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.


 

Antioxidants in Herbal Tea by teeccino.com

ANTIOXIDANTS IN HERBAL TEA

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Matcha Green Tea and O.R.A.C Value by lightofdayorganics.com

Green Tea and Matcha Green Tea

Green tea is the virgin of tea manufacturing, the least processed, the freshest, and the youngest.

Raspberry Green Tea Light of Day Organics, Traverse City, MI
Matcha is the oldest variety of shade grown Green Tea (shade grown to keep plant’s energies focused on the foliage, rather than on producing buds)  that has been deveined, destemmed, blanched, dried at low temperatures, then stone ground into a fine powder within oxygen-free chambers to prevent oxidation. It is bagged up or put into tins, then flash frozen to preserve and protect the properties of Matcha. We keep our Matcha products (Matcha powder and Matcha capsules) at a controlled temperature to preserve potency, and encourage you to store yours in the refrigerator once you receive and take into your home. Historically, it has been an important part of Zen Buddhist culture for over 800 years and is considered the “drink of the Samurai“.  Unlike regular Teas where the most nutritious Tea leaves are thrown away along with the Tea bag after infusion, Matcha green Tea is mixed with water (or mixed into a smoothie) and the tea leaf is consumed entirely.  Thus, by virtue of “eating” the Tea leaves (solubles and insolubles) rather than just drinking the water from it, one consumes 10 to 15 times the nutrients found in regular green Teas. We hope that you enjoy our pure, certified organic Matcha green Tea as much as we do! Please watch the video on our home page introducing our new capsules (which do not need refrigeration and are made of the same pristine ceremonial grade organic Matcha that we offer in loose powder form).
 
“What is an O.R.A.C unit?”

Matcha green tea contains the highest concentration of antioxidants compared to all natural fruits and vegetables known thus far. The Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (O.R.A.C) test is a scientifically controlled set of experiments developed by the United States department of agriculture (USDA) and Tufts University to assess the antioxidant potency of foods and beverages. The results of the ORAC test helps to standardize, quantify, and objectively compare different foods and beverages for their antioxidant potency.

Results for the latest O.R.A.C tests have shown that organic ceremonial grade Matcha green tea contains 1384 O.R.A.C units per gram. When compared to other antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables, as published by the Agricultural Research Service, the in-house research arm of the USDA, Matcha clearly stands out above the rest!

In summary, Matcha green tea contains over 10 to 15 times the overall nutrients when compared to traditional Green, White, Black, Rooibos, and Yerba Mate Teas, as well as when compared to popular fruits and vegetables.

Why so much excitement about Matcha? Here’s why: Matcha green Tea is, in our opinion, the very best investment for the buck in the supplement world since green tea has been proven to improve circulation, which in turn supports cellular oxygenation, which in turn can help reduce inflammation. 

Matcha is the oldest variety of shade grown Green Tea (shade grown to keep plant’s energies focused on the foliage, rather than on producing buds)  that has been deveined, destemmed, blanched, dried at low temperatures, then stone ground into a fine powder within oxygen-free chambers to prevent oxidation. It is bagged up or put into tins, then flash frozen to preserve and protect the properties of Matcha. We keep our Matcha products (Matcha powder and Matcha capsules) at a controlled temperature to preserve potency, and encourage you to store yours in the refrigerator once you receive and take into your home. Historically, it has been an important part of Zen Buddhist culture for over 800 years and is considered the “drink of the Samurai“.  Unlike regular Teas where the most nutritious Tea leaves are thrown away along with the Tea bag after infusion, Matcha green Tea is mixed with water (or mixed into a smoothie) and the tea leaf is consumed entirely.  Thus, by virtue of “eating” the Tea leaves (solubles and insolubles) rather than just drinking the water from it, one consumes 10 to 15 times the nutrients found in regular green Teas. We hope that you enjoy our pure, certified organic Matcha green Tea as much as we do! Please watch the video on our home page introducing our new capsules (which do not need refrigeration and are made of the same pristine ceremonial grade organic Matcha that we offer in loose powder form).

Top antioxidant foods O.R.A.C units per gram (umoleTE/g:) *

Our  Ceremonial Grade Organic Matcha green tea 1384.00
Prunes 57.70
Raisins 28.30
Blueberries 24.00
Blackberries 20.36
Kale 17.70
Strawberries 15.40
Spinach 12.60
Raspberries 12.20
Brussels sprouts 9.80
Plums 9.49
Alfalfa sprouts 9.30
Broccoli florets 8.90
Beets 8.40
Oranges 7.50
Red grapes 7.39
Red bell peppers 7.10
Cherries 6.70
Onions 4.50
Corn 4.00
Eggplants 3.90

*Agricultural Research Service: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/np/fnrb/fnrb499.htm – studies published in the Journal of Nutrition (vol. 128, pp. 2383-2390) and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (vol. 68, pp. 1081-1087); 2 ORAC Analysis on Ceremonial Matcha Green Tea ME17916 Lot#D1805: Brunswick.

Wellness Benefits

Low in caffeine, high in antioxidants, rich in vitamins B and C, this light, grassy tea boasts a whole cocktail of wellness support!  The health benefits of this incredible plant, Camellia sinensis, are the subject of a great number of medical experiments and psychological studies presently. Scientists and Physicians are fascinated with all of the new data that is coming forth! It’s never been a better time to start drinking teas!

Green teas, (for centuries the beverage of choice in Asia), are rapidly gaining popularity in the western world. It’s natural aroma and widely acclaimed health benefits make green tea appealing to both the tea lover and previously non-tea drinker. Due to our own personal appreciation for high quality Artisinal green teas, we are striving to offer an ever-growing selection of rare varieties, to include our own Traverse City-grown White Teas.  Our award-winning signature blends include as many fresh, certified Organic and Demeter Biodynamic Michigan-grown ingredients as possible. The aroma of these teas surpasses anything you have ever experienced with regards to subtlety and complexity.

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