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The Queen’s Tea on Queen’s Day

Queens Day Tea Tradition

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Queen’s Day was intentioanally scheduled on a day that has probability of good weather.  This means it is fine weather to celebrate the beauty of life by sipping some tea.

So what better drink to prepare during this holiday?  Queen’s Tea of course!

Queen’s favourite teas are Earl Grey and Darjeeling.  Two of some of the finest teas we have in

Earl Grey was reputably a tea that was so worthy, it was gifted to royalty, then later named after royalty Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister.  While Darjeeling is a very fine herbal tea be crowned as “champagne of tea”.

So let’s keep calm and drink tea!

Queen’s Tea is created for those who love the strength and comfort of classical black tea.

Full of flavour yet with a refreshing softness from the bergamot flavour and a touch of rose, Queen’s Tea is not only fit for the Queen but also Earl Grey and Darjeeling tea lovers.

Queen’s Tea blend can be bought at

Best enjoyed light to medium strength, in fine china with a dash of milk.

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Green Tea For Better Skin Scientific References

Green Tea For Better skin

Green tea for better skin have boomed in the market all around the world.

Today, we can see so many skin products with green tea as an ingredient featured in it.  Cosmetic companies are also joining in the bandwagon as organic makeup start to sprout in shelves everywhere.

Seems like a fad, but there is sense to it.  I promise.

In fact, we have featured tea for skin for a while now.  Others too (ie. How-Tos) have done this by suggesting green tea as a toner-like product you use after washing your face.

To back these claims up, we have rounded up some sources of scientific-research-based information.

Green Tea As Cure To Psoriasis

Green tea may hold promise as a new treatment for psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions, including dandruff and lupus-related skin lesions, according to a U.S. study.

Medical College of Georgia researchers found that green tea slowed the growth of skin cells in rodents genetically predisposed to psoriasis.

The findings were published in the Aug. 18 issue of the journal Experimental Dermatology.

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Aussie Green Tea

“Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease, causes the skin to become thicker, because the growth of skin cells is out of control,” lead investigator Dr. Stephen Hsu, an oral biologist in the MCG School of Dentistry, explained in a prepared statement. “In psoriasis, immune cells, which usually protect against infection, instead trigger the release of cytokines, which causes inflammation and the overproduction of skin cells.”

Previous research has shown that green tea helps suppress inflammation.

SOURCE: Medical College of Georgia, news release, August 2007

Green Tea Cuts Risk Of Skin Cancer

The findings, published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, show tea appears to protect the body against squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas.

These types of tumours are not as dangerous as malignant melanomas, which have a high mortality rate, but do affect nearly 70,000 people in Britain every year.

They are usually caused by too much exposure to the sun’s rays and grow slowly over a period of months or even years.

Squamous cell carcinomas normally appear on the face and turn into an ulcer-like growth that does not heal.

Basal cell carcinomas normally show up as a painless lump that gradually expands in size.

Although they do not normally spread through the body, they still need to be removed through surgery.

Tea is packed with powerful disease-fighting chemicals and its ability to ward off illness is well known. Studies have found it can protect against heart disease, ovarian cancer and stress.

By Pat Hagan, The, April 2007

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Noodles with Jasmine Green Tea Broth

Noodle Time

Simply a lovely noodle soup with tea broth for the cold nights.


Serve 1

  • 1 pack instant noodle (recommend the chicken flavour Nissan brand)
  • 1 tablespoon Green Tea with Jasmine, ground into coarse bits
  • vegetables and sliced meat (optional)


  1. Make the instant noodle according to the manufacturing suggestion, but only use half a packet of the flavouring.
  2. Drop in vegetables and sliced meat until cooked. While the noodle is done, fork it out to your serving bowl along with vegetables and meat, leaving the soup in the pot (the heat is turned off in the stove).
  3. Place the Green tea with Jasmine in the soup.
  4. Stir a bit and leave it covered for a minute, and pour on top of the noodle and ready to enjoy!

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– recipe by Peter Hainzl

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White Tea and Green Tea for the Brain

Tea For The Brain

Personally, I like my iced Sencha for lunch to help me stay awake during the afternoon.  I have the caffeine in it to thank because I don’t like when coffee makes me crash.

As for other people, green tea helps them concentrate.


Many Chinese and Japanese drink tea to keep their mind sharp and their bodies in good health.

Some even drink tea leisurely for the taste.  But to those not aware, there are already studies done by scientist that poit to tea being a drink that can delay the degeneration of our brains.

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Recent medical studies have shown that tea is good for the mind.  An indicative research suggests that it may help ward off age-related degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease when green or black tea is drunk regularly. “We looked at the protective effects of two tea extracts and their main constituents, called catechins, on dying nerve cells,” says Dr Remi Quirion of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction. “Our findings showed that… both black and green tea extracts and catechins strongly blocked [the] death of neurons.” 1 (source European Journal of Neuroscience September 21, 2005, 25(38):8807-8814)

Another study investigating potential alternative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease have compared tea’s effects with coffee and found in laboratory test indications that green and black tea could be good for your memory by inhibiting the activity of certain enzymes in the brain associated with memory [loss]. “Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, tea could potentially be another weapon in the armoury which is used to treat this disease and slow down its development,” said the lead researcher Dr. Ed Okello, from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England. 2 (source Academic journal Phytotherapy Research . October 24, 2004, 18 624-627

In these cases, the tea used may have been the more popular black and green tea but we should not forget that white tea, rooibos and puerh also come from the same Camellia sinensis plant.

White Tea, being the least processed could even be more potent in saving our brains

Moreover, white tea, being the least processed, is believed to be the best source of catechins, with green tea coming close. The oxidation / fermentation process, which has given black tea its unique taste, reduces the effectiveness of catechins in tea.

So now you have another reason to top up your cup with some more tea – to keep your mental faculties stay well tuned.

 taken from previous article Tea: Brain Drink by Salina Hainzl

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Sore Throat Remedies Using Tea

Relieving and soothing teas for throat

We now want to give you choices of tea that can help our customers from worse respiratory infections by sharing with you what they can use as sore throat rememdies that may just be sitting in their pantries already.

If teas best during the cold season was what you planned to search, we have already shared them with you in a previous article.

Click here to read Preparing For The Season of Autumn Teas

Change of seasons and changes of temperature in our environment causes our bodies to be more sensitive to illnesses and infections.

Sore throat is very common.  If not cared after and cured, it can develop to respiratory infections (ie. flu, coughing, bronchitis, asthma, etc).  This is why a lot of people reach for sore throat remedies to dodge the worst.

Here are teas that help cure sore throat.


It is a great germ killer to “cleanse” your body including your throat.

An Asian culinary gem, you can also have ginger drink to warm you up and alleviate some of the effects of the change in environment going into the colder season.


If you fancy a recipe using a tea that

This appropriately-named tea recipe is for you

throat-sootherThroat Soother recipe

Osmanthus was regarded as an imperial herb in ancient Chinese cooking. It is very fragrant even when a small portion is used. Filtered infusion works well in desserts. Good for sore throat and scratchy voice.

Makes 1 cup

  • 1 slice of lemon Honey to taste
  • 1 tsp Osmanthus
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Place all ingredients in a cup.
  2. Add hot boiling water and stir.

This is really easy to make and very good for the throat.

It makes a good refreshing morning cup too.


Diva is a minty herbal infusion with a mix of throat soothing herbs such as licorice and osmanthus.  Lightly floral and refreshingly lemony.
Diva is a great soothing cup for the throat.