How To Get Your Kids To Drink and Enjoy Tea

By August 26, 2016 Health & Lifestyle

Ever looked closely at a kid’s daily diet? It seems like sugar has found its way into everything — but it’s not just the usual suspects like desserts and soda. For example, if you thought fruit juice was healthy alternative, the truth is that it still has more sugar than experts and doctors recommend.

According to the American Heart Association, children should consume no more than three to four teaspoons a day. (For reference, a 12-ounce can of soda contains 10 teaspoons and a 12-ounce serving of apple juice contains almost as much with 9.8 teaspoons.) Meanwhile, the average American now consumes around 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, which is a whopping 70 pounds of sugar each year!

Excessive sugar wreaks havoc on our health, potentially increasing our rates of diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, and some cancers. For children, sugar can increase digestion problems, tooth decay, and create energy spikes and crashes. Sugar is also addictive: the more they have it, the more they’ll crave it.

As a parent, you need to curb this problem… and tea might just be the answer.


Making The Healthy Change

Tea can be a wonderful drink for children. Almost all herbal blends are fantastic options that are free of calories, sugar, and added dyes and chemicals. Also, because teas are available in many different kinds of flavors, strengths, and decaffeinated options, your child is bound to find one that he or she enjoys.

To make teas kid-friendly, serve the tea considerably cooler than you would for an adult — room temperature or slightly warmer is a safe bet (as well as iced).

Instead of drinking it plain, you could also add a tiny bit of honey, agave syrup, or milk for a smoother flavor. Over time, add less and less ingredients as their taste buds acclimate.

Finally, be mindful of the caffeine content. If your children are very young (or if they like to drink it before bedtime), the caffeine may be too much for them. Instead, offer them zingy, yummy, and fruity caffeine-free options like:

Extra Benefits of Tea for Kids

By swapping soda or juice for tea, you’ll also give your kids an array of extra health benefits. For example, if your child has an upset stomach, ginger or peppermint tea might help soothe their tummies. And for a cough or cold, a hot cup of tea has been used for centuries to help people feel better.

Experiment with teas at home and crank up the fun for your kids by throwing a tea party — use real teacups, set the table, and make an event out of it. Also, involve your kids by encouraging them to test different teas and see how they like the various temperatures, strengths, and flavors.

Soon, you’ll say goodbye to the excess sugar and know you’re teaching your children healthy hydration habits that will last a lifetime.

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Want The Perfect Tea? Use A Gaiwan

By August 24, 2016 Brewing Tea, History and Culture of Tea

Nowadays, with our increasingly busy and hectic schedules, it’s hard to find the time to focus on anything — even making our favorite cup of tea. That’s why tea is available in many convenient and easy forms. For example, you can simply microwave or boil water, add a tea bag, and enjoy. (There are even instant teas!)

But while these options offer convenience, they don’t always translate to flavor. Sure it’s nice to save time and effort, but K-Cup teas and bagged teas typically lack the quality, taste, and even health benefits of loose-leaf teas. (Worse, they can often be bitter and less enjoyable.)

Thankfully, you don’t have to abandon quality for the sake of time anymore. Why? Because there’s a nifty little tool called a gaiwan that’s been used for hundreds of years to provide a wonderful experience to even the most savvy of tea connoisseurs.

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About the Gaiwan

The ancient gaiwan (“gai” meaning lid and “wan” meaning bowl) has it all: elegance, ease, and practicality. In fact, there are only three parts — a lid, cup, and saucer, all of which are made from a variety of materials including glass, porcelain, and clay.

The gaiwan is also well suited for numerous teas, particularly Chinese black teas, oolong teas, white teas, and Chinese green teas.

How To Use The Gaiwan

Not only do gaiwans unleash a phenomenal flavor, but they are also very easy to use.

  1. Pre-warm the cup by adding hot water, gently swirling, and discarding the water
  2. Put about two or three tablespoons of tea leaves in the cup and then pour just a little water over the leaves so you can awaken them and enjoy their aroma
  3. Next, pour hot water to fill the cup and pour in a way that makes the tea leaves swirl — this can be done by letting the water fall over one side of the cup or by pouring the water in a circular motion.

