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Monday, 23 November 2015 20:30

Ready, Set, Raspberry!

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, is this the Alice drink?

It certainly won’t make you larger or smaller or get you a seat at the Mad Hatter’s Tea party but this tea helps in other ways, particularly if you’re expecting to have a child. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is created from Raspberry Leaf, and this classified herb has been used for thousands of years, for medicinal purposes by our indigenous cultures. It was not until the forties that doctors became aware of the healing properties Raspberry Leaf produces for the uterus and pregnancy.

This tea has been shown in small sample studies to be linked with a shorter second, pushing stage of labour, pregnancy immunity and even morning sickness. Although doctors advise against taking any remedies that interfere with labour, if taken in moderation Raspberry red leaf tea can help boost the immunity of pregnant women and if so, it will possibly reduce the length of labour and prevent the assistance of forceps during pregnancy or in some studies the likelihood of C-sections.

If I’m not pregnant does this tea have any benefits for me?

I’m glad you asked! And the answer is yes, Raspberry red leaf tea is just not for pregnant women but can assist with other women’s health issues. For all you ladies out there that are not looking for a pregnant lady remedy, Raspberry leaf tea helps with the following;

  • Menstrual cramps, that’s right! It may help to reduce period pain and also produce regularity in one’s menstrual cycle.
  • Detoxify extra hormones; this can also be helpful for men who are resilient to looking after their health or investing in an overall detoxification for all the artificial oestrogens absorbed from your common foods like commercial meat, milk, plastics and food additives. These additives along with other daily stresses in life can cause ‘andropause’ which is known as the male version of menopause this is recognized by a major drop in testerone levels.
  • And not for table conversation, raspberry leaf tea can be an effective remedy of diarrhoea; helping to calm and regulate bowel movements as well as re-hydrate the body with loss of fluids.

We can now see Raspberry red leaf tea is not only a delicious sweet flavoured tea but a natural remedy. So what are you waiting for? Head to you nearest Tealer (Loose leaf tea supplier) and purchase a box today or better yet follow the white rabbit

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 00:00

Green Tea: Everything You Need To Know

History

Green tea was first discovered by accident in 2737BC by Emperor Shen Nong; while boiling a pot of water in his garden tea leaves happened to land in the pot, infusing it and creating the world’s first pot of tea. After the Emperor drank the tea he was immediately impressed with the drink and quickly tea drinking spread throughout the kingdom.

It wasn’t until the early 9th century that Buddhist monks returning to Japan brought green tea with them and started a tea trading channel between the two countries. In the later part of the 12th century a priest, returning from China, bought with him tea plant seeds and establishing Japans first tea gardens near Kyoto which lead to a rise in the drinks popularity outside of the priesthood.

Types of Green Tea

Japnese Green Tea

There are too many different methods for growing, processing, roasting and blending green tea to list here so we’ve just listed the most common. Sencha is the most well-known and most frequently consumed form of Green tea grown. Plants are grown in full sun and both the first and second flush (harvest) are used with the leaves being prepared in the traditional manor; first steamed and then rolled. Bancha is generally considered to be a lower quality form of Sencha made from the off season harvests between summer and autumn but otherwise prepared in much the same way.

Gyokuro is a finer leaf variety compared to Sencha as it is grown in full shade for the three weeks prior to the harvest. These difficult growing conditions cause an increase in the amino acids and a decrease in the overall caffeine content and the overall bitterness of the tea.

Matcha is a finely ground tea powder which like Gyokuro comes from plants grown in shade. Matcha can be substantially more expensive than most green teas and is used almost exclusively for Japanese tea ceremonies as well as being flavouring in ice cream and other sweets.

Genmaicha is something of an oddity; a combination of Bancha or Sencha tea leaves blended with cooked brown rice that has been roasted and ‘popped’. Genmaicha produces a unique taste due to the combination of the savoury brown rice taste and the refreshing green tea flavour.

H?jicha is prepared by roasting leaves over charcoal instead of steaming them. This results in a copper colour to the leaves and a sweet taste. Due to the temperature the tea is roasted at most of the caffeine content is removed from the leaves.

