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As the monsoon clouds flit away and we enter a season that is a prelude to winter, how about a tea that soothes the mind and warms the soul?

Peppermint tea is a perfect antidote to so many ills. Did you have a stressful day at work? A crazy morning of utter chaos at home? An evening spent stuck in a traffic jam? Are your limbs aching with tiredness at the end of a hard day? This would be a good time to sit back, relax and enjoy some delicious Peppermint Tea and let its gentle restorative power wash over you. Check out this compilation of all that goes into the goodness of a cup of this unique beverage and see how much it can help you lead a tranquil life.

Peppermint tea is an infusion of the calming flavours of peppermint and is one of the finest beverages in the world, not only for its healing properties but also for its exquisite flavour. The aromatic herb that is the base of this tea has been revered for centuries, right from the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans where these leaves were used to create wreaths for their dignitaries. Over the years that followed, it became a digestive aid and as a cure for various ailments. The tea did not get popular in Europe till the 18th century and became a hybrid of watermint and spearmint that was cultivated near London.

Among its many medicinal properties, this tea is best known for its digestive properties. When it comes to stomach ailments the tea offers relief from tummy aches and helps to ward off infections in the gut. Those who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome will also benefit from this tea as it keeps discomfort at bay. It decreases spasms in the abdomen and fights bloating too.

Many people swear by peppermint tea for weight loss. This beverage keeps you full longer and staves off those hunger pangs too. Another property of this tea is its ability to manage certain illnesses like colds, fever, cough, nausea, heartburn and motion sickness. Due to its anti-bacterial properties, it can help fight off diseases too. It also hydrates your body and is therefore a beauty tonic that can give you clear skin.

Another interesting use of Peppermint tea is to reduce cholesterol levels in the body by stimulating the secretion of bile. This, in turn, reduces the risk of heart-related diseases.

As a stress buster, there is nothing as good as having a cup of peppermint tea. This is due to its antispasmodic and sedative properties. Menthol is a natural muscle relaxant and this helps de-stress the mind too and give you relief from anxiety. It can also help a person fight migraine and persistent headaches because it acts as muscle relaxant that calms the nerves leading to the brain and eases the blood flow. The menthol content in the tea also helps you sleep better and is therefore, a good drink to have at night in case you have insomnia.

The best way to prepare Peppermint tea is to use hot water that does not come to a boil. Make sure the temperature remains at 75 to 80 degrees centigrade only. Pour the water into a cup and let it cool before using it with your peppermint teabag or leaves. Cover the cup so that the flavours can soak in. Let it steep for two or three minutes. You can sweeten the tea with honey or sugar as per your liking.

So, the next time you are looking for a way to relax your mind and body, don’t reach for a pill or a health tonic. Sip on Peppermint tea and watch those blues slip away

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Green tea, as healthy as it is, does not agree with many palettes. This is the reason for many individuals avoiding it altogether. But what if there was a little flavour to it – Jasmine with a dash of orange, maybe. Fragrant white blossoms (sometimes referred to as the queen of flowers) and Mandarin orange infused in green tea, this exotic fruity and floral blend doesn’t waste any time in making you feel relaxed and oh-so-fresh.

Since it’s essentially green tea, it naturally comes with a list of health benefits, with a recommendation to consume at least one cup of this tea a day. Before we look into this, let’s start with how we can make ourselves the best cup of Jasmine Mandarin Tea.

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The first tip is to ensure the water your Jasmine Mandarin tea is steeped in is not too hot. Else, it could end up being bitter, and then you’re back to not enjoying your ‘green tea’.

  • Bring water close to a boil in a kettle
  • Pour some water in a cup and steep your bag of Jasmine Mandarin in it
  • Leave your tea in for 3-4 minutes. Any longer can make the tea too strong for your liking, but
    go ahead if you’re alright with this.
  • Add sugar or honey to this, as required (optional). (Jasmine makes this tea naturally sweet)

Fun Fact: If you’ve made about 4 or more cups of Jasmine Mandarin tea, ensure that you don’t pour it into the cups one by one. Instead, pour it out in all the cups in a continuous motion. You may have
to do this 2-3 times, but it’s fun and worth it, as this will ensure the taste is balanced and each cup of
tea has equal flavour.

Be sure to really take in the beautiful flowery-citrusy fragrance and warmth of the tea before your
first sip. It just adds to the pleasure of drinking it.

Jasmine Mandarin Tea & Health

Green tea has the highest amount of antioxidants as compared to other teas and it also prevents cell damage. It is also know to improve blood flow and reduce cholesterol, which proves crucial in improving the overall health and lifestyle of an individual. Jasmine has been known to reduce stress by calming the mind and helping with sleep, and citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C and help keep cold and flu at bay.

There’s no doubt that consuming one cup of Jasmine Mandarin tea a day will drastically improve a person’s way of living and being. It’ll be your first step towards your good health.

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There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship, said philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas and there is no better day to remember these words than on Friendship Day. The day is a popular celebration in several South American countries and is often observed on the first Sunday of August. Almost a decade ago, in honour of Friendship Day in 1998, Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations. And ever since,  it has been marked as an important day on the social calendar and has become the day to celebrate your friends and cherish your times together.

If you are planning to give your friend something special this year, why not introduce them to the pleasures of tea? The beautiful gifts that are available from The Sublime House of Tea will become the highlight of the day and will prove to be a gift that will keep your friend healthy and happy all year round.

The first gift you could opt for is the Assorted Gift Box. This lovely box comes in bright red, and as it is a colour that symbolises power and love, it could stand for the endurance of your friendship. The Gift Box would be the perfect present for a good friend as it combines functionality, thoughtfulness and a cocktail of health benefits besides being very pretty too,

The Gift Box contains six varieties of tea, namely Darjeeling, Earl, Moroccan Mint, Assam CTC, English Breakfast and Green Long Ding and four luxury pyramid tea bags of each flavour. Each tea can address various needs of a person. For instance, the Earl Grey tea is known to improve digestion, soothe the nerves if you are feeling anxious about life and help fight heart disease. The Green Long Ding is a whole leaf green tea, which can help you lose weight, improve your immunity especially during the monsoon months and rejuvenate the body when you are feeling tired.

The Moroccan Mint is known to keep the body cool and improve the condition of your skin, by making it smooth and healthy. Assam Tea improves blood circulation while the English Breakfast Tea helps in artery health and prevents kidney stones. In short, this is a box full of healthy offerings that can change your friend’s life. The gorgeous packaging of the product will add to the charm and beauty of your gift.

The other present that you can choose from the Sublime House of Tea is the Wooden Tea chest. This magnificently manufactured wooden tea chest has a lacquered finish and a soft felt layer at the bottom. Its traditional and splendid craftsmanship could signify the timeless goodness of an everlasting friendship. The tea chest contains six varieties of luxury tea bags, making it a dual gift, one as a stunning artefact for your friend’s home and the second as an offering of a variety of teas that can change his or her constitution for good.

Why tea as a gift, you ask? Ask any tea lover and you would know that is a wonderful beverage in countless ways. Besides its delicious aroma and flavour, it has innumerable benefits. It can keep your bones healthy, improve your muscle endurance, fight free radicals and lower the risk of several diseases.

Above all, tea is known as the happiness drink as it keeps your energy levels high and your mood upbeat. What better way to toast your friendship than with a cup of a beautiful beverage like tea that can make the celebrations of this Friendship Day last a lifetime.

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