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What Is Herbal Tea?

Herbal teas have been used for thousands of years, and are commonly consumed all over the world. Today, we continue to find more and more reasons to incorporate them into our lifestyles. If you haven’t tried herbal teas before, you may not realize how beneficial they are to you, how delicious they are, or what exactly they are. The fact is though, herbal tea can be one of the best things you can drink that increases your health and overall well-being. Herbal teas cover a wide spectrum of health benefits. Ultimately, there’s no good reason not to consider adding it to your diet.

But, What Is It?

First, let’s distinguish the definition of tea. Tea is made from the leaves of a single plant called Camellia sinensis, the tea bush. Green tea, black tea, white tea, and oolong tea all come from this single plant. They differ due to the way they’re processed and fermented. Herbal tea does not come from this plant, but still proudly carries the tea name, although critics do not consider it “real” tea. Herbal tea is unique because it can consist of a wide variety of plants, which is what gives it such a wide variety of benefits.

Loose Herbal Tea Shaped into a Heart from LucidiTea Co.

Loose Herbal Tea Shaped into a Heart

Herbal teas are also referred to as herbal infusions or tisanes. They consist of a wide variety of dried fruits, flowers, herbs, and spices. The infusion of these elements with hot water helps to bring out the essential oils, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are found in the herbs. In each blend you consume, you will find yourself enjoying a delectable flavor while benefiting from the abundance of nutrients that it provides your mind, body, and spirit simultaneously.

Herbal teas have been used by humans all over the world for thousands of years. In fact, there’s evidence that these teas may have been around long before written history has documented. Evidence even dates back to ancient Egypt where herbal teas were used throughout daily life and even for ceremonies. Herbal teas are medicine, and have been used to naturally improve health for ages.

One big advantage of herbal tea is that the possibilities are endless. Each combination offers its own unique benefits. Herbal teas are medicine as nature intended, plus they’re full of delightful flavors.

If you’ve never experienced the wonders of herbal tea, please do yourself a favor and order some samples today. 

We carry a wide variety of hand crafted herbal tea blends in our shop, and we’re always experimenting and adding new blends for you to try! You can even order a bunch of sample sizes if you want to try them all!


How to Brew Sun Tea

As the summer months pass, the heat surely is not dying down. According to NASA’s research, each month in 2016 was the warmest respective month globally in modern temperature record, which dates to 1880.  As tea connoisseurs, we take advantage of all weather to enhance our delectable flavors. It may be too hot to be boiling water in the kitchen, so we have found an alternative way to brew our favorite teas. What better way to utilize the sun’s radiant heat than to use it for steeping your favorite aromatic teas? That brings us to Sun Tea!

Memories start pouring as we think of Sun Tea. Sitting out on the porch at Grandma’s house, sipping tea from mason jars, and the sun reflecting off the pond as the wind gently cooled the sweat off our necks. Nothing was more refreshing in the hot months of summer.

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Sun brewed tea with lemons.

Sun Tea is a wonderful way to take advantage of the sun’s radiant light and heat to extract the aromatic flavors in tea. It is also a very simple process, which is perfect for lazy summer days. As you are outside soaking up the sun’s rays, your tea can be too! So, let’s get started.

First, grab the container(s) you’d like to use. For best results, use a glass container with a lid that closes tightly. Mason jars work perfectly for brewing Sun Tea. Make sure to wash out your containers with hot water and soap to sanitize them. This will insure that no bacterial growth occurs with the sun heating up your tea. Once you have those ready, it is time to measure out your tea.

We recommend loose leaf tea for ultimate brewing. The rule of thumb with loose leaf tea is approximately one heaping tablespoon of tea per liter of water. For smaller batches, use 1-1.5 teaspoons per cup of water. It is important to take into account the consistency of your loose leaf tea. The finer the tea, use less.  The fluffier the tea, use more. Remember to strain the tea when using loose leaf. One thing to remember is that ratios are important when it comes to brewing tea. If you use too much tea to water then your tea will give a bitter taste. Experimentation is always good, so try a few variations!

If you are adamant on using your beloved tea bags, we recommend one tea bag per cup of water for the best ratio. Again, experiment with your favorite teas! There is never too much tea to go around. Your family and friends will thank you! Tea bags are more convenient since no straining of leaves is required!