Gunpowder is most notable for its general resemblance to tiny pellets of gunpowder. When brewed the leaves uncurl and expand to at least twice their size meaning only a small quantity of leaves are required to prepare a cup.

Zen Sencha   Tokyo Sencha   Green Darjeeling   Green Apple Pie   Serendipity

Health Benefits

Weight Loss

Fundamentally body weight is governed by the quantity of food eaten, the body’s ability to convert and store energy from that food and then the speed at which that energy is expended. The antioxidant polyphenol found in green tea intensifies the speed with which your body can process food and convert it to calories ready for use. This doesn’t mean drinking green tea will cause you to lose weight on its own however it will increase the body’s metabolic rate allowing for faster weight loss when combined with a sensible diet and exercise plan.

Depression

When we think of the benefits of green tea it’s easy to just focus on the physical but there is a growing body of evidence that the amino acid theanine found in green tea leaves has a mild tranquilizing effect on the mind reducing stress and anxiety and stimulating dopamine levels in the brain.

Mental depression is a disease that should be medically treated by a therapist however green tea can contribute to the well-being of those who are feeling down.

Tooth Decay and Bad Breath

Green tea is a natural source of fluoride and in combination with its anti-bacterial effects it provides a natural way to strengthen teeth which in turn prevent cavities and tooth decay from forming and regularly drinking green tea has been shown to control periodontal gum disease and stop gum bleeding. In addition the polyphenols in green tea destroy many of the compounds found in the mouth which cause bad breath and can even help after eating garlic.

Blood Sugar and Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is caused by a combination of high blood sugar levels in the body and low levels of production and absorption of insulin within the pancreas. Drinking green tea can help with this as the catechins, flavonoid antioxidants, found in green tea can aid in reducing blood sugar and overall improve sensitivity to naturally produced insulin.

Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is the most prevalent form of heart disease affecting adults. High blood pressure can lead to kidney problems, heart failure, stroke and a primary risk factor in heart-related death.

Blood pressure is the force exerted on your arteries as a result of blood being pumped throughout the body. Green tea antioxidants relax blood vessels allowing them to move through the body far easier and protect against blood clots forming. Drinking at least one cup of green tea daily reduces the long-term chances of developing hypertension and reduces high blood pressure by as much as half.

Cholesterol

Drinking several cups of green tea each day reduces the absorption rate of bad cholesterol (LDL) and improves the absorption of good cholesterol into the digestive system and speeds up the process by which it is expelled from the body. In addition green tea helps prevent the cholesterol that is absorbed into the body from being converted into the more dangerous oxidized LDL. Further, the flavonols found in green tea can assist in naturally thinning the blood which helps to reduce the hardening of the arteries. The reduction in bad cholesterol and hardening of the arteries reduce the long term likelihood of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack or stroke.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive autoimmune disease that can result in brief but intense inflammation within some sufferers. The polyphenol antioxidants found within green tea can, over time, alleviate the frequency and severity of pain occurring within arthritis sufferers. Regularly drinking green tea can delay and reduce the long term probability of developing arthritis.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Not only can green tea improve brain function in the short term, it may also protect your brain in old age. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in humans and a leading cause of dementia. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and involves the death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain. Multiple studies show that the catechin compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons in test tubes and animal models, potentially lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Skincare and Acne

One of the latest benefits of green tea is the effect it has on your skin and the aging process. It is again down to the antioxidants that prevent cell oxidation and damage that can make you look older than you really are. Studies are mixed on this particular green tea benefit as new research has come to light which suggests the full benefits can only be had by applying green tea topically to your skin. However, many people have found that potent green tea extracts do have a positive effect on their skin, leaving it softer, more supply and younger looking.

Cancer

Cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth and reproduction of cells which have been damaged by free radicals, incomplete molecules which attack cells in order to obtain missing electrons. Antioxidants neutralise free radicals and green tea is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants called catechins, so drinking can green tea can reduce the long term risks of many types of cancer developing.

