February 2019 Three Brews Tea Box

Updated: Jan 11, 2019

Learn about what's inside.


Orange Cinnamon Black Tea

Energy


Ingredients: Chinese Black Tea, Orange Peel, Cinnamon, Stevia Leaf


Brewing Instructions:

Brew 1.5 teaspoons of tea per 8 fluid ounces of water at 200°F for 2 minutes. If you'd like to adjust the strength of the tea, adjust the amount of tea that you use, not the time or temperature. Brewed with this method you will be able to get at least 3 infusions out of the same tea leaves.


Tasting Notes:

  • small whole Chinese black tea leaves

  • spice notes

  • sweet finish

  • cooling mouthfeel

  • first infusion has a lot of top sweetness, which fades with subsequent infusions

  • cinnamon

  • autumn notes


Health Benefits:


Chinese Black Tea

Chinese black tea contains polyphenols, amino acids, methylxanthines, carotenoids, vitamins, and minerals. Since the tea is almost fully oxidized, some of the polyphenols called catechins have been transformed into other polyphenols called catechol tannins, specifically theaflavins and thearubigins. These are antioxidants that have been considered to be cardio-protective, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-modulatory.


The caffeine in this tea provides you with energy. In addition, it contains the amino acid theanine that has a synergistic effect with caffeine and tends to create an enhanced state of mental clarity sometimes referred to as "mindful alertness." For more on the health benefits of tea click here.



Orange Peel

Orange peel contains flavonoids, alkaloids, resins, saponins, sugars, tannins, phenols, and terpenes. Most importantly they contain a flavonoid called hesperidin, which is very effective at lowering cholesterol. Orange peels contain a compound that prevents the release of histamine in the body, which means it has anti-allergic properties and can help seasonal allergies. They are anti-inflammatory, contain lots of Vitamin C and Vitamin A, improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, and whiten teeth and reduce sensitivity. They also contain polymethoxyflavones which may protect against cancer, and beta-cryptoxanthin which is proven to significantly reduce the risk of lung cancer.



Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of Cinnamomum Verum trees. It contains a powerful antioxidant called cinnamaldehyde which has antifungal and antibacterial properties that may reduce infections and help fight tooth decay and bad breath, and is known to have positive effects on metabolism. Procyanidin oligomers and proanthocyanidins in cinnamon have been shown to significantly increase insulin sensitivity. Cinnamon is great at lowering blood sugar and treating diabetes. It's also a powerful anti-inflammatory, reduces levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and has been widely studied for its potential use in cancer prevention and treatment.



Stevia Leaf

Stevia is a plant that grows in South America that has been used for 1,500 years and has a naturally sweet flavor. The stevia packets you see at the store either contain a processed extract of the stevia plant called rebausioside A or stevia blends that include chemical solvents toxic to the central nervous system. Whole stevia leaf, however, is unprocessed and 100% natural and safe. Whole stevia leaf has even been shown to have anti-cancer abilities, improve weight loss, improve cholesterol levels, and lower blood sugar.



Lemongrass Green Tea

Health


Ingredients: Gunpowder Green Tea, Lemongrass, Ginger Root



Brewing Instructions:

Brew 1.2 teaspoons of tea per 8 fluid ounces of water at 175 °F for 2 minutes. If you'd like to adjust the strength of the tea, adjust the amount of tea that you use, not the time or temperature. Brewing to long or to hot will result in bitterness. Brewed with this method you will be able to get at least 3 infusions out of the same tea leaves.


Tasting Notes:

  • ginger

  • earthy

  • smooth

  • slight nuttiness

  • woodsy notes

  • medium texture

  • citrus fruits

  • rolled green tea leaves start to open up and unfurl after first infusion, so second infusion can be stronger and leaves take up more volume


Health Benefits:


Gunpowder Green Tea

This rolled Chinese gunpowder green tea known as Zhu Cha from Zhejiang province contains polyphenols, amino acids, methylxanthines, carotenoids, vitamins, and minerals. Since the tea is unoxidized, the flavonoid polyphenols called catechins are abundant. These catechins are what make green tea so famous for it's health benefits. The catechin epigallochatechin gallate (EGCG) gives green tea it's cancer fighting properties. Catechins are powerful antioxidants and reduce oxidative stress on the body by neutralizing free radicals. Chronic inflammation is connected to almost every modern ailment and disease, including arthritis, metabolic syndrome, cancer, and depression, and tea catechins have powerful anti-inflammatory effects in the body.