Once you have your containers tightly sealed with your favorite tea measured out and water inside, it is time to start steeping. Place your containers in direct sunlight. You can leave them inside on a windowsill or even put them outside in a location where the sun beats down. Leave the containers in direct sunlight for 3-5 hours, and just relax as the sun works it’s magic.

When your tea is done soaking up the sun, it is ready to pour directly over ice for a refreshing treat. This is the time to add your favorite flavors. Wait until the tea is done steeping to add sweetener, lemon, and herbs.

Sun Tea is a very simple and enjoyable way to brew your favorite teas in the summer heat. Love Sun Tea so much that you don’t want summer to end? There is nothing to fear! You can brew Sun Tea all year long, as long as the container is in direct sunlight. No matter what season, we always enjoy drinking Sun Tea.

You can brew sun tea all year long!

You can brew sun tea all year long!

As you experiment with brewing Sun Tea, we would love to hear some of your favorite concoctions. Enjoy!

 


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6 Refreshing Reasons to Drink Peppermint Tea

You’ve heard of Peppermint Tea, right?

Most people have. Especially those that enjoy their tea. But not everyone gets the push they need to try it. It’s easier to stay with what you know and like, as opposed to trying something you may not like, after all.

But there’s a reason aside from the refreshing taste that you should try Peppermint Tea.

That reason, quite simply, is your health. Tea is more than just a refreshment. Even if it’s a great one. It can tangibly improve your quality of life, by reducing stress, freshening your breath, preventing nausea and much more.

With this in mind, let’s explore some reasons you should start drinking Peppermint Tea.

1) Freshens Breath

Everyone knows this one, but it’s not an effect that should be underestimated.

Coffee breath is – to say the least – pretty unappealing to many of us. So, why go through it when you could drink some peppermint tea, come away with similar benefits and have fresh breath?

That benefit speaks for itself really.

2) Soothes Respiratory Disorders

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Peppermint itself – what you’ll obviously use to make your tea – is a very powerful herb. It has the potential to relieve respiratory disorders in a number of ways, purely because of what the herb contains.

  • Antihistamine

Firstly, it’s an antihistamine. Which is what hayfever tablets and similar are. They block the chemical histamine, to prevent inflammation and other allergy side-effects when an allergy is non-life threatening (again, think hayfever!). Making breathing easier.

It’ll then help decongest you when your airways are blocked up with mucus. Menthol present in the peppermint will then allow for a soothing and cooling blast of fresh breathing – making its decongestant effects all the more beneficial.

  • Ketone

Ketone is basically a fancy word for it’ll dissolve your mucus. Yep, you read that right – it’ll actually break down the mucus in your airways and clear them up. You’ll breathe easier and feel far better while doing it.

  • Antispasmodic

What the heck does that mean, huh?

Antispasmodic means that it’ll relax the muscles of the respiratory tract. This is especially important for those with asthma, as it means that it’s going to help calm the tightening muscles that make breathing hard.

While this benefit is only good for very mild asthma attacks, and is not to be used to replace an inhaler, the benefits are lasting. Meaning that if you drink Peppermint Tea during the day, you’ll find the irritation and shortness of breath will be far less present.

For a more in-depth look at these benefits in particular, you can check out this article on it.

Pretty cool benefits just for changing your choice of tea.

3) Reduces And Prevents Nausea

“Get some peppermint!” You’ve probably been told this by a variety of old people in your life when suffering from nausea. Especially pregnancy induced nausea. But is it true?

Well, peppermint is so relaxing that it can genuinely ease the stomach into a more relaxed state. In this relaxed state, the stomach muscles work with less tension – which allows for the acids in the stomach to break down everything in it a lot faster.

With the stomach moving things through faster, it eases the tension on the body and reduces the amount of bloating, fullness and gas buildups that come with the digestive process. As well as reducing vomiting, when combined with controlled breathing.

All of this is still preliminary in the world of science, but there are studies proving it to be true. A study on Controlled Breathing can be found here. A study on Peppermint Oil and IBS can be found here.

Guess the old wive’s tales were true.

4) Uplifts Mood

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As with all teas, it helps pick you up.

There’s something not quite explainable about how sipping a cup of tea puts things into perspective. But it does. Especially with that added menthol kick, to really perk you back up and help you back on your feet.

