March 2019 Three Brews Tea Box



Indian Chai Tea

Energy


Ingredients: Chinese Black Tea, Cinnamon, Allspice, Peppercorns, Cardamon, Ginger, Cloves, Star Anise


Brewing Instructions:


Brew 1.5 teaspoons of tea per 8 fluid ounces of water at 205°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 3 infusions out of the same tea leaves.



Chai Tea with Milk or Chai Latté: To make a chai latte, mix 2 teaspoons of chai tea with 8 ounces of milk or milk substitute (we prefer coconut) in a saucepan. Simmer and stir the mixture for 10-15 minutes. Mix in a little raw sugar as desired. Strain the mixture (you can use our basket infuser) and pour into a cup. Add a dollop of foamed milk to the top if you'd like. The result is a creamy spiced hot drink that will keep you focused and boost your immune system!


Tasting Notes:

  • delicious spice aroma

  • cinnamon

  • ginger

  • peppercorns

  • cloves

  • licorice notes

  • woodsy black tea

  • lingering sweetness with spices

  • Chai Latté: creamy, spices, thick texture, warming, sweet


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 are 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.



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.

Allspice


Native to Caribbean islands, Mexico, and Central America, allspice is the fruit of an evergreen shrub. It is traditionally used to relieve digestive problems like intestinal gas, abdominal pain, and indigestion. It contains cineole, eugenol, alpha pinene, alpha terpene, limonene, and many more agents which collectively possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting, sedative, antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal properties. It also has ericifolin which can help fight prostate cancer.


Peppercorns


Peppercorns contain an alkaloid called piperine which increases nutrient absorption and the bioavailability of other substances such as curcumin. They are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and contain a generous quantity of vitamin A and is rich in vitamins C and K and other minerals. They can be used as a treatment to coughing, colic, anemia, heart trouble, and diabetes


Cardamon


Originally from India cardamon contains antioxidant compounds that help protect cells from damage and slow down and prevent inflammation in your body. It can help with digestion and even reduce ulcers. It can kill bacteria in the mouth, which freshens breath and reduces the risk of cavities. It enhances your body’s ability to use oxygen during exercise and even may improve breathing and oxygen use by relaxing your airway. This may be particularly helpful for treating asthma.


Ginger


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.


Cloves


Cloves are the flower buds of the clove tree. They are high in antioxidants, including eugenol and vitamin C, both of which can help reduce oxidative stress. Cloves can promote oral health, thanks to their antimicrobial properties, which may help kill harmful bacteria. They also may help promote insulin production and lower blood sugar, and reduce stomach ulcers.


Star Anise


Originating in china, star anise is the fruit of evergreen trees that can grow up to 65 feet. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamin A and C, which help fight free radicals that are responsible for early aging and diabetes. It contains thymol, terpineol and anethole, which are used for treating cough and flu. Consumed after a meal, it helps improve digestion, alleviate cramps and reduce nausea.






Cloud Mist Pear Green Tea

Health


Ingredients: Yun Wu Green Tea, Pear, Echinacea, Rose Hips, Apple


Brewing Instructions:

Brew 1.5 teaspoons of tea per 8 fluid ounces of water at 175 °F for 90 seconds. 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 3 infusions out of the same tea leaves.


Tasting Notes:

  • dewey cloud aroma

  • moss

  • pear

  • gentle sweetness

  • grape notes


Health Benefits:


Yun Wu Green Tea

Originating from Jiangxi province in China, Yun Wu (cloud mist) green tea grows at high elevations in the mountains and rarely emerges from the clouds. Watered by this gentle dew, Yun Wu has a light yet complex flavor. It 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.


Pear

We are proud to use pears from Bella Viva Orchards, grown in the rich soils of California. These non-GMO pears are dehydrated using a proprietary method of drying fruit that preserves the flavor, color, texture and integrity of the fruit, without adding preservatives, sugars, or additives of any kind. Pears contain high levels of antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin A, and copper.




