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Greening Your Spa With Organic Tea
By: Anna Wasserman
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the May 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Black, white, oolong, green, silver and gold tea all come from the same plant, called Camellia sinensis. Variations occur in the part of the plant that is used, the level of oxidation and other processes that result in a particular type of tea. Different techniques, such as steaming or pan frying the leaves, produce a range of flavors—from vegetal, floral and buttery to hints of chocolate. Some chefs have been known to pair specific foods with certain types of tea, similar to wine. Herbal tea varieties actually have no tea in them at all. The correct word for an infusion of flowers or herbs comes from the French word tisane.
A great option to use in tea ceremonies is hand-sewn bundles of tea, known as flowering teas. These unique blends, made by artisans in China, are full tea leaves sewn with cotton thread around different flowers that magically bloom when steeped in hot water, creating an elaborate display. These blends are made of white, green or black tea leaves and are best served in a glass teapot for full viewing pleasure.
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