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A cup of Seventh Heaven tea is like ambrosia for the soul due to its glorious aroma and its incredible taste. This golden tea with its lashings of melon and swirl of tropical fruit is like no other, and during the mild days of January, its warmth and richness can soothe the body and the mind. Why is it such a healthy tea? Read this compilation of facts on the beauty and goodness of Seventh Heaven to find out.

It’s good for the heart

In a study done among 350000 men and women in China, it was observed that consumption of black tea led to a reduced risk of heart disease. Yet another study showed that drinking 9gms of black tea a day could decrease cardiovascular risks and the serum glucose in your body significantly. Since Seventh Heaven has a base of black tea, it is sure to decrease the ratio of unhealthy cholesterol and increase the healthy ones in the bloodstream. And due to its anti-oxidant properties, it is one of the best teas for your heart health.

It helps you say goodbye to stress

Since black tea is known to increase the levels of relaxation in the body, Seventh Heaven tea is the best stress buster you can find. The levels of cortisol, a hormone found in the adrenal cortex when you are stressed drops faster when you drink black tea. And when it is infused with fruit, the levels of relaxation are deeper and more fulfilling.

In a study done among participants to gauge their stress levels, results showed that black tea helped them cope even with very difficult situations like the threat of getting fired or being accused of shoplifting. Drinking this tea also helped them cope with many other sudden stresses more easily. In other words, the body was able to hand stressful situations better due to the special properties of this tea

It reduces the risk of diabetes

With diabetes becoming a chronic problem around the world, it is always a good idea to find ways to reduce its potency. Seventh Heaven tea which contains black tea can lower blood sugar levels. Studies show that drinking black tea can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 42 per cent. Scientists also found that alpha-glucosidase, the enzyme that turns starch to glucose is inhibited by drinking black tea. So, if you are looking for a way to reduce elevated blood sugar levels, drinking Seventh Heaven or any other black tea can make all the difference.

It keeps weight at bay

Black teas are known to be pre-biotic, which means they induce the growth of good micro-organisms that help increase your feelings of well-being. Black tea causes an increase in pseudobutyrivibrio, a bacteria that’s known to target metabolism. Researchers found that black tea helps to prevent weight gain and obesity by altering your gut microbiome and making it ‘anti-obesogenic’. Black tea also contains polyphenols, that are antioxidants that protect cellular structures like DNA and cell membranes from damage from free radicals.

So, if you are looking for a tea that can change your body and make you feel well and look good, don’t look beyond the healthy goodness of Seventh Heaven tea. This amazing tea that gives you the best of the properties of black tea and fruit infusions is the best way to begin the New Year. Make drinking this tea a habit and watch yourself becoming the best version of who you can be.

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Seventh Heaven tea lives up to its name in more ways than one. Besides the fact that it is full of pure flavour and blended with the fruity notes of melon and tropical fruit, this tea is warm and invigorating for the chill that accompanies the turn of the season. True to its name, this tea is like a taste of sheer heaven and as cold winds blow through our part of the world and chase the last of the winter clouds away, the fruity bouquet of this beautiful brew can make your day.

But where did this splendid tea originate? Here’s a compilation of facts on the ingredients of Seventh Heaven Tea which is a special blend of fruit and black tea.

A historical perspective

Historians believe that black tea originated in China and was called ‘red tea’ at the time. Its origin can be traced back to the late Ming dynasty of 1590 when the first tea in this category was first produced in the Fujian province. This region was the Lapsang and the tea leaves of the region were called the Lapsang Souchong. But it was only in 1875, that black tea grew in popularity when it was made in the region of Qimen. A native of Guixi in southern Qimen named Hu Yuanlong went to the Fujian province to learn the secrets and the art of making black tea. When he came back to Qimen, he began producing his own black tea and set up factories to do so. As the soil in this region was perfect for this tea and the climate was warm and moist, the tea leaves of Keemun tea were superb. It was so good that its fame grew and soon the tea became popular around the world. Even today, it is considered the ‘king of black tea.’

