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Green Tea and Matcha – Mother Nature’s Precious Gifts for a Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit

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Lately, green tea and matcha have become so mainstream in people’s food vocabulary that you practically see the ingredients everywhere!

From the non-dairy delicious iced tea blends (like the one that I’m sipping right now) to the matcha green tea powder form in decadent green tea chocolate cake and cupcakes like these little guys that always seem to make my mouth water! chocolate cupcakes with green tea matcha icing

It’s very comforting to know that when you are in control of making your tea, food, desserts, etc., you can choose deliciously, high-quality ingredients with nutritional benefits.

What’s not so comforting, sadly enough, is that most of the green tea shown on labels in packaged foods today is purely for the taste and the hype and bears little resemblance to the real green tea, or to tea at all.

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Wagashi, The Elegant and Traditional Art of Japanese Confectionery (Candy Making)

 

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Those of us who enjoy tea, also like indulging in a little something deliciously sweet along with our tea. Here in America, that might be a cookie, a brownie, a delicious tea bread, pound cake, or even some lovely scones (okay, maybe not traditionally American, but we sure do love them!).

However, If you happen to be visiting Japan (as someday I hope to be), you will very likely find yourself lucky enough to have your tea (especially green tea) accompanied by a bit of wagashi.

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10 Tea Infused Beauty Rituals To Help You Relax and Unwind!

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I don’t know about you, but I sure do LOVE me a good cup of tea!

But, have you any idea of the many other ways that there are to enjoy and benefit from a cup of tea beside just sitting down and drinking it? Ever think of trying one or more tea infused beauty rituals?

Tea is such a marvelous addition to your beauty regime. Let me share with you some of the best recipes I have found to get the most out of your delicious cup!

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The Making and Health Benefits of White, Yellow, Oolong, and Pu-erh Teas

 

Hello, friends! If you’re reading this, then it’s very likely you have enjoyed a warm, soothing cup of tea or two. Perhaps you regularly drink tea to absorb all of the wonderful antioxidants and health benefits. Or maybe it is simply to relax and be comforted by a favorite cozy and warm mug of tea.

While there are many varieties of tea to choose from, tea leaves themselves come from only one plant, the Camellia Sinensis. How can the same plant give us many different teas? Well, it’s in the magic of the processing! The processing that will determine the outcome…White, Yellow, Oolong, or Pu-erh.

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The Mysterious Art of Tasseograpy and Tea Leaf Reading Meanings

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The art of brewing, serving, and drinking tea has been part of human culture all over the world for ages. One of the oldest ones known to modern humans, the Chinese tea ceremony, dates back to the 8th century BC and has become an integral part of everyday Chinese life.

There’s more to tea culture than just enjoying a good cup of tea or looking for the best way to brew to get the ultimate taste. If you look a little deeper, you will be aware that there are metaphorical meanings, symbolism, and even mysticism behind every served cup of tea. So go ahead, take that deeper look and Tasseography will open your eyes and your mind to the possibilities!

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