How to Take Advantage of White Tea Benefits – The Ultimate Guide

Assortment of dry tea leaves in spoons

Move aside, Green Tea! White Tea benefits are hitting the headlines, not least of all for the reports of its potential anti-aging powers.

Never heard of White Tea? Don’t think it would be ‘your cup of tea’, even if you had heard of it? After reading through the following, you might give it a second thought.

Recent Research on White Tea Health Benefits

Early indicators from a recent research study are that white tea reduces the risk of inflammation which is characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers as well as wrinkles.

From the School of Life Sciences at Kingston Uni in SW London we hear from Prof Declan Naughton that his team carried out tests to identify plant extracts that protected the structural proteins of the skin – specifically elastin and collagen Collagen is a protein found in connective tissues in the body and is important for skin strength and elasticity. The results of their tests showed white tea prevented the activities of the enzymes which breakdown elastin and collagen which can lead to wrinkles that accompany ageing.

The researchers were actually ‘blown away’ by exactly how well the white tea had performed in the testing. “We were testing very small amounts far less than you would find in a drink,” Prof Naugton said.

The evidence from this exciting research is strong that white tea could not only keep you healthy but also looking younger.

Assortment of dry tea leaves in spoons

Black Tea (top), White Tea(middle) and Green Tea (bottom) all come from the same plant – Camellia Sinensis

What Exactly is White Tea?

All tea comes from the same source : the Camilla Sinensis plant (except for the variety Camellia sinensis var. assamica, but that’s for another post…)

Whilst green tea and black tea both come from the Camilla Sinensis plant, they are picked later and are much less processed than white tea, which is made from immature tea leaves that are picked very carefully just before the buds have fully opened.

A silver ‘fuzz’ covers the buds and turns white when the tea is dried – hence the name ‘white’ tea. The buds cannot be picked on rainy days or when frost is on the ground. Additionally, there are only 2 or 3 days during the year when the buds can be picked, making this tea rare and precious. This is the least processed tea – very little fermenting and rolling is involved in the process in comparison to green and black tea.

The most popular types of White Tea are White Peony and Silver Needle, although you’ll see increasingly more regional varieties and flavored samples becoming available.

White Peony is made from unopened tea buds, as well as the two newest leaves to sprout.

Silver Needle is the most expensive and revered of Chinese Teas – it is made only from the single tips of the tea stem which when dried, look like silver needles.

When is White Tea Normally Taken?

The news coming through from the studies reporting the benefits of white tea suggest that 2-4 cups per day give greater health benefits than only one cup – so enjoy freely, without guilt.

In the true spirit of Tea Party Girl, we suggest setting aside a few minutes every day for your own Tea Ritual. Spend a few quiet moments just breathing deeply, relaxing and enjoying your tea. You may not be able to do this for very long, but the health benefits from the tea, and the moments to meditate will provide valuable stress relief.

How Does One Brew White Tea?

Naturally, white tea can be bought as loose leaves or as teabags and while loose tea is typically going to be of a higher quality, choose whichever is going to work for you.

Knowing what you now know about this special tea, if the tea you are buying is in an opaque container, be sure to check whether it is buds or buds and leaves – make sure you get what you intended to buy!

Tea freshness is important so be absolutely certain your white tea purchase is fresh. Ask the tea shop you are purchasing from to ensure that you’re buying the most recent harvest, from the most recent northern hemisphere spring. You will be paying good money for the tea – it must be fresh.

Water quality is important. As an avid tea drinker, you will know that the quality of the water will affect the quality of the beverage once prepared. If you can, choose a good quality water. If you live in an area with hard or unpleasant water, filter it before you use it to brew. White tea has very delicate flavors – you don’t want them masked by bad water.

