Thank you for joining my blog. I would love to share some tea with you.

We share tea and talk tea at assisted living homes, private homes and community centers. We play Teago Bingo with prizes for winners. We are also doing mystery tea events.

If you would like more info on our tea tasting events, mystery teas or want to receive a free sample of tea please email or call 763-370-2980. Love to hear from you!

Spend time being refreshed by God's Word with a cup of tea. Relax in a comfy chair that gets some afternoon sun. Reflect on the goodness of life.

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or
from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. Wilfred T. Grenfell

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. Ps 100:4

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Blessings to you and your family. Have
a TEA- rrrific day.

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Traveling TEA With Jesus

Friday, May 25, 2012

Healthy smile with green tea recipe

Black tea

Black tea is currently the most popular in the US, enjoyed mainly as iced tea. The fame of black tea is mainly due to the invention of the tea bag in 1904 by NYC tea merchant Thomas Sullivan. Recent studies have shown that black tea provides equal health benefits as its green cousin.

Tea and sunburns

Monday, May 21, 2012

Dr. Tea's video on health benefits of tea

Check out Dr. Tea's info on benefits of drinking tea. Caffeine, L-Theanine, and EGCG. Check out this video on YouTube:

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tea crawl

How about a tea crawl with some friends. Start at your home with some tea and scones. Talk and visit over tea. Then head out to your favorite restaurant and enjoy lunch with some tea. Visit a museum or other place of interest in the afternoon with a flavored cup of tea. Last but not least enjoy dinner with a cup of Darjeeling tea. Say goodbye and head on home and crawl into bed.


I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new. Ralph Waldo Emerson Dear Friend, This is my prayer for you today. You will find friends who will help lighten your heavy load, comfort for hours alone, strength to carry on and that joy will greet you each morning . Prov. 17:17. A friend loves at all times.

My blessed Friday

I received a call on Friday from a person who heard about me through another friend and what I do. She had been looking to find a home for her Mother's teacups and when she heard about what I do she made the call to see if I would like them. It was a blessing to receive the call and to receive the beautiful and precious teacups and saucers. It is going to be a blessing to all when I do the next tea and tell the story. I just love to be able to tell others while sharing tea the stories that come along with the journey I am on. Thank you God for these two beautiful women that came into my life and the story I can share with others. Enjoy your cup of tea and be blessed! Your tea friend, Cindy

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Flavonoids protect men against Parkinson's disease

Food And Beverages Eating flavonoids protects men against Parkinsons disease Men who eat flavonoid-rich foods such as berries, tea, apples and red wine significantly reduce their risk of developing Parkinsons disease, according to new research by Harvard University and the University of East Anglia (UEA). Published today in the journal Neurology , the findings add to the growing body of evidence that regular consumption of some flavonoids can have a marked effect on human health. Recent studies have shown that these compounds can offer protection against a wide range of diseases including heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and dementia. This latest study is the first study in humans to show that flavonoids can protect neurons against diseases of the brain such as Parkinsons. Around 130,000 men and women took part in the research. More than 800 had developed Parkinsons disease within 20 years of follow-up. After a detailed analysis of their diets and adjusting for age and lifestyle, male participants who ate the most flavonoids were shown to be 40 per cent less likely to develop the disease than those who ate the least. No similar link was found for total flavonoid intake in women. The research was led by Dr Xiang Gao of Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with Prof Aedin Cassidy of the Department of Nutrition, Norwich Medical School at UEA. These exciting findings provide further confirmation that regular consumption of flavonoids can have potential health benefits, said Prof Cassidy. This is the first study in humans to look at the associations between the range of flavonoids in the diet and the risk of developing Parkinsons disease and our findings suggest that a sub-class of flavonoids called anthocyanins may have neuroprotective effects. Prof Gao said: Interestingly, anthocyanins and berry fruits, which are rich in anthocyanins, seem to be associated with a lower risk of Parkinsons disease in pooled analyses. Participants who consumed one or more portions of berry fruits each week were around 25 per cent less likely to develop Parkinsons disease, relative to those who did not eat berry fruits. Given the other potential health effects of berry fruits, such as lowering risk of hypertension as reported in our previous studies, it is good to regularly add these fruits to your diet. Flavonoids are a group of naturally occurring, bioactive compunds found in many plant-based foods and drinks. In this study the main protective effect was from higher intake of anthocyanins, which are present in berries and other fruits and vegetables including aubergines, blackcurrants and blackberries. Those who consumed the most anthocyanins had a 24 per cent reduction in risk of developing Parkinsons disease and strawberries and blueberries were the top two sources in the US diet. The findings must now be confirmed by other large epidemiological studies and clinical trials. Parkinsons disease is a progresssive neurological condition affecting one in 500 people, which equates to 127,000 people in the UK. There are few effective drug therapies available. Dr Kieran Breen, director of research at Parkinsons UK said: This study raises lots of interesting questions about how diet may influence our risk of Parkinsons and we welcome any new research that could potentially lead to prevention. While these new results look interesting there are still a lot of questions to answer and much more research to do before we really know how important diet might be for people with Parkinson's. Habitual intake of dietary flavonoids and risk of Parkinsons disease by X Gao (Harvard), A Cassidy (UEA), M Schwarzschild (Massachusetts General Hospital), E Rimm (Harvard) and A Ascherio (Harvard) is published on April 4 by Neurology the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Related Stories

