Learn About Tea

About Tea

Tea is one the world's oldest drinks at over 3,200 years old! It's today's most popular drink, next to water. With such popularity, let's take a look at what tea is and how it's made. Tea comes from the wonderful plant called Camellia sinensis.  The plant is grown in tropical, subtropical, and marine climates.  All tea variations start off with the same plant, Camellia sinensis. Their names and colors come during the oxidation, wilting, and fermentation processes. This takes a great amount of attention to temperature and time to get the best results. You may find different variations of tea such as spirals, pellets, balls, and other elaborate shapes. These are all done by hands of the tea artisan. It is truly an art!

Health Benefits

Tea leaves contain an abundance of benefits. These all stem from a variety of polyphenols, flavonoids, epigallocatechin gallate (aka EGCG) and other catechins. Tea is also so rich in antioxidants.

There are many articles that state the health benefits of tea.  Some of the benefits include: cardiovascular health benefits, cancer risk reduction, neurological health, metabolism and body composition, diabetes and blood sugar control, immune function, oral health, reduced risk of kidney stones and osteoporosis, just to name a few.  To read more in detail, check out the link at TeaUSA.com.

We have also compiled an easy guide for you based exclusively on the teas we carry.  Check out this link: https://www.trulyteas.com/pages/health-benefits

Healthy Caffeine Alternative

If you're one of those people trying to cut back on the caffeine, tea is a great alternative!  Tea, in general, has lower amounts of caffeine compared to coffee. As you shop our website, you will even find several blends that are caffeine free.  

What is Tulsi?

Tulsi is better known as "holy basil." This is a popular plant from India and gets its name from being known for its medical and spiritual properties. Tulsi is said to help the mind, body, and spirit. If consumed daily, it is said to improve overall general health, wellbeing, and helps the body deal with stress. If that doesn't inspire you to give it a try, it is also said to luster your complexion, foster beauty, stamina, intelligence, and your emotional state of mind. Give it a try and see what you think! 

Why Loose Leaf Tea?

Loose leaf tea has an abundance of positives when it compares to over-the-counter tea beverages.

Price 

First, you will be saving so much money!  When you buy a 0.5 ounce of Truly Teas, you can make approximately 5-10 servings.  The larger packages serve 20-42 cups!  The average over-the-counter brand costs anywhere from $2-$5 per serving.

Quality

It's all in the leaf!  The bigger the leaf, the better the tea. When the leaf is cut or shredded, it loses its powerful antioxidants and polyphenols that help with the health benefits mentioned above. Also, bagged tea, aka grocery tea, can sit on shelves for months to years. The longer it sits, the more it loses its flavor, aroma, color, and freshness.  

Variety

Processing and mixing tea flavors is an art! Therefore, you won't be able to bottle it or bag it on a grocery self. There is always excitement opening up your Truly Teas tin, looking inside at the different colors, textures, and combinations while smelling the aromas.

Sources to check out:

 http://www.teausa.com/teausa/images/TeaCouncil-ResearchDoc-2015.pdf