Sri Lankan Teas

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Did you know that Sri Lanka once shared a name with the tea that it is now famous for? The tiny island nation was called Ceylon until the end of British Colonialism in 1948. Sri Lanka is no larger than the state of Indiana, yet it boasts the fourth highest volume of tea production in the world. Sri Lanka’s tea quality can be attributed to a climate favorable to tea production: humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall.

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We have recently begun to carry some wonderful new Sri Lankan teas that we are so excited to be able to offer. Check out the list below for details on some of our newest teas!

Sri Lankan Vintage- A smokey amber brew with a hint of sweet-potato, this new tea blend consists of 3 separate teas. It is sure to appeal to the tea-adventurer in search of novel tea experiences.

Govenor’s Sri Lankan- This award-winning Ceylon tea is produced in limited quantities by a single family-owned estate in Sri Lanka. Two whole leaves and one bud from the plant’s tips are harvested, then hand-rolled into a ring to make this tea.

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Sri Lankan Golden Tips- This top-shelf tea uses only hand-picked, very young, tender tips of select tea bushes. The leaf has a light, golden color that is velvety with fine white down. This prized tea has a smooth, sweet taste that tea novices and connoisseurs alike will love.

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Yaupon Tea!

We’re excited to be carrying a new kind of tea! Yaupon!

Yaupon Tea (Yow-Pon) (Ilex Vomitoria) is a type of holly plant native to southeastern North America. It is a small tree or shrubbery with glossy dark green leaves. The fruit growing off the branches are small and red. The fruit are an important form of nutrition to many bird species such as duck, quail, turkey, bluebirds and others. Black bear, fox, raccoon, skunks, and deer also eat the fruit!

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The leaves and stems are brewed to make the tea. The yaupon plant was prized among Native American tribes in southern Florida. The tea was used for male-only purification and unity rituals.

The tea has ingredients such as caffeine and theobromine, making it different from other caffeine free herbal teas. It gives the drinker a boost without the jittery after affect!

It also offers health benefits such as high anti-oxidant levels, anti-inflammatory properties, and aids in prevention of osteoporosis!

Try it in its traditional holly, roasted, or blended with various other herbal teas. It’s delicious hot or iced. We even made an iced tea lemonade out of our coconut-lavender blend!

Come in and try a cup, or buy some by the ounce to enjoy at home.

Relief for Super Chapped Lips

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Summer sun or cool weather winds can leave lips feeling tender and chapped. Before you reach for the chap-stick, try this all-natural remedy that will condition & heal hurting lips, leaving the skin soft and healthy. The tannin in Green Tea

soothes burned skin while anti-oxidants & poly-phenols combat inflammation and heal irritated lips. Applying tea to chapped lips can actually be more effective than traditional chap-sticks, as chap-sticks often contain harmful or irritating

ingredients like petro-chemicals and substances that can act as allergens. Dampen a soft cloth in a strong brew of green tea (1-2 TBS of loose leaf tea per 6 oz of hot water), allow cloth to cool to a luke-warm or cool temperature before

applying to lips. Hold cloth to lips for 5-10 minutes.  If no loose-leaf tea is available, tea bags may be used instead.

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Matcha Tiramisu

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Ingredients:

6 TBS powdered matcha green tea
2 packages (48) lady fingers
16 oz marscapone
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
6 egg yolks
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Whisk together 2 TBS matcha powder & 1 cup of hot water

Whisk together 2 TBS matcha powder & 1 cup of hot water.

Beat egg yolks over a double-boiler for 6 minutes, add sugar, vanilla & 1 TBS matcha mixture.  Continue to beat over heat for 5 minutes or untill well blended, then remove from heat.  Beat in marscapone.

Beat egg yolks over a double-boiler for 6 minutes, add sugar, vanilla & 1 TBS powdered matcha. Continue to beat over heat for 5 minutes or untill well blended, then remove from heat. Beat in marscapone.

In a separate bowl, beat heavy whipping cream & 2 TBS matcha until stiff peaks are formed, and mixture is the consistency of whipped cream (electric mixer works best).

In a separate bowl, beat heavy whipping cream & 2 TBS matcha until stiff peaks are formed, and mixture is the consistency of whipped cream (electric mixer works best).

Fold whipped cream mixture into the marscapone egg mixture. Don't over stir, or you'll loose the fluffy consistency.

Fold whipped cream mixture into the marscapone egg mixture. Don’t over stir, or you’ll loose the fluffy consistency.

Dip lady fingers into the matcha tea mix that was made at the start, allowing each lady finger to become fully saturated.

Dip lady fingers into the matcha tea mix that was made at the start, allowing each lady finger to become fully saturated.

Place 1 layer of lady fingers on bottom of pan or dish. pour 1/2 the marscapone mixture over the lady fingers, spread evenly.

Place 1 layer of lady fingers on bottom of pan or dish. pour 1/2 the marscapone mixture over the lady fingers, spread evenly.

Place second layer of lady fingers perpendicular to the first (see layer construction in photo), then top with remaining marscapone mixture.

Place second layer of lady fingers perpendicular to the first (see layer construction in photo), then top with remaining marscapone mixture.

Dust top of cake evenly with remaining tablespoon of matcha. This step really helps make the green tea flavor stand out. Cover the cake and put in fridge overnight before serving.

Dust top of cake evenly with remaining tablespoon of matcha. This step really helps make the green tea flavor stand out. Cover the cake and put in fridge overnight before serving.

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Rooibos Tea as a Facial Cleanser!

 

face_cleansing-314x314 Rooibos (pronounced roy-bus) tea is good to drink but is also great for your skin! It can be used to treat eczema and even mild cases of acne. The antioxidants repair skin damage and protects from the everyday elements. This face wash can be used on all types of skin!

Step 1: For every 1/4 cup of tea leaves, use one cup of water.
Step 2: Pour tea leaves in medium bowl. Pour hot water over tea leaves. Make sure the bowl is covered to lock in the necessary essential oils.
Step 3: Let sit for 30 minutes or until room temperature.
Step 4: Strain out tea leaves.
Step 5: Dip cotton ball in tea infusion and wash face. Be sure not to rub skin too hard, this could cause irritation. Repeat every 2-3 days, depending on your skins reaction.

For more information or to purchase red tea visit us at Soakology!

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Bottoms Up!!

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Black Tea is the most popular class of tea outside of asia, making it the second most popular tea in the world. Black tea leaves are allowed to completely oxidize, which creates it’s characteristic bold taste. Black tea is often enjoyed with milk, lemon, or sweetener.

Black Tea is known to help boost the immune system and is a good alternative to a cup of coffee, containing half the amount of caffeine. All tea, including black, contains antioxidants, helps prevent tooth decay and is thought to aid in fat burning and the lowering of cholesterol.

We carry a range of traditional and modern black teas sourced from China, India, and Sri Lanka. For more information, or to purchase teas: http://shop.soakology.com/category.sc;jsessionid=8AA80CC085A03AAA9E18E3F82C6AB3C4.m1plqscsfapp02?categoryId=24

Naturally Highlight Hair with Chamomile Tea!

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Naturally Highlight Hair with Chamomile Tea!

Step 1: Steep 5 tbsp of chamomile tea in boiling water

Step 2: Let the tea cool completely

Step 3: Rinse clean hair with the cooled tea and comb throughout

Step 4: Let your hair air-dry while you lounge in the sun!

For a more beachy look, put the cooled chamomile tea in a spray bottle and spritz lightly on your hair!

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