Ceylon Tea - A Good Christmas Tea Gift


by Samantha Weale November 02, 2016

For this post, I did a lot of research trying my very best to find the perfect blend and infusions to present to you on tea. My efforts were not in vain, it turns out the name Ceylon is derived from the old name for Sri Lanka where the tea is grown (hence Ceylon Tea). A recurring name seems synonymous with Ceylon Tea; James Taylor.

The history of the infusing of James Taylor and Ceylon tea sparks interest. Thanks to a coffee rust fungus, coffee plantations in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) were ruined in 1869. As a back up to coffee planting, James was assigned to manage 19/20 acres of land for the first ever tea plantation on the island. Thanks to James and his yield this gave birth to Ceylon Tea.

While the story about James Taylor is a satisfying one, it only feels like the first sip of a good cuppa tea. The whole idea of Ceylon tea and how often it is spoken about makes one wonder; why Ceylon tea? Why not another tea? Better yet, why not coffee?

Ceylon tea is grown and picked the old fashioned way and processed with no artificiality to it. The whole process from bush to teacup is non-synthetic. The process includes heating and taking out moisture from the leaves and is made to suit each palate.

There is Ceylon black tea which is aged and oxidised. There is Ceylon green tea which is made up of fresh leaves. These two types of teas have health benefits that would keep you sipping all day; both have moderate amounts of caffeine thus they promote mental alertness. The health benefits associated with Ceylon black tea are:

·         Boosts the immune system as a result of antioxidants

·         Increases the health of kidneys because of cleansing toxins

·         Increases cardiovascular health by maintaining blood pressure

·         Lessens cholesterol (not conclusive)

Ceylon Green tea has the following health benefits:

·         Increases dental health

·         Promotes healthy skin because of polyphenol which act as antioxidants and restores skin from sun damage, rash and promotes healing of wounds

·         Promotes weight loss (not conclusive)

Ceylon tea has many health benefits, but most of us just love the taste of tea and the relaxing, calming nature it promotes. One documentary on Ceylon tea stated, “Ceylon tea is more than a tint that appears in a cup of water”.  For more than just a tint of colour in you cup of water, try our treasure collection and indulge your taste buds with the fruit, herb and flower infusions, for whatever reason – health or otherwise. We at teas-online enjoy tea for the benefit of flavours moon walking across our taste buds.

 




Samantha Weale
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