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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Earl Grey Tea: Could it lower cholesterol levels?

Welcome to Natasha in Oz sweet friends. Thanks so much for dropping by and visiting me in my little corner of the world Down Under. I hope you might have a minute to join me for a cup of Tea!

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Before I share some great news about one of my favourite tea varieties I just want to show you my newly decorated hall table!

 Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Earl Grey Tea

It is only a simple display but I am really happy with it.


Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Earl Grey Tea
My darling hubby bought me some beautiful roses the other day to replace some that were looking a bit sad. I didn't want to throw the other ones away though, so I cut off the stems and placed them in a crystal bowl.

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Earl Grey Tea

You can see that they are a little brown around the edges but they look so pretty floating in the bowl instead of drooping in a vase.

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Earl Grey Tea, Pink Rose

Another close up (still loving my new camera!)

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Earl Grey Tea, Pink Roses

I thought that this beautiful Wedgwood trinket box would look pretty on the table to carry the pink theme I have created.

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Earl Grey Tea

One more picture then it's time for a snack and a cup of tea!

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Earl Grey Tea

I love the smell of Earl Grey tea. The bergamot used to flavour it comes from a tree that is grown in Southern Italy. It is a citrus fruit, a bit like lemon, orange and grapefruit mixed together and the scent is often likened to orange blossom. However, there are other reasons to enjoying this sweet and refreshing tea: it can actually help our hearts! Scientists have found that bergamot can significantly lower cholesterol! 

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New Italian research from the University of Calabria found that nutrients called HMGF (hydroxy methyl glutaryl flavonones), found in bergamot, worked just as well on the proteins which cause heart disease and ‘bad’ cholesterol as statins.

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Tea is instant wisdom - just add water! Astrid Alauda

Who would have thought that a daily cup of Earl Grey could also lower cholesterol levels and reduce the chance of heart disease!

Earl Grey Tea could lower cholesterol levels and reduce the chance of heart disease. Natasha in Oz


Bergamot is often used in aromatherapy to treat depression, and also has anti-microbial effects that can strengthen the resistance of the body to colds and illnesses. It is a wonder brew for sure!

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Right...Time to get to get back to work and get this posted!


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I think I have made it just in time! Now to the housework....Time to do the dishes.

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Thank you so very much for taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me-your visits mean so much to me!

Best wishes,
Natasha In Oz 
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41 comments:

  1. Natasha-

    Tea was lovely...enjoyed the peak at your Table top.

    Your pictures intrigue me. Your home is so inviting.

    The dish gloves were an unexpected surprise...but too cute!

    I wouldn't mind doing the dishes if I had a lovely pair of those!

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  2. Hello there dear Natasha,

    Thanks ever so much for joining me as well, once more for my 23rd,'Tuesday Tea For Two' blog tea party!..,

    I'm delighted to have you partake!

    This is simply beautiful!~ My oh my, you've really done such a magnifiscent jobs with your tablecape vignette!..,My, those exquisite pink roses and the blue and white teacups, the informative portion about the health benefits of tea and those adorable gloves!..,

    It is always such a pleasure to visit you dear lady! Have a wonderful week!

    Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

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  3. Your hall table is amazing! Love. It. And the roses, I could almost smell them. Very beautiful.

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  4. Hi Natasha

    I love how you displayed the roses in that beautiful cut glass bowl. Also the black and white photograph, is great. Jackie in UK

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  5. You do make one fabulous cup of tea. Where on earth did you get those dish-gloves? They are lovely. Need to get my hands on a pair of those...

    Love you heaps,

    Holly
    x

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  6. Happy Tuesday Tea to you my darling Natasha. I am totally in love with the cup and saucer.. gorgeous and so are your roses luv, enjoy them.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  7. What a beautiful pictures. It takes more than 5 minutes I think so... haha

    Regards, Claudia

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  8. The display looks lovely, and I too am drinking Twinings Earl Grey as I admire it.

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  9. I love the crystal bowl with the pretty pink roses!! The trinket box is so beautiful. Nice job!!

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  10. Beautiful tabletop, Natasha! I love the teacup too and Earl Grey is one of my favorite teas - thanks for sharing the information about bergamot - I found that interesting and informative.

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  11. Also enjoying a cup of Twinings Earl Grey this morning! What a beautiful idea to float the roses in water! As always your home is so beautiful! Love your gloves :)
    I might actually enjoy doing dishes with them on!
    Wendy

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  12. Natasha-You are taking great pictures with the new camera--love the black and white! I am sipping my morning tea as I read about your afternoon tea break! Your table looks beautiful and I love the rose buds in the bowl. I'd LOVE to see pictures of your guest room! Thanks for visiting!

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  13. Super gorgeous photos..your creations are beautiful..everything looks lovely! Enjoy your tea time!
    Kiki~

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  14. I love the bowl with the pink roses...so pretty!

