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The Power of Tea!

While reading through my Google News Alert for tea the other day (yes, I am that obsessed), I saw one headline that intrigued me:

High-tech tea bags transform dirty water” from ABC News.

…Wait, what?

Photo Courtesy of Pablo Tosco from ABC News, showing women gathering drinking water for their families.

Photo Courtesy of Pablo Tosco from ABC News, showing women gathering drinking water for their families.

I read further and found out that  Professor Eugene Cloete and his team at Stellenbosch University have developed a “tea bag” containing active carbon granules.   These granules can kill even the nastiest germs and bacteria, which Professor Cloete says is the main problem.   He expects this tea bag to pretty much eradicate cholera!

This tea bag, made up of microfibers one hundredth of the width of a human hair (seriously, pluck out a hair and look at it.   Now imagine something one hundredth of the width of that strand!) is placed over the neck of a dirty water bottle in a special cartridge still being created.   When the water is poured out, it will come out clean.

If these tea bags pass safety tests, it will be distributed to nations in need.

One thing that people know about me is that I love tea.   I’m pretty sure that I’ve made that obvious through this blog and my plan to one day write a book about tea.   My second passion that is probably on par with tea is philanthropy.   Yes, I have gone as far as to write about that as well for The Examiner.   The concept that these two passions have finally come together is really exciting to me!

Think about it – the idea of the tea bag has been around since about 1904 when they were first marketed by New York tea and coffee shop merchant Thomas Sullivan.   Now, 108 years later, this simple concept is being developed to save perhaps thousands of people from facing terrible diseases, some of which are fatal.

Personally, I am curious how else the idea of the tea bag or even just tea in general can be used to save lives.   A mesh bag, a “miracle drink,” boiling water – surely that combination can create endless possibilities for usage and inspiration.

It’s nice to hear that something so simple and so small can be used to make a world of a difference.

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Le Zoe Musings, if I recall correctly, found me a while back and liked one of my blog posts. Since then, I have followed her blog and have been enraptured by her amazing photography! Today’s photography? Tea 🙂 I felt this deserved a special post. Enjoy!

What is everyone having to help get you through a tough Monday morning?

For me, it’s Fortnum  & Mason Black Tea in Fruit Vanilla. 

Kinda loving this tray to organize my thoughts. 

LOVE hydrangeas! My husband and I have a little love affair obsession with them. 

Sometimes I like my tea a tiny sweet. For this, rock sugar satisfies the craving. 

Hope you have a great Monday! It’s busy here at the Le Zoe studio. Alot of creating, designing, and decisions to make. I feel a little scattered brain so I must make use of my vision book to set priorities and lay down some thoughts. 

Til next  post, Kellie

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News In The Tea World!

Hello, fellow sippers!

This is a post to make you aware of some of the amazing tea events going on this weekend!

An Array Of Tea Offered By Tea Spot

An Array Of Tea Offered By Tea Spot

Tomorrow, February 23rd, Tea Spot in Cranford, New Jersey will be hosting a French and English poetry read!   Go experience some amazing poetry while sipping equally amazing tea 🙂   The event starts at 7:00PM.   The store is an intimate setting, so make sure that you arrive early to get ample seating.   Clara Ngo, owner, creates a welcoming atmosphere, delivering any tea and tasty treats to you herself while you enjoy the company of your friends and the delightful entertainment.   (Personally, as a tea lover and a francophile, I hope this becomes a regular event!)

Then on Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th, New York will be hosting its 7th annual Coffee and Tea Festival!   Tea and coffee companies from around the world will be there.   Since this show is available for both the trade and the public, make sure you get your tickets!   Programming surrounding green teas, master classes teaching how to serve tea and tastings (or “cuppings”) will be held throughout both days.

You can find out more information and buy tickets at http://www.coffeeandteafestival.com/.

While sadly, I won’t be at either event, I do plan on going to the following French/English poetry night and I plan to attend the Coffee and Tea Festival in Atlantic City in November!   See you there!

Happy sipping!

Bath Tea? Too Good To Be True!

Hello everyone!

My sister-in-law gave me this recipe during Superbowl Sunday and I thought I would share it 🙂

Veronica Silva published a snippet on how to make Bath Tea (I am still trying to find the source, in case anyone knows where this particular article came from!   Please feel free to leave the URL in the comment so that everyone can view and enjoy).

The recipe calls for:

– 1 1/2 cups of Epsom salt

– 1/2 cup sea salt

– 1 cup dried lavender blossoms

– 30 drops of lavender essential oil

– Small muslin bags

Mix all the ingredients together.   Spoon 1/4 cup into each bag.   When ready, toss one bag into a hot bath and enjoy a soak in some tea!

I would say happy sipping, but I am not sure if that is totally appropriate in this case!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!   Definitely one of my favorite holidays since it is such a pure celebration of love 🙂

How True!

How True!

Guest Blogger Katrina Ember Blackwolf Writes On Tea In The Workplace

Britany Wallace (also known as Katrina Ember Blackwolf) is currently studying Business at Moravian College, 2012.   She has been working on her blog KEB Perspectives since August 2011.   We met at my alma mater and have kept in regular contact since I graduated.   Now, she has agreed to help her fellow greyhound by writing a business-angled blog dedicated to, you guessed it, tea!

