June 08, 2014

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How to Diminish Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles

Learn a nifty trick using tea to reduce facial puffiness in the eye area! 

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The most delicate Chinese teas

The most delicate Chinese teas are White teas. The tea leaves are  oxidized only about 5%  and have very little caffeine.

The harvest lasts only two weeks in early spring.

There are two types of White teas: the youngest downy tea buds and downy tea buds mixed with mature tea leaves. 

There  are only two stages in the processing: withering and sorting. 

Leopard Snow Buds tea is made of  youngest downy tea bud of great delicacy. The tea leaves are  picked between 3:30 and 7:00 am when the dew is heavy, then gently steamed.  

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April 23, 2014

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Culinary Teas Follows Guidelines of Ethical Tea Partnership

Culinary Teas makes every efforts to support Ethical Tea Partnership. Almost all of our teas follow these guidelines. 

Ethical Tea Partnership is an initiative started within the tea industry to monitor and regulate the living and working conditions on tea estates. The goal of the organization is to provide the consumers complete understanding of where tea is grown and manufactured.

Everything from fair compensation to heath coverage, housing and childcare comes under close audit. It is similar to Fair trade organization but has much broader scope for tea consumers since its focus is on the tea. 

What Does fair treatment and trading fairly look like? 


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February 17, 2014

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Pu-erh benefits

Pu-erh is often compared with good wine. It is made using the oldest methods of tea making. The leaves are gathered in big piles and undergo a process of fermentation and oxidation and since the earliest times pu-erh has been pressed into bricks or cakes for easy transportation.  
Pu-erh's flavor is incomparable with anything else and its complexity is unique: sometimes a little spicy, sometimes sweet, with a honey-toned, earthy, grounding. The flavor depends on its type, age and grade. 
It is a health tonic, too, rich in vitamins and minerals and contains high levels of antioxidants. With age, pu-erh’s healing benefits are enhanced and it develops a smoother and better flavor. It has known benefits for weight loss and lowering cholesterol level, helping digestion after heavy or oily meals. 

February 05, 2014

Health › Tea History ›

Lemon Verbena: A tonic for the digestive system

Lemon Verbena, called The Queen’s Herb, has benefits that are known the world over. Originally from South America, it has been imported to Europe 400 years ago.

Spanish conquistadors noticed this plant because of its citrusy aromas. 

There are many ways to use Lemon Verbena tea in cooking, baking, and dessert making. Sprinkle it on fish, poultry, rice, or add it to zucchini or banana bread, coffee cake, and any food in place of lemon zest. Create a sauce for your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers with applesauce, garlic, and Lemon Verbena. Lemon Verbena ice cream and sorbets are a gourmet treat!and named it after the Spanish Queen Maria Louisa.

Consider Lemon Verbena tea for its antidepressant benefits and its positive effect on the nervous system and digestion. What a great herb for the holiday season and long dark nights!

January 31, 2014

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Cinnamon Tea

I love great food, especially during holidays when it isn't possible to resist the abundant and delicious meals we share with family and friends. Sometimes after eating too much, especially sweets, it is hard to stop and we

 go on gaining pounds. This is due to an imbalance in blood sugar levels. Do you know that one of the most important benefits of cinnamon is reduced sugar cravings and lower blood sugar levels? Apple pie, even with cinnamon, can add these unwanted extra pounds, but cinnamon tea will not.

In our collection we have a great selection of teas with cinnamon.

It has been known in many countries for several centuries that cinnamon tea helps to strengthen the immune system, lower cholesterol, and stimulate weight loss. During the cold season add a piece of ginger and a slice of lemon to for extra Vitamin C.

Cinnamon tea will help keep you in good health during the holiday season despite  dietary overindulgence, but this golden rule still applies: All is good in moderation.

October 18, 2013

Health › Tea History ›

Pu-erh: tea for health and energy

Pu-erh 5 Year Old at Culinary Teas

Tea lovers claim Pu-erh tea gives you energy, stay focused, and relaxed. Like any Chinese tonic it gives your body what it needs and has some of the stimulating properties of coffee without the side effects. You can drink Pu-erh before a workout to get an energy boost, at the office, and to stay alert on long drives. Drink it to help you digest a heavy meal and for the many health benefits: detoxification of the body, reduced blood pressure, and lower blood sugar.

Pu-erh has other beneficial side-effects: it helps the body lose retained water in the tissues and burn fat, which makes it a wonderful tea for those who are trying to lose weight. I have discovered that it reduces appetite; I feel quite full and satisfied after drinking Pu-erh. It can help reduce cravings for alcohol and alcohol dependency.

Pu-erh tea originated in the 7th Century in China. Smooth, warming, and with an earthy flavor, the Pu-erh aging and fermentation process makes it unique and it becomes more precious with age. The people of Yunnan Province offered it to their guests and as it gained popularity, Pu-erh tea spread around China and all over the world. 

Try this delicious healing beverage. In China it is said that, “Pu-erh helps the body to be as it should be.”


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