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Aphrodite Beauty Tea a daily beauty essential; creating beauty from the inside out! We have blended together teas and herbs that are all natural collagen boosters for the skin. Collagen is vital for strengthening blood vessels and giving skin its natural elasticity and strength. The degradation of collagen causes wrinkles and other skin issues. The body makes collagen naturally but it is always good to supply the body with the raw ingredients to maintain the collagen you have and add more.
Ahrodite Beauty Tea has a very high percentage of both green tea and white tea. 79% of this tea is Pai Mu Tan White tea.
A recent study showed that both white tea and green tea contained anti-aging and antioxidant qualities that helped to maintain collagen naturally in the skin. See extract of Study here.
White tea has a very high polyphenol count which in incredibly important when attempting to maintain skin elasticity. The study referred to above, showed that extracts in white tea inhibit wrinkle production by strengthening elastin and collagen, which helps to prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA
Green tea is also an essential tea to drink if trying to assist the maintenance and production of collagen naturally. Green tea contains catechins which are phytonutrients that act as antioxidants and prevent the breakdown of collagen.
The exotic dragon fruit looks pretty but it also helps you stay pretty with it’s amazing collagen boosting properties. A member of the cacti family, it is the harsh growing environment of the dragon fruit that has contributed to it’s magnificent anti ageing properties. This plant needs to conserve water to survive, therefore it contains high level of saccharides which means that it also helps your skin stay hydrated and this in turn helps to keep skin tight and firm. BUY HERE
New year, new you- it’s a slogan we see on the cover of numerous magazines at this time of year and while most of us don’t overhaul our life quite as radically as becoming a whole new person, we do think about changes that can be made to improve our life and one of the areas that is common to many new year resolutions is health and healthier living.
Replacing your daily cup of tea or coffee with a healthier drink seems like quite a simple step to take in the attempt to improve one’s health. Two of the much touted healthy hot drink options are green tea and rooibos tea. Both are high in antioxidants which are known for their cancer and disease fighting properties making them an appealing healthy option.
The key difference between rooibos and green tea is that rooibos is naturally caffeine-free whereas green tea contains caffeine.
Rooibos (or red bush) tea is brewed from the leaves of the rooibos plant that grows in the Western Cape, South Africa, it is often classed as a herbal tea although many people in South Africa drink it with milk and sugar in the same way many of us drink black tea. Green tea is made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, the same plant that black teas are made from, explaining why green tea is caffeinated.
Here at Mama Tea we maybe biased as we sell rooibos tea, our lovely glowing mama, but if you’re looking for a healthy alternative to your usual cup of tea or coffee we would definitely recommend rooibos over green tea as you get all the benefits of the antioxidants but none of the negatives of caffeine.
Pinhead Gunpowder is a very famous green tea produced in the
Zhejiang Province in China.
Each leaf is rolled into small round pellets that look rather like leadshot,
hence its name. Pinhead Gunpowder is rolled into even tighter pellets
than other gunpowder teas, indicating a higher level of skill and quality.
We steeped our Pinhead Gunpoweder for 3-4 minutes in our tasting cup.
Our cute tasting cup.
We then poured the tea into the bowl for tasting. It has a lovely amber colour or “liquor” as it is known.
Look at the leaves unfurled in the cup after steeping – the leaves were virtually
exploding in the cup as we steeped.
The contrast before is stark! However the taste is wonderful! Strong, nutty, wood, earth.
Antioxidant is a fashionable buzzword in the marketing of food and drink products here in the UK. We’ve all picked up on the fact they’re meant to be good for us and are now buying into the idea we should be consuming products with high levels of antioxidants to improve our health. Green tea and rooibos tea are two such products, so how do they compare?
Research has been done into the potential of antioxidants for disease prevention, in particular cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants are found in varying levels in fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and other foods.
Green tea is made from unfermented leaves from the camellia sinesis plant and of the teas derived from this plant (green, black and white) it is thought to have the highest concentrations of antioxidants. Green tea is often perceived by consumers as a healthy equivalent to everyday black tea but many consumers do not realise that green tea contains caffeine.
Rooibos tea (or red bush tea) is derived from the rooibos plant in South Africa. Rooibos tea has long been consumed in South Africa (often with milk and sugar) but it’s popularity as a healthy beverage is now spreading. It also has high levels of antioxidants but it has no caffeine and low tannin levels compared to black or green tea. The South African Rooibos Council are conducting various interesting pieces of research into the health benefits of rooibos.
So in short as a healthy tea option rooibos tea wins! Both green tea and rooibos have high levels of antioxidants (although I have been unable to find figures to clarify exactly what this means) but rooibos has no caffeine whereas green tea has. Time for a cup of Glowing Mama I think…
Myth No. 1
Green tea is caffeine-free – false! Green tea has in fact got caffeine in it. Green tea is made from the leaves of the camellia sinenis plant, the same plant as black tea comes from. Green teas are all different and some are lower in caffeine than others, brew time also affects caffeine content of the final drink but green tea is not naturally caffeine-free.
Myth No. 2
All herbal teas are caffeine-free – false! Most herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free but there are some exceptions, and it can’t be taken for granted that because it is herbal tea it is caffeine-free. Jasmine tea may sound like a herbal tea but it traditionally contains black tea as well, guarana berries from South America contain caffeine and are found in herbal teas and some species of holly found in herbal teas contain caffeine.
Myth No. 3
Decaffinated tea is caffeine-free – false! In much the same way as decaffinated coffee is not 100% free from caffeine, decaffinated tea is not 100% free from caffeine. The caffeine is removed from the tea by either a chemical or water soaking process. Whichever process is used a minute amount of caffeine is left on the leaf.