Earl Grey Tea

We recently tried Earl Grey tea for the first time. We didn’t really know what it was so we found out a little more about it. Usually it is a black tea, although some companies may use green or oolong, that is flavored with oil of bergamot – a type of orange found in Italy and France. It is considered a blended tea because o f the flavoring added to it.

The original Earl Grey tea is said to have been made from a recipe presented by an envoy on his return from China according to the Twinings website. It was named after Earl Charles Grey, the second Earl Grey.

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Are You Drinking Your Tea (or Coffee) Too Hot?

There recently was a study done that linked drinking tea while too hot may lead to esophageal cancer if you also smoke or drink alcohol. Also acid reflux can play a part in this. This study was printed in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organization, this cancer is the eighth most common cancer worldwide. There is low survival rate for this cancer. Approximately 400,000 do not survive this cancer annually.

So to conclude, let your tea (or coffee) cool down before drinking it. Or switch to iced tea or cold brew!

Types of Teas

So when we look at teas, we see white, green, black, pekoe, oolong, rooibos, and a plethora of other teas. So what is the difference between them all?

Tea is processed from the Camellia Sinensis bush.

White tea is from the new growth of leaves and buds where they are steamed or fried then dried and not oxidized, but minimally processed. It has a sweeter, more flowery note.

Green tea is steamed, pan-fried, or scalded then rolled and dried. More processing brings out more flavor and more caffeine. It has a more grassy, earthy flavor.

Oolong is oxidized for half the time as black tea, so it is only partially fermented. It also can be additionally bruised or shaken to release more flavors. It has flowery and earthy flavor. Darker oolong can taste more smoky or buttery. This is a traditional Chinese tea.

Black teas are fully oxidized or fermented then dried. It has more robust flavor and highest level of caffeine.

Rooibos tea comes from a different plant called the Aspalathus linearis. It is prepared like black tea but doesn’t have caffeine. It is also known as red tea, although there is also a green variety: the red is oxidized and the green is un-oxidized. This tea has a malty flavor.

Herbal teas, also known as tisanes, can be made of dried herbs, fruits, spices, flowers, steeped like tea but not containing tea itself.

Sooo: in short, white, green, black, and oolong come from the same plant.

Don’t Throw Away Those Used Tea Bags

There are some things you can do with those used tea bags. We have some suggestions for recycling them:

Use some wet tea bags to when you have minor burns or sunburns.
Place them over tired eyes to soothe them.
Soothe razor burns.
Sprinkle around rosebushes – the roses like tannins.
Put some used tea bags in the water with rice or pasta for a different flavor.
Save them up and dye some clothes for that vintage look.
Renew wood surfaces by wiping with some re-brewed tea bags.
Use re-brewed tea bags and rinse your hair and scalp.
Compost them.
Rub them on chapped lips.
Rub them on sore or bleeding gums.
Use to clean grease.
Mix the used leaves in your kitty’s litter box.
Saturate with peppermint essential oil and place in cabinets to deter pests and rodents.
Use to scrub your hands especially after handling garlic, onions, fish.
Soak your feet
Soak the rest of you and throw them in the tub.
Use to help with skin infections or warts.

Smart Mug

There is a new invention called the Ember Ceramic Mug from this past year from Ember Technologies. Maybe it can even be considered a “smart mug” because it can keep the temperature steady. Meant for drinking at home (not a travel mug), this mug is connected and will even let you know when your drink has reached the temperature you want. It holds 10 oz.

The price is $79.95. You can also purchase a Ceramic Mug Charging Coaster for 39.95 separately.

The Ember company also has a Travel Mug that sells for $149.95. They are also sold at Starbucks, Bestbuy, or Amazon.com. Like the mug, the travel mug will also keep you informed of the temperature through the app.

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