Elegant Serenity

The Mysterious Art of Tasseography – Your Future and the Tea Leaves

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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.

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Simplex Kettle: Is This Traditional Copper Beauty for You?

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The beautifully designed Simplex Kettle cannot help but transport us back to a “simpler time”.

Every now and then we all need to take a step back from our hectic lives and take a moment to re-energize, a moment to nourish not just our bodies, but our souls as well.

That nourishment begins the moment we start to fill the lovely Simplex Kettle with water, knowing that in just a few minutes, the whistle’s warm, gentle song will let us know that soon, we will be enjoying a much-deserved break.

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Are Tea Bags Biodegradable? Eco-Friendly Minds Want to Know

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Are tea bags biodegradable? Are tea bags compostable? Can they be both? You may already be a passionate tea drinker or one just beginning to explore this delicious, and soul-nourishing world. Either way, you need to know the options that you have when choosing which tea bag you will be using.

And I’m not talking about the TEA inside the bag right now. I’m talking about just the actual bag itself.

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Tea Bags, Fill Your Own – Portable Tea Infuser Bags You’ll Just Love!

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It’s lovely to be able to brew your tea with high-quality loose leaves calmly, and this is the way that I prefer to purchase, prepare, and enjoy mine every chance I get. But when you’re out and about, at the office, or short on time … tea bags, fill your own is the way to go! These little portable tea infuser bags are lifesavers, and I’m so glad that I found and tried them. 

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These are my favorite ones, but there are several other good ones to choose from also on Amazon.

You can just click on the picture or click here to check these tea infuser bags out now if you’re in a hurry. These have tons of reviews and a consistent 5 out of 5 stars!

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Teas and Pregnancy – Teas to Avoid During Pregnancy and Teas to Enjoy!

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It’s no secret that soon-to-be-moms always want the very best experience from their months of pregnancy. This is why they are usually very cautious about the things they can or cannot consume. It’s not just about the occasional foods and beverages; when it comes down to Teas and Pregnancy, it’s also about the ones they enjoy on a regular basis, like all of those delicious cups of tea!

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Simple Ways to Reap Kombucha Tea Benefits

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By now, You’ve certainly seen the Kombucha Tea drinks in your local stores and are curious. What is this thing with the weird name and exactly what are Kombucha Tea benefits? Well, I was too, so let me give you the lowdown with a brief history of Kombucha Tea and Kombucha health benefits. We will finish up with a Kombucha Tea Recipe you might just want to tackle!

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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. Please 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

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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!

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