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Getting To Know Wu Long Tea

Wu long is known around the world under a variety of names, including oolong (the most popular name) and Wu-Yi tea. Wu Long tea is known around the wo...

 

Wu long is known around the world under a variety of names, including oolong (the most popular name) and Wu-Yi tea. Wu Long tea is known around the world as a delicious, light tea with barely any caffeine content. The benefits of oolong tea has always been popular in the Orient but this product has recently risen in demand in the West as a diet aid. In England, the multi-named tea is in demand because of the taste and its low caffeine content.

What Is Wu Long Tea?

Wu long tea is made of the same tea leaves as green tea and black tea, but has been processed differently, to add a more delicate and slightly nutty flavor. Green tea is made directly from the leaves of the tea bush known as Camellia sinensis. Black tea is processed by roasting and drying and sometimes blended with other flavors. But oolong tea leaves have been sun or air dried, rolled and bruised, then partially cooked. This intensive process is the reason why oolong tea is more expensive than other types of tea products.

The palate for oolong tea is something that is acquired. This is a very light but smooth tea that lacks the bitterness of green tea or any other flavor for that matter. Some people have never really gotten used to its taste, and usually prefer black, green and herbal teas to oolong. But oolong tea is the perfect choice if you need a low-caffeine hot drink to soothe the stomach.

Does it Help With Weight Loss?

No matter what all the advertisements might say, the benefits of oolong tea does not include being an aid for weight loss.  In order to loose weight, you need to eat a sensible diet and exercise regularly. Cutting back on dehydrating, sugary drinks like coffee, soda and cocoa also helps. Black tea is a healthier choice than coffee or cocoa, but still contains caffeine that you may have to watch out for. By drinking healthier beverages such as oolong tea, you are taking in more nourishment at lesser calories.

Oolong tea do not usually come in tea bags because of the shape of the leaves. It is usually available in loose form. You would need about two teaspoons of oolong tea per cup of hot (not boiling) water. It’s simpler to just put the curled “whiskers” in the cup if you are not making a pot, then pour the hot water in. The so-called whiskers will not fit in a tea ball. Steep from three to five minutes before drinking in sips and enjoying the benefits of oolong tea.

Tea Tree Oil Uses For Variety Of Ailments

 

Tea tree oil has been used by the natives of northern Australia (where it originated from) to treat a variety of health issues. Tea tree oil uses range from treating acne and thrush to being used as an antiseptic for cuts and burns. Tea tree oil has also been shown in clinical tests to treat a variety of skin ailments with very few side effects. Not to be confused with the oil from the tea shrub, tea tree oil is won from compressed leaves of the paperbark of a tree that is native to Australia. Unlike tea oil from China, which is made from the seeds of the tea plant and used commonly in cooking and seasoning, ingesting large doses of pure tea tree oil can be hazardous.

Side Effects Are Minimal

In these modern times, tea tree oil uses are still for addressing the same problems that is has been treating in the past. Tea tree oil has been shown in clinical tests to work against acne in a way that is similar to benzoyl peroxide. While it may take slightly longer to achieve the same effect.  There were no rashes or skin irritation with the patients using tea tree oil as there were with those using the benzoyl peroxide.

Another of tea tree oil uses is that it has been shown as being as effective against athlete’s foot as any of the leading medications out in the market today. It has also been claimed that using a five percent solution of the oil on your scalp significantly reduces dandruff after four weeks. While tea tree oil is generally considered safe, it should not be used in its undiluted form because it is known to cause skin rashes and burns.

Can Cause Allergies If Not Careful

Mild dermatitis and a few cases of blistering has been reported while using tea tree oil and there has even been a few cases of impaired immune function if taken internally. It can also lead to drowsiness, confusion and in some cases could lead to a coma. Tea tree oil should never be taken internally. Although, commercial toothpastes containing tea tree oil are considered safe since the quantity is small and the paste is not intended to be swallowed.

Studies indicated that tea tree oil uses should not apply to pregnant women or to people with cancers because they are very sensitive to hormone changes and tea tree oil can affect hormone levels. Lavender and tea tree oil has been linked to breast enlargement issues in boys. In the event of an accidental overdose, medical attention should be sought immediately. Symptoms may consist of drowsiness, diarrhea, nausea and lack of coordination. While tea tree oil can be an effective medical treatment, caution must be exercised in using it to maintain your safety and health.

White Tea For The Discerning Taste

 

There is a a lot of variety of tea products available out there. There’s black tea, green tea, the various colors of herbal teas – and just recently, organic white tea is fast becoming very popular. Although finding organic white tea in the Western world has gotten much easier, the price remains to be quite steep. Organic white tea is one of the rarest types of tea in the world. You will generally have to pay more for this kind of tea, despite internationally distributed brands coming out with white tea bags such as Celestial Seasonings.

Organic White Tea Not White

Unlike black and green teas, organic white tea is not named after the color that it makes when mixed with water. Organic white tea is made from unopened tea leaf buds, which have a white fuzzy covering on them. It takes a lot more tea leaf buds to make a cup of organic white tea than i the kind using the bigger tea leaves. Organic white tea is the least processed and least fermented of all tea types, and loaded with antioxidants which help the body’s immune system. Antioxidants present in all tea products are thought to help the body fight cancer.

How Organic White Tea Tastes

To put it bluntly, the taste of organic white tea is something that you either really love or really hate. Most people who have consumed iced tea made from organic white tea, think that it is a sweet and refreshing drink. This tea, by itself, has such a mild taste that is very subtle and may be difficult to detect. However, this mildness allows it to blend well with fruit flavors. Commercially available tea bags are usually a blend of organic white tea buds and fruit flavors. One of the most unusual blends out in the market is organic white tea blended with lavender. Some people claim that although this blend smelled nice, the taste is hardly there.

You can find decaffeinated bags available for sale in grocery stores, health food shops, tea specialty shops and their online equivalents, although there is really very little caffeine in organic white tea. Some people prefer loose tea to the bags. You can make organic loose tea in pots or in individual mugs, depending on your taste and needs.

Organic white tea needs to be steeped in hot, NOT boiling water. You can leave the bag in or remove it as you start sipping. Brown sugar or honey is recommended as a sweetener more than processed white sugar since this tends to overwhelm the tea. Some people prefer to drink organic white tea unsweetened.