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What is Orange Pekoe and What Makes it Special?

Orange Pekoe Tea

Have you ever wondered how your fresh cup of black tea gets its exquisite taste, aroma, and colour? You may have looked at the packaging and probably seen two prominent symbols and wondered why they are so prominent in the first place. One is probably the mark of ‘Pure Ceylon Tea’, and the other is ‘Orange Pekoe’. 

Pure Ceylon Tea refers to the fact that the leaves were grown, plucked, and processed in Sri Lanka. However, it is the Orange Pekoe part that is linked to the taste and aroma. But how?

What is Orange Pekoe?

This does not mean that the tea is going to give an orange flavour. This is a way of grading the leaf. Orange pekoe or OP is the highest grade of black tea which is predominantly produced in the South Asian regions namely, Sri Lanka and India. Once the leaf has been graded as orange pekoe after harvesting, they are withered, rolled, heated, and fermented. Most OP teas are referred to as black tea, but there are instances where oolong tea is also made from the same leaves.

Why call it ‘orange pekoe’ though? Firstly, the ‘orange’ is associated to the Dutch royal family, who were from the House of Orange. When it was first brought to Europe by the Dutch East India Company, only the best leaves were kept for the royal family. Once it was introduced to the public, vendors would include ‘orange’ in it to show that these are the same leaves preferred by Dutch royalty.

The ‘pekoe’ term originates from China. Since these leaves were plucked from the youngest Camellia Sinensis plant, they often had distinct down-like hairs. The Chinese would call these leaves ‘pek-ho’, hence the present day term. 

What Makes it Special?

Since orange pekoe is the highest grade for any black tea like that of ZESTA CLASSICAL BREW : KENILWORTH PEKOE, there are many special features, including some health benefits. 

Special Characteristics

While OP is an umbrella term for the highest graded tea leaf, some subgrades are based on certain characteristics of the leaf. Some of the popular subgrades are;

  • Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP)
  • Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (GFOP)
  • Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (TGFOP)
  • Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (FTGFOP)

These are leaves which goes into making exquisite teas and is only sold in loose-leaf format to avoid any mixing or spoiling. Certain broken leaf teas also fall under the OP grade as well such as;

  • Broken Pekoe (BP)
  • Flowery Pekoe (FP)
  • Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe (FBOP)
  • Golden Broken Orange Pekoe (GBOP)
  • Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe (GFBOP)
  • Tippy Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe (TGFBOP)

Are there differences in these gradings? Well, yes. ‘B’ would mean broken and produces a stronger flavour when brewed. Having ‘F’ would mean that the tea is of high quality and includes the buds of the plant. The ‘G’ would mean that there is a high ratio of golden buds. A simple way to remember this is through the number of letters. The more letters there are, the more premium the leaves are.

Health Benefits of Orange Pekoe

The best thing about OP is that it helps maintain a healthy body and mind.

  • There are high antioxidant properties in the OP leaf, especially in the form of flavonoids. Which is why most black teas made from the leaf help reduce free radicals and restores damaged cells in the body.
  • Although further research has to be conducted, the polyphenols and flavonoids are known to reduce the risk of heart diseases, reduce cardiovascular problems, and reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
  • The antimicrobial properties of OP tea are known to aid in keeping a healthy digestive system, which is linked to healthy metabolism and overall immunity.
  • There is also evidence to show that OP helps in maintaining a healthy mind. The caffeine and L-theanine amino acid in the beverage have a synergistic effect on the mind to stay focused.

Now that you know what orange pekoe is and its special features, why not try it yourself? Go ahead and choose from a wide range of OP Zesta Ceylon Tea. Whether it is flavoured or traditional black tea, you are guaranteed an amazing experience.

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Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea

Zesta Chamomile Tea

The development of tea has come a long way. From its discovery more than 5,000 years ago in China to the flavoured and herbal infusions in the global market right now, the variety of tea is increasingly becoming saturated. However, there are some varieties that have become popular among many a tea drinker for its taste and health benefits.

Chamomile tea is one such popular variant of herbal tea that has strongly influenced enthusiasts for its health benefits. Belonging to the Asteraceae plant family, the herb is a doppelganger to the daisy flower. The use of the herb can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and early Germans, and was used as mild sedatives, fragrance boosters. While it was used as an additive for making medicine in the past, presently it is used as tea. Although its application has changed over the years, chamomile tea health benefits remain. Here we delve into what the best chamomile tea can do to your physical and mental well-being.

