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Reading the Leaves : A Guide to Winter Teas

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Dorothy Haynes – CHHC


A special thanks to Susan Newsome our resident “Tea Queen” for today’s post. Expect to hear more from her in the future as she shares with us the curative benefits of tea and educates us in the fine art of “brewing”!

As we share stories of yesteryear and old family recipes as we prepare a feast to give thanks and blessings. We relish in spending time with our families and friends and pass well wishes to strangers and loved ones for the New Year. We also inevitable share some of the other “pleasantries” that follow this wonderful time of year. A cold, a sniffle, or the feeling of fatigue can truly dim a, what should be, festive spirit.

This year, instead of heading to the medicine cabinet for relief, skip the pills and head straight for the leaves.


Notorious for packing a punch with antioxidants, white teas hydrate and detoxify the body, enriching skin and overall completion. Because white teas tender leaves are subtly sweet, they can be enjoyed by themselves or blended with a variety of teas to enhance the overall flavor and health benefits of this tea.

Check out a relaxing white tea infused with subtle fruits and berries like currant, orange and cherries. Serve it hot, or chill it for a holiday flare.


Boost your immune system with more antioxidant called EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate),while enjoying one of the most popular types of tea known. Green teas have been enjoyed for centuries in Asia, boasting the ability to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels and containing less than 10% of the caffeine found in coffees and other beverages. White Japanese green teas offer a more grassy and complex flavor, Chinese green teas offer a are more subtle and toasty in flavor. Both provide a relaxing aroma while reducing stress and aiding in a healthy digestive system.

Try blending a scented jasmine pearl tea with a variety of spices such as cinnamon or cardomon, and add to the festivities by blending with blueberries or cranberries.


Naturally caffeine free, rooibos teas hail from the south African red bush and are a favorite for children and “non-tea” drinkers alike. Offered in an endless variety of flavors, this tea can be enjoyed hot or cold, and may help provide relief from upset stomachs while aiding in digestion. A healthy alternative to juices, this versatile tea can be blended with white teas to create soothing flavors, or more fruity blends to create bold tasty blends.

This holiday season, try a chilled blueberry rooibos tea blended with peaches as a substitute to the usual holiday punch. Wow your guest and improve their health while adding vitamins and minerals, instead of sugar and calories.

While these teas are great all by themselves, if you are in need of additional sweetener, avoid white processed sugars or artificial sweeteners at all cost. Not only do they add unnecessary calories, they can also strip your favorite brew your favorite brew of many of the health benefits you seek. Turn instead to local honeys or brown rock sugar to add sweetness to your holiday blend.

Happy Brewing!


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