Just a note: adding milk to tea negatively reduces the antioxidant intake from green tea.

Breast cancer studies have found that women who drank several cups of green tea per day had a 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer.

Prostate cancer studies have observed that men who drink green tea have up to a 50% lower chance of developing prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer in men.

Lung cancer risks in smokers can be greatly reduced by drinking green tea with some studies suggesting up to a two thirds reduction.

Colon or bowel cancer risks are reduced by more than 50% for regular drinkers of green tea according to a comprehensive study carried out in China.

Further studies are currently being carried out with promising results for reducing the risk of developing Leukaemia as well as Pancreatic, Bladder and Ovarian Cancer

Many studies have further demonstrated that regularly drinking green tea can also reduce the chances of recurrent cancer developing.

Final Words

Despite all of these benefits there are a couple of drawbacks to green tea; green tea does contain tannins which can negatively impact the body’s ability to absorb iron and folic acid which could be a problem for anyone currently suffering from anaemia and green tea does contain caffeine which, if you are trying to eliminate caffeine from your diet is a problem although there are low caffeine forms of green tea available.

Plainly there are many benefits to drinking green tea so the question remains just how much do you need to drink in order to receive these benefits? Well many of the studies we looked at came from Japan or China where drinking green tea is a way of life and many had participants who drank six cups a day however many other studies suggested that just two cups of a day is all you need.


View our entire Green Tea range today!

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 00:00

Homemade Scones

Homemade scones are an important part of English country cooking and this is the perfect scone recipe thats so simple you'll have thm on the table in less than thirty minutes. Just don't forget the piping hot cup of English Breakfast to wash them down.

Ingredients:perfect homemade scones with jam and cream

  • 2¼ cups of self raising flour
  • 2 tblsp of caster sugar
  • pinch of seasalt
  • 1 tblsp softened butter
  • 1 cup of milk
  • berry jam and double cream to serve

Preheat the oven to 200°C and lightly flour a round cake tin.

1. Sift the self raising flour, caster sugar and salt into a mixing bowl.

2. Using your finger tips rub the butter into the dry mixture.

3. Pour the milk into the mixture and gently stir until just combined.

4. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to 2cm thick and cut into circles 4.5-5cm wide.

5. Arrange scones in the cake tin so they are just touching and brush the tops with a little milk.

6. Bake for 14 minutes, until little golden on top then serve warm with jam and cream

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

Summer Tea Launch

Its been a cold winter but Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner, the temperature has started to rise and the Jacarandas are covered in gorgeous new blossom. As we turn our attention to the coming holiday season we felt it was time to launch four brand new teas in the Red Leaf Tea range.

new summer tea range

Tokyo Sencha

We receive a lot of requests from people searching for that special tea but the request we get most frequently is for a Japanese Sencha green tea. Well we've listened and that's why the first new tea in our summer range is the crisp, light and smooth Tokyo Sencha.

Japan produces almost all of it's Sencha tea leaves for the local market and exports virtually none, because of this, a master Japanese tea grower took his best saplings and migrated to the Hunan Province of China, a region whose climate and soils very closely resemble those of the Shizuoka prefecture of Japan and it is here under his careful watch that Japanese green teas are grown and exported around the world.

Black Currant

Be blown away by the strong aroma and flavor of fresh picked currants, the finest quality Ceylon black tea leaves and exotic blackberry leaves. Black Currant is a black, fruity blend and the perfect way to provide warmth and comfort on a cold day. A perfect refreshing iced treat when its hot creating a fruit flavoured tea you'll just love all year round!

This one can be little strong so be sure not to over brew but the good news is because it's so strong you can use the leaves again.

Silver Needles

China’s rarest and most famous white tea is made using only the first new leaves and silvery unopened buds grown high in the mountains of the Fujian province. Handpicked over a single weekend in April each year, before being withered and dried naturally, Silver Needles is for true tea aficionados who appreciate it for its sweet complexity and underlying grassy taste with hints of fresh apple that makes it a uniquely perfect brew.

Unlike other white teas Silver Needles contains high levels of caffeine, almost as much as black tea and is still as high in antioxidants as other white teas.