Physical well-being

Chamomile tea tackles indigestion problems

The unique compounds that make up the plant’s antioxidants help reduce the output of acid and reduce levels of leukotrienes, thus resulting in the decreased vulnerability of developing stomach ulcers and other gastric problems. In addition to tackling ulcers, a warm cup of chamomile teas is good for preventing diarrhoea, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Anti-ageing properties of Chamomile tea

While many benefits of chamomile tea can be enjoyed orally, it can also be used as an ointment of sorts for your skin. The natural phytochemicals and polyphenols of chamomile tea, when applied on skin helps speed up the healing processes of wrinkles, scars, eczema and rosacea. Moreover, the antioxidants present in the herbal tea allows for the body to get rid of unnecessary fat quickly, thus making it ideal to manage weight gains.

Can Chamomile tea treat diabetes?

Recent studies published on journals show that the antioxidants of chamomile tea help control the sudden spikes and drops in blood sugar, which in turn regulates the production to the blood. Such is the reason why doctors recommend the drinking of chamomile tea to diabetics.

Chamomile tea soothes menstrual pain

A warm cup of chamomile tea contains a number of organic properties, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help ease menstrual pain, bloating and mood swings. Thereby, allowing your body to relax and carry on daily activities with as little inconvenience as possible.

Help improve bone health with chamomile tea

Osteoporosis, which is a degenerative bone condition, is an increasingly problematic case for many women, especially in the post-menopausal stage as a result of the increase in the production of oestrogen. Studies have shown that a cup of chamomile tea a day promotes bone health, due to the anti-estrogenic properties, thus creating good bone health of the body.

Cancer prevention

Apeginin, a type of antioxidant abundant in chamomile tea has been known to be effective in the prevention and treatment of certain types of cancer such as breast cancer, digestive tract cancer, skin cancer, and prostate cancer.

Mental health

Relieve stress with Chamomile tea

The natural compounds of the chamomile have been known to release two major hormones responsible for regulating the mental health of the body; melatonin and serotonin. Studies have shown that one or two cups of chamomile tea eases the mind and is ideal for postpartum women.

Chamomile tea helps you sleep well

Sleep does not only affect mental health, but also physical health as it allows the entire body to recover from injuries and fatigue. However, in a fast-paced environment, it can be quite difficult to get adequate sleep, which in turn leads to insomnia. The presence of melatonin and serotonin in chamomile tea assists in alleviating chronic insomnia, therefore allowing you to sleep with ease.

Experience all these benefits with ease by purchasing some of Zesta’s Connoiseur Chamomile Tea at our online retail store.

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6 Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Zesta Green Tea

 

Green Tea has taken the world by storm, in the last few decades, surpassing its place in mere traditional medicine to becoming one of the most popular beverages. The curative properties of green tea are many, and for this reason, even those who weren’t avid tea drinkers before, have turned to this magical potion of a brew.

What is Green Tea?

Green tea, like all other varieties of true teas, comes from the emerald leaves of the evergreen shrub known as Camellia Sinensis. It is the production process that makes the difference in the colour, taste and health benefits of it. Unlike black tea, green tea does not go through fermentation, and thus retains all of its antioxidants. The pan fried and heated leaves give the green tea its famous shade of green and the unique light taste.

How to Prepare a Cup of Green Tea:

Pour hot water over a Zesta green tea bag, and brew it for about 1-2 minutes to get the perfect cuppa. You could opt to steep it for longer, if you want it to be more potent. The addition of honey, cinnamon, lemon or ginger could elevate the taste as well as the health benefits of it.

Green Tea Promotes Heart Health:

Antioxidants such as anthocyanidin found in green tea are found to be beneficial to cardiovascular health. Green tea could also prevent the occurrence of risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure or unhealthy cholesterol levels, because it contains beta blocking. It also has certain properties that increase the amount of blood pumped by your heart, all the while decreasing the blood pressure. It also protects LDL particles from oxidation. Ardent green tea drinkers have been reported to have less chance of developing cardiovascular diseases and strokes, which is all the more reason you should make a habit of sipping a cuppa while you go about your day.

Green Tea Improves Brain Function and Memory:

Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee and black tea. Therefore, it could keep you alert and awake, while avoiding the jittery irritability and restlessness associated with highly caffeinated drinks. The caffeine in green tea is a known stimulant and helps improve your mood while also making more vigilant. L-theanine found in high amounts in green tea is the perfect complement to the caffeine, since it ensures the smooth functioning of the activities where memory is concerned. It also increases the dopamine levels in the brain, providing a calm sense of mind that is free from anxious and stressful thoughts. The synergistic effects of caffeine and L-theanine make this brew the ideal study aid. In the long run, the daily consumption of green tea could also reduce risks of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.

Green Tea Helps Prevent Diabetes:

Green tea is known to make reductions in blood sugar levels, especially those that cause Type 2 Diabetes. The anthocyanidins in green tea can improve glycaemic control, reduce insulin resistance and normalise blood sugar levels in those affected by this disease. Research has found that green tea drinkers had less of a risk of developing diabetes. Since green tea is generally consumed without sugar, and contains no sugar on its own, switching to this would be a healthier choice that could change your life for the better.