If you ever need a burst of motivation and inspiration, a good cup of Peppermint Tea will get you there. Plus, it’ll help melt away all of that unnecessary stress. Further improving the benefits you’ll feel from it.

5) Fights Common Cold

You may have noticed that respiratory problems and nausea are commonly associated with a cold. So, in that sense, it helps fight the common cold too. It’s a good alternative to using medication to ease the symptoms, if you’re that way inclined.

6) Increases Concentration

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Incredibly, just the aroma of peppermint alone can improve your cognitive function.

Peppermint seems to be one of those herbs that is capable of doing it all. It doesn’t fall short here either. A study in Ohio proved that peppermint can make us more alert, have improved memory retention and longer attention spans.

With a 28% improvement, that’s nothing to turn your nose up at. Want the science behind it? Check out this great article. Yes, it focuses on the aroma of peppermint specifically, but those benefits translate into your tea too. (You will be smelling it, after all!)

There’s 6 refreshing reasons that you need to start drinking Peppermint Tea today. But don’t let that fool you, there’s clearly many more benefits to peppermint that we’re still only scratching the surface of. Don’t you think it’s worth giving a try?

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Peppermint Tea

 

If you’re sold on the idea, why not give our Peppermint Tea a try?

We even have sample sizes available for those that want to give it a try with very little commitment.

What about you, what’re you using your Peppermint Tea to treat? Or is it just something you enjoy drinking? Let us know in the comments below. We really love hearing how you’re enjoying the tea!


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8 Powerful Health Benefits From Oolong Tea

Did you know that simply drinking tea can make you healthier?

The truth is, tea’s health benefits are often overlooked. If you’re having trouble with digestion, weight loss, tooth decay, tiredness, illnesses and more, then tea could actually help you. Not just take your mind off the problems and relax you, but actually physically – and mentally – help you.

However, if you’re new to tea, you might be thinking “how?” “why?” “which tea?” You’re also likely pretty skeptical, which is completely understandable.

Don’t panic, we’re going to explain. We are the tea experts, after all.

Teas provide differing health benefits depending on which tea you get. This post is all about Oolong tea, as the title suggests. So let’s go ahead and dive right in.

What is Oolong Tea?

Firstly, all tea comes from a single plant. This plant is known as Camellia Sinensis. If your ‘tea’ does not come from this plant, it is not tea – it’s as simple as that.

So, you might be wondering what it is that sets Oolong tea – or any tea – apart from the others.

Well, Oolong tea is made in a very specific processing way. For example, green tea is picked, crushed and heated to break down its cellular structure. Oolong tea, however, is plucked carefully from the plant to preserve its cellular structure. Then made to oxidize in controlled conditions.

What this processing leads to is varying (and overlapping) health benefits of the two teas. As you’re getting a different range of cellular makeup from the two different teas. Despite them being made from the exact same plant. Pretty cool, huh?

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Why drink Oolong tea?

So, sure. Oolong tea goes through a cool process. What’s in it for you, right?

As mentioned above, there are a variety of benefits from tea itself. Now, here are a few very specific to Oolong tea because of the processing it goes through.

1. Aids Digestion

The reason Oolong Tea aids digestion is two-fold.

Firstly, Oolong tea alkalizes the digestive tract. What this means is anyone that has acid-based problems (such as acid reflux) will find that the tea naturally soothes and helps cure the problem. Which relieves the strain of digestion on the body and on you mentally!

Secondly, Oolong tea also stimulates the metabolism. Meaning it basically causes the body to start digesting at a faster rate. So, when we say it aids digestion – we mean it literally.

A number of these benefits have been outlined in this Japanese study, conducted at Ehime University. Oolong tea is quite the scientific hot topic.

2. Bolsters your immune system

Oolong tea is rich in antioxidants. You know, those things that every nutritionist, doctor, health enthusiast and just about everyone else is going mad for?

So, as we all undoubtedly know by now, foods rich in antioxidants are called superfoods. This is because they help the immune system to work more efficiently and effectively. Well, drinking Oolong tea is no exception – the antioxidants will help your immune system.

If you’re interested in learning more about antioxidants, you can read this article which provides a wealth of knowledge for you!

