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Benefits of Tea

Iced tea in sun

Before there were over the counter medications or prescription drugs, there were illnesses that had to be treated. While people knew of herbs that could soothe an ache or cure an illness, they had very limited means of ingestion. They might have been able to eat the plant raw or put it in food, but if the plant could be dried and saved, it could be used during times when the live plant as unavailable and when there wasn’t a meal to eat it with. The concept of making a tea from an herb was most likely developed as a means of medicinal convenience that later became a social ritual. Let us explore the benefits of tea...

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Green Tea Benefits

Pot and cups of green tea

Green tea is made from a variety of sources, but originally the term “green tea” referred to the tea made of fresh leaves from the Camellia sinesis shrub. Unlike black tea, green tea undergoes very little oxidation and is made from fresh leaves rather than the aged leaves and stems from which the black version is made. Learn more about how to prepare, store and grow this popular caffeine alternative along with all its health benefits...

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8 Black Tea Benefits

Black Tea Benefits

Black tea is a dark tea that has more oxidation than other teas. Because it's strong, it's often mixed with other teas in order to reap the caffeine and antioxidants benefits without being overwhelmed by the strong flavor. Learn more about this popular tea, how to prepare it, store it, the benefits, uses and more...

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Minty Fresh Peppermint Tea Benefits

Peppermint leaves

What is peppermint? Peppermint is a well-known herb that is best known by its distinctive odor. Peppermint is a hybrid herb with such a distinct taste that one drop can flavor thousands of packs of gum. The extract in non-diluted form can even be damaging to living tissue. However, peppermint has some well-known healing qualities as well as some qualities that you may not be aware of...

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Chamomile Tea Benefits

Chamomile Plant: Chamomile Tea Benefits

What is chamomile? Chamomile is a plant that is part of the daisy family. It has tiny flowers and by comparison, large leaves. It is most commonly known for its soothing abilities. The flowers of this plant are the parts that are used the most for making teas, washes and salves...

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Ways to Save The Bees

Bubble bee on Sunflower

Even though we tend to think of bees in terms of them always being the same kind, there are several different types of bees. The bees that are primarily in danger in this case are honey bees. And while the bee fearing population might not be too concerned about the issue, the fact is that most bees are not a danger to you unless they feel that you are a danger to them. You might also think of these bees differently once you realize that their work impacts about 90% of the world’s food supply...

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What is the Difference Between a Frog and a Toad?

Toad vs frog: Difference Between Frogs and Toads

Ribbit. Ribbit. You hear them croaking at night but what is the difference between toads and frogs? Frogs and toads are both amphibians, though they do not behave or look the same if they are what are known as “true frogs” or “true toads”. These are the toads and frogs that adhere to the classic description of either amphibian. They each have very specific characteristics, though some frogs carry some of the characteristics of toads and some toads carry some of the characteristics of frogs...

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Protein Puts Plants to Sleep Instead of Waking them Up

Budding plant

In a study published in Molecular Systems Biology, scientists revealed that the protein known as TOC1 plays the opposite role as was formerly thought. The previous concept was that this protein was the protein that “woke” plants up. Actually, it’s the one that tells the plant when it’s time to go dormant, much like melatonin in the body of a human...

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