What Is Honeybush Tea? A Treat!

Honeybush. The name itself sounds sweet and pleasant. Honeybush (Cyclopia sp.)—also known as mountain or cape tea—probably takes its name from its yellow, honey-scented flowers. Native to South Africa, there are 23 documented species of honeybush, each thriving in a specific environment, from coastal to mountainous. Today, 70% of the honeybush produced comes from these … Continue reading What Is Honeybush Tea? A Treat!

What Is Rooibos Tea?

ROOIBOS: Truly a Red Tea! If you haven't had rooibos yet, now is the time—especially if you are looking for a delicious tea that doesn't have caffeine. Well, actually it's a tisane Although rooibos is commonly called "tea," it is really an herbal tisane. While true tea is produced with Camellia senensis, rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) … Continue reading What Is Rooibos Tea?

Drink Tea! Lose Weight?

best tea for weight loss! weight-loss teas!! drink tea to lose weight!!! What's not to love about that? Drink what I love and lose weight at the same time?! Except for the fact that I drink tea all day long and have not experienced any notable weight loss. And the fact that I am always skeptical of … Continue reading Drink Tea! Lose Weight?

Should You Microwave Your Tea? Part 1: Health Benefits

A perhaps disconcerting study has been recently publicized. It promotes—of all things—microwaving your tea so that you obtain more of its health benefits. Moreover, scientist Dr. Quan Vuong asserts that this technique yields a better-tasting cup. Anathema! Nuke my tea? No way! But why was Dr. Vuong microwaving his tea anyway? As reported by ABC News–Australia on April 10, … Continue reading Should You Microwave Your Tea? Part 1: Health Benefits

Milk in Tea?

Add milk? Good heavens, no! Adulterate an excellent cup of tea?! Except, of course, a lot of people—perfectly fine people, friends of mine even—prefer to add milk to their tea. And they are certainly entitled to do this. But can I use science to support my strict No-Milk policy? Well, like most things, answers are neither clear-cut nor simple. … Continue reading Milk in Tea?

Juice, Fruit Tea, or Tea for Antioxidants?

It is pretty much common knowledge that antioxidants play a role in slowing the aging process (yes!) among many other health benefits. And fruit contains antioxidants. Juicy News Juice companies who supposedly have only our health in mind have jumped on this, citing studies that indicate that "our" juice has more antioxidants than "their" juice. … Continue reading Juice, Fruit Tea, or Tea for Antioxidants?

Myth: Green Tea Is Healthier than Black Tea

I hear it all the time: green tea has more health benefits than does black tea. Yes, green tea is extremely beneficial for us. . . . but so is black tea. And oolong. And white. So why do people think that green tea is healthier?    If we think about how and where and why … Continue reading Myth: Green Tea Is Healthier than Black Tea

What Tea Do I Drink for a Cold and Congestion?

Kapha—the last of the three Ayurvedic herbal teas—is undoubtedly the most unforgettable of the three! Powerful and peppery, it packs a punch! (Perhaps not for the faint of heart!!) Which cleanses your sinuses when you are really congested. And is also great iced! The Kapha dosha is the energy that forms our body's structure and … Continue reading What Tea Do I Drink for a Cold and Congestion?

What Tea Do I Drink for a Fever?

So having drunk lots of Vata herbal tea for my sore throat—hoping to stave off anything worse—no such luck. Fever sets in. And next in line of the three Ayurvedic herbal teas is Pitta. Pitta is one of my favorite herbals, with or without a virus brewing! This pretty tea includes green mint and raspberry leaves … Continue reading What Tea Do I Drink for a Fever?

What Tea Do I Drink for a Sore Throat?

It is never a good time to succumb to any nasty virus making the rounds. I mean never! While the being-sick part is bad enough, the feeling-better-and-then-looking-at-the-[insert your nemesis here]-piled-up is enough to drive anyone back to bed. But for those of us in the sore throat phase of some virus, what tea do we reach for? … Continue reading What Tea Do I Drink for a Sore Throat?