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With so many things in the world changing, one thing has and will always remain the same, hydration! We will always need to hydrate.


The pandemic highlighted the need to take care of ourselves and to nourish and nurture our inner souls. Creating daily rituals is a way to implement healthy habits that can strengthen our immunity, and provide moments of peace in a chaotic world. Gifting new employees, lifelong employees, clients and more with products that inspire good health and mindfulness are both thoughtful and meaningful. The right gift can inspire someone to take on new rituals of self-care.


Besides water, tea is one of the most enjoyed beverages among people worldwide.


It is refreshing, provides hydration, and is consumed as a beverage of choice in different cultures.





Gifting tea sets and kits gives brands an opportunity to message things in an entirely new way. Creating a custom kit that is filled with a beautiful aromatic tea along with a set of great teacups and a pot is inspiring. Often these kinds of gifts are something people want but do not buy for themselves.


Imagine the delight of the recipient when they receive a beautiful unexpected surprise with all the ingredients to make the perfect cup of tea.


Combining all the benefits of tea into your messaging creates unlimited opportunities for sprinkling brand creative into an experience that will continue to bring peace and happiness to someone each day. We have put together a list of benefits to consider below. Imagine the possibiliteas (wink wink).


Is it tea time? We think so.


We've compiled information below about the unique properties of tea to help you consider how you can create a custom campaign or promotion inspiring good health and great daily rituals. Need help? Reach out and we can Brew something up together.



Tea Inspiration:


Teas are an excellent source of biochemical compounds such as flavonoids, catechins, polyphenols, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and fluorides.


Drinking tea offers a wide range of health benefits including heart, brain, digestive health, and more. Various teas contain caffeine which stimulates the central nervous system, this caffeine content is much lower than coffee. For example, one cup of black tea contains about 47 mg of caffeine which is less than coffee which offers 95mg per cup.


Most herbal teas and green tea are caffeine-free and are great choices for people on a decaffeinated diet.


Incorporating tea into your daily routine provides health-promoting effects. Check out the facts:

1. Reduce Cholesterol Levels

Most of the teas like green tea, black tea and herbal teas are loaded with antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds.


These compounds help regulate cholesterol levels in the body.

Black tea contains theaflavin and thearubigin are powerful antioxidants which lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and support heart health. [1]

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23780706/

2. Lower Blood Sugar Levels

Polyphenolic compounds such as catechins present in green tea, black tea help regulate the blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. [2]

https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/98/2/340/4577179

Some of the herbal teas such as hibiscus tea, chamomile tea, cinnamon and turmeric teas are studied for their antidiabetic effects.

Adding unsweetened teas in your diet would help you reduce blood sugar level.

3. Increase Weight Loss And fat Burning

Teas are packed with antioxidants and low in calories. They increase weight loss by boosting metabolism, increasing the fat burning and suppressing appetite.

Best teas involved in weight loss are green tea, black tea, oolong tea, white tea and herbal teas.

Green tea, black tea, oolong and white tea are obtained from the same tea plant known as Camelia sinensis, but differ in way of processing.

While herbal teas are obtained from leaves, fruits and flowers of different plants and do not contain caffeine.

Green tea and black tea are rich sources of phenolic compounds such as catechins and flavonoids respectively which increase weight loss, burn body fats, decrease waist circumference and BMI. [3]

https://journals.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/ajpregu.00832.2005?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&

4. Reduce Stress and Improve Brain Function

There is a huge list of teas that help support brain functions. Black tea contains caffeine which stimulates CNS and boosts brain activity.

Green tea shines in its antioxidants and protects from oxidative stress and neurodegenerative diseases. Moreover, it contains an amino acid L-theanine which helps relieve stress and anxiety, and improve brain function. [4]

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4480845/

Rosemary tea helps improve brain activity by inhibiting acetylcholine activity and activating the enzyme associated with increased circulation. [5]

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24080468/

Peppermint tea, gingko, chamomile, ginseng and lemon balm tea relax the mind, reduce anxiety and improve memory and brain function.

5. May Improve Heart Health

Raised blood cholesterol, increased blood pressure and plaque formation are hallmarks of heart diseases.

