Tea 201: What Makes a Tea Unique?

Have you ever wondered how one plant (Camellia sinensis) can be crafted into a near infinite number of varieties of tea? Or have you found yourself curious about tea culture prior to the English teapot and beyond today’s ubiquitous tea bags?

We hope you enjoy this first chapter of our current work-in-progress: an educational series exploring and demystifying Chinese teas, as well as the rich culture behind them. This post will begin with an introduction to the plant, examining its cultivation as well as how terroir influences the final product. Future posts will examine harvesting, processing, and eventually take us on a complete journey through the subtle differences between each type of tea and their known benefits.

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tea instead of alcohol

Drink Tea instead of Alcohol to Wind Down in a Healthy Way

For many people, alcohol is the drink of choice when they get home from a long day at work, or to sip along with their evening meal. However, recent evidence points to the fact that even limited alcohol consumption increases the risk of cancer and other diseases. If you are looking for a healthier way to wind down at the end of the day, consider making a cup of tea your evening ritual.

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Creamy Masala Chai

I’ll never forget the first time I enjoyed a cup of classic masala chai tea. I was 20 years old and had just embarked on what would be the first of many trips to India in the decade that followed. It was about 5:00 in the morning and the overnight bus I was aboard from Delhi to the northern city of Dharamsala pulled over on the side of a road in a tiny town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas.

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Oolong Bomb – a Powerful Way to Brew Oolong Tea

At Arogya we have been drinking what we call the “Oolong bomb”. It is inspired by gong-fu style preparation and creates a powerful brew, ideal for enhancing focus and productivity. In China, Oolong tea is well-known for its concentration-enhancing effects, which is why it is a favorite tea of students and executives alike. A normal cup of Oolong contains one teaspoon of tealeaves for an 8 oz. cup. The Oolong Bomb contains twice the amount of tea leaves, with half the water. The Oolong tea leaves are rinsed with hot water, and then brewed at a slightly lower temperature, around 185˚ F for 4 minutes. What ensues is a potent, espresso-like shot of concentrated and robust Oolong tea. This is a great way to enjoy the taste, as well as the mental and physical benefits Oolong tea provides. Try brewing an Oolong Bomb before studying, meditating, or having a meeting.

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Create Change Now!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

This month at Arogya we’re celebrating the incredible ability we have to create positive change in our lives by upholding tangible resolutions.  It’s through this resolve that we can begin to dissolve old, less productive habits and create lasting transformation in our lives.

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About Arogya

Read more about Arogya in our Brochure.

Learn more about Arogya Holistic Healing, Yoga, and Fine Teas as well as wellness services including acupuncture and massage available at our location in downtown Westport, Connecticut. See the Arogya Brochure for more information about Arogya Holistic Healing or call us at 203-226-2682.

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A Soothing Winter Tonic: Our Turmeric Ginger Tisane

The best healing blend to battle the cold! Counter the seasonal chill with our Turmeric Ginger Tisane, a wholesome blend of turmeric, ginger, licorice root, lemongrass, and citrus.  In addition to tasting wonderful, this herbal tea is an ideal healing tonic.

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Art of Tisane

Having grown up in China, I was exposed to a wide array of medicinal and culinary herbs on a regular daily basis. As I think back to my childhood, I am flooded with memories of “Ba Bao Cha”, reverently known as the “eight treasure tea”, my mom made for me each morning. This delightful and uplifting concoction is a blend of eight common ingredients found within Chinese cuisine and herbal medicine: Chrysanthemum, Goji Berry, Honeysuckle, Licorice, Red Date, Hawthorn Berry, Dried Tangerine Rind, and Brown Sugar.

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Buckwheat Tea at Arogya

The story of Dark Buckwheat Tea is one of intrigue and romance, as it originates from the unpolluted high mountains of southwestern China, home to the fascinating Yi people, whose hearty livelihood is steeped in simplicity and pristine health. The Yi ‘s long relationship with the many varietals of Buckwheat has spanned for thousands of years, as they have incorporated the buckwheat plant into their daily life of farming, eating, trading…and drinking it’s impressively savory brew, which recently has been proven to be a nutritional powerhouse.

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