Heath and Happiness in a Cup
Bodhi Organic Teas is an Australian purveyor of the finest quality, certified organic, premium herbal teas. It’s sourced from organic, home grown tea farms here in Australia and around the world. They are made from high quality loose leaf teas that have exceptional health and wellbeing benefits.
About Lisa Guy
Lisa Guy is the founder of Bodhi Organic Teas, a premium certified organic tea company that makes beautiful and unique wellness teas. Being a well respected Sydney based naturopath and herbalist, Lisa has 17 years clinical experience. Lisa is an avid health writer for leading publications like WellBeing, EatWell and Body and Soul, and an author of 5 books. She’s an advocate for supporting organic farming and production. Bodhi Organics was created out of her passion for herbal medicine and obsession with herbal teas.
“Bodhi” is a Buddhist word meaning awakened or enlightenment. Bodhi Organics has a range of health benefits, designed to provide you with nutrients, detoxing and immunity effects. Every ingredient has been carefully chosen for its rich therapeutic properties and immersing flavour.
Lisa makes tea drinking a daily mindfulness ritual, which helps her feel grounded, calm and present. This is an art many of us often forget in our hectic daily lives. Lisa trusts you will love drinking her beautiful teas as much as she loves making them for you.
All About Tea
Best way to brew teas and why?
To make a great cup of tea different varieties of tea and herbal tisanes require different brewing temperatures and should be brewed for different lengths of times. White and green teas should be brewed at around 70*C, and black around 85*C. Steeping tea for too long or using boiling water will result in more tannins being released, resulting in a bitter and more astringent tea. The amino acids responsible for teas flavour are released at a lower temperature.
There are two ways to make sure your water is not too hot, either stop the kettle just before it boils, or pour boiling water into your tea cup or pot first to allow it to cool a little before adding your tea. White tea should be steeped for 1-3 minutes, green steeped for 1-2 minutes, and black tea either 45-60 seconds (without milk), or for a stronger richer tea served with milk, 2-3 minutes.
Herbal teas on the other hand which can be made from flowers, leaves, branches, barks, seeds and roots should also be brewed for different lengths of time, to get maximum flavour and health benefits from your tea.
A general rule of thumb if it is a flower or leaf you can pour boiling water over your herb and then infuse it for 3-4 minutes. Harder herbs like seeds, roots and barks will produce a richer tasting tea and will draw more therapeutic properties by brewing them for longer. A decoction which is when you simmer your tea in a pot for 5-10 minutes is ideal for teas made up of these tougher herbs like that found in chai. When you have tea blends though with leaves and roots you have to find a happy medium with your brewing time.
You should use around a teaspoon of tea per cup, and for herbal teas like chamomile that are light and fluffy use 2 tsp per cup.
Best way to brew leaf teas and why?
The best way to brew leaf tea is to boil filtered water and either let it cool slightly or pour it into a tea pot to cool a little. Add your tea either straight into your teapot or place it in an infuser, and then let it steep the required time. Pour it into your cup and enjoy.
What you brew your tea in can also make a difference to taste. White and green teas brew well in glass and porcelain tea pots, as they cool easier. Black teas brew well in cast iron tea pots or earth ware pots which retain their heat more.
You should also use this time to practice mindfulness. Mindful tea drinking is a lovely way to bring mindfulness into your daily life. It is a great practical way to remind yourself to be conscious in the now, not worrying about the past or feeling anxious about the future. Drinking tea with mindfulness will help you to feel more calm and relaxed, and will allow you to reconnect with yourself, your body, and those around you. Paying close attention to, and appreciating the finer details of preparing and brewing loose leaf tea, will also allow you to enjoy a more enriched drinking experience that will engage all of the senses.
Bleached tea bags
Unfortunately, a lot of tea companies still use bleached tea bags. When tea bags are bleached with chlorine, toxic substances such as dioxins can be formed which end up in your healthy cup of tea. When dioxins are consumed they are absorbed into fat cells in the body, were they can stay for up to 11 years.
These chemicals can potentially cause reproductive and developmental problems, along with disrupt the immune system, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Breastfeeding mothers can also pass on dioxins to their baby through breastmilk and during pregnancy across the placenta. If you like the convenience of tea bags look for tea in unbleached bags or natural biodegradable pyramid infusers.
What’s the difference in quality between tea bags and loose leaf tea?
Tea bags might be convenient and cheaper but they can also lack quality and taste. The size of your tea leaf can affect the taste of your tea.
Traditional tea bags, due to their limited space, often contain lower grade, smaller pieces of tea ‘dust’ or ‘fannings’ that are left over from when higher grades of tea are gathered. Full, young leaves are considered higher quality than broken, mature tea leaves.
When you brew full leaf loose tea there is plenty of room for the leaves to unfurl and move about freely in the water, which results in a more full-flavoured, richer tea.
You can also reuse your loose leaf tea and re-brew it 2-3 times, which will bring out other subtle flavours. As tea used for tea bags don’t unfurl they are not great re-brewed. If you like the convenience of tea bags you can buy whole loose leaf tea in larger natural pyramid infusers.
Can loose leaf tea be infused more than once?
Good quality teas can be reused. They can be infused two to three times, which will bring out different flavours and subtleties in each brew, not to mention getting more value for money. Infusing green, oolong and Pu-erh teas multiple times is actually quite common for the Chinese and Japanese. They believe that the second or third brew of good quality tea is often the best.