Healthy Benefits of Ginger Root

By Jennifer Jackson on April 07, 2016   /   autumn sunset china decaffeinated detoxing digestion ginger healthy india menstral nausea pregnancy steep sugarloaf tea tea 101 tisane weight loss wellness    /   2 Comments

Fresh Ginger

Ginger, a warming herb with a sweet, pungent flavor is used in food and beverage preparations across the world.  Ginger is cultivated in India, China, and other parts of Asia and can also be grown at home from rhizomes purchased at the supermarket. 

The knobby root can be easily steeped into teas like Autumn Sunset or Coconut Vanilla Chai to enjoy its health benefits which include settling the stomach and stimulating circulation.

Ginger tea is known to soothe aid digestion, soothe inflammation, and help with menstrual pain relief. Ginger is often used to aid with nausea during pregnancy. When added to the daily diet, this amazing herb can help with health issues or can just be enjoyed for its fine flavor.

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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    /   2 Comments

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    /   1 Comment
March 20-23, 2015
10 - 6 PM

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Tea 101: Weight Loss Miracle? Myths about Oolong Teas

By Jennifer Jackson on February 24, 2015   /   195 autumn sunset caffeine caribbean breeze chinese detoxing digestion formosa green jade jasmine garden oolong ooling steep taiwan tea tea 101 weight loss wellness    /   1 Comment

Tea 101: Oolong Teas - Easy, Breezy Weight Loss?

I love Oolong teas!  They are literally my favorite teas because they are a delicious hybrid of the best parts of green and black teas.  

Oolong teas are made through centuries-old, complex techniques and produce an exotic and exciting elixir. Oolong teas are the most difficult of the artisan teas to produce. In some cases, the process can exceed 2 days preparation with constant monitoring of aroma, feel and look. As with any artisan tea, it is the expertise of the tea master which will ultimately determine the quality and desirability of the final product.

There are two types of Oolongs:

Jade Oolong - Light, airy like an earthy sweet robust green tea

This legendary oolong is a cup of pure romance. It produces a beautiful jade colored infusion. The flavor has a natural sweetness, with lingering notes of Spring greens. The Iron Goddess is a Tie Guan Yin oolong from Fujian Province, China. Hand harvested and produced through a traditional process whereby the large tea leaves are very tightly rolled. This is the one of the most revered Chinese oolongs.

We are introducing a new Organic Jade Oolong into our tea line at the Somerset, NJ Sugarloaf Festival in March called Organic Slimming Jade Oolong.  

Formosa or Taiwanese Oolong - Dark and Robust 

Formosa Oolongs have had longer oxidation exposure then the Chinese oolongs; this accounts for their darker appearance. Often referred to for their weight loss characteristics, oolong teas are used in many diet and health plans.

 We carry 3 different Formosa oolongs at Not Just Tea - Caribbean Breeze, Jasmine Garden Oolong and Autumn Sunset.

Proper Steeping Instructions:
Oolong teas support multiple infusions;  they can be infused 6-7 times. With each steeping, oolong teas leaves unfurl more and impart differing flavors making it one of the most interesting teas as well. 

 - Use 2 tsp per 6-8 oz cup

 - Heat water to 195 degrees and pour over the leaves then dump the steep out after 20 seconds. T

 - The Chinese say you have “awakened the Dragon"!

 - For the next steep, use same temperature water and allow to steep 2 minute

 - The more steeps you have, the longer the steeping time up to 3-4 minutes

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