Orange Orchard

This ones for the citrus lovers! Our newest fruit tea blend, Orange Orchard, is made with real orange pieces, hibiscus, apple pieces and Madagascan vanilla. Every cup is filled with the experience of an afternoon stroll through a Meditereanian orange grove in Spring time.

This one works best iced but if you're feeling a little adventurous try adding a small amount to your favourite black tea to jazz up your day!

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

Tea Culture: The Netherlands

Dutch CanalWelcome to the first of what we hope will be a regular serial, covering the culture surrounding the world’s favourite hot drinks. We are intentionally keeping the overall theme a little vague, so we can use this space to write about anything at all to do with tea and how it’s enjoyed.

In case you haven’t been outside recently, winter is well and truly upon us, so we thought we should button up our jackets and embrace the cold while we check in with the Dutch. It is perhaps fitting that we start this journey in the Netherlands, where the world’s first multinational company dominated the global trade of tea 400 years ago.

The modern day Netherlands is inarguably better known for its coffee shops (or should that be ‘coffee shops’?) but it should come as no surprise that tea is just as popular a drink.

Tea drinking has experienced a renaissance in Netherlands and in the last twenty or thirty years, gourmet loose leaf tea shops have begun to spring up in major cities and towns all over the country, however it is still common place for tea to be made using teabags, in most homes or café’s. When serving loose leaf tea the Dutch use a system involving an open-top pouch, filled with leaves, perched across the top of an open teapot.

Perhaps the most common tea drink to be found isn’t really what we might call tea at all; a bushel of fresh mint leaves, submerged in a tall glass of boiled water and next allowed to steep for several minutes, this process results in the tea drink better known as ‘verse munt thee’ and the resultant brew is a blast of mint that is truly divine.

Here in Australia it’s easy to forget that Tea is a very ancient and culturally broad drink, whose customs have evolved over thousands of years of bringing people together. Stay tuned to this space as we take you on a journey into the not so well known world of Tea.

Sunday, 11 May 2014 00:00

The 7 Real Benefits To Rooibos

7 Benefits To Rooibos TeaRooibos only grows in a small region of South Africa near Cape Town, it has been used to brew a tea like drink for centuries, crafted by the local people of the Cederberg. During the 1600s Dutch East India Company established a base of operations in South Africa; the settlers began drinking rooibos as it was a cheap alternative to the expensive black tea that was being imported from Europe.

Rooibos is more than a delicious drink it also has several amazing health benefits which have been published in numerous independent studies:

1. Fights Cancerous Cells

Rooibos tea contains the very rare polyphenol compounds aspalathin and nothofagin these polyphenols are the leading source of natural anti-cancer chemicals available. Unstable molecules in the body can cause damage to cells which can become cancerous. The compounds found in rooibos tea bind to free radicals before they can cause any harm. National Center for Biotechnology Information

2. Reduces the Impact of Iron Absorption

The tannins found in black tea reduce the body’s ability to absorb iron effectively however as rooibos tea contains fewer tannins it has a much lower impact on the body’s ability to absorb iron. National Center for Biotechnology Information

3. Lowers Blood Pressure

Another of the antioxidants present in rooibos is chysoeriol; known to improve blood circulation, preventing the enzyme responsible for triggering cardiovascular disease and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol in the body.

4. Protects Against Parkinsons & Alzheimers

Regular drinking of rooibos tea protects against lipid peridoxation, a process where free radicals, damage cells in the brain and your body’s nerve tissue. Prolonged, it can eventually lead to progressive and deteriorating brain diseases, such as Alzheimers. National Center for Biotechnology Information

5. Contains Beneficial Minerals

Rooibos tea is a rich source of several important beneficial minerals. a) Manganese and calcium for strengthening bones and the teeth. b) Zinc for a healthy metabolism c) Iron for vascular health. d) Magnesium important for a healthy nervous system.

