Today’s Cup of Tea is Sencha Green Tea with Sunny Mother Nature

Feel the wonderful benefits sink in while enjoying a cup of Sencha Green Tea with Sunnymothernature!

Do you love the finer things life has to offer?  That’s what you get with Sencha Green Tea!  Green Tea in general is really good for one’s health (although all teas have health benefits).  As with all teas, there are different qualities.  Compass Teas’s, at www.compassteas.com, Superior Sencha Green Tea is one of the top qualities of Sencha Tea available.  

Sencha Green Tea is considered to have a more refined taste.  Also, it is interesting to note that Sencha Green Tea actually brews green, not yellow or yellowish-green like some other green tea varieties.

Green tea in general has antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are all good for one’s health.  It can possibly help your immune system, prevent diseases, help with mental clarity, etc.  The list can go on and on with what green tea can do.

I find that if I want to focus more, without becoming anxious, or hyper, green tea is amazing.  It relaxes me, but focuses me at the same time.

Today, I decided to brew some Sencha Green Tea because I wanted the awesome health benefits from it~ as well it is said to help clear your skin.  Yet, even if it doesn’t help my skin clear up, I know it is helping my body, mind and spirit in many other ways.

My Sencha Green Tea is from Compass Teas, at http://compassteas.com/oolongclassic-1.aspx (and yes it’s this link even though it says Oolong Classic) for 2 oz. for $9.25.  And, the best part is that this Sencha Green Tea is organic!  Sencha Green Tea can be found at other tea suppliers and wherever tea is sold too.

So, sit down and have a cup of Sencha Green Tea with me.  Mother Nature will love that you are doing a little something to improve your health, which in turn improves Mother Nature’s health! 

Have a sunny day!

“Sometimes the world feels scary and unsafe, but if you and I have a cup of tea, it’ll suddenly feel much more like a warm and inviting place.” ~Kim Maurer, aka Sunny Mother Nature

Please Note-I am affiliated with Compass Tea Company.  The price and ounces listed here were correct at the time I posted them.  They may change without my knowledge.

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Today’s Cup of Tea is Tropical Island Getaway with Sunny Mother Nature

Relax and have a cup of Tropical Island Getaway tea with Sunny Mother Nature!

I know it is winter, but I cannot get the beach off my brain.  So to help, I’m drinking Tropical Island Getaway tea, a blend you can only get from Compass Teas.

It is a caffeine free green rooibos blend.  It has peach, mango and papaya bits in it.  This makes it a fruity rooibos tea, to help you feel like you’re at the beach, even if you’re miles away from the nearest one (like me).

Rooibos is another tea that can be found in two types-green and red.  Both kinds can help aid in digestion. 

Tropical Island Getaway tea is $7.00 for 3 oz, which makes about 40 cups of tea!

If you would like to know more about the benefits of this specific tea, or are just interested in Tropical Island Getaway tea, please visit http://compassteas.com/islandparadisewildwoodbeachblend.aspx

So, grab a cup of Tropical Island Getaway tea, and we’ll both imagine we’re on a beautiful, warm, sunny beach with cool, clear, blue water…

“Sometimes the world feels scary and unsafe, but if you and I have a cup of tea, it’ll suddenly feel much more like a warm and inviting place.” ~Kim Maurer, aka Sunny Mother Nature

Please Note- I am affiliated with Compass Tea Company, www.compassteas.com.  The price and ounces listed here were correct at the time I posted them.  They may change without my knowledge.

How to Tell Whether a Tea has Caffeine with Sunny Mother Nature

It’s easy to tell if a tea has caffeine, or if it’s naturally caffeine free with Sunny Mother Nature!

There are people who only want caffeine.  Others who only want caffeine free.  And then there are people like me who drink both. 

Yet, there are many people from all those groups who don’t know, without looking at the package of tea, whether a tea has caffeine, or is naturally caffeine free.  So, here are the 5 things to look for:

1) If the tea is from the Camellia sinensis plant, then it has caffeine.

You’re probably wondering how science class suddenly came into a tea post, right?  Well, that’s the only science, I promise! 

Basically, the Camellia sinensis plant is where the leaves come from for white tea, green tea, oolong tea, and black tea.  So-

2) If it is a white, green, oolong, or black tea-then it has caffeine.

3) If it is a red tea, aka rooibos, or honeybush tea, then it is caffeine free. 

Basically, remember that red tea is NOT from the Camellia sinensis plant, and you’re good.

4) If it is an herbal tea, then it is caffeine free.

Any herbal teas, like spearmint, lemongrass, peppermint, etc. and tea blends that only have herbs in them, like a spearmint and peppermint blend-are caffeine free.

(Did you know? Technically, herbal teas and red tea are not “tea” because they do not come from the Camellia sinensis plant)

5) If a tea blend has some herbs, like peppermint and spearmint, mixed with any white, green, oolong, or black tea, then it is NOT caffeine free.

Remember that if a tea blend contains even one tea that has caffeine, then the entire tea blend is considered caffeinated.

That’s it!  Those are the 5 things to look for to know whether a tea has caffeine, or is naturally caffeine free!

