I always get so excited when I learn about a new tea flavor that has been combined with flavors I wouldn’t normally expect. I find it amazing that an oolong tea can be successfully infused with mango and coconut flavors or that my next cup of white tea may surprise my palate with a burst of blueberry flavor. I admit, some flavor fusions did not taste as good as I imagined based on the magnificent aroma they gave off. Has that happened to you? However, I am not deterred from my continued quest to experience the ultimate tea flavor combination. And so, I want to chat a little about a few exotic tea flavors that are healthy and tasty, exotic teapots and exotic tea gifts.
Tea leaves are not the only ingredient used to make tea. I know, that sounds funny but it is 100% true. Although tea leaves are the ultimate tea makers, fruits, flowers and herbs are also great ingredients to used to make tea. All you have to do is boil water, add ingredients and steep. Also, these flavor infused teas are great served cold and I even read that some make tea ice cubes to enhance the flavor of other beverages like lemonade.
Do you know that practically every tea no matter its ingredient(s) usually contains some type of medicinal benefit? Doesn’t it sound great to think that you can actually look forward to and enjoy drinking “your medicine”? That being said, lets start with the wonderful and oh so helpful lotus. When you hear the word lotus do you usually think of the flower with beautiful pink petals? I do too. The thing is though, the tea from the lotus flower is not necessarily made of the pink petals but mostly of the green leaves that are underneath. The green leaves is where the good stuff is. This is the part that provides our bodies with magical and healing nutritional properties. In fact, the entire lotus plant (its flower, seeds, leaves, and stem) is used to make medicine. It is reported that the lotus helps to regulate hypertension contributors, prevent asthma, treat diarrhea, promotes sleep, reduces inflammation in the body, aides in digestive health, helps with headaches and nosebleeds.
- The first picture here is what the lotus leaf looks like in its original state, separated from the flower.
- The second picture reflects what the fresh lotus leaf looks like after it has been cut into strips and steamed.
- The third picture shows what the fresh lotus leaf looks like after being dried.sore throat, chest congestion, coughs, lung infections, and other chest ailments. They also take it for diarrhea, kidney problems, joint and muscle pain (rheumatism), headache, and cancer.
At any of these leaf stages, one can enjoy a wonderful cup of tea that tastes good and contribute to your good health. Unlike some other teas I mentioned in previous posts, the lotus leaf whether fresh or dried does steep a little longer.
This herbal tea is in deed an exotic tea as it comes from a shrub that blooms beautiful white flowers. There are major medicinal benefits hidden inside each shoot and flower of this North American shrub. Some of these benefits include clearing up sore throat symptoms, relieving chest congestion and coughs, treating lung infections and other chest ailments. Labrador tea can also be taken to treat diarrhea, kidney complications, joint and muscle pain (rheumatism), headache, and cancer, inflammatory conditions, headaches, indigestion, constipation, bloating, cramping, eczema, psoriasis, as well as those who are at high risk for cancer.
Exotic Teapots – What Mood Are You In?
If I could, I would own hundreds even thousands of teapots. However, I am practical and I know I can only drink out of one at a time. Plus, I don’t have the space available to put that many on display. But I divert. For me, teapots are not just a vessel to steep tea. Teapots invoke emotion and show off its owner’s style. Although I don’t own hundreds of teapots, I do have a number of them and each one of my teapots positively affect my tea making experience. I think teapots also help compliment the tea and tea flavors I choose to enjoy. For instance, when I drink Jasmine tea (loose-leaf of course), I usually reach for the teapot with a beautiful floral pattern that makes me think of a wonderful rose garden. It somehow reflects the lightly flavored tea and makes me feel delicate (if you know what I mean). One thing I pay attention to when choosing a teapot for use and not for show, is how easy it is to get the loose tea leaves out of it. Unless I have a teapot, I prefer teapots that have strainer holes made into the pot. Pictured below are some pictures of some exotic teapots that show off my personality the most. Do you like any of them?
There are plenty more awesome tea flavors, fusions and herbal teas to mention that taste good and provide great health benefits too. This is why I love everything about tea! The palate pleasing possibilities are limitless.