Green Tea Increases Metabolism:

The fact that green tea helps lose weight, and fight obesity is quite possibly the main reason as to why so many people around the world have made a habit of drinking it. Catechin and EGCG found in green tea can increase metabolism, all the while making you feel satiated with a small portion of food, by decreasing your appetite. So, not only does green tea assist in weight loss, but it also prevents weight gain. While catechin breaks down excess fat, the caffeine in green tea increases energy consumption, which also speeds the weight loss process along. 2-3 cups of green tea a day could aid in your weight loss, so long as a balanced diet and ample exercise is followed through.

Green Tea Promotes Skin Care and Hair Condition:

Dandruff which is caused by dry skin on your scalp, is both a skin and a hair issue, since it doesn’t just cause poor hair conditions, but is also a major reason for acne. Green tea could reduce dandruff, and promote strong hair growth as well. Consumption of green tea could also reduce the level of free radical damage, which causes early ageing. It tightens the skin, clears out blemishes and reduces wrinkles and fine lines. The rejuvenating properties in green tea could speed the reproduction process of cells, and give you lighter skin and a youthful appearance. Keeping green tea bags on your eyes could reduce puffiness, redness as well as under eye bags.

Green Tea Protects You Against The Development Of Cancerous Cells:

It is commonly accepted that prevention is better than cure, and green tea, in this case could help your body fight against the development of cancerous cells. Antioxidants in green tea reduce the risk of cancers such as breast, colorectal and prostate. It has also been found that those who consume green tea regularly can ward off cancerous cells.

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The Difference Between Black Tea and Green Tea

Green Tea

Tea connoisseurs all around the world have a special connection with their favourite brew, as it makes up an important part of their lives. Green tea and black tea are two of the most popular types of tea in Sri Lanka and around the world. But how are they different? Besides its obvious colour-inspired name, here are some of the essential differences between green tea and black tea.

The Production Process

Contrary to what many may believe, both black tea and green tea are derived from the same plant that is known as Camellia Sinensis. The difference between the two lies in the fermentation process of the teas, which refers to how much tea undergoes the oxidation process to get dried.

How is Black Tea Made?

Once harvested from the plant, the leaves are allowed to fully oxidise before they are processed and dried. Oxygen interacts with the cell walls of the leaves which results in turning them dark brown to black in colour. Oxidation also alters the flavour in black tea, making it tangy and malty.

How is Green Tea Made?

Unlike black tea, green tea is quickly heated and pan-fried, and goes through a minimal oxidation process. This results in giving green tea its famous light colour and taste. This process also ensures that green tea retains most of its antioxidants.

How to Brew Black or Green Tea

The brewing time and method for green tea and black tea differ in certain aspects. For example, one tea bag of green tea should be brewed at 70°C to 80°C for about two to three minutes. Green tea is usually consumed without a sweetener. However, if you prefer to add a hint of sweetness, honey would be more recommended than sugar.

To brew black tea, add a tea bag to a cup of hot water with a temperature of 95°C to 100°C. Let the tea brew for approximately three to five minutes. You could add sugar or milk to your cup of black tea to elevate the taste to suit your needs.

The Caffeine Level of Tea

It is a known fact that tea has less caffeine than coffee. However, the low amount of caffeine in tea is one of the reasons why it is considered to be more beneficial than coffee or energy drinks. Sipping a cuppa would keep you energised for longer, without the inconvenience of the caffeine-induced restlessness of coffee. Black tea, in general, has more caffeine than green tea, due to the oxidation process, and is great for those who would want to pull an all-nighter. Green tea, although only has about 35mg of caffeine per serving, as opposed to the 39-100mg in black tea, contains L-theanine. This makes up for the lack of caffeine by bringing you to a state of calm alertness by firing up the neurotransmitters. This also releases the “happiness hormones”: dopamine and serotonin.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea contains the polyphenol EGCG which has been known to alleviate risks of certain types of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and liver diseases. It also helps in lowering the levels of fatigue and stress. Green tea is most popularly known as a powerful agent that increases metabolism, thereby promoting rapid weight loss. This curative beverage could also improve your dental health, and act as an antidepressant as well. Read more about the benefits of green tea here.

Health Benefits of Black Tea

Theaflavins found in black tea act as an anti-inflammation device and lowers the plaque formation in blood vessels which could otherwise lead to clogged arteries. They also promote fat breakdown and is a great aid for obesity management. Black tea is also a well-known beautifier since it decreases eye-bags, puffy eyes as well as redness in eyes. It also protects you against various eye discomforts such as styes, and conjunctivitis. Read more about the benefits of black tea here.

