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The Health Benefits of Vanilla and Rooibos

Posted by Lisa B Gardner on

Specialtea Teas has a tea called African Elixir. At first glance, one wouldn’t give a second thought to this tea in terms of it’s health benefits. Recently, I did a post on the health benefits of Rooibos. Well I’ve had some customers asking me about what kind of tea would be good for people that have cancer. Our African Elixir has fit the bill and so far, seems helpful. “The distinct flavor and health benefits of vanilla essence can be attributed to the presence of about 200 compounds which possess antioxidant properties. The high level of antioxidants reduces free radicals...

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Cookies and Afternoon Tea

Posted by Lisa B Gardner on

If there was ever anyone that could tell you about cookies and tea it would be my Grandmother and my Dad. For the two of them, afternoon tea was a daily after school or after fishing or after hunting experience. I grew up hearing stories of my Grandmother and my Dad enjoying their tea and cookies. I had the wonderful experience of being able to share the same with my Grandmother while growing up. She'd take out her teapot and make tea and then came the cookies. She always had cookies on hand. She didn't bake them but no one...

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Tea for Hydration

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01/22/2014 It would be hard to avoid the message that everyone should be drinking more water – eight 8-ounce glasses each day. Right? Not necessarily.The concept of “8 by 8” became ingrained in society, as did the belief that only water would do. Common wisdom was that tea would make a person more dehydrated, in need of additional water intake. Unfortunately, even though this idea has been proven to be untrue, many people have not gotten the message.According to the Institute of Medicine, drinking any beverage containing water will help keep the body hydrated. Happily, this list includes tea

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Ginger in Your Tea May Boost Your Metabolism

Posted by Lisa B Gardner on

01/08/2014A pilot study done at Columbia University suggests that ginger in your tea may help burn more calories.In a recent study led by Muhammed Mansour, M.S. and a team of researchers from Columbia University Medical Center’s Institute of Human Nutrition, the participants given hot water with ginger had different results than those that just had hot water. The participants that drank the ginger brew burned 43 more calories at rest than those that just drank hot water. The ginger drinkers also had a feeling of fullness and less of an urge to eat. This was a small study but the...

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All Things Tea

Posted by Lisa B Gardner on

08/20/2013 (original post date) I have been spending a great deal of time working on my tea. It occurs to me that tea fits virtually every facet of daily life. The name of my business, Specialtea Teas came to me one night while I was sleeping. In recent days, I've spent time with the name and just what it means to me and my business. "Special Teas for Special Times" is what it means and says to me and what I want it to mean to my customers. As I'm learning more and more about tea, I'm also learning and...

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