Monday, May 14, 2012

Summer cool drinks

Add orange slices to your tea Iced tea with pineapple juice and fresh pineapple Iced tea with sliced plums and fresh mint Berry Sprinkler- club soda, red tea And berries- summer in a glass Lime Zing- red tea with slices of lime and ice Enjoy with others!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Words that have endings "ful" and scriptures to share over tea

Cheerful - John 16:33 Faithful - 1 Corinthians 4:2 Helpful - Matthew 5:16 Hopeful - Titus 3:7 Joyful - Psalm 35:9 Merciful - Matthew 5:7 Peaceful - Matthew 5:9 Powerful - Acts 1:8 Prayerful - 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Thankful - Psalm 95:2 Truthful – Ephesians 4:25 Worshipful - Psalm 95:6

Monday, May 7, 2012

Tea and belly fat

Green Tea May Fight Allergies

Green Tea May Fight Allergies

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Try a Cup of Tea

"Tea, especially green tea, with or without caffeine, is very good for people with allergies," says Murray Grossan, MD, an ear, nose, and throat doctor in Los Angeles. Tea contains natural antihistamines, he says, which makes it a great addition to your diet to reduce allergy symptoms. Histamine is a chemical that your body releases during allergic reactions. He especially recommends a morning cup of hot tea just when you get up, which can help prevent morning sneezing.

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Whether it's drunk hot or cold, did you know that tea is one of the best things you can drink?

It is the second most consumed beverage after water.
Tea drinking has been claimed to have health benefits for centuries, but only in recent years have doctors conducted studies to see if the claims are justified.

cup of tea
Considering the amount of tea drunk around the world every day, the news that the drink can be good for you is welcome indeed. Recent research has indicated that drinking tea as part of a healthy diet and life style can help maintain a healthy body including a healthy heart.
The value of tea may be due, in part, to its antioxidants. Like fruit and vegetables, tea is rich in antioxidants. (In tea these are known as flavonoids). Antioxidants in the diet may help the body in its management of free radicals – highly reactive substances capable of causing damage to body cells.

If that's not enough to convince you that tea is worth trying, take a look at some of these fast facts. Green and black teas offer the same health benefits. Many people don't realize that black and green tea contain virtually the same amount of antioxidants. In fact, whether hot or cold, bottled or using a bag, tea is probably the healthiest drink around.

Drinking four cups of tea is rehydrating – not dehydrating as is often said – unless the amount of tea consumed at one sitting contains more than 250mg of caffeine (the equivalent of five cups of tea).

According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, tea provides a few tips to get the most out of tea-drinking:

Drinking a cup of tea a few times a day to absorb antioxidants and other healthful plant compounds. In green-tea drinking cultures, the usual amount is three cups per day.
Allow tea to steep for three to five minutes to bring out its catechins.
The best way to get the catechins and other flavonoids in tea is to drink it freshly brewed. Decaffeinated, bottled ready-to-drink tea preparations, and instant teas have less of these compounds.
Tea can impede the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables. Adding lemon or milk or drinking tea between meals will counteract this problem.

Tea contains fluoride, which has a well-established link to dental health. Studies have shown that tea can provide up to 70% of the fluoride you need. It's also thought that antioxidants in tea may help inhibit the growth of the bacteria that cause plaque.

