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Herbal Teas – Not Truly A Tea, But Effective to The Tea

Truly Tea

Tea has been the world’s favourite and most reliable beverage since the British discovered it in China and took the onus of introducing it to the rest of the world through its colonies. Not only was the beverage a revelation, but such has been its popularity over the years that it has since, been absorbed or imbibed into many cultures and traditions as an integral part of their hospitality and culture. However every particular culture or region that embraced tea and its medicinal values and benefits, customised it by way of their indigenous methods of brewing the beverage so as to make it look like a trait singular and typical to their culture and tradition. Tea has since been adopted by the British as the country’s most preferred beverage who prefer to consume tea in its original essence without addition of any external ingredients for flavour and taste. In India tea is prepared in a heady mix with the presence of many additives such as milk and spices making it a speciality brew restricted to its shores. Both the above methods of preparing tea are in strong contrast with each other and particularly stand out in comparison with the Chinese way of brewing and consuming tea. Thus although the world is united by its love for tea, it is again divided in its ways of preparing and consuming the wonderful beverage. Such is life in this amazing planet called Earth.

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Perfection, To the Tea

Herbal Teas, the latest terminology in the diaspora surrounding tea and its various variants, is especially used to denote a distinct flavor and tinge of a beverage that is prepared by brewing an intelligent mix of herbs, spices and plant material apart from tea leaves. This is a strong contrast to the traditionally made available source of tea from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, which when steeped in water results in a change in colour of the brew with some acquired attributes which contribute to a noticeable change in taste. Herbal teas are usually caffeine deficient and their existence can be traced back to ancient civilizations in China and Egypt. However the herbal tea concoction has always been very popular in the world of beverages and the generic name used to denote such a decoction is tisane which is more applicable to this genre of beverages and consistent to its texture. Any plant extract derived as a brew is defined as tea in the English etymology, so the term herbal tea. Often, tisanes have their own particular benefits, as is the case South African Rooibos, which is naturally high in vitamin C and antioxidants. Herbal teas can be considered as an excellent choice of drink for children especially as they lack any stimulating ingredient and have medicinal benefits too and keeps the body refreshed. Like any other food product or beverage, it is important to be aware of the effects a particular tisane may have on the body and mind before consumption.

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With the knowledge of the fact that a herbal or tisane is the extracted brew of adding different parts of a plant along with spices and other additives for taste and colour, different tisanes can be prepared with prior knowledge of the quality attribute they would be cascading onto the brew. For example the word tisane is derived from the Greek original tisanewhich means crushed barley which could indicate one of the main constituent in a particular tisane having originated as early in Greece. Moving closer East, in China tisanes are referred to popularly by the name, Liang Cha  which rings a bell in terms of familiar understanding of the reason behind the particular nomenclature. In Chinese Liang Cha denotes cooling tea and it incorporates plant materials to produce a cooling and soothing relieving effect on the body upon consumption. It is also an effective cure from constricted gut and stomach cramps and aids fluid retention. So prior knowledge of the key constituent ingredient of any tisane can be instrumental in cascading its quality attributes to the consumer very effectively. Octavius Herbal Teas are available in many variants and are a very suitable alternative to fizzy aerated drinks or sweetened refreshments in the scorching summer heat. It can be served hot or cold as desired.

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Digital Showcase For Quality Tea

Chamomile Tea from the house of Octavius is an excellent choice for those who swear by tea working for them like a desirable sedative with a subtle flavour of chamomile lingering on the lips long after the brew is finished. After much research and analysis Chamomile has been identified for its calming properties and hence used as the chief constituent of the Chamomile Tea. Not only does it provide a soothing effect on every sip but also provides relief from premenstrual symptoms and high blood sugar.  Another variant of tisane from Octavius Indian Herbal Tea promises to refresh and energize you with the strong flavor of black pepper and similar Indian spices. Octavius has reinvented the art of natural therapy through its brand new line of Herbal Teas, thereby reinforcing the traditional values of nature and its products with a modern and aristocratic appeal. Also available among the many diverse options from its line of Herbal Teas are Mint Tea which utilizes the cooling effect of peppermint used traditionally as relaxant and refreshment for internal as well as external use. With a dedicated team employed to excavate the hidden knowledge of traditional nature therapy in the form of teas, Octavius has many more appealing variants of herbal teas and with its rising popularity is adding more interesting options to its already extensive range.

Octavius Tea & Industries Ltd., founded in 1898, as a subsidiary of Octavius Steel and Co. Ltd. was a proprietary business headed by Walter Duncan. The establishment was initially formed as a potential investment from the surplus of more profitable steel industries, in erstwhile British India.

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