How to Prepare Perfect Green Tea at Home

Ellie, you don’t need to learn making tea!
Who said you that Ravi?
Isn’t it simple making green tea! Like, have some hot water, steep the tea and stain before your pour in your cup.

Well that depends.

Indeed. Everyone knows how to make tea even if he or she has never tried in own hand. So, what is so especial about preparing perfect green tea at home?

Let’s have a look at what’s the standard preparation of green tea.

  • Heat up water
  • Place your green tea leaves in tea pot
  • Pour hot water
  • Steep for a while
  • Stir a spoon inside tea pot to make tea infusion even
  • Pour tea in the cup

Why green tea making is a little delicate?

Green tea is less processed; hence contains good amount astringency components and flavouring components. They dissolve in water at different temperatures. Astringency components, like, catechins, are particularly good for health. For good dissolve of astringency components, we need around 80-90 degree Celsius temperature; however, at such temperature flavours tend to fade out making the tea bland. Water quality also impact flavour. So, maintaining temperature and water quality is key to making perfect green tea.

So, the last words…

  • In case you are having high quality flavour green tea or naturally flavoured green tea then you need to keep the water temperature around 70 degree Celsius.
  • For better astringency, keep the water at around 90 degree Celsius.
  • Use low mineral water; for tap water make sure to remove chlorine odour before using.
  • For low temperature steeping keep the green tea for around 120 – 150 seconds. For high temperature steeping correct duration would be around 60 seconds.

Te-a-me Teas is well known name in the world of quality tea. You can choose your favourite green tea flavour in loose as well as in tea bags. Next time, remember the points we just discussed for preparing your perfect cup of green tea.

Solace of Ice Brew in this Thorny Summer

Scathing heat waves, sweat and perennial squirm. Summer is here. Life seems like an endless road in the middle of a thirsty desert. You need something to hold onto through this torturous time; something that cab give solace to the gentle soul.

Cold water? Err… not much comforting. Cold latte? Too much caffeine. Sleepless nights. How about a very long glass of Ice Brew?

Ice Brew!!! There is something in the name. That feels like a respite in scorching summer. But wait a minute. Is it something hot steeped and then cooled? No. Not at all. Rather it’s cold brewed; and served on the rocks.

Wow. That would be really soul freshening; especially on a summer afternoon or just after sun down.

Yes. Undoubtedly. For the first time in India, TE-A-ME is offering the range of, one and only kind, ice brew drink. A delicious, all-natural and super-healthy blend of fruits, herbs and all the good things in every sip. No boiling water. No steeping herbs. No mixing with ice to cool down. No added sugar. No artificial color.

It’s simple to make and super cool to have.

  • Place the bag in a glass of water
  • Pour ice and stir well
  • Keep it for 5 minutes
  • Voila! Enjoy

Get you Ice Brew bags today. Choose from the nerve-soothing flavours:

Lychee – The iced rush of fresh lychees is all you need for the summer afternoon by the pool.

Wild berry – Taste the smooth romance of summer strawberries and ripe raspberries blended with crushed ice. Made for your sunny days.

Lemon – Warm summer evenings? Lose yourself in zesty, lemony delicious dipped in ice. Freshness awaits in every sip you take.

Mint Green – This iced blend gives you the sharp zest of icy mint any time of the day. The best part? It’s balanced with calming green tea.

Peach – It’s the smooth satisfaction of fresh peaches blended with the bold flavour of black iced tea.

And gift yourself the best thing in this summer.

Daily Stress of Life and How Tea can Address the Same

In modern industrialized society stress is as bad as cancer. It lurks deep inside your mind and feed itself on your vulnerabilities, weaknesses and shortcomings. Stress crops its head up whenever a situation overwhelms you and you start believing yourself inferior to overcome the situation. Sounds familiar?

We often portray stress as a villain; but all is not bad about stress. Psychologically speaking stress has positive sides too. It prepares our body and mind to face any danger and perform better under pressure or in emergency. Our nervous system and our body’s defense mechanism get into an automatic high-alert mode to protect us from any possible harm. It is called “stress response”.

However, too much of anything is bad. So, frequent exposure to emergencies and threats causes stress responses to persist; making permanent damage to human mind and body. At this point stress becomes negative and harmful. Some of the common symptoms of stress going overboard are:

  • Depression
  • Pain in body, especially joints
  • Sleep disorder
  • Digestion problem
  • Skin diseases
  • Poor memory and attention
  • Autoimmune diseases

Managing stress

It takes regular monitoring and controlling of stress levels once a person is diagnosed with chronic stress. Such process is commonly called stress management. There are different tools and psychotherapeutic techniques for managing stress. However, for relief from your daily stress there are a few home remedies and having herbal tea is one of them. Yes; it might sound trivial but they are tested and trusted therapies.

Let us discuss common varieties of teas, which are highly effective against stress.

Mint green tea

This is a variety of Green tea blended with Mentha Piperita or common mint. Its rich aroma soothes nerve and relieve anxiety. When under stress, our muscles contract to prepare our body for emergency. Mint extract is natural muscle relaxant.  So, if you are feeling irritated or anxious having a cup of mint tea is exactly what you need.

