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July 22, 2007

10 WordPress Blogging Secrets You DON’T Know: Part 1 « Powerful WordPress Content Publishing Secrets

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10 WordPress Blogging Secrets You DON’T Know: Part 1 « Powerful WordPress Content Publishing Secrets

July 22, 2007

10 WordPress Blogging Secrets You DON’T Know: Part 1 « Powerful WordPress Content Publishing Secrets

Information about Chinese Tea

July 21, 2007

Today, tea is produced in over 40 countries and consumed in scores more. Yet, the flavors of this exquisite drink was unknown to the majority of the world till the late 19th Century when it started to be exported on a mass scale from its birthplace, China. Nearly, ninety percent of the world’s tea production comes from Asia and all the tea bushes around the world have their origins, either directly or indirectly, in China. Almost all the major tea producing nations have their own unique methods to process the tea leaves. Tea leaves which have been processed using methods practiced in Mainland China are known as Chinese tea.

The discovery of Chinese tea is an interesting one. The story as it goes in China is that Emperor Shen Nung in 2737 B.C. went on a long trip. When he stopped to rest, a servant went to get him boiling water. From a wild tea bush, a dead leaf fell into the pot of boiling water. Unnoticed to the eyes of the servant, it was presented to the Emperor who drank it and found the drink to be very refreshing. And thus, tea was born!

Then, as time progressed, so did a transition take place in the production of Chinese tea. The earliest mention of widespread drinking of tea in China was during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.). Then Chinese tea was processed in a way which many would find unbelievable today. Tea leaves were plucked, dried and then compressed in the form of cakes. The tea leaves in this dried cake form were then ground in stone mortars. The powdered cakes were in boiled in earthenware vessels and consumed as a hot beverage.

Later, during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 A.D.), the method to process Chinese tea underwent a change. During this period, the tea leaves were plucked, steam dried immediately and then ground to a fine powder. This powder was immediately put into wide bowls. The beverage resulting from this powder was iridescent white in color and highly regarded by the Song Court. Chinese tea during this period was mainly white tea and new varieties such as the ‘Silver Silk Water Sprout’ and ‘Palace Jade Sprout’ were developed by Emperor Huizong.

For decades, the process of steaming was the primary method of preparation of Chinese tea. However, during the fourteenth century, the method of producing Chinese tea underwent another transition. The tea leaves were roasted and allowed to crumble, rather than being steamed. This was the origin of modern day loose teas. However, what prompted this change on a mass scale was a decree by the Ming court in 1391 that only loose tea was to be accepted as tribute.

The processing of Chinese tea developed vastly in the seventeenth century. A process, known as ‘fermentation’ was introduced. Though technically, this process was not ‘fermentation’, but rather an enzymatic oxidation of the tea leaves. This process could be manipulated to get the desired result by changing the rate of drying or steaming the leaves. In fact, in southern China, the leaves were sun dried and half fermented to produce Oolongs. Further development of Chinese tea led to the production of present day white tea in 1796 during the Qing Dynasty. Finally, mass export of Chinese tea started in 1891, with the export of the Silver Needle.

Today, the consumption of Chinese tea is prevalent in most parts of the world. Chinese green tea is the more popular one in the Americas, though the consumption of white tea is increasing at a fast pace, especially after studies detailing its health benefits have been published. Who could have thought that the wild leaf discovered unintentionally more than 4000 years ago would become one of the most popular beverages of all time!

More information about history of the Chinese Tea available at http://teaonesite.com – the online Tea guide.

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Say ‘I Love you’ by giving Tea Baskets

July 21, 2007

A tea gift basket can be given as a gift to many different people for almost any type of occasion. Is a niece expecting her first child? Did a new neighbor move in down the block? Did a friend just learn she has a serious medical condition?

At any time of year, many people appreciate a coffee and tea basket. Tea has a calming influence and offers a pleasant taste experience. When you make a list of special times, include holidays, anniversaries, retirements, promotions, even birthdays and appreciation days. If you meet a new friend in your bridge club who is also a tea connoisseur, you can score points and build your relationship with the a welcome gift of gourmet tea.

If you looking to renew a friendship or give a charming house warming gift, consider a giving green tea gift basket. Savoring a hot cup of green tea while relaxing on the veranda or in her favorite chair helps your friend think of good times and fond memories.

Since tea is a rich source of manganese, which is necessary for healthy bones, you share your thoughtfulness by giving a healthy gift. Tea contains potassium which regulates the heartbeat. A tea gift basket offers a healthy alternative to alcohol, candy or anything else. Tea is second only to water in worldwide consumption, and Americans drink their fair share. When you give the healthy drink of tea, you are showing your care and thoughtfulness.

