Darjeeling: Champagne of Teas

We here at Octavia Tea will be toasting the new royal couple with our Darjeeling Reserve. Known as “the champagne of teas,” Darjeeling is a world-famous tea growing region that produces teas with a unique & sought-after flavor. Our Darjeeling Reserve is from the Okayti tea garden – the same garden where Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite tea is from! So you may not get an invite to Buckingham Palace for the royal wedding, but you can at least sip the tea. . . . → Read More: Darjeeling: Champagne of Teas

Employee Selections: Silver Needle

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“A Cup of Sophistication.”

Darryl is a marketing specialist and one of the newest members of the Octavia family. Quizzed about his favorite tea, he writes:

Prior to my employment at the Octavia Tea Company, had someone asked me what silver needle was, my first guess would have been tea made from the . . . → Read More: Employee Selections: Silver Needle

The Octavia Tea Guide: Natural Remedies for Stress and Depression

With the election chaos and the holidays knocking on our doorsteps, many of us need to find a heathy way to deal with stress – here are a few of our favorite teas to help you relax and unwind … . . . → Read More: The Octavia Tea Guide: Natural Remedies for Stress and Depression

Tea for the Chakras

For thousands of years tea has been a staple to many natural and spiritual health practices. Followers of both Buddhism and Hinduism, as well their many variants, have utilized the properties of plants to help heal and energize the metaphysical epicenters of the human body, known as Chakras.

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Tea — An Ally in the Fight Against Cancer

Tea has long been touted as having many benefits to our health from detoxing our bodies to promoting increased metabolism. While the history of tea is steeped in age-old tradition spanning every continent and culture. the full potential of the health benefits of tea still remains largely unexplored.

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Rooibos and Anti-Aging Potential

Chocolate Mint Rooibos Scientists in South Africa have found ways in which Rooibos may prevent or at least delay the effects of aging. Their study found that Rooibos protects the main cells in healthy fat tissue from degenerating. Why is this significant? According to the scientists who carried out the study, usually there is a redistribution of fat which naturally occurs as we age, and has been linked to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Protecting and partly restoring the cells in healthy fat tissue could reverse such age-related diseases. . . . → Read More: Rooibos and Anti-Aging Potential

Back to School, Back to Work

It’s that time of year again! Neighborhoods are buzzing with the anticipation of a new school year. New people, new experiences, new crayons.

It doesn’t matter it you are beginning a new school year or not, the excitement of the season never really leaves us. It’s easy to get swept up in it all, . . . → Read More: Back to School, Back to Work

New Research Suggests Tea is a Healthy Drink for Children

In recent years, concerns about caffeine intake caused parents to seek drink alternatives for their kids. However, the change may have actually led to more unhealthy choices.

A recent review of medical studies suggests that moderate daily intake of caffeinated beverages such as tea does not harm children and may even have beneficial effects.

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Shining a light on the world of Dark Tea & Pu-erh

Pu-erh TouchaAN ENTIRELY NEW CATEGORY OF TEA … Veiled in mystery, Hei Cha, or dark tea, is a special category of aged tea from China that is seldom available outside of Asia. An important part of Chinese culture linked to century-old traditions, dark tea has yet to reach global recognition on the same scale as other tea types (such as green and black). However, dark tea’s popularity is gaining momentum due to its powerful, medicinal effects. If Darjeeling is the “Champagne of teas,” then dark tea is its cousin—an aged, Cognac or Brandy. . . . → Read More: Shining a light on the world of Dark Tea & Pu-erh

Antioxidants in Green and Black Tea – According to WebMD

Tea is brimming with antioxidants, the disease-fighting compounds that help your body stave off illness. When it comes to health benefits, Black tea is equally as impressive as green tea. “In my lab, we found that green and black tea had identical amounts of polyphenols,” he tells WebMD. “Astounding” aptly describes tea’s antioxidant power, Weisburger tells WebMD. “Whether it’s green or black, tea has about eight to 10 times the polyphenols found in fruits and vegetables.” . . . → Read More: Antioxidants in Green and Black Tea – According to WebMD