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All types of tea, even your regular cup of builder’s, come from the Camellia sinensis plant. Green tea gets its name from the emerald green colour created when brewing unprocessed, unfermented tea leaves. With origins going back as far as 5,000 years, green tea is commonly drunk and widely grown in the Far East where the health properties are well regarded.
Different varieties of green tea
The difference between green and black tea results from the manufacturing process. Black tea undergoes fermentation which transforms its colour and flavour, whereas green tea remains unprocessed and retains its colour. Green tea is grown in higher altitudes, more specifically the mountainous regions of East Asia. Some green tea is still picked by hand, and it is thought that handpicked teas are less bitter and yield a sweeter, more robust taste. Other factors such as the climate and soil can also affect the flavour.
Sencha is the most popular of Japan’s green teas. There are numerous grades which can affect the price and quality. Sencha leaves are first steamed and then shaped. Sencha tea produces a clear yellow/green tea with a sweet, grassy but slightly astringent flavour.
Matcha is made from green tea leaves grown in the shade. The leaves have a higher chlorophyll content which makes them a vibrant green colour. To make matcha, the entire leaf is ground down into a powder. The powder is mixed with boiling water and gently whisked before being served. The flavour is light and sweet and so is now added to desserts and sweet drinks.
Green tea can be found as fresh leaves or in tea bags, frequently blended with other flavours such as lemon, lime or ginger.
When buying tea leaves, avoid older leaves. This is the same principle as with coffee beans. Allegedly, whole leaves are the highest grade and leaves that are older than four months are past their level of peak freshness. Once purchased and opened, keep leaves in an airtight container that can be resealed and store in a cool place to help slow down the reactions that can reduce the tea’s phytonutrient content and impact on flavour.
There are many health claims surrounding green tea from a reduced risk of cancer to weight loss. The evidence to support these claims is largely inconclusive. Some of the health claims are based on ancient Eastern traditions, where green tea has been used to treat symptoms of disease for years. Because of the proposed benefits, many ‘health’ products now include traces of green tea. However, there is limited evidence to suggest these products are effective. If you are hoping to use green tea for medicinal purposes, make sure to consult your doctor first.
Green tea does have more health benefits than black tea which can be attributed to its lack of processing. Green tea is higher in protective polyphenols. The major polyphenols in green tea are flavonoids, the most active of which are catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which function as powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to protect the body against disease and are an important part of a healthy diet. Antioxidants can be found in a range of fruits, vegetables and other unprocessed foods. As part of a balanced diet, green tea can be a good source of antioxidants.
How much caffeine does green tea contain?
Green tea does contain caffeine, although varieties and brands may differ. An equal quantity of green tea contains less caffeine than coffee (one cup of green tea contains approximately 35-80 mg compared to approximately 100-400 mg in the same size cup of coffee), but it can still act as a
So, you don’t feel like getting out of bed today? I understand because sometimes life can be hard, and we don’t want to face it, but it’s also important to realize that those of us who can get out of bed are very lucky indeed! Don’t forget, or neglect to be thankful, because there are a lot of people out there who wish that they could get out of bed….but they can’t because they might have no legs. Or maybe they have legs, but they can’t walk.
Ohhh, so you don’t want to go to work today? Yes, I understand that also because you might have a job where people don’t appreciate you, or they treat you like shit – WHY? Well just because they can! But still in all, try to remember that you are one of the lucky ones, because you have a job…….a job that my be paying your bills so that you and your family can have a safe place to live. You can have a warm and comfortable place that keeps you out of the cold. You have a home where you can go to bed at night, not having to worry about who might try and take your spot on your cardboard box whilst you try to get some sleep next to the garbage dumpster in the alleyway.
Just always try to look on the positive side of things, even though the situation might not be exactly how you want it to be, or even close to how you want it to be at that moment. Also, remember, storms never last forever, and what you may be going through will also have an ending.
Find a white candle (or a candle that is your favorite color). It can be a tapered candle, or even a small tealight. Now take just a few minutes to sit with that candle between your hands as you ground yourself by growing your roots deep into the dark, rich, Mother Earth. Imbue that candle by envisioning your love and power – your intentions going into it.
Sometimes, when I do Candle Magick, I will dig my pointer finger- fingernail into it as I send my intentions into it. For me, it seems the best way to get the MAGICK in there!!
So, decide on the way you wish to imbue your candle (holding it between your hands, the fingernail method or whatever else you feel comfortable with, as long as you are doing it with your power hand….the hand that you normally write with), and start saying either out loud or in your thoughts, that which you are thankful for. Make the time to list, in detail, exactly the things, people, situations and abilities that make you feel thankful. Go deep within yourself. Take the time to do this Ritual with your whole heart. Feel the thankfulness exude from yourself into the candle.
Once you feel that you’ve taken enough time to do this, thank the HIGHER POWER that you believe in, secure the candle so that it won’t catch anything on fire or be disturbed. If possible, use a wooden match and set the flame to the candle wick and watch the Magick of the candle spark to life. Stay with your lit candle as long as you desire, but leave it to SAFELY burn out.
It is very good to do this Ritual as often as you can, as it will help you to truly see all that you have to be thankful for…and more.
I wish you and yours, Bright Magickal Blessings!