3. Helps manage diabetes

Oolong tea is not unique in this benefit but it stabilises blood sugar levels, which is a pretty unique benefit for diabetics. By lowering the plasma glucose, Oolong tea can be used to help – or replace in some cases, though not advised! – the effectiveness of antihyperglycemic drugs.

This Pubmed published study shows that it does work. However, the results vary per individual. What we do know is pretty simple: Plasma glucose levels get lowered. This stabilises blood sugar!

4. Stifles cravings

Tying into the point of stabilising blood sugar. There’s another benefit. Stable blood sugar prevents cravings for unhealthy and sugary snacks, because the body feels satiated and craves sugar far less. (It also tastes great without sugar or sweeteners, so you can skip them there too!)

5. Aids weight loss

It aids digestion, manages blood sugar and reinforces your immune system. All of these could be said to aid weight loss, couldn’t they?

But there’s more. Antioxidants found in the tea help the body to burn fat faster in the upper arm and abdominal area. So it literally helps you burn fat faster by drinking it.

Of course, this is no replacement for exercise. To really get the most of these powerful antioxidants, you need to be getting your sweat on too. Because these antioxidants just help the fat burn more effectively – they don’t burn it all by themselves!

6. Prevents tooth decay

Drinking Oolong tea after meals can help prevent tooth decay. It’s a very common act in Southern China, where dental care isn’t exactly widespread and has been used for centuries as a natural remedy to tooth decay.

The way it works is actually pretty simple.

Polyphenols in the tea – which can also be found elsewhere, like in foods – essentially clean out the acidic substances found in your mouth after eating, which prevents them from settling in and eventually eating away at your teeth!

7. Reduces risk of heart attack

Losing weight reduces your risk of a heart attack. Any medical professional can tell you that.

However, there’s another reason Oolong tea can help you prevent heart attacks. Those polyphenols in the tea we mentioned earlier actually block the absorption of cholesterol and dietary fat by up to 50% in some cases. Your heart will thank you!

A great study was done on this, considering the anecdotal results that’ve been observed by a number of scientists. The results show that Oolong tea definitely lessens the risk!

8. Can prevent hair loss

Because Oolong tea is so rich in antioxidants, it can do a great deal for your hair as well. Promoting soft and healthy hair growth. Although the benefits of this are best gained through washing your hair with the tea, it also has some level of benefits purely from drinking it too!

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So, there you have it. 8 undeniably powerful health benefits you can get, simply from drinking a cup of tea. If you’re interested in testing any of these benefits for yourself, you can find Oolong tea in our shop.

Available in loose leaf or in tea bag form. (P.S. we use bleach-free tea bags!)

What about you, have you used Oolong tea for anything we missed (or anything we mentioned) and have results to report? Let us know in the comments below.

 


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Beginner’s Guide to Lucid Dreaming in 3 Easy Steps

Is this real, or am I dreaming? A question we all have pondered at one point in our lives. What if your dream was real? Real to you that is. Have you ever wanted to control the outcome of your dream? Was there a confrontation you had in a dream that you wish you handled better? Or is there a place you’d love to visit with your loved ones, but it seems too good to come true? Lucid dreaming can make your dreamscape your personal playground. Imagine controlling your body, reactions, and even your environment while you are fast asleep. With 3 easy steps, you will be able to take control of your dreams, and perhaps make them a reality.

1) Reality Checks

Throughout your day make it a habit to check things constantly. Check the time on the clock at 2 pm everyday, for example. Look at your hands and remind yourself you are not dreaming. This will leave an imprint in your brain, and if you come across a clock showing 2 pm in your dream, you will pull yourself from dream state to lucid state. The conscious awareness of seeing 2 pm on the clock, or looking at your hands, gives you control over your dream. While awake, feel the ground with your feet. Be mindful of the steps you take when you enter and exit rooms, you most likely are not just appearing in different rooms, so it is important to take note of the path you take to get there. You will be able to notice the difference between your movements while you are awake vs dreaming. The constant mindful observation will give you control in your dreamscape.

2) Recording

As you practice your skills of being mindful, it will help you remember moments you once would let pass by. This will help you remember your dreams. Keep a journal by your bed, and when you wake up write down your dream as soon as you can. You could draw pictures, speak your dream into a voice recorder, or even use one of the many online tools to track your dreams. Which ever way works best for you, it is important to constantly record your dreams. Try to remember the emotion you felt, colors, structures, events, and people. Perhaps you noticed what time was on the clock. Maybe you noticed how you entered and exited rooms. Make a practice of this, and see how much is in common with your everyday mindfulness practice.