Shared Benefits

Both green and black tea is rich in polyphenols and contains flavonoids that help reduce cardiovascular risks. There have also been studies that reported that both these teas could help reduce the LDL cholesterol levels significantly. The daily consumption of both green and black tea could also lower blood pressure. Both green and black tea have been found to improve digestion and reduce ulcers. Strong shiny hair, flawless skin, and overall good health could be just a cup of tea away.

So, it does not matter whether you are a strong green tea enthusiast or a passionate black tea drinker, because both of these options are great and evidently carry a wide array of health benefits. The addition of either black or green tea or even both, could be the change your life needed all along.

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Herbal Teas and Their Health Benefits

Herbal Tea

Herbal teas, despite its name, isn’t a ‘tea’. Real teas are made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Herbal teas are an infusion of dried fruits, flowers, herbs or spices. Due to this reason, they are usually packed with a load of health benefits. Here are the two most popular types of Herbal teas are Chamomile Tea and Peppermint Tea; and their amazing health benefits!

1. Chamomile Tea and Its Health Benefits

This is one of the popular varieties of herbal tea in the market. Derived from the Asteraceae family of plants, it is the chamomile flowers that are dried and used to make the infusion. It has a very subtle flavour; earthy with a tinge of apple and floral sweetness. Owing to its many health benefits, they have been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years.

• Chamomile Tea Relieves Stress and Anxiety

This has to be one of the most popular uses of chamomile tea. Research says a compound named apigenin that is present in the tea, helps increase levels of serotonin, also known as the “happy hormone”. It also simultaneously helps soothe the over-firing of neurotransmitters that cause more anxiety, thereby, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression and promoting a better mental well-being.

• Chamomile Tea Improves Sleep Quality and Reduces Insomnia

Chamomile has the ability to act on the same receptor site as sedatives, thus enabling to induce sleep without side effects such as tolerance and dependence. Due to this reason, chamomile tea is usually drunk in the evening or in the night.

• Chamomile Tea Relieves Period Pain

Menstrual cramps can be quite daunting. While there are many painkillers, some of which even contain chamomile extract, it is always best to opt for a more natural pain-reliever. This is where chamomile comes into play. Studies mention that chamomile tea has the ability to reduce the production of prostaglandins, a hormone that is responsible for inflammation and pain. It is also an antispasmodic, thus further contributing to pain relief.

 • Chamomile Tea Promotes Heart Health

The infusion is rich in flavonoids that are beneficial to the heart. These are responsible for reducing blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels.

• Chamomile Tea Helps Control The Blood Sugar Levels

Therefore, it is a great beverage for diabetics as it is known to reduce the many long-term risks and complications of diabetes, thus improving the outcome.

• Chamomile Tea Helps Prevents Premature Ageing

The presence of antioxidants in the infusion are the key ingredients that fight off free radicals caused by UV damage thereby keeping your skin protected from damage and premature ageing.

 

2. Peppermint Tea and Its Health Benefits

An infusion made of peppermint leaves, this is as refreshing as it sounds and equally delicious. It has a strong mouth-tingling menthol flavour which invigorates the taste buds and is an excellent option to have after meals. It makes a brilliant hot or cold beverage, thus making it an enjoyable drink during any season or time of day.

There are many therapeutic effects associated with it.

• Peppermint Tea Helps Reduces Symptoms of Fever

The menthol in Peppermint Tea causes external sweating and simultaneously is able to cool down the internal body temperature, thus helping to reduce the overall temperature and providing relief. Peppermint tea is also an antispasmodic, thus reduces the urge to vomit, making it a great on the go beverage if you have motion sickness.

• Peppermint Tea Aids in Digestion

The presence of carminative properties in peppermint tea helps to reduce bloating and stomach discomfort.

• Peppermint Tea Increases Your Focus and Concentration

Got deadlines or exams around the corner? Having trouble keeping yourself focused? A cup of peppermint tea might just be the answer. A neuroscience research states that it can, in fact, boost your concentration. Even the scent of peppermint works wonders as it stimulates the hippocampus in the brain; the centre of memory.

• Peppermint Teas Aids in Weight Loss

It has been proven that peppermint is an appetite suppressant. Therefore, a cup after meals will keep you away from over-indulging in the desserts. Additionally, you could also mix it along with green tea to help increase our metabolism.

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Benefits of Lemon Tea With Honey

Lemon Tea

The cleansing and healthy properties present in lemon have long been known to contain a good dose of vitamin C and is a natural diuretic. Hot water with lemon will aid in digestion, cleanse the liver and flush out toxins and impurities from your body. Ceylon tea is packed with antioxidants and other elementary compounds that act as remedies to cure a number of illnesses. Check out the other benefits of Ceylon black tea. Lemon tea with honey on the other hand, is packed with double the nutrients and double the health benefits.

