The Chinese discovered tea more than five thousand years ago, using it as a medicinal herb. This drink is of major philosophical and cultural importance in a number of countries (China, Japan, Great Britain, North Africa).
Tea is the leaf of the tea plant (camellia sinensis). There are three main varieties, the differences between them being determined solely by the treatment undergone by the leaves after picking:
– green or “virgin”: the leaves are simply dried, becoming dark green
– oolong (or semi-fermented): the leaves undergo initial fermentation (light brown leaves)
– black (fermented): the leaves undergo a complete fermentation process (black leaves).
Like wine, each “vintage” of tea reflects the characteristics of the soil in which it was grown.
China is tea country par excellence, offering all the conditions needed to grow the best teas. In addition, knowledge about growing and handling tea has been passed down the generations. Tea is picked by hand, by women.
Darjeeling, Assam, etc.; and Ceylon, which today is Sri Lanka: the black-tea countries (high in theine).
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and more than 35 other countries.
UNBELIEVABLE PROPERTIES IN THE AREA OF HERBAL MEDICINE
Tea has unbelievable properties in the area of herbal medicine.
– It contains the same alkaloids as coffee (called caffeine or theine), but in far lower proportions.
– In addition, the phenol compounds enable theine to be released very gradually; unlike coffee, tea is an energizer, not a stimulant.
– All teas help lose weight.
– Anti-oxidants (flavonoids) contribute to a slowing-down of the ageing process of body and skin.
– Tea is a diuretic.
– It is a source of fluoride (helps prevent dental cavities).
– It has alkaline (antacid) properties.
– It is very good for blood circulation, the cardio-vascular system and preventing arteriosclerosis.
– It has real effects in preventing certain cancers.
– It contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B12, C (green tea), E (the youth vitamin), K, P, PP and many minerals (calcium, zinc, potassium, copper, nickel, fluoride).
– It is highly digestive.
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– You can rinse your hair with tea to which you have added lemon to make it shinier.
– With the addition of sugar, it soothes irritated skin.
– In compresses, it soothes eyes.
Tea contains far less caffeine (theine) than coffee; it is an energizer rather than a stimulant. All teas are antihypertensive, reduce glycaemia, help weight loss, slow down the ageing process, are diuretic, fluoridated, antacid and highly digestive. They are very beneficial to the cardio-vascular system (particularly arteriosclerosis) and contain numerous minerals, trace elements and vitamins.
In addition to all the benefits of tea, it also makes it possible to stay “on the ball” throughout the day (without being over-stimulated), by drinking a number of cups over the period.
Pregnant women (who must avoid drinking coffee) can drink up to six cups a day of our teas (some commercial black teas have higher theine levels). Others can drink six to 10 cups. However, there are teas for different times in the day. A tea can be drunk before or after a meal, or even with it. In the evening, those who have sleep problems are advised to avoid green tea (which is rich in vitamins C) and black tea which is a little richer in theine, with the exception of “pu erh”.
To replace your cup of tea at this time of the day, why not drink an infusion or herb tea with the same properties? For example, to replace the Earl Grey black tea (with gingko), drink our No. 4 infusion with gingko. To replace a slimming green tea, drink one of our three slimming infusions (Nos. 1, 2 and 3).
You can prepare your tea as indicated on the air-tight sachets containing each individual tea bag. But ideally, pour boiling water into a teapot to warm it, empty the pot and put the tea bag(s) in it. Then pour into the teapot water at simmering point (not boiling), if possible spring or mineral water.
Allow to brew for three to five minutes. The longer the tea brews, the less active the theine.
You can drink the tea as it is, or add sugar or fructose. Earl Grey can be served with a little tea. Hot or iced, it’s delicious.
Away from heat, in a dry spot. In hot weather, it is a good idea to store your tea in the bottom of the refrigerator.
Green China/Yunnan tea is the best in the world.
– considered to be slimming
– rich in vitamin C and less rich in theine (7 to 14 times less than coffee)
– particularly digestive
– very effective in preventing dental decay
– recommended to pregnant women (high levels of zinc and trace elements)
– 20 times more active than vitamin E which is known as anti-ageing for body and skin
– American researchers have identified the presence of E.G.Cg which has a cancer-preventing effect
|N°17||GREEN TEA / VIRGIN TEA
A pure, unadulterated tea with a golden liqueur
|N°18||GREEN TEA WITH MINT
Guaranteed freshness and “change of scenery”. This variety of sweet mint (mentha spicata) is known as Moroccan mint or “nana”. It helps the digestion and provides relief from nausea, trapped gas and colitis.
|N°19||GREEN TEA WITH JASMINE
Delicately scented with jasmine flowers with their delicate perfume, jasmine (jasminum sambac) has a calming effect and eases stress.
The classic tea, with a subtle bergamot flavour. The bergamot tree (citrus bergamia) is an orange tree. The essence is extracted from the rind of the dwarf orange (which is inedible). It promotes relaxation and the digestion. What makes this an original tea is adding gingko (4) and harpagophytum (3) to the well-known beneficial properties. For daytime drinking.
OOLONG TEA (semi-fermented tea leaves)G
This is a tea leaf which has been semi-fermented. An outstanding Chinese speciality, this tea, in addition to all the qualities shared by the three varieties, is particularly depurative and “fat-devouring”. Its anti-cholesterol effect is particularly striking. It contains 10 times less theine than coffee, but is less rich in vitamin C than green tea. It is the perfect tea for evenings and even night-time.
A pure tea with a beautiful orange and amber liqueur, a pale infusion.
|N°21||OOLONG TEA WITH LIQUORICE
Liquorice (13) with its pleasant taste heightens the depurative action of oolong and regulates intestinal transit. Orange blossom (10) and linden or lime blossom (9) will help you to relax during the daytime or to have a good night’s sleep.
|N°22||OOLONG TEA WITH ANISE
Anise (5) with its spicy flavour and lemon grass (11) will help you to digest your food better. The addition of fennel (2) is designed to promote excretion. Try iced with the addition of milk.
Black tea is simply fermented tea. You are already familiar with all the properties shared by all teas. But the black tea of the high plains of Yunnan/China has its own special properties. It is less rich in theine and richer in tannin. The action of tannin promotes the elimination of fats and reduces the influence of theine (longer brewing releases more tannin). It is highly digestive and regulates intestinal transit (diarrhoea / constipation).
|N°24||BLACK TEA WITH VANILLA
The full-bodied taste of orange (6), the warmth of cinnamon (5) and the subtlety of vanilla will enchant you. Ginseng (6) and ginger (16) will help to maintain or impart strength and vitality. Vanilla is a giant creeper of the orchid family. It is a tonic, stimulates the digestion and is considered to be an aphrodisiac, like ginseng and ginger. Drink during the daytime
|N°26||BLACK TEA WITH RED FRUITS
A festival of Flavours.
|N°27||CEYLAN Prestige blend
This famous tea est strong, but soft and tasty. Can be mixed with a little milk. A high class mix. .
|N°28||DARJEELING Prestige blend
The Champagne of Tea. This teas is cultivated in High Altitudes. An incomparable taste.