Posts Tagged 'tea health'

Matcha Salad Dressing

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Happy 2013 tea lovers! Here at Tealish, we’re all getting into gear for a super healthy new year, and that means consuming as much tea as possible! With our new healthy resolutions in mind, we’ve come up with an antioxidant-packed matcha salad dressing recipe perfect for your next lunch, breakfast, dinner… you get the idea. This simple mixture combines the vitamins and minerals found in lemons and honey with the super powers of matcha green tea; matcha is known to support strong immunity, boost metabolism, raise energy and increase mental alertness! So why not take your healthy green salad up a notch with this delicious green dressing? You could even use it to make your weekly round of jar salads  to take with you to work!

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The Goods

Recipe inspired by Teaspoons and Petals

1 tsp of Tealish’s organic matcha

1  tablespoon hot water

1 tsp Leitch’s organic Ontario liquid honey

1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

1 tsp grapeseed oil

Lemon juice from half a lemon

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The Method

1. Whisk matcha and hot water together in a small bowl. If you don’t have a matcha whisk, try a small metal whisk, milk frother or fork.

2. Stir in the honey until it melts. If you like a sweeter dressing, add a bit extra.

3. Add oil, salt, and lemon juice, stir and store for up to a week in the fridge.

*Enjoy with any salad you like: We love it on baby spinach with cherry tomatoes and cashews!

Grow Your Own Herbal Teas with Tealish!

Eating local and home-grown food is more popular than ever. While social conscience plays a role in the decisions we make regarding food sources, it’s also nice to know where and what created the food you’re eating. With that in mind, and because today – May 15th – is optimal for planting, we thought we’d share some easy gardening tips that will help both the green- and black-thumbed alike! After all, what’s more rewarding than plucking something from your garden to create a delicious cup of tea?

Organic herbs grown in recycled tins! Credit: hedgewitchuk.blogspot.com

It’s important to know why today is so great for planting: we’ve braved through the last frost and we are generally safe by this time of year. If you plant before the last frost, you risk damaging the seedlings and needing to replant.  The next thing to consider is what you will be planting. Some herbs and flowers that prosper in southern Ontario weather and make great tisane (herbal tea) include anise, fennel, lavender, vervain (lemon verbena), mint and chamomile. Next, what will you do about soil?

Typically, herbs adore well-drained soil and don’t like to get their roots soggy. Most of the soil in GTA backyards is a bit dense and clay-y, so we suggest compost, compost and more compost. The plants and the environment will thank you 🙂 If you’re growing mint, our experience tells us that it is least picky and will grow just about anywhere!

If you’re choosing to pot your plants, put some pebbles in the bottom of the pot before adding potter’s soil. This will keep the roots nice and dry. Make sure the pot drains well, too!

Sit back and wait for the fruit of your labor (literally). Leaves can be snipped once the plant begins to flower and flowers can be taken just as they start to open. Fruit and seeds are best removed when fully ripe.

You can use the herbs when fresh, adding about 10grams/6ounces of water. Or, dry them yourself. This article gives in-depth direction for drying herbs. Once dried, use about 5grams/6ounces of water.  

Follow our advice and you’ll be sipping a hot cuppa in no time 🙂 Good luck!

Rooibos to the Rescue: Allergy Edition

If you’ve ever been to the Tealish Tea Boutique, you know that we LOVE rooibos! It’s caffeine-free, tastes great and – with an ever expanding collection of studies pointing toward its VERY positive health benefits – we feel that drinking rooibos should become a daily ritual for just about anyone.

A recent study on the antioxidant capacity of rooibos proved that this tea is packed full, containing levels that we thought only green tea could offer. So many of our customers ask us about the many healing powers of rooibos that we’ve decided to take a more in-depth look at its health benefits, including its use as a digestive aid, powerful hydrator and so much more…

This is the first installment in a series we call Rooibos To The Rescue.

Drinking rooibos tea can help allergy sufferers.

Drinking rooibos tea can help allergy sufferers.