1. Improves skin

Lemon with honey is known to make your skin suppler and smoother, due to the high concentration of antioxidants in lemons and Vitamin C, which aids in preventing skin damage. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of lemon tea and honey is said to nourish facial skin and preventing the onset of acne.

2. Belly busters

Lemon juice reduces your appetite, as does the caffeine present in tea. When both are combined, lemon tea will have twice the effect as it would on its own. This can easily prevent you from overeating or snacking between meals, which in turn, helps you in losing weight.

3. Aid in digestion

A combination of honey and lemon serves as the ideal tonic for your stomach that will aid in digestion and remove any harmful bacteria from the stomach and digestive tracts. Due to the high levels of acidity found in lemons, it further stimulates the production of bile, which in turn, speeds up the digestive process.

4. Maintains blood sugar

When there is an inadequate amount of insulin in your blood, it can lead to high blood sugar. Consuming lemon tea with honey aids in maintaining this balance. A compound known as Hesperidin that’s present in lemons can aid in modifying the function of enzymes that affect the level of your blood sugar. Lemon tea also helps in preventing diabetes.

5. Fights free radicals

The presence of antioxidants in lemon juice and black tea help to rid the body of free radicals. With the ascorbic acid or vitamin C found in lemons and the theaflavins found in black tea, both aid in eliminating the free radicals from the body. This helps to prevent the onset of diseases like Parkinsons’ and Alzheimers. The antioxidants also prevent heart attacks and kidney stones.

6. Detoxifying

The wondrous elements of lemon play an essential role in eliminating toxins from your body, making it a natural detoxifier. Lemon tea is rich in citric and vitamin C, which aids to enhancing the functions of the liver and regularly flushes out toxins from your organs.

7. No more Flu!

A cup of tea when you’re sick feels miraculous, doesn’t it? Image a cup of lemon tea with the soothing properties of honey too?! Enjoying a cup of lemon tea with honey about 3-4 times a day before/during your illness will immediately relieve a sore throat, boost your immune system and give your body that warmth it craves for, especially during cold, rainy months!

8. Where can you get lemon tea?

Zesta has a range of tea flavours to choose from and lemon tea is just one of its many products. The tea is grown in the highlands of Sri Lanka’s hill country.

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Benefits of Drinking Osmanthus Tea

osmanthus black tea

Imagine a garden blooming in your cup that’s not just beautiful to look at, but is also miraculously healthy to your body?! Osmanthus tea is made from brewing the Osmanthus fragrans flowering plant that is only grown in China. Osmanthus tea is packed with rich aromas and health benefits. The tea features a combination of green or black tea and certain flowers. Once put in water, the bulb opens up and blooms like a flower in your tea.

1. Rich in Antioxidants

Ceylon tea, in general, is packed with a load of antioxidant properties that are beneficial to your body and its health. Antioxidants help in removing harmful toxins from the body. Osmanthus tea, not only looks pleasing and calming but has some rare antioxidant compounds that is uniquely found only in the flower. This tea is loaded with cathecins and flavanoids, due to the fact the tea is a combination of different types of Osmanthus tea which help in providing benefits to the body.

2. Skin and Eye Health

Osmanthus tea is known to enhance skin tone and replenish the skin’s colour and glow. Beauty products that are currently in the market contain Osmanthus oils. In addition to improving your skin, regularly consuming Osmanthus tea also improves eyesight.

3. Weight loss

Drinking Osmanthus tea doesn’t necessarily help you burn calories or fat, but it does suppress your appetite, which will help you curb binge eating and help in losing weight. According to a recent study by Scientific Reports, the aroma of Osmanthus tea will decrease any appetite-suppressing brain chemicals, which will prevent you from over-eating and binge eating.

4. Detox

Osmanthus tea is a natural detox and aids in ridding your body of toxins, especially in your kidney and liver. Regular consumption of Osmanthus tea makes you feel energized and refreshed and is often used in Chinese medicine as a cleansing agent. The tea is also known to treat health issues in relation to the endocrine system, liver and kidney. Traditional Chinese medicines also use osmanthus tea to purify the blood.

5. Vital nutrients

Osmanthus tea is said to relieve the body from fatigue and prevents drowsiness. The tea contains cobalt, manganese, selenium, molybdenum, neo-beta-carotene B, trans-alpha-carotene aids in preventing premature deaths and trans-beta-carotene. Neo beta carotene and trans alpha carotene are essentially converted into vitamin A and is an antioxidant.

6. May ease menstrual pain

Osmanthus tea has been known to reduce bloating, gas, while treating stomach aches, menstrual pain and diarrhoea. It is also known to treat intestinal diseases.