When choosing the tea for your tea gift basket, choose a variety of different teas. Green tea is a very popular flavor throughout Asia that has a long history throughout thousands of years. This tea is made from the dried lives of the Camellia sinensis plant, an evergreen perennial shrub. Chai tea, Earl Grey, English Morning Breakfast tea and afternoon teas each have their own charm and usefulness.

Chai tea is Asia’s solution to a cup of morning coffee. Chai tea is a careful blend of premium black tea often mixed with milk and a wide variety of spices. English morning breakfast tea offers a calm way to begin a busy day. Afternoon teas provide a way to relax after a busy morning and luncheon. Tea is the drink of royalty that is available to people of all ages, incomes and social class.

When you’re looking for a corporate or office gift, gourmet gift baskets let your client know they are special. There a plenty of online choices; you don’t have to shop at Starbucks. A coffee and tea gift basket is a practical and useful gift for anyone who enjoys drinking a hot beverage. Many gift baskets include other goodies like cookies, tea biscuits, the ever popular biscotti, candies, even fruit and nuts.

When you give a loved one a tea gift basket, you are giving more than a woven basket, tea packages and pretty wrapping. Giving gift baskets for a tea lover is a precious way to say “I love you” to your friends and family.

Sharon Mahoney is a lover of teas and sharing a relaxing cup of tea with others. Learn more about tea gift baskets at Sharon’s website, http://www.tea-gift-basket.info

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Things to consider when buying green tea

July 21, 2007

Don’t buy a variety which is too cheap or too expensive! Green tea in supermarkets is often a mixture of different varieties, and you don’t know exactly what you are buying. The expensive varieties from the specialty stores may be just a bit too much for the beginner to handle. Usually, only an experienced tea drinker can appreciate the finer teas. To beginners, they just taste “fishy”. As a rule, high-quality green tea has a very intense green color. Brown leaves indicate an inferior product which would justify complaints to the seller. Fresh green tea spreads a pleasant aroma reminiscent of a hay harvest. However, if it rustles with dryness, its quality is inferior! Beware of green tea in tea bags!

Its aroma does not come anywhere near that of a fresh brew from loose leaves, and the mineral and vitamin content is frequently unsatisfactory. However, in some stores, you can find tea bags of high quality if you cannot find any fresh green tea. The argument that tea bags save time does not apply to green tea. First, it doesn’t take a lot of time to put a couple of spoonfuls of leaves into a pot or cup; and second, taking your time is a very important part of the tea break. The final reason is that the use of tea bags is out of favor for environmental reasons. Producing them in the factory requires a lot of material and energy, and the disposal of the bags with their paper tags places a larger burden on the environment than leaving a few tea leaves to decompose.

Don’t buy any loose green tea that has been sitting unwrapped in a can! Unless the packaging is impervious to air, the tea oxidizes, and many of its active substances are lost forever. That’s why we advise you to buy green tea wrapped in airtight packaging! Store green tea tightly closed in a dry place. It is best to use wooden jars, a special kind of tin or china, or bags which keep out the light. To brew the tea, take the leaves from the jar with a dry tea-spoon. Don’t leave the spoon in the jar because this can cause chemical reactions and changes in taste. Store only one variety of tea in the jar. Do not use soapy water to wash the jar because tea assumes other aromas very quickly! You can clean the jar by wiping it with a dry cloth. Ideally, green tea should be stored in a cool and dark place with no sources of steam or heat nearby. Keep tea as far away as possible from radiators and heat vents.

A sunny window sill would be equally unsuitable for storage. Never place green tea in the refrigerator because a refrigerator stores many different kinds of food. The aromas can sometimes find their way through closed tea bags or jars. The humidity in a refrigerator is also a problem; sometimes it will find its way into the tea leaves. In addition, you have to remove the jar from the refrigerator when you want to prepare your tea. The large fluctuations in temperature can damage the aroma of the tea. Green tea is aslo a good drink for the health especially there are varieties of it to choose from and its aroma simply great.

The site http://www.gluw.org all about green tea and its considerations and also the usage of it for our health especially.

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The Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

July 21, 2007

Although green tea drink has been around for many centuries most especially in Asian countries, modern studies and modern researches have only recently shown that there are many health benefits to be had in drinking green tea. With the benefits turning up one after another from these researches, it is even quite surprising to think about the many health benefits man has done without from not having maximized the drink.

