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

gypsy woman reading a man's tea leaves with surprised look on her face. The mysterious art of tasseographyThe 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, symbolisms, 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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Simplex Heritage 2qt. Copper Tea Kettle

The beautifully designed Simplex Heritage Copper Tea 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 tea 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. Whether it is some alone time with our cup of tea or tea shared with our friends and family, the beauty of this elegant tea kettle will nourish our souls as well.Continue reading

This 25-year-old brews a success story with his tea selling in 76 countries

This is such an inspirational read! Not only because the enterpreneur whom it is about is such a young man (only 25 years old) and helping his generations-old family business become even more successful, but also because he has focused and succeeded in bringing the freshest possible tea to tea lovers everywhere. For this, Mr. Bala Sarda, we thank you and wish you continued growth and prosperity in this wonderful venture! 

 

Delhi-based Vahdam Teas targets the world market, by shipping out tea leaves as close to the time as they have been harvested. The US provides more than half of this funded startup’s revenues.

A Chinese proverb goes, ‘Better three days without food, than one without tea.’

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

dried loose leaf green tea and plant leaves on a wooden surface with a wooden spoon for scoopingLately, green tea has become so mainstream in people’s food vocabulary that you practically see the ingredient 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! 

Its’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 Beauty Rituals To Show Yourself Some LOVE Tonight!

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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?

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 cuppa!

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

close-up of blonde woman sipping tea from a white tea cup with both handsHello, 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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Six Herbal Teas for the Health and Delight of Our Pups!

 

Throughout the centuries, we humans have not only enjoyed herbal teas for their flavor and fragrance, but also (and so importantly) for all the beneficial qualities they offer us!

We’ve sought them out for help with our stomach issues and indigestion, to calm us down when our nerves are on edge, to rescue us when nausea sets in, when the throw up begins, and even when we just can’t seem to get to sleep. We’ve even turned to them for topical use when skin irritations are what we need to address.

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Who Says America Has No Tea Culture?

Sometime during the past few months, I came across an article about tea ceremonies in different parts of the world (you can find the link at the bottom of post). While I did find it to be an enjoyable read, it bothered me that the author began by stating “America doesn’t really have what you’d call a tea drinking culture, save for the sweet tea sipping crowd down South.” Well, this got stuck in my head and kept on nagging me. I don’t agree with that statement. We may be a young country in comparison to the rest of the world, but to say that we don’t have a tea drinking culture, hmm?

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