Enjoy your Holidays with Tea from the Tea Gallerie
Several years ago, I was fortunate enough to travel to England, along with my sister, our spouses and my mother to visit my niece. Having lived in England since her marriage to an Englishman, she has adjusted nicely to all the customs and traditions of the country. The most popular one known to Americans is tea time. I learned a lot of information from that trip regarding the art of tea drinking, along with the proper preparation of the beverage. To stay alert, the English people commonly take a break around 11:00 a.m. to enjoy a cup of tea together with some crumpets, scones, cakes, or cookies of some nature. While we were able to partake in this tradition with my niece, I also learned that tea is a perfect complement to any food as it isn’t overpowering. I also learned that loose tea retains a higher quality and flavor because the leaves are not broken like the type you find in a tea bag. I recently had an opportunity to test two different teas compliments of the Tea Gallerie.
Both the teas provided me were of the loose tea version: Blue Lady and White Coconut Créme.
The Blue Lady version is a black tea. It is a citrus mélange of passion fruit, grapefruit, orange, and grenadine which imparts a sweet slightly tart flavor. The benefits for drinking a black tea are tremendous. The black teas help to lower your cholesterol and regulate blood pressure, as well as helping to prevent plaque build-up in the arteries. Additionally, black tea also promotes good breath and prevents cavities. The best method of preparing a black tea is to measure 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea in a tea maker or infuser, heat your water to 195°, steep 2 to 3 minutes and then enjoy. Black tea is an excellent alternative to your morning cup of coffee.
The White Coconut Créme version is a white tea. This tea is a healthy white tea blend of coconut, safflowers, cornflowers and vanilla which produces a sweet creamy texture. White teas possess anti-oxidants which help rid our bodies of harmful substances, help fight cancer, softens skin completion and contains anti-aging properties. The best method of prepare a white tea is to measure 1.5 teaspoons of loose leaf tea in a tea maker or infuser, heat water to 175° and steep for 4 to 5 minutes, then enjoy.
The Tea Gallerie is your source for organic loose-leaf teas. They carry such a wide variety of teas including Green teas, Black teas, Oolong, Pu-erh, White, Chai, Maté and Herbal & Fruit Tisanes. They also carry teas especially for children, as well as a flowering tea which would be a sight to behold. The Tea Gallerie also carries accessories such as infusers and cups. And how can you enjoy your favorite tea without brewing it in a new tea pot from the Tea Gallerie.
Some interesting facts about how the different teas are made, as well as the health benefits from all the varieties of teas can be found on the Tea Gallerie’s web site.
Aside from consumption, did you know that teas can be used for other uses? Tea helps to heal shaving cuts, eliminate bad odors when added to a foot bath, can be used to marinade meat, it’s a great fertilizer for roses, and also good for cleaning floors. And, take it from me; tea is a good clotting agent if you happen to have your wisdom teeth pulled. But don’t use your teas from the Tea Gallerie for any of these activities. Use your other brand tea bags for these other purposes as you want to save your Tea Gallerie teas to savor and enjoy at your leisure.
While I am partial to the English Breakfast tea, I found both the Blue Lady and White Coconut Créme versions truly refreshing and tasty. I recommend if you are in the San Diego area that you stop by the award winning Tea Gallerie store to sample the different varieties of tea to determine which type you enjoy most. For those individuals who aren’t in the area, you can order these economical teas by merely visiting the Tea Gallerie web site.
Surprise your loved one this holiday season with a bag or two of this delicious Tea Gallerie tea and enjoy your holidays while relaxing with a freshly brewed cup of tea. And when you are finished drinking your tea, why not practice the art of tea reading.