by Rebecca Domorev March 18, 2022 2 min read
Have you ever noticed there is a solution in nature to almost anything?
Aloe vera applied to skin soothes burns and heals wounds.
Inhaling lavender calms nerves.
Walking along the ocean shore restores the soul.
Nature has been divinely created to meet so many of our needs.
And white tea is no exception.
White tea is not a cup of Tetley with milk.
White tea is the least processed of all tea varieties. It comes from the same plant as black tea, green tea, oolong tea (camellia sinensis).
The leaves are simply plucked and laid out in a breezy room where the leaves dry as nature allows.
I came across this benefit quite unintentionally.
Just before we first started Tielka in 2009. I noticed this unusual sense of well-being and calm that popped up seemingly randomly across my week.
After the seventh or eight occasion, my curiosity piqued and I started to analyse the commonality of each occurrence.
I realised this strange sense the world was a better place kicked in around half an hour or so after finishing a cup.
After a little research, I discovered that white tea has unusually high levels of an amino acid called "theanine". It increases dopamine in the brain and creates a sense of well-being, or happiness.
My mind was blown. Tea happiness was actually a thing.
I feel like I would have to be around 70 years old with 40 years of white-tea-drinking before I can come up with a good testimonial on this one, but you'd have to wait around 30 years to get the story, so let's go with the research instead:
Collagen and elastin.
You know these word well.
Collagen is a protein that's found in connective tissue which supports both skin strength and elasticity. Elastin is another structural protein found in the skin which also maintains skin elasticity while aiding in wound repair.
When these two blessed creatures break down, age-related wrinkles and saggy skin starts to form. Nice.
Researchers have found that white tea helps to prevent this break down, which could mean stronger, suppler skin!
I'm thinking I just might have to increase my own personal white tea consumption a little!
So if you're feeling a little saggy and sad, maybe it's time to allow nature to step in and gift you a cup of beautiful white tea.
Indulge in life.
by Rebecca Domorev September 22, 2022 2 min read
by Rebecca Domorev September 08, 2022 3 min read
It's the early hours of a Tuesday.
Visions of my son falling over the side of a sailing boat with no one in earshot have disturbed my sleep. I can see him falling, again and again, the dark sea capturing him. No amount of repeating the sequence in my mind can change the outcome. I have to get up.
by Rebecca Domorev August 30, 2022 2 min read
Do you inwardly cringe when someone refers to peppermint as tea? Have you ever wondered why some brew tea, while others infuse, or even steep tea? There is great debate about the correct terminology when it comes to tea, herbs, botanicals, and proper preparation thereof. And as with most tea lovers, the great debate exists almost entirely within a few vexing thoughts. So, to put some of those vexing thoughts at ease, we thought we'd clarify a few things for you.
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