Tea without milk and sugar has virtually no calories. And in hot weather, it seems refreshing. This may be because it can raise your body temperature and momentarily cause an increase in perspiration, which cools the skin.

Teas such as Lipton are made from tea leaves rich in natural antioxidants, plus other good stuff your body loves. As for the taste, with a range covering hot and cold teas, and green and black varieties, it boosts your taste buds, as well as your well being.

Facts on Caffeine in Tea
  • Decaffeinated tea is not caffeine free. It still contains up to
  • .4% by dry weight caffeine content.
  • The longer the tea leaves have fermented, the greater their
  • caffeine content.
  • The smaller the tea leaf, the stronger the extraction of caffeine.
  • The first and second leaves of the tea plant are believed to contain the largest amount of caffeine at 3.4 %.

*Caffeine content (Ref.: International Food Information Council, All About Tea by William H. Ukers)
Type of Tea
Milligrams of Caffeine
Avg Per Serving Range Per Ounce*
Black tea
40 25-55 5.
naturally caffeinated
Oolong tea
30 12-55 3.75
naturally caffeinated somewhat less than black tea
Green tea
20 8-30 2.5
naturally caffeinated somewhat less than oolong tea,
White tea
15 6-25 2.
naturally caffeinated somewhat less than green tea
Decaffeinated tea
2 1-4 .5
Caused from removing most of the caffeine from black, oolong, green, or white tea
Herbal "tea"
0 0 0.
Naturally caffeine free

Does Tea Contain More Caffeine Than Coffee?
Tea has only 1/2 to 1/3 as much caffeine as coffee when you compare them
cup for cup. In dry form, coffee actually has less then tea in dry form. Next time
you brew that pot of coffee, consider how much less your brewed cup of tea will
have. Unless of course you consume your tea dry. (Ref.: Caffeine by The Institute of Food Technologists' Expert Panel on Food Safety & Nutrition.)

What Determines Caffeine Levels?
The amount of caffeine in tea depends on a number of things, the variety of tea
 leaf, where it is grown, size and cut of the tea leaf, and how you brew or steep
 as well as how long. Studies from the Caffeine Institute also show that caffeine
levels can vary depending on the location of the tea leaf on the plant. (Ref.: Caffeine by The Institute of Food Technologists' Expert Panel on Food Safety & Nutrition, All About Tea by William H. Ukers)

Tea for Beauty

Don't toss your morning tea bag, put them in a plastic baggy in the refrigerator and use them:
  • On your eyes to relieve puffiness or freshen them up after a late night.
  • Brunettes, use a rinse of black tea for rich dark shine to your hair.
  • Blondes can use a rinse of Chamomile tea to bring out your natural highlights
  • For a temporary look of summer sun kissed skin without the UV rays, you can brew up a bath of plain black tea and soak for 20 minutes.
  • After washing your face, uses a cool tea rinse to help with acne. Tea has great astringent properties.

Cooking with Teas

You can use herbal teas for a unique delicious and healthy seasonings.

You can use the tea dry or brew it to liquid form to use as a marinade.

The good news about using herbal tea for seasoning, there are no calories or fat and tea is cheaper then most spices that you buy at the store.
Herbal teas are not actually from tea leaves, but are a blend of herbs an spices that create wonderful aromas and colors.

When you use true teas in cooking, they are made from dried tea leaves, and should be brewed and used in liquid form with your recipes.

The Legendary Origins of Tea
The story of tea began in ancient China over 5,000 years ago.
According to legend, Shen Nung, an early emperor was a skilled ruler, creative scientist and patron of the arts. His far-sighted edicts required, among other things, that all drinking water be boiled as a hygienic precaution.
One summer day while visiting a distant region of his realm, he and the court stopped to rest. In accordance with his ruling, the servants began to boil water for the court to drink. Dried leaves from the near by bush fell into the boiling water, and a brown liquid was infused into the water.
As a scientist, the Emperor was interested in the new liquid, drank some, and found it very refreshing. And so, according to legend, tea was created.
This myth maintains such a practical narrative, that many mythologists believe it may relate closely to the actual events, now lost in ancient history.

