Welcome to the Tea Spot.  I plan to have articles and information about tea, health, and anything else that's tea related.

Below are my latest articles.

Tea's Role in History
There have been many influences that shaped the development of mankind and our history. One of the greatest of these has been- believe it or not- tea. It has been used as currency, medicine, celebrated in religious rights, and in some cultures been a status symbol of wealth and power all around the world...

Infusing vs Decocting Teas
Many people have never heard of ‘infusions’ and ‘decoctions’, but they were used for centuries around the world as ways to create teas, remedies, and compresses that help heal our bodies...

Modern History of Tea
We know that tea dramatically influenced the Japanese culture, or perhaps its better said that the Japanese culture influenced tea. In either case, tea has been fully infused into daily life in Japan to this day. You can find it at every meal...

Tea – The East Meets West
The fall of Rome in 476 CE is regarded as the start of the Dark Ages for western civilization. But in China, the Han Dynasty that began in 206 BCE lasted until 220 CE and laid the foundation for a continuation of culture, arts and sciences under...

The Caffeine in Tea
Tea is second in popularity around the world only to wonderful, refreshing water as a beverage. What many people do not realize is that tea is a source of caffeine in various amounts. Most teas have more caffeine than...

Tea Preparation – From Field to Home
Tea preparation is quite different from tea production. The production is the picking of the leaves and buds of the cultivated tree native to China and the sub tropical areas of Southeast Asia. This specific species, Camellia sinensis, can grow...

Black Tea Health Benefits
The most well known type of tea in the western world is black tea. While the health benefits of green tea have been very well publicized by both medical sources and commercial interests, black tea seems to have been...

Quality Tea
Each type of tea has a way in which experts grade its quality. While the subtle differences might be lost on a novice, this system is incredibly important for commercial tea manufacturers as it creates...

Growing Tea
Tea is something that is enjoyed by more people every year. It seems that as the benefits of this simple beverage become more well known, the more people want to know how to grow their own. While there are vast areas...

Picking Tea
Tea is a plant that grows best in areas that are also what many people would consider ideal places to live. A subtropical climate with mild, if any, winters and enough rain to give an average of 20 inches...

Amazing Oolong Tea - What Oolong Tea Can Do For Your Health
It is not really surprising that there is not much research done on the health  benefits of Oolong Tea, because it is not consumed as much as green or black tea.  By itself, Oolong also has several...

Chai Tea
Chai tea comes to us from India. It consists of black tea and a rich variety of spices along. The word chai simply means tea, and this particular tea has a interesting...

Famous and Rare Teas
Famous and rare teas come from all over the world, but the vast majority comes from China and India. The sale of rare tea is by auction attended by tea brokers. The general public usually knows very little about rare teas...

Build Your Body With Tea
If you are interested in weight loss or muscle building, you're probably aware of the wide range of supplements on the market intended to help you achieve your goals. But did you know that tea is among those...

Tea and Artificial Sweeteners
The English served black tea with sugar cubes for centuries. It just seems to go together. Some say the sweetness of the sugar counteracts the bitterness of the tea. Actually, if the tea made correctly will not have excess bitterness...

Herbal Teas & Immunity
Almost every organ in the body involves the immune system. Most glands, white blood cells, lymph nodes and bone marrow are also involved. The immune system is what keeps humans healthy. It is...

Focus China: Favorite Teas
Tea is the most popular drink in China, and has been for a very long time. There are many different types of tea, but all of it comes from the plant called Camellia sinesis. Workers harvest...

Christmas Tea Time
Tea adapts to any season and any occasion. Whether it’s a lovely black tea with all the flavors of Christmas - cinnamon, clove, ginger or delicate white tea served with your favorite holiday offering, tea makes...

Green Tea Reduces Stress
For people around the world tea is a comfort beverage. When I think back to childhood moments, the phrase, “come have a hot cup of tea and talk about it” still rings through honored memories. What I didn’t know then is that...

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