Water temperature is important. Before adding the boiled water to the white tea, it should be no more than 158ºF to 167ºF (70ºC to 75ºC) or 160-170ºF (71-77ºC) at the most. You can test this with a thermometer, or purchase a modern tea kettle which prepares the water to a desired temperature. (Tea Party Girl will be doing a review of such kettles in weeks to come.) . This is a critical step, because if the water is too hot, the tea will be scalded, causing it to become bitter and astringent.

Brew Using Your preferred method. You can use a tea infuser basket, a tea ball, or a teapot.

Measure. Allow 1.5 tsp of loose tea per 8 oz of water into the infuser basket, tea ball, or teapot.

Infusion.  White tea can withstand longer infusion times than other tea types before pouring. It is not unusual to steep for 7 to 10 minutes, but you may like to experiment with a shorter steep initially (1 to 3 minutes) and then to graduate to longer steeping times, to find the steeping length you prefer.

Resteep. The great news is you can resteep the same leaves for several cups of white tea, with steeping times increasing as needed. Some sources recommend a 90 second to 2 minute steeping if you intend to steep the leaves several times and gradually increasing the steeping time for each resteeping. This will help offset the higher investment cost of the tea!  White tea should be served au natural, unadulterated by milk or sugar, as the beautiful, subtle flavor of the tea will be drowned out by any additions.

Serve in a beautiful tea cup and enjoy!

How Should it be Stored?

Keep your tea in an airtight container in a cool dry place to prevent oxidation – remember this tea has only had the minimal amount of processing and we don’t want to add to it! White tea doesn’t keep for years like black tea does – it is best consumed within six months of purchase. It can be kept in the refrigerator – and this is recommended by some – but keep it constantly refrigerated if you do this – and warming and cooling repeatedly will degrade the tea.

Does White Tea have Caffeine?

Yes, like black tea and green tea, white tea has caffeine, although a very small amount.

By comparison with black tea (60-90mg) and green tea (35-70mg) white tea has only 30-55mg per 8oz cup.  Compare this to approximately 150-200mg of caffeine for a cup of coffee and you’re miles ahead.  Note that these figures will vary depending upon the tea itself and the steeping time.

What Are the Benefits of White Tea?

Because white tea comes from the same plant as green and black tea, it has all of the same benefits offered by these versions of tea – and some.

White tea is loaded with antioxidants, flavinoids & catechins (both classes of antioxidants), is a natural killer of bacteria and viruses, contains small amounts of fluoride and other tooth-benefitting nutrients, and can thin the blood. So in summary, if you believe all that is reported, white tea benefits are claimed to be that it :

- protects against cancer,

- protects against heart disease,

- protects against stroke (these three are leading causes of death in the Western world)

- increases good cholesterol and decreases bad cholesterol

- eases the symptoms of illness and promotes recovery

- strengthens the circulatory system

- strengthens the immune systems

- strengthens bones and teeth, promotes oral health

- builds healthy skin

- reduces stress and increases energy

- can inhibit the skin aging process (and some claim, reverse it)

- may or may not aid in weight loss
What ancient China has known for centuries, modern science is discovering today – tea is good for you. It is known that green and black tea have many health benefits, and because white tea is the least processed and has the highest antioxidant levels – white tea benefits are outstanding.

Hibiscus Tea – A Tea for All Seasons

Hibiscus Tea

I adore drinking hibiscus tea for many reasons, not least of all the beautiful rich and deep crimson color it has. Hibiscus tea is best served in a glass mug or cup (preferably a pretty one) in my opinion, as that way this lovely vision is able to be enjoyed as well!

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus Flower Tea is a stunning tea to palate, eye and nose!

Hibiscus Tea Benefits

There is a lot of excitement in the air about the health benefits of drinking hibiscus tea. Reportedly, and don’t quote me here, but drinking hibiscus tea is supposed to be good for the heart as it has been shown that it can help to lower and control blood pressure and to lower and control cholesterol. Both of those are very good things.

