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Tea Acronyms: What Do Those Words & Letters Mean?

Heather Edwards

What do these initials and words mean? And, why don’t all tea-growing countries use them? Of the more than 35 countries which produce tea, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and India are the primary users of these designations in all their tea-growing areas to describe broken or full tea leaves, leaf position, and words for their appearance and fragrance.

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D.I.Y. Tea Tasting Journal

Heather Edwards

Why a tea journal? It makes it so easy to refer back to your favorite teas, remind you where you bought them, and give you ideas for gifting tea-loving friends or family. Yes, you could use Excel or any other spreadsheet software to keep your tasting notes. But doesn’t that defeats the charm, and intimacy, of the tea experience?

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Energize with Tea!

Heather Edwards

One of the fascinations about true tea, that precious leaf of the Camellia sinensis, is its ability to relax the body, energize the spirit, and sharpen mind. What shall you apply all that energy to? The practice of meditation? A hike in the woods? The demands on your mental energy tackling the problems of work or volunteering? Dancing the night away?

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Celebrating Mom with Tea-licious Traditions

Heather Edwards

Every Mother's Day is an opportunity to celebrate the special women around you who have improved and enriched your life throughout the years. These "influencers" may or may not be related to you, but they're definitely part of the family of special people who have nurtured you. And that's more than enough reason to honor them on Mother's Day.

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Health & Beauty Loose Pu Erh

Tea's Benefits Now Extended to Anti-Aging

Heather Edwards

The intentionally aged tea, pu-erh, has been touted for generations as an aid to digestion and for cutting cholesterol in the body as it cuts grease on a cooking pan. Now scientists have discovered that it may also help to delay or reverse some symptoms of aging by increasing immunity, a critical factor in resisting infection, autoimmune disease, and other illnesses that can bring on aging or make aging more difficult.

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Drinks & Eats The ultimate gift of love

Chocolate and Tea: Contemporary Valentine's Gifts

Heather Edwards

The luxury and elegance of chocolate make it a natural for gift-giving all-year round, but especially on the day of love, February 14th. Although it's mostly custom, even scientists admit there's something to chocolate's naturally-occurring chemicals, serotonin and phenylethylamine, that increase the feelings of excitement and energy and heighten the sensations of love and romance.

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