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asile153
« on: December 02, 2008 09:31:24 AM »

I would like to give a couple of my girlfriends gift baskets with tea in them for Christmas, but I don't know anything about tea (if I'm posting in the wrong place, feel free to move this).  What are good types of tea for things like energizing, relaxing, detoxing, warding off illness, or any other cool effects that I don't know about.  Hopefully that makes sense.  Any help is greatly appreciated!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2008 11:01:26 AM »

All tea is high in anti-oxidants.  Green, black and white teas are all good.  Research used to claim that green or white were the highest but now that is being disputed.

Do you know what kind of tea your friends like?  Many tea lovers don't care for herbal varieties ( I fall into this camp.)  Someone else will be able to give you more information about herbal teas, I'm sure.

If you know what your friends like then I would get three teas, a green, a black and a decaf.

Do  you have access to a coffee or tea shop where you live?  If so, get some high quality loose leaf and ask the staff what people's favorites are.  You could do this on the internet too if you like, but I am a fan of buying local.

If you just want to buy tea bags, I really like Stash teas.  I'm a huge fan of their green tea, double bergamot Earl Grey, and decaf chai.  Costco's brand of tea is even better and they come in large quantities so you could divide them among your baskets in pretty tea tins.
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2008 12:09:27 PM »

If they like fruit, I suggest a nice fruit-flavored black tea as well.  Loose leaf teas can get pricey, but they would look very nice in some small tins.  Oh, and don't forget a strainer or one of those little spoons that holds loose leaf tea. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2008 03:04:00 AM »

Definitely add Chai tea in there! Its super yummy, especially in the winter, and its more of a "dessert" tea.
Green tea is certainly a very healthy tea, but its hard to choose one for people -- many folks don't like green tea, or only like certain kinds.

The Republic of Tea has quite a few different teas, specifically geared towards exactly what you're talking about -- clear skin, wellness, sleep, waking up, weight loss...perhaps see which ingredients in each tea have the effect and try and find something similar?

http://www.republicoftea.com/pages/teamenu.asp

Under various headers, like herbal and "be well red" tea, are what I'm talking about - get gorgeous, get wellness, etc.
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2008 04:08:00 AM »

A fun thing to add, if you have access to a specialty tea shop, is Buddha balls or variations there of. They are hand wrapped teas which when you pour the boiling water on them they open very prettily, some varieties even have flowers in the centre. They are a white tea. You only need to buy one or two balls and put them in a cellophane bag to add something different to the basket. This link will show you what I mean : http://www.tbar.com.au/tea/show/8
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2008 06:41:04 AM »

Thanks for all the great suggestions.  They're very helpful!
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2008 07:05:39 PM »

 Every tea drinker is different. I tend to adore herbal teas, but stay away from more traditional teas. Lately, I have been loving yerba mate teas which have a ton of health benefits. Guayaki is my favoritehttp://www.guayaki.com/.

 Good Earth brand teas have a line of medicinal teas that are awesome. If your friends like herbal teas, there are so many awesome options out there. I suggest looking around the net or a local tea shop and just seeing what looks fun!

 Good luck!
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2008 09:22:09 PM »

Comming from someone who doesn't care for tea (and I have tried all different kinds), the only one that I like is Mint Green Tea. I think it's a really nice choice for a green tea.
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2008 06:30:24 PM »

Mint Gree Tea is the only tea my daughter will drink.  I also agree with Chai, yummy!  I also love raspberry tea.  Celestial Seasonings make a Christmas line of teas like Candy Cane and Gingerbread. 
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2008 01:41:37 PM »

my personal favorite type of tea is Constant Comment.  mmmm.  i recently got a blueberry green tea.  but i haven't had any yet...more in the coffee mood.  lol.  i love the cranberry pomegrante tea from Lipton.  thats good stuff.  i've only had Chai tea once, and didn't really care for it, but i need to have it again and see if i like it.  but i think everyone else has some pretty good ideas.  Smiley
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