Healthy Benefits of Hibiscus Teas

By Jennifer Jackson on March 02, 2016   /   antioxidants anxiety decaffeinated detoxing digestion fruit healthy heart disease hibiscus new steep tea tea 101 tisane wellness    /   0 Comments

Hibiscus Flowers

Hibiscus leaf teas are a delicious beverage with several known health benefits. The colorful bright tea has been enjoyed across the globe for generations. Hibiscus leaf tea is made from the dried petals of the tropical hibiscus flower.

Medical research has demonstrated that hibiscus tea has the ability to reduce blood pressure. The tea also shows promise for treating high cholesterol and has other heart benefits.

You can easily incorporate the health benefits of hibiscus leaves into your diet by adding a few cups of hibiscus leaves to your teas. Not Just Tea blends delicious hibiscus leaves in your favorite herbals teas like Sassy Strawberry and Fruit Sangria.  These best selling teas are easily prepared and delicious.

Simply add the tea leaves to hot water with sweetener and other ingredients of your choice such as lime, cinnamon, and mint leaves. Let the teas steep for a few minutes until the water is a bright red color and enjoy! Hibiscus leaves can be enjoyed both hot and iced.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Tea and Caffeine

By Jennifer Jackson on April 08, 2015   /   antioxidants black tea blueberry caffeine Camellia Sinensis chinese Chinese Teas decaffeinated Fruit healthy heart disease Indian Teas Japanese Teas serenity blue tea tea 101 tisane wellness white cherry rose white tea    /   1 Comment



Tea Is Now The Popular Kid

Whether it is a cool pitcher of your favorite Serenity Blue iced tea or a steaming cup of White Cherry Rose, tea for many people is a way of life. Being the second most consumed beverage in the world, just behind water, tea is consumed in almost every country, on almost every continent.  True tea aficionados swear by using loose tea instead of tea that comes packaged in tea bags that are usually made from bleached paper or plastics. Not only does using loose tea save money per cup and cut down on packaging waste, it also tastes better and supposedly contains more antioxidants and other beneficial compounds.

Tea = Camellia Sinensis Plant

To be considered “tea” a beverage must contain leaves and or stems of the Camellia Sinensis tree; otherwise it is considered an herbal or fruit tisane. There are many tea producing nations that each have a unique variety and flavor in tea.  At Not Just Tea, we love Japanese, Chinese and Indian teas for their full and rich flavor and unique characters.

 

Same Plant = Different Teas
Since all tea comes from the same plant, what is the difference between the types of tea? Processing! How the tea is processed will determine whether it is a black tea, white tea, oolong, pu-erh or green tea. Flavor of the tea and caffeine content also are determined by the processing method as well as where the tea is grown i.e. soil condition, the time of the picking.


Decaffeinated -vs- Caffeine Free Teas

Many people do not realize ‘decaffeinated’ means that the tea still contains caffeine, although very little. Regular black teas can be decaffeinated by brewing the leaves for 30 seconds and then straining, after which, brew the same leaves again for the full amount of time. This will yield a slightly lesser aroma and taste, but with 80-85% less caffeine. Those teas marked ‘Decaf” go thru a CO2-decaffeination; the tea leaves are soaked in a carbon dioxide solution, separated, filtered with charcoal to remove caffeine, then re-immersed in the solution to reabsorb nutrients. This process decaffeinates and preserves 95% of the tea’s compounds and flavors with no chemical residue.
Note that decaffeinated teas are teas previously with caffeine and then have gone thru a process of decaffeination; they still contain some caffeine.

While caffeine-free teas like Serenity Blue are teas that have NEVER had caffeine!



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This Weekend - Sugarloaf Craft Festival - Oaks, PA

By Jennifer Jackson on March 18, 2015   /   center expo formosa fruit greater oaks PA philadelphia shows sugarloaf tea tisane    /   0 Comments
March 20-23, 2015
10 - 6 PM
100 STATION AVENUE • OAKS, PA 19456

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Tea 101: Caffeine-Free Teas: The "Tisanes" That Just Keep On Giving

By Jennifer Jackson on February 18, 2015   /   anxiety caffeine depression fruit iced tea tea tea 101 tisane wellness    /   0 Comments

 

Tea 101: Caffeine-Free Herbal Teas - The 'Tisane' That Just Keeps On Giving

Herbal teas are both the most requested and least understood of all teas.  First, the term 'herbal tea' is just all wrong. To be considered “tea” a beverage must contain leaves and or stems of the Camellia Sinensis tree (think white, green, oolong and black tea leaves); otherwise it is considered an herbal infusion or fruit tisane.

Therefore, peppermint or chamomile teas are actually tisanes and not teas.

Next, there are just SO many herbal tisanes and infusions with so many healthy benefits.  But some common benefits across all tisanes include anti-anxiety and anti-depression.  At Not Just Tea, we love them and are expanding our line this year with 4 new herbal infusions.

 

Health Benefits:

  • Believed to reduce stress and calm anxiety
  • May aid in fighting sleeping disorders
  • Has been shown to quiet symptoms of indigestion and nausea
  • Has antibacterial properties that may help relieve symptoms from the common cold

 

 At Not Just Tea, our customers love herbal tisanes.  Our first tea was a herbal tea, Sassy Strawberry, which was a delicious blend of strawberries, mango and papaya.  We have since expanded to 5 different teas.  We are so excited to offer 4 new teas to our herbal infusion line. 

Visit us at Sugarloaf Craft Festival in March to taste our new teas:

  • Lemony Goodness - Delicious blend of tangy lemons, strawberries, South African Rooibos and peaches.
  • Very Berry Berry - Bold and tart blend of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries
  • Apricot Supreme - Lovely, sweet of apricots stone fruit blended with green South African Rooibos
  • Peachy Keen - Delightfully innocent blend of peaches, marigolds and green South African Rooibos  

 

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