Green tea contains epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG) which has ability to reduce blood cholesterol, triglycerides levels, and reduces the deposition of fats in walls of arteries. [6]

https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/94/2/601/4597944

Black tea rich in polyphenols protects the heart by reducing cholesterol, blood pressure and triglycerides.

White tea improves circulation and supports heart health.

Ginseng tea is associated with relaxation of arteries, reduced clot formation, lower cholesterols and improved cardiac health. [7]

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4213864/

6. May Relieve Inflammation

Although inflammation is a natural response of the body's immune system to toxins and if left untreated leads to developments of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer.

Various teas possess strong anti-inflammatory activities and relieve inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome.

EGCG in green tea has the potential to reduce inflammation and relieve the symptoms of IBD, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's diseases. [8]

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23846486/

Other herbal teas such as ginger tea, turmeric, cinnamon, lemongrass, and rosehip tea are considered to have strong anti-inflammatory activities.

7. Improve Focus and Alertness

Caffeine in teas such as black tea is known to have promising effects on improving focus and alertness. It boosts the nervous system and increases wakefulness and attention.

This caffeine content in teas is lower than coffee but is sufficient enough to produce stimulatory effects.

8. Fight Against Infections

Teas have antimicrobial potential and help prevent infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Tea containing rosemary as an ingredient fights against HIV, influenza, and the hepatitis A virus. [9)

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30684236/

Echinacea and ginger tea are effective against herpes, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus and fight against flu, common cold, and sickness.

Green tea also possesses strong antibacterial activities that help fight bacterial infections, prevent dental plaque and dental caries, and remove bad breath from the mouth.

9. May Reduce Risk Of Cancer

Green tea and black tea contain phytonutrients that are powerful antioxidants and are associated with a reduced risk of cancer.

They inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells, induce cell death and restrict the growth of tumor cells. [10]

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3831544/

Studies have shown that green tea is effective against certain types of cancers such as breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer. However, more studies are needed to evaluate the effects of different teas on cancer in humans.

10. Teas May Nourish The Skin

Teas shine in their antioxidants which neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.

These antioxidants exert beneficial effects on skin health, they nourish the skin, remove toxins and slow the aging process.

Moreover, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties prevent infections, reduce inflammation and relieve skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.

Some of the teas that nourish the skin include green tea, jasmine tea, chamomile tea, rooibos, peppermint, white and oolong tea.

How To Brew Tea

Aside from a wide array of health promoting abilities, teas are easy to brew at home in a very short time. Tea flavor and odor vary according to the ingredients.

Green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea are obtained from the same tea plant but are brewed at different temperatures and differ in taste from each other.

Ingredients

Loose Tea leaves 1-2 teaspoon

Water 250ml

Lemon or honey to flavor the tea

Preparation

● Boil water for 2-3 minutes and turn off the flame.

● Allow this boiled water to cool for a minute and measure the temperature of water with the help of a kitchen thermometer.

● Measuring the temperature is important, as different teas are brewed at different temperatures. For example

Green tea is brewed at 170- 185 F

Black tea at 208-212 F

White tea at 175-180 F

Oolong tea is brewed at 195 F

● Add loose tea leaves in a tea infuser, close it carefully to avoid the spillage of leaves.

● Pour the water in a tea mug and place a tea infuser full of tea leaves in the mug.

● Allow the tea leaves to steep for 2-3 minutes, you can increase the steeping time according to your requirements. More the steeping time, stronger the tea will be.

● Take the infuser out of the tea mung and add some lemon juice or honey to fade bitterness.

● The refreshing tea is ready and you can enjoy it either hot or cold.

Herbal Teas Recipe

There is a huge list of herbs that are used in tea as the main ingredient. Herbal teas are prepared by steeping the plant parts such as fresh or dried leaves, flowers, fruits and roots in boiled water.

Ingredients

Leaves, flower and fruits of plant

Water

Lemon or honey

How to Prepare

● Take fresh water and boil in a kettle or pan for a few minutes.

● Fill the tea infuser with tea leaves or flowers and place this infuser in a tea mug.