Posts Tagged ‘Tea’

How to Brew the Best Cup of Tea

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

These are very useful tip for tea making:


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

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

Brewing Methods


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)


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: or from Swansons:

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

Jarrow Formulas, Green Tea, 500 mg, 100 Capsules (more…)

Disclaimer: I must say this: The information presented herein is for informational purposes only. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements, making dietary changes, or before making any changes in prescribed medications.
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