7. Lowers blood pressure

Osmanthus tea is caffeine free, which helps to lower your blood pressure. Osmanthus flowers are usually blended with oolong tea or green tea to double the health benefits it gets, but it can be enjoyed on its own as well.

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6 Benefits of Ceylon Black Tea & Guide to Ceylon Tea

Ceylon Black Tea

You’ve probably heard the name “Ceylon” often being associated with tea, but do you know where exactly Ceylon is? Is it a country? Is it a brand? Ceylon is actually the former name of Sri Lanka, as given by the British colonists! The jade pendant of the Indian Ocean is often referred to as the lush Land of Tea! Any tea produced on the island is known as Ceylon tea.

Ceylon black tea is known to have numerous health benefits, which is probably why the locals have between 3-6 cups of tea a day! A warm cup of black tea will not only warm you up, but is sure to awaken every inch of your body. Ceylon tea is packed with antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds that act as remedies for a number of illnesses. Here are some of the benefits of drinking Ceylon black tea.

Health Benefits of Ceylon Tea

1. Ceylon Tea & Your Heart

Think of Ceylon black tea as your heart’s knight in shining armour. With an adequate amount of potassium present in black tea, this helps to relax the tension in the arteries and blood vessels, which in turn stabilises your blood pressure and maintains it in a healthy level. A warm cup of Ceylon tea in the morning coupled with a banana (or other fruits rich in potassium) will drastically reduce the risk of heart attacks.

2. Ceylon Tea & Your Immune System

Maintaining a healthy immune system is crucial to looking after your health and taking care of your body, as it protects your body from diseases and infections. Ceylon black tea boosts your immune system and enables the body to fight harmful viruses and bacteria, thereby protecting you from the flu, fever, cough, etc. The antioxidants present in the Ceylon black tea increases the number of white blood cells.

3. Ceylon Tea & Weight Loss

Ceylon black tea has zero calories, only if its drunk sans sugar or milk. Calorie counters and weight watchers can consume Ceylon black tea – guilt free! The antioxidants found in Ceylon tea is packed with compounds known as flavonoids, which are known to have health benefits that aid in weight loss. These flavonoids cause an increase in metabolism, thereby being able to digest and break down food and fats at a much faster rate than without the consumption of tea. One cup of Ceylon tea is known to have 25mg of potassium. The presence of potassium also aids in improving blood pressure, cholesterol and maintain your heart health.

4. Ceylon Tea & Skin

Achieving that goal of radiant, soft skin is only a few tea cups away! Add some Ceylon black tea to your life, which are packed with antioxidants known to battle out the free-radicals in your body. A cup of Ceylon tea prevents damage on your skin cells. Drinking black tea often will keep your skin healthy and also reduce the risk of getting skin cancer, in addition minimising the risk of wrinkles, skin blemishes and other premature aging effects.

5. Ceylon Tea & Cancer

It should be important to first state that drinking tea daily does not stop you from getting cancer. However, regularly consuming Ceylon black tea will help minimise the risk and prevent the development and growth of cancer cells. The theaflavins and thearubigins present in black tea act as vital antioxidants in the body and special chemicals such as ECG and EGCG are known to fight free radicals, thus protecting cells from any cancerous damage.

6. Ceylon Tea & Energy

Ceylon black tea keeps your energy levels up. Tea leaves are packed with minerals and vitamins that are equipped to provide enough energy to your body. With the right amount of caffeine present in Ceylon tea, your body will remain fit and active throughout the day.

 

What is Ceylon Black Tea?

Unlike China; where tea existed for centuries, Ceylon tea didn’t exist until mid-19th century. Sri Lanka was famed for its coffee plantations until a fungus destroyed the crops during the colonial era, paving the way to Ceylon tea. The Chinese plant, Camellia Sinensis was planted in the Sri Lanka around 1857 and ever since, has flourished across the country. Ceylon black tea is one of the most favoured teas around the world, due to its unwavering quality as the leaves are plucked and processed using traditional methods.

Ceylon Black Tea Regions

Originating from four main regions in the country, namely Uda Watte, Ran Watte, Yata Watte and Meda Watte, Ceylon tea is unlike any other. With tea carpeted mountains covering acres of lush land, each leaf is carefully and delicately hand-plucked to ensure the finest quality of tea. Tea from each terroir tastes uniquely different, due to the soil, climate and elevation levels.

How to make Ceylon Black Tea

To brew the perfect cup of Ceylon black tea, boil fresh water to a temperature of 95ºC. Do not use re-boiled water. Add a teaspoon of your favourite Zesta black tea or drop a single teabag into your cup. Pour the boiled water into the cup and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain the leaves out or throw the bag. Add sugar and/or milk depending on your preference.

Ceylon Black Tea and Caffeine

The caffeine levels in Ceylon tea are as varied as the tastes of the tea; pertaining to its terroir. Ceylon black tea has approximately 50mg to 90mg per cup. Black tea is also known to be the perfect substitute for coffee and a much healthier option too!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ceylon black tea?