It’s high in Vitamin C and another benefit its fans love is that fact that it is caffeine free. So those tea lovers who find they are kept awake if they have drinks containing even small amounts of caffeine after, say, 1pm, can enjoy a couple of cups of hibiscus tea without the worry of a sleepless night. Days are too short to only drink tea in the morning, I say!

Hibiscus Flowers

Hibiscus Flowers

Information abounds on how you can pick and brew your own hibiscus flowers to make your tea. If you‘re keen you could research how to do this, but personally I’d be too afraid of choosing the wrong species of hibiscus (Hibiscus sadbariffa is the correct one – this is the yellow colored Hibiscus flower, not the red flower, as one might think), pesticides, bugs –eeeee – what else?

I like my tea, well, gourmet! I like it hand selected, from the finest flowers, by the most discerning tea masters… after all, that’s why we have tea experts, isn’t it?

Preparation

As always, very easy – prepare dried hibiscus flowers or  teabags with boiling water, steep for around 5 minutes, and you may add honey to taste. The tea has a slightly ‘tart’ taste (it’s no shrinking violet, let’s put it that way!) and I happen to like it like that, but if you are a sweet tooth, a drop or two of honey is the way to go.

It is a tea that may be infused a second time, which is fortunate, because once you start, you’ll want another and another! And since it’s guilt free (it’s virtually free of calories, when served without sweetener) – you can!

But Are There Any Side Effects?

Now when I say ‘guilt free, drink up’, clearly I mean within reason. We hear of these diets where you consume nothing but green tea for days and loose weight – oh my, not good. In order to reap any medicinal benefits of the beautiful hibiscus flower, add it to your list of things to be enjoyed and included in your overall healthy diet and enjoy in moderation. No extremes, please.

Enjoy Hibiscus Tea Hot or Chilled

This is a very versatile tea, being able to be served gorgeously hot or deliciously chilled. To help survive and refresh on a hot, sticky summers day, follow the following steps for a long, tall, thirst-quenching glass of what in some areas is known as “Jamaica” and is enjoyed with tacos and other Mexican food. You can use either whole flowers (sometimes you’ll come across these sold as flor de jamaica at Latin markets) or tea bags, and it really only takes a few minutes to prepare!

Cold Brew Jamaica ( Hibiscus Iced Tea)

Iced Hibiscus Tea

Cooling Hibiscus Iced Tea – Delicious for a Hot Summer

Makes 1 quart

1/2 cup (about ½ ounce or 15g) dried Hibiscus flowers OR 4 Hibiscus Teabags
4 cups cold water
1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup honey, agave or preferred sweetener (start with 1 tablespoon)

Place the hibiscus flowers in a large jug or bowl. Add the water. Cover and refrigerate overnight (8 to 12 hours). Add sweetener to taste. Strain out the solids and serve over ice. A squeeze of lime is enjoyed by some.

The brewed Jamaica can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

(Suggestion : if you’re adventurous, you could try also steeping cinnamon, sliced fresh ginger, star anise, orange peel, allspice, mandarin & lime, or lemongrass in your Jamaica)

Always Have Some Hibiscus Flowers or Teabags on Hand

Treat yourself and delight your family, friends and guests by serving this stunning beverage. Iced Hibiscus tea, served over ice, from a tall glass jug, relaxing on the deck this weekend…mmm…what could be better?

We Have Reviewed These Beautiful Hibiscus Tea Products For You To Try :

Hibiscus Flowers

Over 90% of customers who reviewed this tea on Amazon gave it 4 or 5 stars! We think that’s outstanding!

 

Organic Hibiscus Teabags

This product has some incredible reviews on Amazon. Well over half of people who reviewed this particular product gave it a 4 or 5 score. Evidently highly recommended.

 

Inexpensive Tea Cups

These beautiful Clear Glass Cup & Saucer are the right size and the right price to enjoy any tea (or any beverage) in.