Fruit teas are called infusions because a number of flavours seep into these beverages to make them special. On an average, a fruit tea may contain up to nine ingredients, all of which play an important role in making the tea unique. These flavours could range from melon, orange, cherry, apple, raspberry, strawberry and peach. These teas, also known as tisanes, are made the same way as black tea but are infused with different kinds of fruit and then dried. As they can be consumed both hot and cold, these teas are always a popular choice among tea lovers.

Types and traditions

Seventh Heaven tea, which is essentially a cocktail of black tea, melon extracts and dried tropical fruit is both invigorating and wholesome. This tea is bursting with flavour and chock full of goodness too.

Black tea is more oxidized than green, oolong and white tea. It is stronger in flavour and retains its taste for several years. These teas are processed in different ways, either by the CTC (Crush, Tear and Curl) method, made especially for teabags and the Orthodox processing method which is done by machines or by hand. In the Orthodox method, the leaves are rolled by hand or mechanically with a rolling table.

The tea leaves, that are manufactured by either of the methods, is sorted into grades with the use of sieves. In the case of Seventh Heaven, it is infused with fruit to create its special flavour.

Brewing the perfect cup

The best way to make this tea is to bring fresh, filtered water to a boil. Make sure the water is really hot. Steep the tea bags for one or two minutes. You might not need to sweeten this brew further as it contains fruit infusions. Seventh Heaven is Sublime’s in-house blend of black Nilgiri Tea or Blue Mountain tea leaves which yields a fine aroma, smooth texture and golden hues with a gentle berry aftertaste.

Pour out a cup, sit back and sip slowly. The taste is rich and as beautiful as the tea itself. Enjoy!

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We’re not always up to the mark when it comes to taking care of ourselves. Even when we think we’re getting it all right, there’s something we miss out on, or we take our own little “holidays” from our routines, and we’re back to square one. What if there was something that we could do, something simple, to take care of this. After all, they do say that good health has a lot to do with what we digest.

The answer to all of this is quite simple – a cup of tea. Not just any cup of tea, but a cup of earl grey tea. Sounds like bogus, but maybe just give this mildly citrusy beverage a chance, and you’d know what we’re talking about.

Here are some of the goodies you’re going to get from this tea that you’d never have guessed.

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1. Better Teeth

Ah! That woke you up, didn’t it? Who wouldn’t want a pretty set of pearls? If you’re someone who eats a lot of chocolates, then pay heed to this: tea contains fluoride, an ingredient your toothpaste contains, which fights cavities and spares you that dreaded visit to the dentist. Also, it contains catechin, an ingredient that keeps away oral infections. Keep in mind that taking care of oral infection is one half of getting rid of bad breath.

Quite a bit for just one cup of tea a day, right.

2. Stress Buster

Stress is the worst and we’re all undergoing it. The result of it doesn’t just take a toll on our mental health, but also our physical self, especially our skin. Earl Grey, as you might know, contains bergamot that has aromatherapy-like qualities and has a calming effect on people who use it. Keeping calm and stress-free is a good way to keep those lines and tired eyes at bay, simply because you sleep better and are happier. It also has an effect similar to that of coffee. So, if you’re not so much into coffee, you’ve got the perfect alternative in Earl Grey.

3. Stay Hydrated (No, we’re not talking about just water)

Tea contains potassium, a very important mineral and electrolyte that helps keep our bodily fluids balanced. There’s no need to give you too many details of the benefits of a well-hydrated body. It’s just the best thing you can do for yourself. It keeps you feeling light and can make losing weight easier, especially with the citrus content (bergamot) present in Earl Grey.

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Apart from all the tempting health benefits, Earl Grey is most known for its unique flavour and is among the flavours of tea that goes very well with a dash of milk. Just give it a try and see where it takes you. Oh, and, you’re welcome!

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It’s easy to enjoy a beverage like tea, actually, and even easier to enjoy a blend that’s been named after… well, a hero?! If you’re still wondering what blend we’re talking about, it’s Earl Grey Tea, which is essentially black tea, but with a squeeze of fresh bergamot.