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3) Remembering

Practicing mindfulness and making a habit of recording your dreams set the foundation to lucid dreaming. To gain more control of your dreams in a lucid state it is important to revisit your reality checks and your dream journal. Go through your dream journal and highlight moments that stick out, strong emotions, and events that tend to repeat themselves. As you remember these patterns, your brain maps them out. You will start seeing the same lucid triggers, reality checks, in your dreams as you keep practicing. By your brain mapping this out, you gain control in your dream state. Instead of just observing, you are able to control your dreams. The more aware you are of your movements, emotions, and reality checks, the easier it becomes to take action in your dream.

With these 3 steps you have a strong foundation to begin lucid dreaming. With practice you will be able to hone in on this ability and lucid dream with ease. You can lucid dream in any sleeping environment. It all depends on how you train your mind.

If you would like assistance on calming your mind to put you in the perfect focus for lucid dreaming, try LucidiTea’s Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea. It’s created with the dreamer in mind, stimulating vivid and easily recalled dreams.

We would love to hear your experiences.


7 Reasons To Drink More Green Tea

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has a history that dates back by several thousand years. It has a history that hails from China and is currently used by people from different parts of the world. This can be attributed to its very many benefits. When compared against many other beverages, green tea is unique and truly healthy.

Here are few interesting benefits of Green tea.

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Benefit #1 – Weight Loss

The list of health benefits begins with weight loss. Green tea has an interesting mix of ingredients that can boost the body’s overall rate of metabolism. Polyphenols from green tea can trigger fat oxidation and improve the rate at which food is turned into calories.

Benefit #2 – Combat Diabetes

Apparently, green tea is ideal for overcoming diabetes. As you consume green tea after a heavy meal, the rate at which blood sugar rises will slow down. This will prevent fat from accumulating in the body and abrupt insulin spikes. Green tea regulates the level of glucose in the body miraculously.

Benefit #3 – Stay Calm

Research states that green tea is capable of keeping you calm and composed. It will help you withstand steady changes in the blood pressure. This is because green tea soothes the lining of various blood vessels. As a result, you will be less likely to be affected by clots that can cause heart attacks.

Benefit #4 – Reduce Risks of Cancer

The chances of esophageal cancer decreases rapidly with green tea! It is strongly believed that authentic green tea is capable of destroying cancer cells, without touching the healthy ones. Consuming green tea once in every three days, will improve your health predominantly.

Benefit #5 – Fight Against Fatal Health Issues

Once again, green tea is capable of delaying the risks of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. These are two critical health issues caused due to the deterioration of brain cells. Green tea has essential enzymes that can restore damaged brain cells over a period of time.

Benefit #6 – Steer Away from Dental Problems

If you are affected by serious dental problems, it would be wise to include green tea in your diet. The drink comprises of a chemical antioxidant called catechin. The antioxidant is capable of destroying viruses and bacteria that triggers dental conditions and throat infections.

Benefit #7 – Fight Against Depression

Another indispensable feature of green tea would be its hand over depression. The leaves have Theanine, an important amino acid that has strong tranquilizing effects and the ability to soothe your mind. This is why you should have green tea every morning!

Order some of our organic loose leaf green tea today!


3 Effective Keys to Cultivating Inner Peace

In this article, my goal is to take this seemingly difficult subject and break it down into 3 simple keys. Many people talk about “finding inner peace” but I think that one must cultivate inner peace within themselves. In the busy world and culture that we live in, it is easy to feel lost and confused at times. I would like to give you a few keys to change your perspective and empower you.

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Gautama Buddha

1) Be Here Now

The first key to cultivating inner peace is to be here, now. It is important to let go of any worries from your past and any concerns you have regarding your future. Do not dwell in the past or be anxious about the future, simply be fully here in the present moment. The easiest way to bring your complete awareness to the present moment is to bring your attention to your breath. Focus on your breath, inhaling deeply and exhaling completely, letting go of any fears, worries, or concerns you may have and replacing them with gratitude for what is now.