Chamomile tea

Chamomile is daisy like plant with lots of medicinal usage. Generally, Green tea is used as base in making chamomile tea from its dried flower petals. However, chamomile infusion can be taken without green tea. It is a natural sleep inducer; traditionally, used as herbal medicine in treating sleep deprivation. Mild flavour of chamomile has relaxing effect on nerve. A cup of chamomile tea before bed time can erase your everyday stress.

Tulsi tea

Negative stress has lots of toxic impact on our body and health. We need to detoxify regularly for overcoming torments of daily stress. Tulsi tea is considered having strong detoxifying impact. Natural anti-oxidants in Tulsi infusion also rejuvenates your nerves and make your body gain back the lost energy naturally.

Along with all these herbal infusions, green tea, on its own, is also a very good stress buster. Polyphenols in Green tea helps you to fight anxiety. It is adaptogenica and keeps you alert without causing drowsiness.

How to prepare these herbal infusions?

You can prepare any of the above infusions at home with right ingredients. They are simple to prepare but time-consuming; might not be an option in your busy schedule. Another alternative is using naturally blended green tea varieties from TE-A-ME Teas. They are available in tea bags for instant usage; natural blending of these herbals with green tea keeps all the medicinal qualities intact. So, we don’t have to worry about the healthy goodness.

Different Green Tea, Different Timings and Impact

Green tea is a superb source of natural anti-oxidants and other active compounds with serious health benefits. The best part is that these compounds are highly bioavailable. That means when you drink green tea your body can absorb all the goodness effectively and efficiently and retain. So, make your regular cups of green tea an integral part of diet.

How will it be if naturally potent green tea is enriched with variety of herbal goodness? Yes. Let us see what are the varieties naturally enriched green teas; their benefits and suitable timings.

Mint green tea

Mint or menthe leaves are aromatic and have culinary and medicinal usage worldwide. Mint leaves offer specific health benefits like;

  • Improve appetite & helps in digestions
  • Relieve nausea and common headache
  • Aid breastfeeding mothers
  • Reduce muscle fatigue
  • Prevent allergies and inflammations
  • Work as natural oral germicide
  • Prevent respiratory disorder

With naturally blended mint green tea, you can have the best of both the ingredients – mint and green tea. Mint green tea is particularly popular in Indian subcontinent and Middle Eastern countries, like, Morocco. You can have this variety as many times as you want in a day.

Time of the day – mint tea with its refreshing aroma will be great to have after a busy day’s work or in the middle of hustle and bustle of work hours.

Jasmine green tea

Jasmine is a well-known flowering plant and the tea is made from jasmine blossoms. Naturally, green tea is used as base for jasmine tea. The practice of drinking jasmine tea was first observed in China; later it was introduced to India and other parts of the world. Jasmine green tea offers health benefits; like,

  • Inhibit LDL-Oxidation; reduce bad cholesterol
  • Improve glucose metabolism; control diabetes
  • Catechins in jasmine tea prevent gastrointestinal problems
  • Eliminate effects of E. coli to certain extent
  • Inhibit unwanted oxygenation in cells; reduce inflammation

Along with all these natural benefits, Jasmine green tea is also the best choice for filling your senses with it rich and refreshing aroma. Have a cup and boost up your saggy mood.

Time of the day – it is a morning and evening tea; though no one said you cannot have it in the afternoon or by midday.

Kashmiri Kahwa tea

Kahwa tea is a common traditional drink in Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, Punjab, Kashmir valley and in some parts of Malabar region. This variety of tea is mostly taken after heavy food like, breakfast, lunch and dinner. It uses green tea as base along with rich spices like, cinnamon, cardamom and saffron. Together they are boiled with green tea to prepare Kahwa tea. Some of the unique benefits are;

  • Better digestion due to improved metabolism
  • Burns fat boosting metabolism
  • Reduce cholesterol level in blood
  • Relieve throat and chest congestion

Kashmiri Kahwa tea is generally taken without milk. But for elderly and sick, you can add milk. Its spicy aroma is value addition to all the healthy goodness.

Time of the day – evidently the best time to have this variety is after a sumptuous meal for its digestive quality.

Honey lemon green tea

Individually honey, lemon and green tea are full of goodness. When taken together as tea you can expect only the bests. Some of the health benefits of honey lemon tea are;

  • Help cleansing bowel and in digestion
  • Honey-lemon is alkaline; burns fat
  • Lower cholesterol in blood
  • Relieve throat congestion

Time of the day – it’s an all-day green tea variety. For its instant energy boosting quality you can also have this tea after physical strenuous work. Green tea alone is also a very rich source of anti-oxidants and various polyphenols. It is good for your skin, immunity, heart and metabolism.

How to prepare different varieties of green tea?

It is important to maintain natural blend while preparing these teas. You can prepare them at home by arranging the all the ingredients. However, that can consume lot of your time and efforts.

TE-A-ME Teas offers naturally blended green tea varieties in different packs and options along with loose green tea leaves. Tea bags are particularly best choice if you want to avoid hassles and have your regular cups.