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Beverages – Information on Beverages good and bad.

In the formulation of phytoteas, there are always two or three “basic” plants. In order to enhance their taste and strengthen their useful qualities, they are supplemented with different dried fruit, berries, natural oils, petals, herbs and aromatizes. Among those basic plants, there is hibiscus, dog rose, mate, roybush, and each of them has its own “specialization.”

 

So, hibiscus is known as an herb, which stimulates purging the body of impurities, it has a strongly marked R-vitamin activity; it strengthens vascular walls, protects liver from all unfavorable effects and improves bile formation. It also normalizes pressure. (When you have it hot, it heightens pressure, when you have it cold it lowers it). Hibiscus tea does not contain oxalic acid, which makes this tea safe for people suffering from kidney diseases. It refreshes you wonderfully on a hot day and when a person has a high fever.

 

Dog rose is an excellent vitamin source, which is highly competitive with vitamin medication of commercial production: apart from a high content of vitamin C, rosehips are rich in provitamin A, essential oils, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper and phosphorus. It is useful for such diseases as atherosclerosis, bronchitis, gastritis with lower acidity, kidney diseases and bladder infections, rheumatism and other illnesses.

 

The famous “ethnic” tea mate, which has been a national beverage of the residents of Brazil, Argentine and Paraguay for many centuries, contains some acid which maintains the necessary, adrenaline level in blood, participates in cell restoration, has a favorable effect on digestion recovery (when the disorder is of nervous origin), and contributes to memory regeneration. It is recommended to have this phytotea to stimulate mental performance, to strengthen nervous and endocrine systems, and to lose weight. This phytotea lowers blood pressure and widens vessels; and also has some antiseptic qualities. Cold mate is considered to be an ideal summer beverage because it quenches thirst perfectly.

 

And finally, we come to roybush. The roybush phytotea is of African origin, and they call it the beverage of health and eternal youth. The antioxidants it contains contribute to cell metabolism and prevent their decline. At the same time, the refreshing effect is achieved with the complete absence of caffeine! Even pregnant women and children can have the tonic roybush tea.

 

Aromatic teas.

 

Aromatic teas are often considered to be herbal. We have already learned that there are few or no tea leaves in phytoteas, but with aromatic teas it is quite the opposite: there are a lot of tea leaves and very few herbs. Moreover, almost every kind of tea nowadays is exposed to being aromatized: black and green. That’s why the only thing that unites them with tisanes are the refreshing taste and aroma diversity. This is why we value them.

 

There are several variations of tea aromatization – a simple, mechanical one when tea is mixed with ground leaves or pieces of fruit; and an exotic and exquisite method, when they plant tea bushes on a plantation together with wild orchids or peach trees, which in their turn give their aroma to the future beverage in such a natural way. To explain, we must point out that tea has a high hydroscopicity quality, which means that it absorbs and holds aromas perfectly.

 

One of the main methods of aromatizing tea is called contact. This is the method when several layers of tea are alternated with aromatizing plant layers. After that they are kept in hermetic tanks for five hours, aromas are removed, and the tea itself is dried, though sometimes, when the drying process is finished, the same dry plants are added into tea again. In this way, the beverage gets the aroma which is richer and more saturated, and even more importantly, the raw material is saturated with aroma more evenly compared to a cheaper method of aromatization when aromatizing plants are just added to tea leaves before packaging.

 

Sometimes tea is aromatized by different essences of both natural and artificial origin (the later is called “aromatizers” identical to natural). On the whole, there is nothing harmful in them being artificial, and in spite of the chemical method of their production, their formula is absolutely identical to their natural analogue’s formula.

 

The famous “Earl Grey” should be mentioned separately. Bergamot ether oil, which makes this composition so successful, is gained from the bitter Citrus bergamia (skin, flowers, leaves and sprouts), which is planted in the neighborhood of Bergamo in the Italian province Calabria. By the way, it was selected out of the Chinese bitter orange Citrus aurautium.

 

Bergamot tea has a wonderful tonic activity and it stimulates mental performance. Generally, apart from presenting a lot of pleasure, all aromatized tea has a noticeable effect on people’s health. The tea with raspberry berries or leaves, or the one that has been soaked in raspberry juice, helps to get over a cold. Menthol oil, that all “mint” teas





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