Archive for the ‘Tea’ Category

How to Brew the Best Cup of Tea

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

These are very useful tip for tea making:

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Choose the Best Water
Use fresh water each time you prepare tea.  Artesian spring water is preferred over
tap water.  Tap water should be avoided due to municipal water treatments which add
chlorine and fluoride and can greatly affect the true flavor of your tea.   Not all bottled
waters are created equal.  Purified and spring waters differ in mineral content, and
therefore must be chosen based on personal taste.  Never use hot tap water to speed
up the boiling process.  This adds additional impurities from your homes water heater.
Choosing your water is the best place to start if you want to improve the flavor of your
teas.  Prepare cups of tea side by side using different sources of water and taste the
difference.

Choose the Best Tea
Choosing the best tea is not always easy.  Grocery stores generally only carry tea
bags filled with low quality tea leaves.  Although they might seem like a bargain,  these
“name brands” are not worthy of being consider tea.  Health food stores are more
likely to carry teas marketed as gourmet but typically have a limited selection of
average tea.  These teas are an improvement to that of your local grocery store,
however they are lacking true quality.  When it comes to buying quality tea, visiting a
tea house is a great place to start sampling different teas.  This try before you buy
method of discovery is always fun.  However, until recently, tea houses were only
found in major cities.  But with the ever growing demand for quality teas, new ones are
spreading throughout the west.  Choosing a reputable supplier is important.  Imperial
Tea Garden carries a wide selection of teas in all price ranges.  Buying rare and
exotic teas from around the globe has never been so easy.  Choose Imperial Tea
Garden and taste the difference.

How much tea should I use?
As a rule of thumb – - use 1-2 teaspoons per  8 ounce cup and gradually add more
tea to achieve the briskness and body of your choosing.  For best results, be sure to
allow room for the water to circulate between the leaves for best results regardless of
which brewing apparatus you choose.

Water Temperature
Aside from choosing the best water and tea leaves possible, Water temperature is the
most critical element in preparing the perfect cup of tea.  Regardless of which
apparatus you choose to boil your water, remember to follow these guidelines when
starting out.  Heat the water in a glass, ceramic or clay teapot until it reaches a boil
(212 degrees Fahrenheit) then allow the water to cool before brewing your tea.
Guideline:  180 degrees for green tea, 190 degrees for Oolong tea, 200 degrees for
black tea.
This is especially important when preparing delicate green teas.  These temperatures
can be increased following successive brews.  Quality teas can often be steeped 2-3
times.

Brewing Methods

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Teas & Herbs to Brew & Drink

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

MANY herbs can be used to help with hair loss. Many of these may be taken as dried extracts in capsules or powders.

The dried leaves, roots, berries, and their powders are used to make teas with. Other options to consume herbs is as glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Many herbs and plants (or their oils) can be also applied topically.

 

How to make tea:

Teas are made with 1 tsp. of herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 to 20 minutes for roots. Do not boil these in the water, the water needs to be hot but not boiling.  Most the herbs can be taken alone, or combined to make tea recipes.

This article will list the most effective tea recipes I found (based on personal experience and other’s experiences)
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Combine the following in equal parts and use as tea (2 to 3 cups per day) or tincture (20 to 30 drops two to three times per day): ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis), prickly ash bark (Xanthoxylum clava-herculis), black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

Green tea (Camelia sinensis), 2 cups per day, and saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), 100 mg twice a day

Hormone imbalance: Chaste tree (Vitex agnus cactus), 200 to 300 mg per day, has a normalizing effect on the pituitary.

