How can feng shui help to grow better tea?
If you know about feng shui home, it is good to also know about feng shui tea if you never heard of it. While feng shui helps enhance the quality of life in a home, those who love tea can use feng shui to evaluate the quality of their tea. Good tea is important for the brain activities of the drinker.
A famous Chinese phrase states, “migrate with water, where the wind arrives, is fertile soil.” Though feng shui is a bit mysterious, it shares a lot of facets with the principles of science.
If the mountain is tall enough, its forest will hide plenty of food and medicinal materials. If the water is deep, there will be sweet and nutrition-rich shrimps and fish.
It is essential to be able to get along with nature in harmony and achieve “the unity of man and nature.”
Flow of wealth
Feng shui is about how water manages wealth flow. The flowing water energy represents a continuous flow of wealth. If a person’s thoughts are stagnant, it is like the dead water of the lake, no nutrition, and no living things, the fish and shrimp in the water are consumed, the only knowledge is used up, and eventually, the lake water and thoughts will be gone and exhausted.
The role of the wind depends on the direction as well as the shape of the mountains, and the mountains are used to gather chi and disperse it. Therefore, the fully developed area of feng shui has always been surrounded by mountains since ancient times.
Growing tea requires feng shui, which pays a very important role. The growing conditions of the tea trees bred from specific mountains and clouds or fogs are unique, and coupled with the brewing of mountain spring water; the taste is definitely tempting and unforgettable.
The mountains that produce good tea
There are many places that produce quality teas, but today we are only going to talk about China; China is geographically divided into four major areas, each of which has its own unique natural climate, the types of tea trees growing in these regions are also different, and the tea making process is also different.
Longjing tea (dragon well tea)
Longjing team, well known by its literal team name Dragon Well Tea, is a pan-roasted green tea
Type: Green tea.
Origin: Longjing Village in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
Longjing tea has a fresh, sweet, and gentle taste. It has a long-lasting and sharp smell. The tea leaves have a light green color. It is one of the finest Chinese green teas. It is also A Good Substitute for Coffee.
From Hangzhou, there are five peaks within Xihu (West Lake), ranked in order of its desirability: Lion, Dragon, Cloud, Tiger, and Plum Flower. But Meijiawu is one of the most famous Longjing tea plantations among all, which is nestled in the spectacular surrounding hills of West Lake.
The right way to brew Longjing tea is to take the ratio 1:50 of Longjing tea, boil the water, infuse the tea, and brew it for 60s to 120s.
Some people may concern that the amount of caffeine in this type of tea, Longjing contains high levels of caffeine.
As for side effects, there are not many side effects of the Longjing tea. However, it may cause gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, diarrhea, and stomach problems.
Longjing Tea Benefits
• Prevention of cancer
• Improvement of Health of the Heart
• Relief from the Stress
• Weight Loss
• Improvement of Oral Health
• A Good Substitute for Coffee
Type: Black tea and Green Tea
Origin: Pu’erh in Yunnan Province, China
Pu’er tea has an astringent, sour, bitter, mellow, floral, bitter taste. It has both black and brown in color. Dayi Pu Er Tea is one of the most reputable, renowned, and respectable Pu’er tea in Yunnan.
The taste of the Pu’er tea changes the way it ages. The more aged it is, the more expensive it becomes.
Since Pu’er tea is fermented, it is stored in the brick/cake’s shape. Pu’er tea bricks are traditional shapes that are used to transport the tea from the ancient silk route.
As for the amount of caffeine that it contains, 60–70 milligrams of caffeine per 8 oz cup for Black Tea and 30–40 milligrams of caffeine for Green Tea.
Pu’er tea has a lot of benefits to our human body; the most well-known quality is the anti-inflammatory properties, which help in reducing swelling, redness, and other irritation problems of the skin. But make sure to drink a maximum of 3 cups per day for pregnant/breastfeeding ladies.
To brew Pu’er tea, boil the filtered water, take out the desired quantity of tea cake and steep the leaves in warm water for 5 minutes.
• Digestive Aid
• Cardiovascular Wellness
• Weight Loss
• Skin Health
• Cognitive Health
• Bone Health
• Have Antioxidants.
• Diabetes Prevention and Maintenance
• Sleep Problems
Tie Guan Yin/TieGuayin
Also known as Anxi TieGuaYin or Iron Goddess, tea is a variety of the Chinese Oolong tea.
Type: It is a Chinese Oolong tea.
Origin: Anxi County region of Fujian province of China.
TieGuanYin tea originated in the 19th century in the area of Anxi, so it is also called Anxi Tie Guan Yin. It is an Oolong tea, belongs to semi-fermented tea. While green tea is an unfermented tea. The tea has a taste of chestnut fruit, stone fruit, or caramel. With a velvety texture. It has a smell like an orchid and has a green color.
Muzha Tie Guan Yin is one of the most famous Taiwan Tea Company that sells Tie Guan Yin.
Rose Tie Guan Yin Tea is one of the most refreshing flavors of Tieguanyin.
Just like many other teas, it has caffeine content, containing 50-75 mg of caffeine per 8 oz. cup.
To brew this tea, you should boil the water to 90-95C, place the Tie Guan Yin and steep the tea for 12 minutes.
• It has anti-aging properties.
• It has properties that prevent diabetes.
• It is the best anti-cancer effects.