As always, make sure to use the correct water temperature. Also, because white and green teas require less heat, leave a small opening through the lid to release more steam.

Then, steep the leaves for about 30 second and stir everything by gently gliding the lid over the top of the water. The tea can then be poured through a filtered saucer into small cups (a great idea if you’re enjoying tea with a friend) or you can even drink straight from the gaiwan.

If you want to drink from your gaiwan, don’t remove the cup from the saucer. Instead, hold the gaiwan by the saucer — as you sip, use the lid to hold the tea leaves in place as you let the liquid flow.

Another great benefit of the gaiwan is that you can get multiple steeps without needing a huge pot. Simply give the leaves an extra 10 to 30 seconds per additional steep. (Each tea steeping, however, will taste slightly different.)

Gaiwan: Why It’s A Cut Above The Rest

Tea bags and K-Cups offer on-the-go convenience, but it sacrifices the quality, taste, and experience. If you want to get more from your tea, arouse your senses, and turn tea into a meditative opportunity, enjoy the simple and elegant gaiwan.

Try our Traditional Porcelain Gaiwan Set to make your next drink — you’ll be glad you did. Combine it with our 8-minute digital detox and feel your stresses melt away as you get some much needed peace of mind.

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Chocolate Tea — Your Dreams are Answered!

By August 22, 2016 Brewing Tea

Is there anything better than chocolate? (Besides tea, probably not.) So what could be a more perfect union than chocolate AND tea?

Chocolate tea sounds almost too good to be true, but it isn’t — the combination is not only delicious, but it also has tons of health benefits. In fact, chocolate was so precious to the ancient Mayans that it was actually used as currency! Chocolate was also an essential part of the US military rations during World War I.


Health Benefits of Chocolate

Cacao, the bean that chocolate is made from, has been hailed by many as a superfood. Why? Because it has over 700 compounds and is rich in antioxidants, the most important of which are the flavanols catechin and proanthocyanidin. This powerful combination can help protect your cells from damage and can reduce the risk of many diseases.

In addition, according to Yale researchers, the cocoa in chocolate (which is similar to cacao) has great effects:

“Cocoa can protect nerves from injury and inflammation, protect the skin from oxidative damage from UV radiation in topical preparations, and have beneficial effects on satiety, cognitive function, and mood.”

In a study of 4970 people, Harvard researchers found that chocolate was inversely related with coronary heart disease. A study in 2005 from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition even found that eating 100 grams of dark chocolate for 15 days reduced blood pressure and improved insulin sensitivity in healthy people.

Try Delicious Chocolate Tea Selections

Ready for this yummy combination? Try our organic and fair-trade certified Chocolate Monkey Tea! Before you even sip your drink, you’ll be serenaded with the sweet aroma of ripened bananas. Then, with the first sip, you’ll indulge in a rich and silky chocolate flavor — imagine taking the best banana milkshake you’ve ever had and the best chocolate cake you’ve ever had and making a tea out of them!

Enjoy Chocolate Monkey Tea as a diet-friendly way to get a sweet treat in the morning or evening that tastes like dessert in a cup. You can even add a splash of milk to this amazing drink. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)

Or you can make your OWN chocolate tea using our Organic Dragonwell ! To seamlessly combine the flavor of chocolate and tea (as well as their tremendous health benefits), here’s all you need for a heavenly result:

DIY Chocolate Tea
  1. 1 teaspoon organic Dragonwell Green Tea
  2. 8 ounces of purified water
  3. ¼ teaspoon ground ceylon cinnamon
  4. 1 Tablespoon cacao nibs or 1 teaspoon cacao powder
  5. Optional: Raw honey or coconut sugar
  1. On the stove, bring the water, cacao, and cinnamon to a boil.
  2. Boil for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool to a temperature of 180 to 190°F.
  4. Pour over your green tea and allow to steep for 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Discard the used green tea and add sweetener if you want.


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