All posts tagged health

Hot Toddies for Cold Weather

It’s cold season, and we’ve got a classic and delicious way to feel better right away: hot toddies!  Manish and Lisa take you through the history of hot toddies, classic recipes, and tea-based versions of the drink. Read more…

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A Cup of Communion – Tea for the Spirits

Tea is ancient—so old, in fact, that we can’t be sure exactly when, how, or by whom it was discovered. There are countless stories of its first use and history has yet to prove which account, if any, is true. But the spread of tea is widely documented and proven to be due to a very particular sect of people: monks. Monks carried the seeds of tea plants with them as they traveled and grew them wherever they went, introducing the drink brewed from the mature leaves to consumers around the world.

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Tea for the Mind and Spirit

We’ve spent several weeks talking about the ways that tea can benefit your health, but until now it has all been about the physical body. The mind and spirit are two crucial aspects of overall health, and fortunately tea targets them as much as our organs and tissues Read more…

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New Recipes for Old Remedies

If you’ve listened to our show, particularly in the earlier days, you know that there are very specific amounts of time that you ought to be steeping your tea leaves.  Usually, it goes something like this: four minutes for black teas, three for greens, and two to three minutes for white teas.  Careful attention to these recommended times ensures a great tasting cup of tea, and when it comes down to it, it’s all about flavor.  That’s why we drink tea, and presumably, that’s why you drink it too. At four minutes, give or take, the flavors in black tea are rich and bold, and they haven’t yet become bitter or offensive, as tends to happen as they continue to steep.  But if you are drinking for specific purposes related to health, all of those instructions fly out the window. Read more…

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