Using Blueberry Boost Tea
Brewing and using the tea
Blueberry Boost Tea is a dried leaf tea rather than a green tea. Green teas are traditionally made from leaves that have been steamed briefly. The steaming breaks the outer, protective cells of the leaf which results in the leaf being much more open to absorbing water. In other words, it brews and draws faster. However, steaming also vaporizes the essential oils in the leaf which is why we don’t steam the leaves.
We want to retain as much of the essential oils as possible because they are the catalyst for the tea’s effectiveness. As a result the tea needs at least ten minutes to draw and for the blueberry to reconstitute and diffuse. A good indication for when the tea is ready is the leaves sinking to the bottom.
The tea can also be drunk cold with no obvious loss of anti-oxidants and is a very refreshing drink.
Suggested quantity per cup
Obviously you will have a personal preference regarding the strength of the tea. Following is a suggestion of how much to use for an average drink and then perhaps alter it to suit your tastes. Try using 2 grams per 250 ml (mug) of water. This is a rounded teaspoon or half a level tablespoon. So for a 500ml teapot try a level tablespoon.
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Blueberry Boost Tea Ingredients
Dried blueberries make up 42% of the tea by weight.
Fresh blueberries are dried back in the ratio of seven to one. It takes three kilos of fresh blueberries to make one kilo of tea.This means that every cup of tea (full teaspoon: 2 grams: teabag per cup) contains the equivalent of 6 grams of fresh blueberries as a dried concentrate.
Blueberries are considered to be one of nature’s richest source of antioxidants. The predominant family of antioxidants found within blueberries are the anthocyanins. The “cyan” part of the word is from the Greek word for blue. The antioxidants are so prolific in blueberries that the blue you see is literally anthocyanins.
One of the properties of blueberry leaves is that of being an enhancer for the properties or therapeutics of other herbs. One way to experience this phenomenon is to mix a teaspoon of coffee to a cup of the tea blend. Apart from finding that it tastes awful, a person becomes very aware of the simulating effect of the caffeine.
It is blueberry leaves that the tea is created around. This ability to enhance other herbs is the probable underpinning of the potential effectiveness of the tea as both a therapeutic and as a nutraceutical.
To rephrase this, they don’t only magnify the healing properties of the herbs but it would appear that they also magnify the effectiveness of blueberry’s antioxidants.
Spearmint and Raspberry leaves and cinnamon
All three herbs are included for their therapeutic properties with energy flows and were very intentionally chosen. Their selection was the result of five months of researching, testing, combining and trialling. Spearmint’s role is to reinforce a person’s emotional center and raspberry’s focus is the mind. The cinnamon used is Ceylon Cinnamon.