Read on and enjoy!

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I wrote this as a guest blogger on Tea Love‘s blog. I posted here for my own followers.

Most people receive periodic breaks during work hours to do what they wish: get up, walk around, men’s or ladies’ room breaks, and smoking are on the list. But, how many of those people take that brief reprieve to make themselves a warm cup of tea? Drinking tea has many effects on the drinker; both mentally and physically. Physically, some teas can have a positive and preventative effect on your immune systems and act as antiviral or antimicrobial substances. Other teas can have antiallergenic properties, as well as lowering blood pressure. Mentally, some teas can calm or soothe anxiety or confusion. Others are designed to ease headaches and relax the muscles to help sleep; and still others can aid in concentration and alertness. Some teas are made specifically to cure certain symptoms such as sore throats or upset stomachs. The herbs create a healing environment inside the body and promote bodily health, as herbs were used previously as healing medicines.

Too often, we take for granted those brief breaks we are given during the work day and we “abuse” them by using them for unproductive things. “While some stress is a normal part of the workplace, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and reduce your physical and emotional health. (Helpguide.org)” Those short breaks are designed with your health in mind! Combine tea drinking and other effortless and calming stress-relief techniques and you could have a much more productive day on your hands. In order to effectively deal with stress you have to recognize it and deal with it. A great way to deal with it, both proactively and retroactively, is to take more time out of the day just for YOU. Having a nice warm cup of herbal tea on your 15 minute break (or even during the day while you are working) can be all you need sometimes to just relax and breathe for a few seconds. It gives you the necessary time to regroup, rethink, ask new questions, or just chill and prepare to take on another part of your work.

Some alarming and interesting statistics can be found at Stress.org explaining how many people feel stressed at work and how severe it is. Nearly everyone has work-related stress; most of them do not know how to effectively handle it. Having a cup of tea on hand all day long can be calming and reassuring, but your short breaks are a great time to take a few minutes to have a healthy snack or take a 15 minute brisk walk around the office or around the block. Drink a bottle of water and eat an apple or some celery sticks. These short tasks are entirely focused on you and can make all the difference in your day. Take the time for yourself and ignore work for just those few minutes. Warmth spreads from the inside out, so a cup of tea is calming from the inside and the warm is relaxing.

Those of you who know me, know that I am a very stressed person by nature. But, for as hectic as my life gets sometimes, those few minutes just for me; without my family or friends, without my partner, without work or things to do, I can just relax and think about me. That time is mine and I do not allow anything to distract me. The best thing you can do for yourself to handle workplace stress is to develop positive habits and remove negative habits. Try not to do things which promote anxiety such as nail biting, smoking, or pacing. Some positive habits which might help you relax are to have a small, healthy snack, take a quick walk unrelated to work, write a thoughtful thank you note or brief letter to someone you care about and haven’t spoken to in a while. Some people use the time for meditations to help them relax.

In short, different herbal teas have many proactive health benefits and most have a healing element to them. Keeping a mug of warm tea at your desk is helpful to keep you on track, relaxed, and doing the best work that you can do. Utilize your brief breaks at work to take some time for yourself and de-stress. Use tea as a pick-me-up and to remind you there is goodness in the world! Happy drinking and Happy Holidays!

Bliss, Rosalie. (2011, March 1). Herbal Teas May Provide Health Benefits. Retrieved from: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110301122055.htm

Newcombe, Rachel. (n.d.). The Health Benefits of Herbal Teas. Retrieved from: http://health.learninginfo.org/herbal-teas.htm

Sowder, Jules. (n.d.). Herbal Tea Benefits. Retrieved from: http://www.learn-about-tea.com/herbal-tea-benefits.html

Segal, Jeanne, Smith, M., Robinson, L., & Segal, R. (2011, October). Stress At Work: Tips to Reduce and Manage Job and Workplace Stress. Retrieved from: http://helpguide.org/mental/work_stress_management.htm

Job Stress. The American Institute of Stress. Retrieved from: http://www.stress.org/job.htm

Heathfield, Susan. (n.d.). Understanding Stress and Workplace Stress. Retrieved from: http://humanresources.about.com/od/stressandtimemanagement/a/stress_time.htm

Tea Ceremony Versus Expedience

Hello, fellow tea lovers!

I wanted to do a quick post with an interesting article I just read to follow up with my blog regarding British tea ceremony.   Apparently, the British are moving away from the traditional teapot and moving more towards the tea mug, which is causing a bit of a disturbance.

What are your thoughts on the issue?   Is tea best served in a teapot, when the leaves can open and the tea made with a higher quality, or a tea mug, where a tea bag can be thrown in for efficiency and expediency?

http://www.scotsman.com/business/personal-finance/more-stories/tea_trend_makes_mug_of_tradition_1_2096837 

Source Credit:

Scotsman.com.   “Tea trend makes mug of tradition.”   Scotsman.com, 4 Feb 2012.   Web.   6 Feb 2012.

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