Black tea grown in the island of Sri Lanka was given the name Ceylon black tea. Ceylon was the colonial name bestowed to the island by colonists that occupied the country.

What is Ceylon black tea good for?

Drinking Ceylon black tea is known to be highly beneficial to your well-being, due to its nourishing properties, from increasing energy levels to boosting metabolism levels. The polyphenols and antioxidants found in Ceylon black tea is known to provide many health benefits.

What does Ceylon black tea taste like?

The taste of Ceylon black tea depends on where it was grown. High grown Ceylon black teas are lighter and more delicate than other variations.  Middle grown teas are strong and medium full-bodied. Low grown teas are darker and stronger.

How much caffeine is in Ceylon black tea?

Ceylon black tea contains about 50-90mg of caffeine in one cup, depending on how you brew it. Usually, tea bags tend to have more caffeine than loose tea.

How to make Ceylon black tea?

Pour 220ml of boiling water into a cup that contains 2.5g of black tea, or a tea bag.  Steep for about 3-5 minutes, depending on how potent you want it to be.

Is Ceylon black tea good for weight loss?

Ceylon black tea doesn’t contain any calories if consumed without a sweetener or milk. It also blocks the absorption of fat by reducing calorie intake. The flavonoid components found in the antioxidants of Ceylon black tea are can promote weight loss.

Is Ceylon black tea safe during pregnancy?

Drinking Ceylon tea in moderation could be safe during pregnancy. However, since black tea has a high caffeine count, limit the consumption to less than 4 cups a day.

Where to buy Ceylon black tea?

You could purchase Zesta Ceylon black tea from stores, or visit their online store on https://www.zestaceylontea.com/.

How to drink Ceylon black tea?

Pour boiling water over a spoonful of loose black tea or a Ceylon black tea bag. Steep for about 3-5 minutes. You could drink it on its own or add milk, ginger, or sweeteners.

What is pure Ceylon black tea?

Pure Ceylon black tea is manufactured following the same traditional process as that in the 1880s.  It is handpicked in order to preserve aroma and the freshness, as well as the polyphenols, essential oils, theaflavins and caffeine to best effect.

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Herbal Tea Recipes to Boost your Immune System

Herbal Tea

Tea has become one of the most popular beverages in the world, only second to water, and can be traced back to the days of the ancient Chinese Empires where the camellia sinensis plant was used to make green tea or black tea. Fast forward to the present day, and tea has become diverse in many ways, as it has branched out to various varieties, which include different flavours and infusions. One such branch of tea that has become popularised over the years is herbal (tea) infusions. 

There is a common misconception in herbal infusions, as many would think that the same plant used for manufacturing green tea and black tea is utilised. However, it is really a blend of spices and herbs instead of the traditional camellia plant. Regardless, they are known for its many health benefits, of which strengthening the immune system is one major element. Here are four simple herbal (tea) infusion recipes for you to try out at home and experience its health benefits.

Chamomile Tea 

This particular herbal (tea) infusion is one of the most popular beverages out of the lot, as chamomile flowers are easily obtainable, and is simple to make. Moreover, the benefits of this infusion does not only cover the physical aspects, but also the mental aspects of health. 

How to make Chamomile Tea
Ingredients
  • 200ml of water (per person)
  • Two grams or one teaspoon of Chamomile flowers (per person)
  • One fresh sprig of mint (per person)
  • Two teaspoons of honey (optional)
Method
  • Boil fresh spring water
  • Prepare two grams or one teaspoon of flowers (per person) and a sprig of mint in pot or cup 
  • Pour boiled water onto flowers (200ml per person)
  • Close cup or pot to preserve aroma
  • Stir after 1 minute so it brews well
  • Leave it to brew for another 3-4 minutes
  • Strain into teacup
  • Add in honey (optional) and mix well before consuming

Using Zesta Connoisseur Chamomile tea bags make things easier for you, as it cuts down preparation time. If you want to know about the health benefits of chamomile click here.

Mint Tea

Mint tea is another very easy beverage to prepare, and has a host of health benefits, such as maintaining oral hygiene, good metabolism, and a great immune system overall. Moreover, this herbal (tea) infusion can be tweaked to your liking too.

How to make Mint Tea
Ingredients
  • 10 mint leaves
  • One sprig rosemary
  • Half a lemon (optional)
Method
  • Boil fresh spring water
  • Tear mint leaves into a cup
  • Add in the rosemary sprig while the water is boiling
  • Pour boiled water on the mint leaves
  • Let it steep for around 10 minutes
  • Strain into teacup
  • Add in a splash of lemon to your liking before consuming

It is as easy as that. You also have the opportunity to do something similar with Zesta Connoisseur Peppermint tea bags to cut down preparation time.