Viral origin or immune system cause: Herbs that support immune function can help treat the underlying cause of this type of alopecia. Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia), astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), and Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

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Green / White Tea Extracts Supplements

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Green or White tea extracts are powerful antioxidants and anti inflammation

These are some ideas, let’s start with my favorite:
New Chapter, Green and White Tea Force

New Chapter, Organics, Green & White Tea Force from iHerb or from vitacost:
http://www.vitacost.com/New-Chapter-Green-White-Tea or from Swansons: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/NWC034/ItemDetail?n=0

White/green tea extract 2x500mg/d [some is in EIF; subtract it from above amount and take whatever additional is needed]

Another option is, Green tea phytosomes such as this: Thorne Research, Green Tea Phytosome, 60 Veggie Caps

Other green tea or EGCg supplements (non-organic):

Now Foods, EGCg, Green Tea Extract, 400 mg, 180 Vcaps

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TCM for Hair Loss and Hair Health

Friday, December 10th, 2010

TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine, as we call it in the U.S. is an ancient system of healing practiced in China for thousands of years. TCM is viewed as a science in its own right in China. Taoists have a very interesting approach to health that does work despite it using different methodologies and theories than Western Medicine. Some of the modalities related to TCM include acupuncture, acupressure, herbology, QiGong, etc.

This article is not about TCM, Chi channels, acupuncture points. But, interesting it suffices to know that TCM has solutions to hair loss. Acupuncture, acupressure and even Internal and External QiGong have been sighted to help hair health and stopping hair loss.

If you are interested in acupuncture, acupressure, or external QiGong (energy healing): You could call a few practitioners and see if they have helped others with their hair or baldness.

The good news is: There are quite a few things you could do on your own!

Tai Chi and QiGong: You could learn these amazing techniques and heal yourself. Many miraculous healing stories exist shared especially amongst Spring Forest QiGong. If you do not believe in Chi, Meridians and energy that is fine!  Tai Chi and QiGong have a very powerful relaxing effect on the body and mind. Try it simply for relaxation. We all know how bad stress and anxiety can be for hair!

Read more on QiGong here (to be added soon)

Plants:

1- Fo-ti: Is well known amongst individuals and herbal stores to promote hair growth. No scientific evidence exists yet.
Read more about Fo-Ti here (to be added soon)

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Salt, Tea and Blood Pressure in Pastoral Nomads from Phala Tibet

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

These are a few quotes, resources I used in my research relating to the Tibetan Pastoral Nomads and their diet.

Title: Anthropological Fieldwork in Tibet Studying Nomadic Pastoralists on the Changtang
By: Melvyn C. Goldstein and Cynthia M. Beall (Case Western Reserve University)

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For example, the nomad diet is exclusively animal products and grain, i.e., they consume no vegetables or fruits, yet they show no obvious signs of vitamin or mineral deficiency. And despite the fact that they consume large Quantities of fat and salt from the Tibetan tea (made with butter and salt) they drink throughout the day and from their heavy consumption of meat, cheese and yogurt, they also have low blood pressure–we found no cases of hypertension.

Read the full paper free here: http://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1148&context=himalaya

Another quote, this one is from findarticles.com

The high consumption of salt and animal fat does nottranslate into high blood pressure, at least among Tibetan nomads studied last summer by anthropologist Cynthia M. Beall of Case Western Reserve University. Beall, who is working with Goldstein in Tibet, found no cases of hypertension among more than 120 Phala nomads. The average blood pressure of those measured so far is below reported averages for men and women in the United States. The nomads’ diet consists of meat, dairy products, barley flour and tea flavored with salt and butter; fresh fruits and vegetables are scarce at the 3-mile-high elevation. Beall now plans to measure the amount of salt consumed by nomads. Several factors, including extreme altitude, may help to depress blood pressure, she suggests.

Beall uncovered another surprising finding after takingblood samples from 110 Phala men and women and calculating their hemoglobin concentration–a measure that usually increases at high altitudes. Hemoglobin concentration was greater for Phala nomads than for sea-level populations or for Tibetans living at 12,000 feet above sea level, but residents of Chile’s Andes Mountains have the highest known hemoglobin rates at elevations several thousand feet lower than the Tibetan plateau. A larger sample of Phala nomads will be studied for hemoglobin concentration as well as for other measures of oxygen delivery in the body, says Beall.

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