• It is the best anti-atherogenic product.
• Irregular heartbeat
• Sleep Problems
Type: Green Tea
Origin: Dongting mountain region near Lake Tai in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.
Biluochun Tea has a delicate, tasty, floral, and aromatic taste. It has a strong fragrance, and its color is green. However, Biluochun tea contains a good quantity of caffeine.
• Reduces risk of cardiovascular arrest, kidney stones, cancer, and dental cavities
• Improves cognitive function and bone density
• Boosts sliming effects and metabolism
It is the special varieties of Qimen Black tea.
Type: Black tea
Origin: Qimen Country, Anhui
Keemun tea has an exotic smokey, aromatic, and floral taste, having subtle nuances throughout the cup. This tea brews a bright red color tea. It has an aroma of fruits that has a hint of pines, flowerness, and dried plums. The Keemun Congou Tea is one of the special variety of Keemun tea, which is specially tailored for the Kungfu ceremony.
To Brew this tea, first of you all, you should boil the water, put the desired quantity, and steep the tea for 3 minutes.
The Keemun Loose Tea is the premium version of the Keemun tea, which brings a complex flavor of the smokey rich flavors.
This tea contains moderate to high levels of caffeine.
• Lowers bad cholesterol
• Reduces cardiovascular arrest chances
• Improvement of blood sugar
• Reduces blood sugar
• It has antioxidants for metabolism, helping in weight loss.
Da Hong Pao
Also is known as Large Red Robe
Type: Black tea
Origin: Wuyi Mountain, Fujian Province, China
Da Hong Pao is a long leaf Oolong tea, which has a uniquely delicious sweet taste. It has an earthy aroma and dark brown color. It is one of the most expensive teas sold in the global market, which is usually reserved for honorable guests in China.
That brings us to the most common question to this tea is: why is it so expensive?
Aged and antique packets of the tea are very expensive because there are no original trees left.
The recommended way to brew this tea is to put two teaspoons of tea into the teapot, bring it to boil, and let it steep for 2 minutes.
And just like the tea mentioned above, Da Hong Pao tea also contains caffeine in them.
• Clears the tension of the mind
• Reduces anxiety
• Improves digestion system
• Performs detoxification of the body
• Sleep problem
What kind of water is best for brewing your tea?
Good tea is determined by the quality of water that is used. The phrase “water is the mother of tea” makes perfect sense in this case. Good water can make the best tea flavor as if all the aroma factors in the tea have been activated.
Water should be odorless and colorless and need to avoid boiling the water more than once. Since the second boiling process could create unwanted elements in the water that will affect the taste of the tea.
Filtered tap water is the safest and the best water to brew tea; meanwhile, some people may want to use mountain spring water to brew tea, it is the most natural option. Still, it might cause health problems since it contains possible bacteria and parasites.
Tea is like a body cleaner. It can flush out all the toxins from our bodies, and the numerous healthy nutrients found in teas also have different effects on the body.
6 Major Types of Chinese Tea
There are many different types of teas in Chinese culture. The major ones include green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, dark tea, and yellow tea.
The major differences amongst the six types of teas lie in the fragrance, tastes, color, growing regions, appearance, health benefits, and making process.
Green tea is the most commonly known Chinese tea and is made by taking fresh leaves or buds of the tea tree and subject it through three main processes, including frying, kneading, and drying.
Processed green tea leaves are slim, tight, and dark green, curled like a snail, and enclosed in pekoe. The tea is clear and green; drinking it regularly could protect you from getting cancer, lower the effects of nicotine for the chain smokers, as well as insulating you from getting overweight.
Famous green tea includes Longjing, Huangshan, Maofeng, Biluochun, Xinyang Maojian, Liu’an Melon Seed Tea.
This is the only semi-fermented tea of the six major Chinese teas. It has a fresh fragrance of green tea, as well as a mellow taste of black tea. You can still smell the fragrance of this tea even after 7 times of steeping.
The health importance of oolong tea includes reducing weight, decomposing fat, and building body shapes, which earned it the nickname “cosmetic tea” in Japanese culture.
The most well-known oolong tea includes Anxi Tieguanyin and Wuyi Tea.
White tea belongs to micro-fermented groups of Chinese tea. It is a famous traditional tea and quite different from the teas named above. White tea is made only by drying the leaves under the sun or gently frying without kneading.
The dried tea leaves are slim in shape and greenish in color, covered by the white fuzz. The tea soup is usually light green. The health benefits of white tea include cooling body, refreshing mind, and remising fever.
The most common white tea include the Baihao Yinzhen, Gongmei, and Baimudan.
Yellow tea is made almost the same way as the green tea, except that the yellow tea is oxidized before or after drying, thus giving it that yellow appearance.
This tea is about 2,000 years old, and the first yellow tea was bred in the province of Sichuan. The health benefits of yellow tea include helping with the loss of appetite, reducing the risk of getting ingestion, and obesity.
The most famous yellow tea is Jun Shan Yin Zhen.
Famous dark tea such as Liubao Dark tea and Yunnan Pu’er are also types of fermented tea. Dark tea is called so because of its final appearance, which is black.
It has a wide range of nutritional ingredients, including amino acid, proteins, and sugary substances. Dark teas provide the benefits to relieve greasy uncomfortable feelings, enhance digestion, and combat skin oxidation.