Osmanthus Tea

Just like its chamomile counterpart, Osmanthus tea is also derived from a fragrant flower that has many antioxidant properties, and is easy to prepare.

How to make Osmanthus Tea
Ingredients
  • One teaspoon or two grams of Osmanthus flowers
  • 200ml of water (per person)
  • Two teaspoons of honey (optional)
Method
  • Place dried Osmanthus flowers in a cup.
  • Pour boiling water to the cup
  • Cover and let it steep for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in honey and mix well before consuming

The antioxidant properties present in this herbal (tea) infusion detoxes the body, provides vital nutrients to boost the body’s immune system, and many more that you could find here. If you do not have fresh Osmanthus flowers, a good alternative is to use Zesta’s Black Tea Infused with Osmanthus Flowers, as it mixes in the benefits of pure Ceylon black tea as well.

Ginger Tea

Considered to be a great remedy for the common flu, along with alleviating any digestive problems and strengthening the immune system as a whole, ginger tea is an herbal infusion that can be made in numerous ways. But here is a simple recipe to follow

How to make Ginger Tea
Ingredients
  • Fresh spring water
  • One teaspoon ginger root (grated)
  • One and a half teaspoon honey
  • Two cloves
  • One-inch piece cinnamon bark
  • Three-inch strip orange peel
Method
  • Bring a cupful of water to a boil
  • Add in all the ingredients when the temperature in the water has dropped a bit
  • Let it steep for around 15 minutes
  • Strain into teacup before consumption

If you want to cut the preparation time significantly, but still want to have the same benefits and a unique taste, you can use Zesta Ginger Flavoured Black Tea in teabag format instead.

Whether you are a frequent tea drinker or not, these herbal (tea) infusion recipes are sure to not only help boost your immune system, but also allows you to experience a unique side of tea.

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Health Benefits of Silver Tips Tea

Tea cup on book with the sun shining

Ceylon Silver Tips tea is easily considered to be one of the more exclusive and exquisite teas in the world. From the processing of the Camellia sinensis plant buds to the way the end product is brewed, the tea gives out a light, sweet and sublime taste that satisfies many palettes. However, did you know that with its unique taste, Ceylon silver tips tea benefits are plenty? From the boosting of the immune system to helping your mind stay focused in your daily tasks, this particular Ceylon Tea does wonders to the body. By choosing Zesta’s Silver Tips Jar, your experience will be all the more special in addition to its benefits of silver tips tea.

Silver Tips Tea and Heart Health

It has been researched that the antioxidants contained within the silver tips tea is known to have a positive effect on the circulatory system and the heart. This is attributed to the fact that the compounds help in reducing the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol from the blood vessels, which in turn reduce the chances of heart diseases and strokes.

Silver Tips Tea and Digestion

The polyphenolic compounds within the beverage also has a positive effect on the digestive tract. Having many antimicrobial properties, drinking the beverage will lead to the cleansing of the digestive system, which in turn would result in a cleaner and higher metabolic rate. So if you do suffer from any stomach cramps, nausea, or even irritable bowel syndrome, silver tips does act as a supplement that can help in curing the digestive problem.

Silver Tips Tea and Weight Loss

Although not conclusive, there is also reason to believe that due to the promotion of a healthy metabolic rate, the body starts to dispel unwanted fat and triglycerides stored in the body. The reduction in excess fat results in supporting weight loss, however, this is only experienced with people who are following a proper diet and who engage in frequent physical activity.

Silver Tips Tea and Immune System

Another major health benefit of silver tips tea is the effect it has on the immune system. The antioxidant properties have been shown to eliminate free radicals, which cause many illnesses to the body, the common cold being one of the more notable illnesses. In other words, by drinking this tea would make you less likely to contract several sicknesses due to the immune system being boosted by the antioxidants contained in the beverage.

Silver Tips Tea and Mental State

While the silver tips tea is famed for its many physical health benefits, the beverage is also proved to be beneficial to the mental state of the individual. This is because of the L-theanine amino acid present in the buds. This amino acid is responsible for inducing a more calm and focused state of mind, which is perfect for many people undergoing quite a lot of stress in their professional lives.

Limitations and side effects

If you are a habitual silver tips tea drinker, it is perfectly fine, however, do keep in mind that more than five cups a day can result in a few side effects, such as disturbed sleep due to the caffeine levels in the beverage. Moreover, if you are a pregnant woman, it is always important to have a controlled consumption of silver tips tea, since it can lead to birth complications in the future. 

Silver tips tea then, is an elixir that provides many health benefits to the body and mind in many ways. Zesta takes it up a notch by providing some of the finest quality silver tips tea for you to savour the taste.