 

3 Secrets To Amazing Health With Tea

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black tea

 

The great thing about tea research is that new things come along all the time. And, every great discovery or new suggestion seems to spawn at least two new studies to go along with it. The following 3 discoveries are worth a closer look for any tea lover that is interested in building their overall health by drinking tea. Adding tea to your regular daily routine can not only increase your health, it can hydrate and energize you.

 Discovery #1: Herbal Tea And Colon Cancer

A recent laboratory study researched the effects of hot coffee, black or green tea,herbal tea and iced coffee. The study found that people who regularly drink herbal teas (at least once a week) appear to be less likely to develop bowel and colon related cancers.

This study is by no means complete and should not be taken as law. It is however interesting to consider. Herbal tea drinkers may also have a greater link with healthy eating than other beverages and this too may effect the research.

You can read more on this discovery at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-05-herbal-tea-offsets-colon-cancer.html

Discovery #2: Earl Grey And Heart Disease

Earl Grey combines rich black tea with the fragrant Mediterranean fruit known as Bergamot. Considered a classic, Earl Grey lovers span the globe and most people agree that you either love or hate Earl Grey Tea.

Today, UK Scientists are loving Earl Grey. A recent study showed that the “super fruit” combined with black tea may just lower cholesterol and help with a variety of cardiovascular difficulties. Bergamot appears to contain an enzyme which attacks bad proteins in the body, increasing your overall heart health.

Evidence is still in the infancy stage but so far the research looks great. If you want to become an early adopter, read the original article and see what you think:

 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/a-cup-of-earl-grey-keeps-the-doctor-away-the-drink-could-guard-against-heart-disease-scientists-say-9225399.html

 

Discovery #3: Black Tea May Steady Blood Pressure

 

Scientists have long touted black tea and its positive effect on the heart. In 2013, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claimed that drinking black tea would reduce variations in blood pressure. Why is this important? Fluctuation in blood pressure can be a warning sign for stroke or heart attack. Australian researchers followed a large group of adults who suffered with hypertension over a period of 6 months.

One group drank black tea three times a day for the entire 6 months. The results showed that tea helped avoid blood pressure fluctuation a full 10%. Additional research is being done on this topic but scientist are convinced it is the tea and not the caffeine that is offering this amazing benefit.

Read more here: http://www.medicaldaily.com/black-tea-can-help-lower-blood-pressure-244903

 

Regardless of how you choose to use these 3 health tips, new tea discoveries are happening each and every day. Don’t just sit on this new knowledge and forget about it. Put it to good use so you can live a healthy lifestyle, which is really what every tea lover wants, right? Of course!

 

Dear Dawnya – How Do I Make Tea For A Large Group?

tea for a large group

Hi Readers-

It’s the beginning of the week and that means it is time for another Dear Dawnya post.  This week I answer a question that many of you may have wrestled with in the past.  How do you successfully make tea for a group and should you use teabags to do it?

 

Dear Dawnya,

I enjoy your website. It is very helpful.  I’m helping in the kitchen for a fund raiser for Adult Day Care organization in my community. I’ll be in charge of the tea making and serving (with help of course). There will be 120 guests. I know the group has water urns for tea that have not been used to brew coffee, but they want to use tea bags to make the tea, I assume in the urns. They will be serving both Earl Grey and Herbal teas.  For a 50 cup pot, how many tea bags to brew the Earl Grey for 120 guests? How long should the bags be brewed?

I would very much appreciate your advice.

Thank you,

Confused but Excited

 

Dear Confused but Excited,

Making tea for a large group is best done by creating and using a tea concentrate.  Your concentrate is made ahead of time and is poured into the pots that are then filled with boiling water.  The result is a mess free, consistent cup of tea for each and every guest.  If you plan to serve more than one tea you will need more than once concentrate made in advance.  Here is my personal recipe.  I share many more details of this process within my online course, Start A Tea Business.com

 

Tea Concentrate For Groups

25 servings = 1 qt water/ 1/2 cup loose tea or 25 bags

50 servings = 2 qt water/ 1 cup loose tea or 50 bags

100 servings = 1 gal water/ 2 cups loose tea or 100 bags

Make teabags w/ loose tea using large tea socks (can be ordered off of Amazon or purchased wholesale from MetroTea.com)

Bring water to a boil in a large pot and then remove from heat. Add the tea bags or the tea socks and steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove  the tea.  Let the tea cool and pour into pitchers and refrigerate.