 

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2) Gratitude

The next key to cultivating inner peace is to personify agratituden attitude of gratitude. Gratitude is one of the highest vibrations that a human is able to embody among unconditional love, truth, forgiveness, and joy. Instead of stressing, start counting your blessings.

One straightforward way to start being more grateful is to keep a gratitude journal. Each day write in your journal a list of things that you are grateful for in your life. Another way to express and fill yourself with the energy of gratitude is to write letters of gratitude to those who are close to you or have had a significant impact in your life. Writing letters of gratitude can increase happiness of both the recipient and the giver for extended periods of time.

There has been a lot of research on the psychological benefits of gratitude which include increased levels of happiness, a more optimistic outlook on life, and inner peace. For more information on some of the research regarding gratitude please have a look at this article. Start expressing your gratitude for what you have now and watch a new attitude towards life unfurl and flourish. As you continue to live with an attitude of gratitude, you will attract more things in your life to be grateful for.

 

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3) Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the last but certainly not least important key to cultivating inner peace. It is not only important to forgive others for any actions that may have hurt us either intentionally or unintentionally, it is also important for us to be able to forgive ourselves. Often times we are far too hard on ourselves, especially by holding ourselves to extreme expectations.

We must learn to forgive ourselves if we want to be at peace with ourselves. Holding on to anger or resentment is a heavy burden for the heart to carry. Forgiveness is very freeing and it is key to releasing both parties from karmic debt. When we forgive others we allow healing to occur and we allow ourselves to move on.

Also let us know in the comments how these keys have helped transform your state of being after putting them into practice. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have or add any thoughts you have.


5 Simple Steps to Brewing Refreshing Iced Tea

The wait is over; summer is here! This means it is prime time for long days on the beach, poolside barbecues, and everything under the hot sun. If you are looking for ways to stay cool this summer, your search stops here.

Our favorite way to keep cool here at LucidiTea is by drinking iced tea, and our aromatic teas are perfect for brewing. Brewing iced tea is quite a simple process that will keep you refreshed, energized, and healthy through the longest, hottest days of the year. We have some tips for making the best quality iced tea to share with you that you will want to share with your family and friends this summer.

It is important to point out how to avoid brewing bitter iced tea. This is the most common issue people have when brewing their own iced tea, and is easily avoided. Brewing your tea with boiling water and then chilling it in the refrigerator can create a bitter taste, and can cause astringent tannins in tea to make your mouth feel dry, which is not what we want when we are parched in the heat. Instead, the best method to use is to steep your tea in cool water over night in the refrigerator in a covered glass container, pitcher, or jug. By keeping your tea under 40 degrees Fahrenheit (the temperature in your refrigerator) you prevent bacterial growth and tannins in tea from blooming. The aroma and flavors in your tea will be crisp and clean. So, taking that into consideration, let’s get started.

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Iced tea with lemons, limes, mint, and flowers.

There are five simple steps to cold brewing iced tea.

1) Measure
The rule of thumb is approximately one heaping tablespoon of loose leaf tea per liter of water. If you are looking to make a smaller batch, one teaspoon per cup of water will do the trick. Remember to take into consideration the consistency of the loose leaf tea you are using. If it is a finer tea, use less. If the tea is fluffier, use more. Using too much tea to water ratio will give a bitter taste, so a little experimentation is beneficial.

2) Steep
Gently stir your tea leaves into the water, make sure the container you are using is covered, and let is sit overnight in your refrigerator. For best results, steep white or green teas 6-8 hours, and steep black or oolong 8-12 hours.

3) Strain
Use your favorite method of straining to remove the leaves. These leaves can be saved and reused for another batch. We recommend anything from cheesecloth to coffee filters. We like to pour our iced tea into a pitcher with lemon and ginger. Add fruit, sweeteners, and herbs to create a variety of flavors that everyone will enjoy.

4) Share
We here at LucidiTea know the importance of sharing. Make sure to share your delicious iced tea with those you’re enjoying the hot summer sun with. This is a friendly reminder because we know from experience that the quality of our product makes the best iced tea and you will want to keep it all to yourself.

5) Enjoy!
Simply enjoy. As you soak up the rays of the summer sun, please take a moment to enjoy each sip of your aromatic iced tea. This is our favorite way to stay cool, and after your first batch we know you will be hooked too.