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  15. What a beautiful home you have, I am so happy I stopped by! I would love to have a cup of tea with you :) xo look forward to following :)

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  16. Hai Natasha,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I still can't believe that all these people are following me. I enjoy blogspot every day.
    Have a nice day and enjoy spring.
    Madelon

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  17. Hi Natasha!
    I am sitting here having my tea with you while I look at your blog. I just love my tea too :)
    What a great idea to do with the roses when they start to get a little funky. You sure made them seem like they are new again. I will definitely be using that idea, I love it. They look so pretty floating in the crystal bowl.
    Thanks for sharing and have a great day!!!
    XoXo
    Gail

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  18. Hi Natasha
    I can almost smell the Earl Grey tea and you're serving it in a blue and white cup which makes me feel like it was specially for me! Thank you.
    Hugs, Rhondi

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  19. Tea time is always a good time for me; loved your pink roses!great pictures.
    Rita

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  20. I love all sorts of flowers floating in water. I love how the vignette is so pretty sitting beneath the beautiful artwork.

    I did not no bergamot treated depression. Hm. I wish I liked the flavor better.

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  21. Bonjour Natasha,

    What a lovely tea party. I remember how Australian women were such great hostesses. An art that is gone here I'm afraid. I love the roses in your crystal bowl. I have "rose fever" these days. Sunday night I wrote a whole post on rosebuds only. I love the gloves they are so feminine. Thank you. Now I off to try and find a tutorial on linking. Blogging is a process. I have to take it in baby steps. Best regards, Anne-Marie

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  22. That was lovely! I love to float flowers in bowls..when my hydrangea bloom I have bowls of them all over.
    Your display is lovely, Natasha..
    I like English Breakfast..happy tea time!
    I emailed you about the lamp..got it at Pfaltzgraff a few years ago..maybe check ebay??

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  23. Lovely post...enjoyed your vignette and the Earl Grey in your beautiful Spode Blue Italian teacup!

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  24. Love your floating roses and that gorgeous blue~white teacup, sweet Natasha!
    Have a lovely Wednesday!! xo

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  25. Bonjour Natasha,
    I love the way you floated your pink roses in the bowl, and the Wedgewood box. Earl Grey is one of my favorites as well, except for Darjeeling.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Mimi

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  26. Hi Natasha,
    Love all your pictures...The roses look beautiful in the bowl. Oh and love, love, love the black and white pictrue. It was very nice sharing tea time with you today...Oh and you know what? Only recently I have been enjoying my tea with creamer or milk...I must say, Mmmmmmmm. I don't know why I hadn't tried it before. Have a wonderful day my friend.

    Hugs and Kisses,

    ♥Ana

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  27. Your vignette is gorgeous and I love the roses floating in the bowl. Your lovely trinket box has beautiful pink roses on it too. The tealight stems are lovely and complete the setting. I am ready for a cup of tea and yours looks so inviting. Thanks so much for joining the party today. Hugs, Marty

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  28. O my...everything is just delightful..I love Earl Grey, too..and LOVE your pretty blue and white cup.
    Your tabletop is so pretty. Love those roses in the pretty bowl. Thanks for a delightful time!
    xo bj

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  29. Thank you for the cup of Earl Grey...I felt like I was drinking it with you!!! I also love to have Lady Grey in the morning...a lighter version...Wishing you many more cups of tea!!!

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  30. Natasha,
    I love the photos that you're taking with your new camera. It's fun to experiment, isn't it? Your photos of the tea cup look like they are ready to jump off the screen for me to enjoy.

    Lovely post,
    Debi

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  31. Thanks Natasha.

    I have one boy who dreams of a family trip to the Outback. He's 12 and has wanted to go for years.

    Cheri

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  32. Gorgeous table top Natasha!! I love your beautiful roses in your crystal bowl - so lovely! You tea has made me want a cup now, so am off to find one. Your tea cup and saucer are gorgeous:) Hope you have a wonderful day ~ Tina x

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  33. Your beautiful photos have been such a pleasure to see. The roses are beautiful and I love the blue and white dishes!!!

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  34. Natasha, I love your floating roses, and what a wonderful husband to bring you fresh roses! You're certainly doing something right! That cabinet that this vignette is on is so pretty. Love your dish washing gloves - so elegant! laurie

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  35. Simple is beautiful! You have some lovely photos!

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  36. Hi Natasha, It's 11pm here so I won't have a cuppa but tomorrow I will join you. I like Lady Grey but Earl is fine too...
    Best to you

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  37. Vignette is so lovely on your wonderful chest/table. I would love to have a chest/table as this one! Love the pink roses floating around! So pretty! I love the blue and white tea cup. Love the info you gave about brewing you cuppa Tea with all the flavors and health benefits bergamot gives to this wonderful Tea! Now I adore the flower and glove at the wonderful sink! Such a lovely post! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday! I enjoyed my time here so much!

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  38. YOUR POST WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. I have a surprise for you at my blog, if you get time to come over. I hope you wont hate me for it.
    Love ya,
    Debbie

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  39. Nice post ,i like the tea cups and i could see that you like "l'Occitane" i use there home perfume too.I had the xmas scented one. Thanks for your visit Catherine

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  40. What a lovely post...I love your home and the pics were just beautiful!
    Micki

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  41. wow beautiful roses wish I could come over for tea!

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