Now you know how to figure out if a tea is caffeinated, or caffeine free, even if the packaging doesn’t say so!  (And see, there was only a little science.)

So, go drink a cup of tea- caffeinated, or caffeine free- your choice!

Mother Nature will love that you are drinking something that is natural and has so many health benefits in it too!

“Sometimes the world feels scary and unsafe, but if you and I have a cup of tea, it’ll suddenly feel much more like a warm and inviting place.” ~Kim Maurer, aka Sunny Mother Nature

Please Note- I am affiliated with Compass Tea Company.  If you would like to look at the Tea for One Set from Compass Teas, pictured at the top of this post, please click here http://compassteas.com/filtersforcupsormugs100ct-1-1-1.aspx

How to Make a Cup of Loose Leaf Tea with Sunny Mother Nature

Loose leaf tea isn’t difficult to make, with a how-to from Sunny Mother Nature!

I love, love, LOVE  loose leaf tea!  If you’ve never had loose leaf tea, you will be shocked to taste the difference!  Loose tea is such a higher quality tea compared to many (if not all) tea bags because tea bags contain the dust of tea!  With loose leaf tea, you are actually getting the leaf of the tea, not just the dust.  So, the taste will be significantly better with loose leaf tea!

Not only that, but because loose leaf tea is a better quality tea, you can infuse/brew more than one cup of tea with the same tea.  That’s right, you can place tea into your infuser, tea ball, or filters, and reuse the same tea for two to three cups of tea! (You just may have to brew the tea a little longer on the second and third brewings.)

Yet, from working a lot in a tea company, I know that many times people don’t know how to make loose leaf tea, but don’t want to admit it unless you ask specifically.  Often times, they feel silly if they don’t know how to make it, or are intimidated by the idea of making loose leaf tea.

I’m here to say fear not!  It is not difficult at all~just one more step to your tea routine.

So, with my “How To Decide Which Tea Infuser is Right for You with Sunny Mother Nature” post, you have decided which tea infuser that you are going to use to make your loose leaf tea with. 

Just scroll down to which tea infuser you are using, and start making that cup of loose leaf tea!

Metal Mesh Tea Infusers and Tea Balls

                      

For one cup of tea with either the Metal Mesh Tea Infuser or the Tea Ball, the directions are the same:

1) Heat the water, either in a cup, or in a kettle.  If in a kettle, next pour the water into a cup.

2) Take one spoonful of loose leaf tea and place into the mesh ball. 

3) Place the tea infuser into the hot water in the cup.

4) Let brew for the amount of time directed on the package of tea.

5) Take tea infuser, or ball, out of cup and either set into a empty cup for use later (to get two more brewings later), or dump out tea leaves into trash, or compost.

6) Optional: Place sugar, honey, and/or milk to taste.

Tea Filters, aka Tea Bags

 

With the tea filters, aka tea bags, the directions are almost the same as above. (for learning purposes, I will describe the tea filters as tea bags)

1) Heat the water, either in a cup, or in a kettle.  If in a kettle, next pour the water into a cup.

2) Take one spoonful of loose leaf tea and place into the tea bag. 

3) Place the tea bag into the hot water in the cup.  Rest the top of the bag down onto the side of the cup.  

4) Let brew for the amount of time directed on the package of tea.

5) Take tea bag out of cup and either set into a empty cup for use later (to get two more brewings later), or throw away into trash, or compost.

6) Optional: Place sugar, honey, and/or milk to taste.

Cup Infuser

The directions for a cup infuser are a little bit different than the two sets of directions above.  The cup infuser from Compass Teas, www.compassteas.com, (however, the amount made by a cup infuser depends on the brand and size you have) holds about a mug and half of a mug of tea, or two small tea cups of tea.

 1) Heat the water.

2) Add to the infuser. 

3) Add the a spoonful to two spoonfuls (depending on how strong you want the tea) of tea leaves to the infuser and let the tea brew. 

4) Place/set the cup infuser on top of cup and the tea will pour through the bottom into the cup. 

5) Pick the cup infuser back up after the amount of tea you wish to be in your cup, is in your cup.  The tea will stop flowing through once you pick the infuser back up.

6) Either leave tea leaves in container to brew two more brewings later, or gently pull at middle pole, to take out the mesh center piece.  Then, dump tea leaves into trash/compost, and rinse with water to get the rest of the leaves out of the cup infuser and the mesh center piece.

7) Optional: Place sugar, honey, and/or milk to taste.

You’re done!

You have now made your own cup of loose leaf tea!  Good job!  Mother Nature loves that you are drinking tea.  Afterall, you have just made a beverage that, if made by you, has no plastic bottles or containers, is good for you, and is a Mother Nature friendly beverage! 

So, sit back and relax while you drink in a beverage that is good for you and Mother Nature.

If you have any questions about what type of tea infuser is right for you, or about making your own cup of loose leaf tea, please comment below and I will answer back!