This concentrate can be made up to 3 days in advance. Be sure to make it and test it before serving to a large gathering.

You can use the concentrate in the individual pots or in  large water urns which have NOT been used for coffee.

Using a 45 cup urn = 90 Tblsp or 5 1/2 cups of concentrate. Fill urn with water and heat, then add concentrate. If making ice tea, pour in cold water and concentrate in urn, add some ice. When serving, pour over ice in cups.

1 lb of tea should serve at least 200 people or more. The fresher the tea the better!

 

Enjoy your group gathering.  I know it will be a success!

Warmly,

Dawnya

TeaPartyGirl.com

 

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The Benefits of Green Tea – Superfood

Green Tea Benefits

Benefits To Green Tea

 

 

Hi Tea Party Girl Lovers-

Are there benefits to green tea?  If so, what are they and how can we incorporate any green tea benefits into our daily lives?  You may have heard that green tea is known as a super food and that it is highly recommended by people like Dr. Oz. but why should we drink it?  In this posting I have included both videos and and article on the 7 reasons you should be enjoy the benefits to green tea.  If you are ready to “develop a green lifestyle” this article is an easy place to start.

Want a suggestion for a great green tea?   Tea Party Girl loves Tropical Beach Green Tea available on Amazon.com.  Click Here.

 

 

7 Amazing Benefits of Green Tea by Emmy Bill

The health benefits of green tea are vast! This healthy, warm or cold beverage contains a number of antioxidants that protect your body from disease. So how exactly are you treating your body well by making this drink a part of your day? Read on to find out.

1) Heart Healthy

Keeping green tea a regular part of your diet may protect against coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, high triglycerides and hypertension; all are problems that could eventually lead to a heart attack. It is also known that this type of tea acts as a blood thinner, reducing risk for stroke and brain damage, may help speed recovery from a heart attack and can also help decrease cholesterol levels in the blood.

2) Decreases Cancer Risk

Because this tea has such high antioxidant content, it may protect against some cancers. Certain substances in the beverage may prevent the formation of new blood vessels that feed tumors. Cancers that it has shown to be protective against include: prostate, pancreatic, lung, ovarian, breast and bladder cancers.

3) Prevents Diabetes

Those who consume green tea have a lower risk for developing type 1 diabetes due to green tea’s bility to control blood sugar levels.

4) Good for Your Teeth

Green tea acts as an antibacterial and contains fluoride; both characteristics that help prevent gum disease and cavities.

5) Aids in Weight Loss

It is known that certain compounds in this type of tea may increase metabolism, burn fat more efficiently and also help with hydration which is a factor that contributes to successful weight loss.

6) Keeps the Brain Healthy

Consuming green tea regularly may reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and other cognitive issues as you age. This is due to the antioxidant properties of the tea that attack free radicals and keep cells functioning at an optimal rate.

7) Fights Bacteria and Viruses

Some research shows that drinking green tea may help prevent and/or speed recovery from illnesses like influenza.

So as you can see the health benefits of this little leaf are great and should give you more than enough reason to start drinking a nice warm or cold cup today to take advantage of green tea benefits. It can be used as a replacement for sugary drinks that you consume to keep yourself awake during the day such as soda, coffee and energy drinks. You should look for the all-natural kind that doesn’t contain any added sugar or preservatives to keep the health benefits high.

“So as you can see the health benefits of this little leaf are great and should give you more than enough reason to start drinking a nice warm or cold cup today to take advantage of green tea benefits.”

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