Rooibos is a must-have for illness prevention in every season and spring time is no exception! With a score of anti-inflammatory properties that have the ability to reduce our body’s histamine release and allergy response, no allergy sufferer should be without rooibos this spring.

Not only does rooibos heal from the inside out, preventing swelling and itching, but it can also be applied to the skin for instant relief. Itchy eyes can be soothed instantly with a cool, moist bag of rooibos. Put a small amount of rooibos in a paper, cotton, or silk tea filter, dip it in water and you’ve got a fool-proof solution to skin and eye irritation.  This is especially helpful for those of us suffering from hay fever!

Spring brings the good and the bad. With fresh flowers and grass popping up everywhere, prepare yourself by drinking a few cups of rooibos each day. And keep a look-out for our next installment on the wonder-tea that is Rooibos!

Fight cold + flu season by drinking tea.

With so many people concerned about the cold & flu season this year, we thought it would be a good time to share some info on how drinking tea can be a great help getting through the winter season. It is very common for people to ask about the health benefits of tea, and while we never suggest that tea can cure anything, we do want to keep you informed on some of the studies relating to health benefits of drinking tea.

Studies show that drinking tea may be beneficial for preventing colds and flu for several reasons. Different kinds of tea have different associated health benefits.  What follows below highlights some positive aspects of green tea, black tea and white tea.

For this post we will focus on three tea health benefits, specifically :

– Tea’s stimulating action on the immune system.

– Tea’s potent antiviral effect.

– Tea’s potent antibacterial effect.

Tea + a healthy immune system

Studies suggest that drinking green tea stimulates the immune system to work harder and better against fighiting foreign matter. This effect is due to a very special antioxidant polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). There are very high levels of EGCG in green tea – these antioxidants encourage the production of white blood cells which the immune system produces to fight infection and foreign materials.

Additionally, EGCG encourages the increased reproduction of the immune systems B-cells, which is important because just a single B-cell produces thousands and thousands of antibodies, each programmed to attack specific invaders.

Overall, the data suggests that drinking tea can “rev-up” you immune system and perhaps help you fend off some of the nasty stuff that drops in to say hello over the winter.

Tea + Viruses

The same antioxidant polyphenols that boost your immune system are also potent antiviral agents. The catechins in green tea (and their black tea counterparts called theaflavins) inhibit virus reproduction by preventing the attachment of the virus to your cells. If a virus can not successfully “hijack” your cells then chances are you will not develop the nasty cold or flu that the virus can bring.

Overall, the data suggests that drinking both green tea or black tea may be a good way to prevent the spread of a virus such as influenza. Recent studies in South Korea suggest that these antioxidant polyphenols are effective against specific strains of the influenza virus, including H1N1.

Tea + Bacteria

As if the antiviral aspect wasn’t good enough, studies also suggest that green tea and white tea are powerful enemies of bad bacteria in your body. Studies suggest that the combination of EGCG and another polyphenol antioxidant called epigallocatechin (EGC – the same antioxidant found in pomegranate) are a potent tag team which can have devastating effects on the growth of bacteria. Additionally, drinking green tea increases the levels of good intestinal bacteria like acidophilus!

Disclaimer: While we never try to offer medical advice on the benefits of tea, we just so happen to think it’s a great benefit that our favorite beverage just happens to have an ever growing body of positive health findings. We are always asked how tea benefits health, how healthy is green tea, is green tea healthier than white tea….we want to fulfill your desire for information on tea health benefits and will do so in this blog as well as on our twitter and facebook pages. Please follow us on twitter and become a fan on facebook for a steady stream of information on the health benefits of drinking tea.

We will never tell you that tea is the cure for anything, but what we will do is keep you updated on all of the latest findings and studies relating to the topic of tea and health.

Check out our great selection of teas and order online at www.tealish.com


ABOUT TEALISH

Tealish is a modern tea boutique located in downtown Toronto, Canada. This blog is meant to be a peek in to what Tealish is up to as well as a source of information about loose leaf tea and all things tea related. We hope you enjoy these posts and we hope you enjoy our teas – check us out online at www.tealish.com

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