The amino acid L-theanine in this tea has a synergistic effect with caffeine and tends to create an enhanced state of mental clarity sometimes referred to as "mindful alertness." In other words, you'll be focused and alert without the jitters you would experience from coffee, which does not have theanine. For more on the health benefits of tea click here.



Lemongrass

Lemongrass contains a component called citral that helps to digest food.  It has been used as an ancient remedy for all stomach problems in Chinese medicine like bloating, constipation, and indigestion. Lemongrass is a natural remedy for high blood pressure. It is rich in potassium which increases the production of urine in our body, which in turn stimulates blood circulation and lowers blood pressure. It helps purify the liver and boosts metabolism. It's a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C which as essential nutrients for healthy skin and hair. It can help treat skin conditions like acne and eczema. It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that helps with the cold, cough, and flu, and it's known to provide relief from hot flashes and menstrual pain.


Ginger Root

Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and strengthens the immune system. Ginger is well known for treating nausea and motion sickness and can reduce bloating by increasing absorption of food. It can reduce muscle pain and soreness, is very effective at reducing menstrual pain, and help with osteoarthritis. There is also some evidence that ginger may improve brain function and protect against Alzheimers’s disease and help prevent cancer.



Lovely Night

Relaxation


Ingredients: Chamomile, Valerian Root, Lavender, Spearmint



Brewing Instructions:

Brew 1.5 teaspoons of tea per 8 fluid ounces of water at 205 °F for at least 4 minutes. If you'd like to adjust the strength of the tea, adjust the amount of tea that you use, not the time or temperature. Brewed with this method you will be able to get 2 infusions out of the same tea leaves.


Tasting Notes:

  • a mild tisane

  • chamomile aroma

  • floral

  • lavender

  • cool minty finish

  • earthy low notes

  • calming


Health Benefits:


Chamomile

Chamomile flowers are high in flavonoids and antioxidants of the terpenoid group. Chamomile reduces stress and promotes relaxation and sleep. It boosts the immune system, improves digestion, is a strong anti-inflammatory, and has pain-reducing abilities. It can relieve congestion, promotes healthy skin, keeps gums and teeth healthy due to antibacterial properties, improves heart health, and may even fight cancer.



Valerian Root

Valerian root contains gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which can not only reduce the amount of time taken to fall asleep, it can improve the quality of sleep too. Valerenic acid and valerenol contained in valerian root act as anti-anxiety agents and reduces stress. It works as a pain reliever as well as a natural sedative and antispasmodic. Valerian root acts as a powerful muscle relaxant and can be especially helpful in easing menstrual cramps. It's also sometimes used to regulate blood pressure.


Lavender

Lavender is one of those herbs that is very helpful for a lot of things. Most notably it improves sleep. It contains zinc, potassium, and magnesium which promote relaxation. It has anti-inflammatory properties due to its polyphenol content, anti-fungal properties, anti-septic properties, and antibacterial properties. It can help alleviate muscle soreness and even promote wound healing. Has an antispasmodic effect and can alleviate bowel cramps and symptoms of nausea. Lavender is full of antioxidants, improves respiratory health, reduces anxiety, can help treat acne, and reduce headaches.


Spearmint

Spearmint, or mentha spicata, is a type of mint originally from Asia and Europe. Not to be confused with peppermint, which is a hybrid between spearmint and watermint and has a 40% menthol content, spearment has a softer sweeter taste and only 0.5% menthol. Menthol is the compound that gives mint its cooling sensation and fights bad breath. Spearmint has the compound (-)-carvone, which has been shown to strongly inhibit muscle contractions in the digestive tract, which could explain how it helps relieve digestive upsets, nausea, vomiting, and gas. It's antibacterial and antimicrobial. It contains a large number of antioxidants, such as rosmarinic acid, flavones, and flavanones including limonene and menthol. It's been shown to reduce stress and improve sleep. Some research suggests spearmint also may help regulate hormones in women, improve memory, improve arthritis pain, lower blood sugar, and lower blood pressure.




Your Three Brews Tea box also comes with a stainless steel basket infuser so you can brew conveniently over and over again. This infuser fits in most tea cups or mugs you already have and has a large volume so there's plenty of room for your tea to infuse.


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