What are these health benefits that green tea boasts of? Here is a short rundown:

a. Anti-Oxidant – Green tea leaves contain anti-oxidants. These anti-oxidants help strengthen the circulatory system, preventing certain heart conditions such as atherosclerosis which causes heart attacks, heart failures, and other coronary artery and heart diseases.

b. Blood Sugar – Green tea controls the level of blood sugar in the system, prevents Type 1 Diabetes and slows down the condition once it has developed in the body.

c. Cholesterol – Green tea lowers bad cholesterol and increases the good cholesterol or the HDL. Consequently, green tea also prevents strokes.

d. Cancer – Green tea prevents cancer by de-activating carcinogenic activities which stimulates cancer cells in the body. Green tea, when taken in regularly by cancer patients, has also shown to aid in the relieving the pain that comes along with cancer, making cancer patients more able to cope with the physical pain and symptoms of the illness.

e. Liver Diseases – Green tea detoxifies the system and rids the body of toxic substances which causes liver cancers and other liver diseases.

f. Organ Transplant – In a recent study on organ transplant patients, green tea has shown remarkable results in preparing the system for organ transplants, making the body more adaptable to the new changes in the system.

g. Weight Loss – Green tea speeds up the metabolism in the body and promotes thermogenesis or the production of the body’s heat which is important in the burning of fats in the body. Thus, green tea, when coupled with the right exercise program, is ideal for those who want to lose weight safely.

h. Osteoporosis – Green tea contains bone-enhancing properties which slows down bone degeneration and prevents Osteoporosis.

i. Periodontal Diseases – Green tea also helps prevent certain gum problems such as Periodontal Diseases.

These above-mentioned are only some of the more pronounced benefits of drinking green tea. Who knows what other benefits are there left for us to discover? Green tea has certainly gained much ground as far as health benefits are concerned.

Patricia Hammond is a green tea enthusiast. Get her FREE 7-Day GREEN TEA eCourse here or visit her site at www.YourHealthCenter.info for more health tips on weight loss, sleeping disorders and others.

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The History of Tea

July 21, 2007

Besides water, green tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. It is estimated that over one-half of the world’s population drinks tea in some form. Although England and other Northern European countries share a liking for tea with the rest of the world, they don’t actually call it by the same word. It is instead called “cha”, the Chinese word for it.

Chinese history attributes the origin of the drink cha to one King Shen Nong, also known as the father of agriculture and medicine. It was decreed by this king that for health reasons his subjects would have to boil water before drinking it. One day as Shen Nong sat in the shade of a tea tree while boiling water to drink, a light breeze blew some of the tea leaves into the kettle. When he decided to try a sip of this infusion, he marveled at its delicious taste and at once also felt invigorated. Tea had been invented! King Shen Nong then recommended it to his subjects, declaring that tea gives vigor to the body, contentment to the mind, and determination of purpose.

In short, tea is actually a stimulant drink just like coffee.

For the mythical story, we have the Japanese legend. It involves Bodhidharma, an Indian monk who also was to have brought Zen Buddism to China. So, Bodhidharma had been sitting facing a wall during nine years of meditation, and had fallen asleep during the fifth year. Waking with a start and angry with himself for his laziness, he cut off his own eyelids so that he would never sleep again. Throwing the eyelids to the ground, a tea bush was caused to spring from the ground on the spot. The bush’s leaves, when infused with liquid, would prevent sleep.

For printing on the side of a tea box, that gory business with the eyelids is a little too intense for marketing purposes. So instead, the legend is sometimes augmented to say that Bodhidharma awakened and merely told his servants to scour the countryside until they found an herb to keep him awake, and tea was discovered that way.

The Chinese and Japanese later developed the tea ritual into a social and religious rite of exquisite refinement. Throughout the earlier centuries of its use the tea drink always was considered more of a medicine. Like many historic herbs, it was regarded as a remedy for nearly every and any human ailment.

The first published account of methods of planting, processing, and drinking tea appeared in an ancient Chinese dictionary published around 350 AD by Kuo Po, a Chinese author of the Jin dynasty. The book spread the knowledge of tea throughout China, and on into Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Slowly the practice of tea drinking evolved, from the classical “school of tea” where it was prepared as a cake of dried leaves during the Tang Dynasty, to whipped and powdered tea in the Song Dynasty, to the Ming Dynasty, where it was used in whole, loose leaves.

All of this went on and on in China, dating from the first millenium BC all the way to the year 879, as near as we can peg it, when it was at last spread to the Western world. In that year, an obscure and unnamed Arabian traveler brought back stories of tea to his home land, mentioning in his writing that tea and salt were main sources of revenue in a city in China. Next, the famous Marco Polo is credited with officially discovering tea for the West. By the early 17th century, a ship belonging to the Dutch East India Company bought a cargo load of the first green tea leaves to Amsterdam from China. Tea was known in France by 1636, and from there spread on into the rest of Europe and the Western world, as well as Russia.

The different pronunciation of the Chinese word for tea, “cha”, led to its being called by its English name. This bears an influence on the modern drink “chai”, which is tea is prepared with steamed milk, sugar, and spices, rather like our richer coffee-based drinks.

Besides water, green tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. It is estimated that over one-half of the world’s population drinks tea in some form. Although England and other Northern European countries share a liking for tea with the rest of the world, they don’t actually call it by the same word. It is instead called “cha”, the Chinese word for it.

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