Darjeeling tea is a type of black tea produced in India. Darjeeling tea has a fruity aroma and a golden or bronze color, depending on the way it’s brewed. Tea experts say it has notes (flavors) of citrus fruit, flowers, and even a vegetal quality. Darjeeling tastes sweeter and less bitter than other forms of black tea. The leaves in Darjeeling tea contain polyphenols or plant compounds that fight inflammation and chronic (long-term) disease. Recent studies have shown that flavonoids or phytonutrient-rich plant pigments found in tea can lower cholesterol levels. High cholesterol leads to high blood pressure, heart attacks, or stroke, thus reducing your risk of developing those diseases.
Fight Cancer: Two important polyphenols found in Darjeeling tea—theaflavins and thearubigins—are considered powerful antioxidants. These compounds protect against free radicals (harmful molecules) that damage cell DNA and cause cells to mutate. Tea polyphenols have also shown promise in shrinking cancerous tumors and protecting against ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Help Lower Blood Sugar Levels: Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body uses insulin, a hormone that regulates the amount of sugar in your blood. People with type 2 diabetes have high blood sugar because their bodies don’t make enough insulin. In a recent study, black tea extract appeared to lower blood sugar levels, allowing people with diabetes to metabolize (process) insulin more efficiently.
Brew method for most loose leaf organic oolong teas, in water that has been heated until bubbles, have begun to rise to the top of the pan or 195 degrees Fahrenheit, for 4-7 minutes. All of our Teas including oolongs are sold as loose leaf tea, without tea bags, thus allowing for the premium oolong leaves to open up, and that means no extra waste for the tea drinker. Oolongs are particularly suited to re-steeping. In fact, second or third steeping is often preferred.
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant Camellia Sinensis: the source of all true teas.
Essential Oils: the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma
Polyphenols: antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its potential health benefits
Phytonutrients: small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including Camellia Sinensis!)
Enzymes: Macromolecular biological catalysts, which accelerate chemical reactions in the body
Methylxanthines: which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine
Many thousands of years after mankind uncovered the medicinal and spiritual use of these plants, scientists have acquired the tools that were needed to figure out how they worked and confirm their effectiveness. You can see an example of this in scientific articles confirming the effectiveness of elderberry improving your immune system with thousands of antioxidants and even anticarcinogenic effects! Herbalism is the ancient art of using the energies and medicines locked away in plants to help relieve discomfort or even cure, many conditions. Many parts of all plants can come in handy, ranging from mandrake root to rose petals and wild lettuce. Each herb potentially provides its own advantages depending on the botanical nature of the plant.
We encourage you to do your research before ingesting any herb. This is especially true if you are taking any medications, as many herbs interact with specific types of medications (St. Johns Wort and Antidepressants, for example, cause serotonin syndrome, which can be fatal). Always consult your doctor before trying to treat, diagnose, or cure any medical condition, as they know what is best specifically for you.