6. Relieves stomach complaints

Rooibos tea contains high levels of quercetin, a flavonoid found in nature that helps to reduce body spasms, ease inflammation and prevent the release of histamines causing allergies. National Center for Biotechnology Information

7. Caffeine Free

The rooibos plant is free of caffeine making it a suitable drink for children, pregnant and breast-feeding women or anyone looking to reduce or remove caffeine from their diet. Due to the lack of caffeine and the mineral content, rooibos promotes restful sleep and can be a cure to insomnia.

Check out our rooibos range today!

Sunday, 27 April 2014 00:00

Introducing Irish Breakfast

In Ireland they just call it tea and it is drunk throughout the day but for the rest of the world we know it as Irish Breakfast and it’s the newest tea blend available from Red Leaf Tea.

The Irish consume more than 3kg of tea per person per year, more than any other nationality and their tea of choice is a blend of Indian Assam, Ceylon and sometimes Kenyan black tea leaves and is intended to be drunk very black and very strong with a splash of milk, a teaspoon of sugar and perhaps a biscuit or two.

Irish born writer James Joyce would begin each day with a cup of tea and we’ve based our newest blend on a traditional recipe that Joyce would have appreciated. Using a combination of Ceylon and Assam teas we’ve created a brew that is a deep red colour and a strong, bold malted flavour.

The Ceylon tea we’ve selected comes from the gardens in the low lying valleys to the south of the island. This fine orange pekoe is picked early each year where the drier weather gives the leaves a heavy, nutty flavour and is responsible for the signature taste of the Irish Breakfast tea.

To finish off the blend we’ve added a tippy black tea from the estates of the Assam region of Northern India where the low-lying tropical climate gives the resultant tea a bright colour and a mild fruitiness that compliments the bolder taste of the Ceylon perfectly.

For those who like their morning cup of tea to pack a real punch then our Classic Irish Breakfast loose leaf tea is the tea you’ve been waiting for.

Irish Breakfast Tea

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 00:00

Mother's Day Gifts Now Available

Mothers Day Gift PacksYes it's really that time of year again; this year don't leave it until the last minute let us help you show your mum how much you care.

We've just released our amazing 2014 range of mothers day gift packs starting from $29, each one comes in it's own gift box so you are all set.

First up are our Tea For Mum Twin packs herehere and here each one comes with two mini tea tins containing two of our favourite teas as well as a Maxwell & Williams teacup and saucer set

We really love these twin sets and we think your mum will too and at only $29 each they won't break the bank.

Next up are our tea collections packs each one containing four mini tins of some of our favourite teas and themed to suit every mum.

First up is the starter pack which includes four classic teas; Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Jasmine and Peppermint - this is a great choice for tea beginners.

Next up is the herbal pack including a fantatsic range of herbal teas when you are looking for something a little bit different. This one includes: Lemongrass & Ginger, Peppermint, Rosella and Red leaf Chai

Finally our Devotea Pack if you are looking to be mum's favourite this year then look no further. This is the perfet gift for real tea lovers; featuring some of our favourite blends including: Blue Velvet, French Earl Grey, Serendipity and Berry Sensation

Be sure to get in early as stocks are limited and we'd hate for you (or your mum) to miss out!

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

Free Shipping In April

Free Shipping Coupon

What more needs to be said? Free shipping Australia wide available until April 30th on all orders. Use coupon code FREESHIP during checkout. This fantastic offer won't be repeated again soon so act fast and tell your friends.

 

Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

Welcome To Red Leaf Tea

Red Leaf Tea BoxesWelcome to our blog, when it comes to the perfect cup of tea, Red Leaf Tea isn’t about the business but rather the enjoyment and the indulgence.

After enjoying the best teas from across Europe and Asia on our travels we wanted to bring that same experience back home with us.
To achieve our goal we have carefully selected every one of the ingredients for their aroma, quality and taste.

Make sure you check back here regularly as we will be using this blog to keep you up to date with the releases of new blends as well as sometimes helpful, sometimes interesting but always entertaining (we hope) stories covering the history, preparation and drinking of the world's second favourite drink

If you want to get involved with Red Leaf Tea please feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us through our social media pages we are always happy to hear from you.