Tejaswi Rathore January 5, 2008
Know Your Cuppa
Ordinary tea has many components that benefit you, on a daily basis.
Alkaloid: It can help refresh the mind, boost the heart, eliminate toxins, relieve inflammation and get rid of hangover.
Tea polyphenol: It activates the capillaries.
Vitamins and fluoride: Various vitamins enhance the effect of alkaloid and tea polyphenol. Abundant fluoride is good for teeth.
Catechins: This antioxidant can do wonders to the skin by eliminating pigment residues.
No drink would have as many varieties and variables as tea. So, it is important to know which tea should be had when. Green tea, for instance, is for summer, black tea is for winter and oolong tea goes well all year round.
The Character of Tea
Different varieties of tea apparently suit different people best. Here’s a fun look at which tea is best for you.Executives: Green tea
Sport lovers: Oolong tea and black tea
Those exposed to air pollution: Green tea
Smokers and drinkers: Green tea
Meat lovers: Oolong tea
Those suffering from constipation: Honey tea
Those wanting to lose fat: Oolong tea and green tea
Those with a weak spleen and stomach: Oolong tea and flower teas
Those hoping for longevity: Oolong tea and black tea
The twist in the tale
Tea is one drink which can be mixed with as many things as you can think of, to suit your taste. Here are some favourites.
200 ml white wine
1 piece of cinnamon quills
½ non-sprayed lemon and orange
½ little glass of rum
Sugar to tasteMix the tea with wine and 200 ml of water in a deep pan. Add spices and slices of orange and lemon. When it comes to a boil, cover it, reduce temperature and leave for 5 minutes. Then remove from the stove and leave for 5 minutes. Strain punch, add sugar to taste and add rum.
Scotch Toddy Recipe
Boil three cups of water along with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves and pour over the tea. Leave to infuse over a very low flame for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, dissolve saffron in a little water by rubbing it gently. Strain the tea and add the saffron liquid together with almonds. Sweeten if you like and serve hot.