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Tea and Health #1: Why all the interest in Tea and Health?

A recent search for ongoing or recently completed clinical trials involving tea showed that there are 368 studies registered in North America and around the world on the potential health effects of tea on everything from diabetes, heart disease, cancer, asthma, obesity, cognitive function, osteoarthritis, asthma and ADHD.  Why  is there so much interest in a beverage that was discovered almost 5,000 years ago? All teas come from the plant called camellia sinensis.   The leaves from this plant (where tea comes from) contain naturally occurring compounds that may be good for your health.  Thousands of studies published in leading medical journals in the last couple of decades are providing proof of tea's ancient health claims. The Tea Association of the U.S.A has...

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Tea Trivia #1: Why drink Mountain or "High Altitude" Tea?

The most delicate flavours can be found from teas produced on tea estates located at high elevations such as those in Darjeeling or Nepal in the Himalayan mountains or other high elevation growing areas in China, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and elsewhere.  "High Altitude" teas are defined as those grown at elevations of 1,000m (3,300 feet)  or more. High altitudes produce the perfect combinations of ideal temperatures and drainage to manage the vast quantities of rain required to grow premium teas.   The weather conditions are different, often resulting in thick mists that filter the sun's rays and moisten the leaves so they are usually more tender than leaves grown al lower altitudes.  The closer to the equator, the higher the elevation where tea trees can thrive.   Teas grown at higher...

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Tip #1: How to make iced Ursa Major or Solar Fantasia

On a hot summer's day, who can resist a refreshing glass of iced Organic Ursa Major or Solar Fantasia?  They are a great healthier alternative to sugary soft drinks or fruit juices.  Here is Misty Mountain Tea's guide to making delicious iced fruity tisane in minutes. 1. Measure out the desired amount of Ursa Major or Solar Fantasia into a pot or tea press:  2 heaping teaspoons per 6 - 8 oz cup of water  Note:  This is double the concentration for hot tisane  2.  Boil your water and pour it over the fruity tisane.   Steep for 10 minutes. 3.  Pour off liquid into a heat resistant container.  4.  Add sweetener if so desired to taste.  Note:  We use approximately 1/2 tsp of Organic...

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