Some teas cold brew better than others. The quality of our teas will ensure that no matter which tea you decide to use, the results will be more than satisfactory. We recommend our peppermint tea for an extra cooling experience. You can always add some extra flavor to your iced tea by adding mint leaves, your favorite citrus fruits, or berries, and please all of your guests by doing so!

Please let us know what blends you try, and which ones are your favorites to drink iced!


7 Benefits of Drinking Red Rooibos Herbal Tea

Also known as Red Tea or African Red Tea, Red Rooibos herbal tea is harvested from a red bush plant, which grows in South Africa. Apart from its sweet taste that is great for both children and adults, Red Rooibos tea has gained big appreciation among tea lovers because it offers a whole variety of health benefits and it can also be used in many delightful recipes in the kitchen.

Delicious to drink and amazingly beneficial to our bodies, Red Rooibos tea is proven to be an amazing addition to any healthy diet. We present you with the obvious reasons why.

1. It is a powerful antioxidant

First of all, Red Rooibos tea is found to be rich in antioxidants, which are amazing ingredient which protect our healthy cells from radicals damage, fighting against a whole variety of diseases from cardiovascular ones to cancers.

2. It is anti-inflammatory

Coming from the fact that it is rich with antioxidants, Red Rooibos tea is also anti-inflammatory which means that it prevents DNA damage and inflammation. Both of these issues are often linked to a lot of diseases present in the modern world, which Red Rooibos fights against perfectly.

red_rooibos_tea3. It protects the brain from stress

Psychological stress increases the free radicals leading to oxidative damage and afterwards some of the many neurodegenerative diseases. Red Rooibos tea with its amount of antioxidants reverses these negative effects and reduces the stress on the body and brain as well.

4. It helps the metabolism

Studies made on mice suffering from metabolic disturbances found that Red Rooibos tea had significant effects in reducing serum cholesterol, triglyceride and free fatty acid concentrations, which reduced fat in their blood stream while preventing dietary caused fatty liver.

5. It prevents diabetic complications

Apart from the fact that it does not directly affect the glucose levels, Red Rooibos combats oxidative stress perfectly – and prevents the diabetic vascular complications and also eye issues that usually result from that issue.

6. It protects male fertility

Because of its antioxidant levels,  Rooibos has a sperm protecting ability. In a study with rats in the first place again, the ones who were given both red and green Rooibos tea were found to have higher sperm counts than those without it, therefore was found that the Red Tea affects the sperm in a good way.

7. It is perfect for kids

In the end, since it has no caffeine inside, the Rooibos tea is a helpful brew for children which love it since it is sweet and delicious.


How to Prepare a Matcha Latte

Consuming antioxidant rich foods and beverages is a great way to lead a healthy lifestyle that can be both easy to do, and tasty as well. It is not hard to find delicious and nutritious drinks that can replace those old sugary calorie bombs that you used to drink. One great beverage to try is matcha tea. This finely ground green tea powder is full of health benefits and is quickly becoming popular among all nations looking to live better and live longer. If you are not keen on having the hot brewed matcha tea in the morning, try making yourself a delectable matcha latte instead.

Making a matcha latte is quite easy to do, and you really only need a few ingredients to do it. Here is what you will need; matcha powder, a sweetener, and the milk of your preference. You can use raw honey, stevia, or agave syrup to sweeten. You can use any type of milk that you prefer to drink. If you drink cow’s milk, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, it will not matter. You will still prepare it in the same fashion.

What you will want to do is bring about 2/3 cup of your milk of choice to a very slow simmer in a small sauce pan on your stove, over medium high heat. You do not want to heat it up too fast, and too hot, because the milk will scorch, and your latte will be ruined. Once your milk is simmering, take your one teaspoon of matcha powder and place it in a mug or heat proof cup that is large enough to fit your milk. Slowly add in 1/3 cup of boiling water to the powder, then add your milk afterwards. If you would like a bit of foam on your latte, tilt your cup just slightly. To finish off, sweeten with your agave syrup, or whatever sweetener you prefer.

It is nice knowing how to prepare a matcha latte because then you do not have to pay for it in a café and you will be able to have one whenever you want. Green tea is wonderful after a workout, due to its metabolizing effects, so you can now prepare yourself a nice warm latte to have after your workout on one of these crisp fall days. You will soon see that you do not miss those other drinks you had in the house after you make yourself one of these.