FuturePundit: Exercise, Tea, Vitamin D Tied To Lower Dementia Risk

FuturePundit: Exercise, Tea, Vitamin D Tied To Lower Dementia Risk

tea and vitamins

How to Take Vitamins With Tea

Sarah Thomsen
Sarah Thomsen started writing about health in 2006 while pursuing her associate degree in humanities and social sciences. Her published online articles focus on improving holistic health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition science with a minor in psychology from Russell Sage College and a Health Studies Certificate from Schenectady County Community College.

The absorption of a vitamin or mineral is required before the body can use it. Iron and calcium are two minerals which can be "tied up" by compounds in tea, keeping them from being absorbed. To keep minerals and tea from interfering with each other, take them separately. There's no need to remove any of them from your diet, as being mindful about the timing of each is enough to guarantee absorption of each.      

    • 1
      Look to see if your tea is regular or herbal tea. Teas are divided into two families. Tea made from leaves that come from the Camellia sinensis are regular "tea": green, black, white and oolong teas. All containing caffeine unless decaffeinated, tea sourced from these leaves touts some notable health benefits with possible roles in boosting the immune system, inhibiting the formation of tumor cells, detoxifying, and fighting against infection. The compounds responsible are flavenoids and catechins -- both types of polyphenols. Phytates and polyphenols might sound familiar for their reputation as antioxidants, but the power of the compounds does not stop there. They also have the capacity to "grab" or "bind" substances that really should be kept around in the body -- specifically, calcium and iron. Teas that are classified as "herbal" (such as Rooibos tea) have much lower concentrations of interfering compounds and should not be of concern.
    • 2
      Consume iron supplements two hours after or before drinking tea. Iron found in tablets, whether alone or as a multivitamin, will not mix with tea. The "tannins" in the tea need to be kept away from supplements, but not for long. Iron deficiency, a condition called anemia, can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, irritability, and shortness of breath or depression. An anemic body automatically absorbs more iron than one that doesn't need it as badly, while being iron overloaded decreases the amount of iron absorbed. Separating the dosage into two daily servings instead of one, both apart from tannin-containing teas, will help to maximize absorption.
    • 3
      Take calcium two hours before or after drinking tea. Calcium, important for muscle contraction, nerve conduction, and blood clotting, should be consumed at around 1,000 mg/day for most adults with about 200 mg more for women over 51. Since 8 oz. of milk or yogurt has a minimum of 300mg, while calcium fortified drinks (orange juice, soymilk) have about 200-300 mg per cup, it only takes a few good sources to meet the recommended amounts. For those who are especially worried about their bone health or developing osteoperosis, taking a supplement can act as a safeguard. Again, tannins and phytates can interfere with absorption, so tablets should be taken a couple of hours before.
      You might notice that calcium comes most often in pills with 500mg. This is another one that should be taken a couple of times a day to enhance absorption. Complicating the picture is the inconvenience that calcium interferes with iron absorption as well. Professionals from Oregon State University suggest taking iron and calcium two hours away from each other as well.

Read more: How to Take Vitamins With Tea |

Matcha tea benefits

Elevates Mood
Matcha green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine that has a relaxing affect on the mind, making it good elixir for anxiety or tension.
Detoxifier The high chlorophyll content in the tea can help remove toxins and metals from the body.
Fights Aging Matcha, like other green teas, has a high number of antioxidants, which fight the effects of aging.
Cancer Protection Epicgallocatechin gallate, or EGCg, is a component of matcha green tea that has strong cancer-fighting properties.
Fiber The tea is considered a good source of dietary fiber, which can help people who suffer from constipation.
Energy Booster Matcha can raise your energy level for prolonged periods without leaving you feeling jittery or overstimulated.
Weight Loss This tea boosts metabolism, which can help burn fat, and also helps maintain stable blood sugar levels, which suppress cravings for sweets.

Upcoming teas

Well, two teas this week. One in Milaca and one in St. Paul. Looking forward to sharing tea and music with the groups. I had a tea last week and it was wonderful. God was so present. I sang first time with guitar and it flows nicely. They so enjoyed the tea, music and Bingo. Love them all dearly. They sang so well. Pray for my teas this week if you would as I prepare one for tomorrow and one on Friday. Greatly appreciate! Also pray for my tea retreat which I believe I would like to start this year. Pray that I hear from God and I know it is from Him. Thank you all for being here and have a blessed Monday. Yours in Christ, Cindy