“Sometimes the world feels scary and unsafe, but if you and I have a cup of tea, it’ll suddenly feel much more like a warm and inviting place.” ~Kim Maurer, aka Sunny Mother Nature

Please Note- I am affiliated with Compass Tea Company.  Also, these directions are for one cup of tea unless otherwise stated.

How To Decide Which Tea Infuser is Right for You with Sunny Mother Nature

Sunny Mother Nature will give you the basics on how to decide which tea infuser is right for you!  You may even decide to own and use more than one (like me).

Picking out a tea infuser, if you don’t already own one, is one of the first steps to starting to make  loose leaf tea (the other step is buying loose leaf tea). 

So, here are the four most used types of tea infusers to choose from and the pros and cons of each.

 There is:

1) The Metal Mesh Tea Infuser

Pros-  reusable, dishwasher safe

Cons- small pieces of tea may get through the mesh and into your cup of tea

2) The Tea Ball (which normally comes with a charm on the end, so as the chain doesn’t slide into the water as the tea is brewing) It is the same as the Metal Mesh Infuser, but has a chain instead of a handle.

Pros- reusable, dishwasher safe

Cons- small pieces of tea may get through the mesh and into your cup of tea

3) Tea Filters, AKA Tea Bags- Please do not mistake these “tea filters” as the equivalent to coffee filters.  Instead, these should be called tea bags, because you are essentially making your own tea bags.

Pros- biodegradable, chlorine-free, like making your own tea bag, no tea gets through the filter

Cons- not reusable

 

4) The Cup Infuser

Pros- reusable, does not allow tea through the mesh, dishwasher safe

Cons- more expensive than the other types of tea infusers

My personal faves are the tea filters (aka tea bags) because you do not have to deal with attempting to get all of the tea out of the metal mesh.  Also, none of the smaller pieces of the tea can slip through the filter (unlike the mesh ones) and into your tea.  However, all four of these choices Mother Nature would love because one is biodegradable and the other three are reusable.  So, you will be not harming Mother Nature while you enjoy your teatime!

You can get all of these different tea infusers from Compass Teas at www.compassteas.com, and many other tea suppliers and tea places. 

So, pick your favorite tea infuser and go see the next “How To’s with Sunny Mother Nature” to learn how to make loose leaf tea.

“Sometimes the world feels scary and unsafe, but if you and I have a cup of tea, it’ll suddenly feel much more like a warm and inviting place.” ~Kim Maurer, aka Sunny Mother Nature

Please Note-I am affiliated with Compass Tea Company.

Today’s Cup of Tea is Yerba Mate with Sunny Mother Nature

Sit down, relax, and have a cup of Green Yerba Mate tea with Sunny Mother Nature!

This tea is a tea for so many things!  The main reasons I drink it though is that it is supposed to help reduce pain, help with headaches, and it is like caffeine, but you don’t have the crash like with caffeine.

Yerba Mate is normally found in two forms-green and roasted.  If I am going to drink just Yerba Mate without any other type of tea blended with it, I go more for the Green Yerba Mate. 

If you like green tea, then Green Yerba Mate may be another tea to add to your cabinet.  It may take a cup or two to get acquired to the taste.  However, I have been amazed at how many people I know who I’ve gotten to try it, and they really like it from the first sip! I get my Green Yerba Mate from Compass Teas, at  http://compassteas.com/yerbamate-traditionalgreen.aspx for 3 oz. for $6.99.  It can be found at other tea suppliers too though.

So, if you need a little bit more energy, or help relieving some pain, have a cup of Green Yerba Mate tea with me.  It’ll help you make it through the day.

“Sometimes the world feels scary and unsafe, but if you and I have a cup of tea, it’ll suddenly feel much more like a warm and inviting place.” ~Kim Maurer, aka Sunny Mother Nature

Please Note-I am affiliated with Compass Tea Company.  The price and ounces listed here were correct at the time I posted them.  They may change without my knowledge.

Today’s Cup of Tea is Lemongrass with Sunny Mother Nature

Sunny Mother Nature loves lemongrass tea!

I am an avid tea drinker.  Sometimes I drink tea because I need more energy.  Other times I drink tea to relax and calm down.  Today though, I am drinking tea to help get rid of a headache.

Luckily, in my tea cabinet I have lemongrass tea.  If brewed longer than the average cup of tea (more like 5-10 minutes compared to the regular 2-3 minutes) it can help make headaches take a hike!  Just drink two or three cups of tea brewed this long and you’ll be amazed that your headache goes away.  Also, lemongrass tea is caffeine-free for anyone who prefers caffeine-free teas.

I love Compass Tea Company’s Lemongrass Tea, $5 for 1.5 oz at  www.compassteas.com.  It is made from all organic ingredients.  However, lemongrass tea can be bought from many different places and suppliers. 

So, sit down, relax and have a cup of lemongrass tea with me.  It’ll help melt the day and your headache away. 

“Sometimes the world feels scary and unsafe, but if you and I have a cup of tea, it’ll suddenly feel much more like a warm and inviting place.” ~Kim Maurer, aka Sunny Mother Nature

Please Note-I am affiliated with Compass Tea Company.  The price and ounces listed here were correct at the time I posted them.  They may change without my knowledge.