Echinacea

This powerhouse health herb is well know for boosting the immune system. It cuts the chances of catching a common cold by 58%, and reduces the duration of the common cold by 1.5 days! It also is a natural pain reliever, alleviates headaches and stomach aches, acts as a mild natural laxative, is anti-inflammatory, improves skin problems, reduces anxiety, depression, and social phobias, relieves upper respiratory issues, fights infections, and is even a natural cancer treatment.


Rose Hips

High in vitamin C, phenols, flavonoids, ellagic acid, lycopene, and vitamin E, vitamin A, manganese, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, rose hips boost the immune system and have anti-inflammatory effects. They can help with weight loss and have anti-aging properties. They also can help with arthritis and even may have anti-cancer effects.



Apple

We are proud to use apples from Bella Viva Orchards, grown in the rich soils of California. These apples are dehydrated using a proprietary method of drying fruit that preserves the flavor, color, texture and integrity of the fruit, without adding preservatives, sugars, or additives of any kind. Apples contain the following nutrients: vitamin C, B-complex vitamins including riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin B-6, fiber, vitamin E, polyphenols, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. One of the antioxidants found abundantly in apples, quercetin, aids brain health by reducing cellular death that is caused by oxidation and inflammation of neurons. Apples also reduce the risk of stroke, improve cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of diabetes, and can help prevent breast cancer.


Peachy Orange Night

Relaxation


Ingredients: Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Peaches, Oranges, Eleuthero, Passionflower


Brewing Instructions:

Brew 1.5 teaspoons of tea per 8 fluid ounces of water at 200 °F for 5 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:

  • juicy peaches

  • calming chamomile notes

  • fresh oranges

  • sweet citrus flavors


Health Benefits:


Lemon Balm

Native to the Mediterranean and various regions in Northern Africa, Asia, and Europe, lemon balm is a lemon-scented, aromatic, perennial with serrated heart-shaped leaves. Used since ancient times to calm the heart and the body, it is known for its ability to relieve stress, improve mood, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep. It also can help treat nausea, improve digestion, boost cognitive function, treat cold sores, minimize menstrual cramps, and ease headaches and toothaches.


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.



Peaches


Our peaches come from Bella Viva Orchards, grown in the rich soils of California. These peaches are dehydrated using a proprietary method of drying fruit that preserves the flavor, color, texture and integrity of the fruit, without adding preservatives, sugars, or additives of any kind. The antioxidants in peaches, such as, vitamin C and zinc are required for the normal functioning of the immune system. Both zinc and vitamin C affect collagen healing, and subsequently wound healing. Zinc and vitamin C also have antioxidant properties, which can help fight infections.


Oranges


Our oranges come from Bella Viva Orchards, grown in the rich soils of California. These oranges are dehydrated using a proprietary method of drying fruit that preserves the flavor, color, texture and integrity of the fruit, without adding preservatives, sugars, or additives of any kind. Oranges boost your immune system and improve your skin. They also aid with heart health, cholesterol levels and other issues. Oranges may additionally help reduce the risk of respiratory diseases, certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers and kidney stones.


Eleuthero


Eleuthero root is best known as being an adaptogen, helping the body adapt to stress, and has been part of the herbal repertoire in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It also boosts the immune system. It contains powerful antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory effects.


Passionflower


Passionflower is an herbaceous or woody vine that is native to the southeastern or eastern United States. Traditionally, passionflower was used by Native Americans as a sedative. It can improve sleep, reduce anxiety, and induce relaxation. The main ingredients in passion flower are a series of flavonoids, including vitexin, isovitexin, and chrysin, which are believed to be responsible for its sedative, relaxing properties. It also contains antioxidants and can reduce blood pressure.




Your Three Brews Tea box this month also comes with cinnamon sticks. You can add these to any cup of tea to get that extra cinnamon flavor, but these work especially well as an addition to you Indian Chai Tea or Chai Latte!


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