Tea

Samurai means “to serve.”

Tamurai means “to serve through tea.”

AT TAMURAI TEA OUR GOAL IS TO HONOR THE SPIRIT OF HEALTH AND WELL-BEING.

We begin with the selection and consumption of high quality tea. Through the consumption of tea, we make the connection to the earth and the sun. As our astronauts and NASA researchers continue to learn, only the connection to our earth, our atmospherically filtered sunlight, and that which they produce can sustain life as we know it.   Through this connection and creation, our mind, body, and soul are supplied with a cascade of life sustaining nutrients and antioxidants. Certain combinations of these nutrients are found only in the various teas created by our wonderful planet. The teas we support and supply are organic due to the fact tea is one of the few consumable products which makes its way directly from field to cup without any cleaning or washing. If a tea plant or tea field is sprayed with toxic harmful chemicals or fertilizers, they are consumed with the tea.  An additional consideration is that when consuming the highest quality of tea: the first growth, the earliest picking; the highest concentration of nutrients are consumed.  Older tea leaves are found to be out of balance, with higher concentrations of minerals that may be harmful to our health.

Nature designs tea to be consumed at a slower pace, so we encourage tea to explore the internal universe within each of us. As we unfold the discoveries within, we can then make the peaceful and harmonious connections with those we encounter in life. These connections whether individual or shared bring much satisfaction and joy. It is with this spirit of joy we thank you for sharing your journey of tea, spirit, and life. It is with great honor that we recommend and make available the products and services contained within.

 “I have three treasures, which I guard and keep.  The first is compassion.  The second is economy.  The third is humility.  From compassion comes courage.  From economy comes the means to be generous.  From humility comes responsible leadership.”  —Lao-Tse

Once we are on the journey of balance, we are then ready to seek the harmony of the “me/we” relationship that allows the healing of our world and those of its inhabitants.  We learn of how we connect and influence community.  We learn and share the vibrations that are so subtle, but yet so powerful.  These vibrations can only be felt with the heart and measured by the health and harmony of our internal and external environments.

We begin our quest with tea, share it through meditation & prayer, and grow it through our understanding and developing awareness as keys to unlock the secrets within.  Meditation & prayer unfolds Lao Tse’s compassionate courage, tea flowers the economy of generosity, and our growing humility through understanding allows us to lead others by example.


 

8 Health Benefits of Herbal Tea by Tracy Ferguson & grosche.ca

8 Health Benefits of Herbal Tea

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Herbal teas are some of the healthiest things you can drink. The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in many herbs have shown to provide many short and long-term health benefits. These teas can be a great alternative to your daily sugary and caffeinated drinks, while still providing great taste and a natural boost to your day. In this blog, we’ll explain what herbal tea is, provide a list of the health benefits of herbal tea, and the best herbal teas to drink.

 

What is Herbal Tea?

Despite the name, herbal teas are not actually made from the tea plant. Instead, they are made by steeping herbs, flowers, or roots. The origins of herbal tea date back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient China, used for thousands of years for its great taste and medicinal properties. There are hundreds of different herbal teas you can drink, all with varying tastes and benefits. These benefits can range from treating a cold to relieving stress, to anti-aging properties. In addition, unlike other teas, herbal teas do not contain any caffeine.

 

Health Benefits of Herbal Tea

1. Fights the Cold

Herbal teas are great for treating a cold. The elder tree herb is one of the best for fighting a cold as it has properties that clear the nasal passages and stops heavy coughs. It can also reduce symptoms of asthma.

2. Improves Digestion

Many herbal teas help with the breakdown of fats and speed up the emptying of the stomach. Doing so, they can reduce symptoms of indigestion, bloating, and vomiting. Some of the best teas for these symptoms are dandelion, chamomile, cinnamon, peppermint, and ginger tea.

3. Boosts Immune System

The antioxidants and vitamins found in herbal teas are great for helping fight disease and infections. They can protect against oxidative stress and lower the risk of chronic disease. Some of the best herbal teas for boosting your immune system are elderberry, echinacea, ginger, and licorice root tea.

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4. Reduces Inflammation

Daily drinking of herbal tea can greatly help those that suffer from arthritis. Herbal tea can reduce pain, swelling, and tiredness in joints. Ginger is actually one of the best herbs to relieve inflammation, due to its main component, gingerol. This makes the tea an ideal treatment for joint and muscle pain.

5. Anti-Aging

Doesn’t everyone wish they could look and feel younger? Well, the antioxidants found in herbal teas have shown to aid in slowing down the aging process. They prevent free radical damage and reduce the aging of cells in the body. This makes your skin and hair look and feel younger.

6. Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Herbal teas calm and relax the mind, relieving stress and anxiety. Since it calms the mind, drinking herbal tea before going to sleep also helps people who suffer from insomnia. Chamomile tea is one of the best teas for stress relief and difficulty sleeping. The comforting effect may also act as a mild anti-depressant for some as it stimulates the brain to reduce feelings of depression.

7. Lower Blood Pressure

Instead of taking pills, try drinking herbal tea to lower your blood pressure instead. Herbal teas such as Hibiscus can decrease blood pressure without any negative side effects due to the chemicals it contains. High blood pressure can negatively affect the heart and kidney, so if you’re looking for a natural treatment, Hibiscus tea is the way to go.

8. Great for Skin Health

Herbal tea is a useful treatment for acne, without the side effects that some medications cause. The tea can either be drank normally or by directly applying the tea onto the skin. Rooibos and chamomile tea are some of best teas for treating the skin due to their antioxidants and antibacterial properties. Spearmint tea may also work as it reduces the breakout of acne.

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How to Choose Which Herbal Tea to Drink

So now that you know what the health benefits of herbal teas are. But how do you know which teas are best for each desired benefit? Here is a list of some of the best teas for specific health benefits.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile Tea is most commonly consumed for its calming effects, used as a sleep aid and to relieve anxiety.

Studies have shown that drinking chamomile tea twice a day can help those suffering from insomnia, reducing the time to fall asleep and staying asleep. It also helped improve the general quality of sleep. In addition to its calming effects, chamomile tea is also believed to treat inflammation and soothe the stomach from pain. Try our Lemongrass Chamomile Tea here!

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GROSCHE Chamomile Lemongrass

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea has a whole bunch of health benefits. It is great for skin care as it relieves acne and eczema. It also hides the signs of

aging by reducing wrinkles thanks to all the antioxidants. In addition, the calcium and fluoride in rooibos tea make it great for bone health. These minerals reduce the chances of developing arthritis and joint pain. Other benefits include treatment of headaches, asthma, and allergies. Try our various Rooibos Teas here!

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GROSHCE Herbal Delight

Peppermint Tea

If you’re experiencing problems with your digestive health, then you should try drinking some Peppermint Tea. This tea helps relieve symptoms of bloating and abdominal gas, as well as relieving muscle spasms. Peppermint can also help treat colds and nausea. However, it should not be consumed for indigestion or heartburn problems. Check out our Organic Peppermint Tea here.

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GROSCHE Peppermint Tea

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is also best for your digestive health. It helps relieve nausea and vomiting like peppermint, however, ginger does treat indigestion, heartburn, and stomach pains. Drinking ginger tea is one of the best natural methods for treating inflammation, due to the gingerol found in the root. Ginger tea is also good for reducing menstrual discomfort, weight loss, and enhances brain function. Try some of our ginger teas here.

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GROSCHE Ginger Turmeric Tea

Echinacea Tea

Echinacea tea is most commonly used to prevent the common cold. Studies have shown that drinking it boosts the immune system which in turn, helps the body fight off viruses and infections. It is also great for treating a stuffy nose and sore throat.

Rosehip Tea

Made from rose plants, rosehip is high in vitamin C, which is great for skin and tissue health, and the immune system. It also has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

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GROSCHE Cranberry Apple

 

As you’ve seen, herbal teas provide many benefits when consumed. They’re healthy, great tasting, and contain no caffeine. If you haven’t already, give some of these herbal teas a try. We’re sure you won’t regret it. Check out our variety of herbal teas that we offer here.

What’s your favourite herbal tea? 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Tea Party

11/14/2017 11:10 am ET

With the holidays just around the corner, what better way to celebrate with friends and family than with a Thanksgiving Tea Party? Today I’m sharing a great menu along with recipes and tips for planning a wonderful afternoon tea.

THE TABLE

Decorating your table can be as simple as adding a few pumpkins in assorted sizes along with some greens. I’m using white pumpkins and Eucalyptus leaves as my centerpiece. I added a warm, dark brown tablecloth that blends beautifully with my china to make a welcoming tablescape for my guests.

Looking for some fun napkin folds? Check these out.

THE TEA

Selecting and steeping your tea can be a little tricky, but these guides will help you get it right:

 

Tea Steeping Guide (includes a free, printable tea steeping guide you can give to your guests)

THE MENU

Carrot and Parsnip Soup from Tea Time Magazine

Cinnamon Scone from Tea Time Magazine

GUEST GIFTS

If you’d like to offer your guests a little gift to remember their Thanksgiving tea party, try one of these:

I hope your Thanksgiving tea party is a huge success!

Be sure to stop by Tea Cottage Mysteries to learn more about tea and find great recipes for afternoon tea!

*This post was originally published on www.teacottagemysteries.com

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