breathe it in as well as drinking it.

2) David’s Tea Bravissimo

The licorice root in this tea soothes and coats your throat when those dry coughs get irritating.

3) Yogi Tea Echinacea Immune Support

Echinacea is known for boosting the immune system and that is just what is failing us in times of sickness.

4) My own herbal remedy of fenugreek seeds [with honey and lemon]

Fenugreek nourishes the body, soothes the stomach and can aid the respiratory system.  Mix the seeds with another tea or just with lemon and honey for a sweet tisane.

5) David’s Tea Ginseng Oolong

Gin-sing! Fun to say isn’t it?  Ginseng is also an immune booster and sweet on the throat, just what you need when you do not want to get out of bed in the morning.

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