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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tea and Health

Today while I am browsing to Ebay online store , I look at the Chinese tea . And I found the very good information about tea and I think it is great if I post it in here, cause every body can see it.
It said that :

Tea has been one of the daily necessities in China since time immemorial. Countless numbers of people like to have their after meal cup of tea. In summer or warm climate, tea seems to dispel the heat and bring on instant cool together with a feeling of relaxation.

Medically, the tea leaf contains a number of chemicals, of which 20-30% is tannic acid, known for its anti-inflammatory and germicidal properties. It also contains an alkaloid (5%, mainly caffeine), a stimulant for the nerve centre and the process of metabolism. Tea with the aromatics in it may help resolve meat and fat and thus promote digestion.
It is, therefore, of special importance to people who live mainly on meat, like many of the ethnic minorities in China. A popular proverb among them says, "Rather go without salt for three days than without tea for a single day."

Tea is also rich in various vitamins and, for smokers, it helps to discharge nicotine out of the system.

Brewing Technique

Always consume the freshly brewed tea. Do not leave the leaves soaking for a long time as the tea will taste rough, bitter and have lost all the natural scent.

There are two basic methods for brewing:

Low Temperature Brew:

This method is suitable for brewing Green and White tea.

First, pour in boiling water (100°c) . This is for rinsing the water and not for drinking.
Pour out the water immediately. The hot water will loosen and expand the dry leaves, which brings out the scent and aroma.
Then use 85°c temperature water to brew the Tea.

High Temperature Brew:

This method is suitable for brewing Dark Green tea (Oolong), Aged Tea (Pu-erh) and Black Tea.

First, pour in boiling water (100°c) until overflow slightly. This is for rinsing the water and not for drinking.
Pour out the water.
Then use 98°c water to brew the tea.


It is very important to store your tea properly. The way you store your tea will affect the quality of the Taste. Some teas like Pu-erh are best to aged for many years.

Keep it away from the open air to avoid humidity.
Keep tea out of sun shine.
Keep the tea away from any odor.
It is best that you store your tea in airtight containers and dry place.

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