Tea with various additives.

Miraculous effect of tea depend not only on the variety and type, but also on the correctness of its preparation. It would seem that could be easier: fill the tea leaves with boiling water and after five minutes all is ready, but it is not. The art of brewing tea is a whole ceremony, which determines the taste and properties of the beverage. Traditional black, red, green teas are simple in cooking and not time-consuming, but blended teas, collected from several varieties with addition of fruits or berries, require a more careful approach.

Now these magical mixture can be found in any “tea shop”, but you can prepare yourself. To do this, you need to collect the necessary ingredients, prepare them: wash, dry, and some of them – to pound, then boil, brew and enjoy the divine drink. And if you do not know how to do this – it’s not a problem!

Berries. For tea are usually used dried berries, which give the drink not only the unique taste and aroma, but also fill with vitamins and nutrients.
Raspberry, cherry, currant are rich in vitamin C, so indispensable for both prevention and treatment of colds.
Blackberry, cranberry, wild rose are rich in trace elements, soothe, relieve headaches.
Strawberry – has diuretic properties, is rich in carbohydrates.
Blueberries – useful for vision.

Fruit. The taste of tea can be a bit lost on the background of a fruit flavor, but this is just the first impression, the second, the third sip – you will understand that the added pieces, on the contrary increase the taste of tea. Pieces of fruit saturate the tea drink with acids and are used for medicinal purposes.
Citrus – in addition to the content of vitamin C, are rich in ascorbic and citric acids.
Apples – contain malic acid and pectin, which is helpful during a medical diet.
Pineapple – helps burn fat.

Spices. Basically, all the spices help to improve appetite, stabilize pressure, blood circulation, raise hemoglobin, as well as give the tea an extraordinary taste and rich aroma. Into the tea beverage are added currant leaves, raspberry, jasmine, linden, bergamot, rose petals, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, hibiscus, cardamom, star anise, mint, cumin.

All these ingredients are well combined not only with a variety of teas, but also among themselves. Now that you are aware of the possible ingredients of tea, you can easily gather from them your unique and exquisite drink.

Types of tea and their main differences.

Tea is divided by degree of oxidation (fermentation). Green, white and yellow teas – teas with a small degree of fermentation. Red, blue, black teas – teas with a high degree of fermentation.

Green tea.

Green tea has a huge number of varieties. The main difference of production of this type of tea is a feature of the processing technology. This feature lies in that the tea leaves are dried immediately after gathering, stopping the fermentation process and oxidation. Green tea is brewed with soft water at temperature of 80-90 ° C.

White tea.

White tea has the second place by degree of fermentation (5-7%) after the green tea. Preservation of tea leaves in the natural form in which it grows on the bush, the main idea of this type of tea.

White tea is brewed with soft water, at a temperature no higher than 70 ° C. White tea after brewing has a pale yellow or greenish-yellow color. This type of tea is considered the most curative.

Yellow tea.

Yellow tea has the third place by the degree of fermentation (7-10%) after the green tea. This type of tea is made of high quality raw materials. Some time this tea was a privilege of the emperors and nobility.

Its flavor and it is not like other kinds of tea. It has even a peculiar appearance. It is well-invigorates, stimulates the body’s defenses, relieves headaches, restores strength.

Red tea.

Red tea is subjected to medium and strong fermentation (45-50%). Dry leaf of red tea is no different from black. You can distinguish it only after brewing. Only in China and Taiwan is produced the best red tea, which is the most fragrant. Red tea is brewed with water at temperature of 90-95 ° C.

Black tea is subjected to full fermentation.

Green tea.

Green tea – is a unique product, which has healing properties. To us it came from the East relatively recently and immediately gained wide application. It is believed that the inhabitants of the eastern countries remain young and active for many years, thanks to green tea. Minimal processing of tea allows to keep the vitamins, minerals and other bio active substances that affect all organs of the human body. Green tea is rich in its composition, because it contains: manganese, magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium, fluoride, copper, iodine, gold. Regular use of this medicinal beverage, enhances immunity, the nervous system, improves sleep, relieves depression, helps in the fight against excess weight, increases sexual energy.

For the retaining all beneficial properties and qualities of tea, it is necessary to pay attention to proper tea brewing.

1. You should take a clean and soft water. It would be better – spring water.
2. Heat the dishes for tea brewing with hot water.
3. Bring the water to a boil, before the formation of small bubbles. Very important: the water should boil, but not overboil. Allow to coolto 80-85°C.
4. Pour 1.5-2 teaspoons of tea into a teapot, pour with boiling water, cover with lid.
5. To preserve flavor, cover a teapot with a towel.

6. Let it brew 3-5 minutes.
Enjoy your tea!

The harm of green tea.

Despite the useful properties of green tea, the excessive use can cause the opposite effect. In this case, there is a likelihood of headaches, high blood pressure. Also, can be the so-called “tea intoxication” that provokes the dizziness and nausea. If this happens, it is recommended to drink sweet water or consume sweet fruit. The combination of alcohol and tea produces the toxic substances for the kidneys. You have decided to drink green tea on an empty stomach? So be aware that this may lead to the development of gastritis or ulcers, because tea irritates the stomach.

And remember that all is good in moderation! Be healthy!