According to the story, Earl Charles Grey, one of England’s Prime Ministers in the 1800s, had once saved a drowning boy in China, who happened to be the son of a local tea blender. To thank the Prime Minister, the man named one of his secret blends, what we call Earl Grey Tea today, after him. Heroic, you’d say, but it’s not really known if the story is entirely true. Honestly, it’s not even known if Earl Grey ever visited China in the first place.

However, even if the said story isn’t true, there’s more this man did that etched his name in history. During his term as Prime Minister, in 1833 to be more precise, Earl Grey became the man responsible for abolishing slavery in England. Considering the events of the time, it’s good enough reason to have his name fondly mentioned in history, and even have a tea blend named after him.

Makes you look at Earl Grey tea differently, doesn’t it? We bet you’re going to want to sip on this unique blend a lot more now, especially when you’ve got a fancy afternoon tea session planned.

Now that’s another “Did you know?” when it comes to Earl Grey tea. If you’re someone who loves tea time, then it’ll do you good to know that Earl Grey is often considered a blend best suited for afternoon tea or high tea. Just imagine it – little sandwiches, scones, petit fours, and cupcakes – all your mini loves with your favourite cup of tea!

So, now you know what you’re going to do for the next weekend. If we were you, we’d start sending our invitations for afternoon tea already.

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A great day begins with a fine cup a tea, so why not kick off the festive season with a beverage that is often called the ‘champagne of teas.’ This beautifully flavoured tea, that is sourced from the gentle heartland of Darjeeling has a unique aroma and taste, and is the pride of our country. Available as black, green, oolong and white teas, Darjeeling tea is famous for its fruity flavour and distinctive taste which comes from the growing conditions exclusive to this region.

This mild and subtle tea, with its spicy aftertaste is a great favourite among connoisseurs of tea, and people also love it also for its musky sweetness. But what makes this tea stand taller than any other beverage in the world? Read on to understand the tea better in this compilation of reasons as to why this tea should be on top of your must-have list this season…

It keeps you strong and healthy

Since Darjeeling tea contains several important anti-oxidants, you get more than just a delicious beverage when you drink this tea. It helps the body fight off free radicals and helps reduce oxidative stress, thereby reducing cellular damage. The anti-oxidants in this tea can also prevent cellular mutation which can lead to certain types of cancer. Black, oolong, green and white teas all possess powerful antioxidants which offer protective and curative properties.

It keeps you slim and sensational

Darjeeling tea can help you lose weight, mainly due to its caffeine component. This ingredient can stimulate the metabolism which will increase fat and calorie burn, that eventually leads to weight loss. Darjeeling green is known to block the absorption of fat and even helps you shed those extra pounds. Some years ago, Japanese researchers identified two tea compounds, theaflavins and thearubigins, that led to slow weight gain in rats fed a highfat. More studies on this tea by Chinese researchers revealed another compound in tea, called catechins, that also contributes to increased weight loss

It keeps you calm, but alert

Since Darjeeling tea contains caffeine, which can immediately give you an energy boost, and yet due to certain ingredients, this tea can also reduce the stress hormone, cortisol in the body. This acts like a natural stress reliever. It is also believed that this tea can reduce blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

It improves your gut health

Ever since scientists have discovered that our well being and happiness is primarily linked to our gut, the studies on tea improving gut health has increased by leaps and bounds.

Darjeeling black tea stimulates the proliferation of various good gut bacteria and fights off the bacteria that can cause infections in your stomach. A number of studies have shown that the risk of gastric ulcers is reduced when you drink this tea. It also helps in the process of digestion in the body.

How do you brew this tea?

Pre-heat your teapot and teacup with a little hot water. Pour pure cold water into the teapot and boil the water to 85 degrees centigrade. Steep the teabags for three to five minutes till you are satisfied with the intensity of the colour. Studies show that it is best to consume Darjeeling tea two hours before or after a meal for optimum benefits.

As cold December winds blow through our part of the world, let the beauty and goodness of Darjeeling tea warm your body and your heart. It is the best way to enjoy the season and look towards the new year with renewed energy and a dose of pure happiness.

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