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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Buddha Ball Jasmine Tea

Welcome dear friends. Thank you so much for visiting me today and for joining me for another Tea Time post!

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Buddha Ball Jasmine Tea

Did you know that after water, tea is the most widely-consumed beverage in the world? This does't really surprise me, especially when I heard that a 2009 Kingston University study showed that

1. White tea had high anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-collagenase, and anti-elastase properties and

2. These properties could potentially reduce the risks of developing rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers, heart disease and slow the enzymatic break down of elastin and collagen which accompany aging! Tea can help with stopping wrinkles and sagging skin...yippee!!! Source

Another study at Pace University in 2004 showed that white tea had more anti-viral and anti-bacterial qualities than green tea! White tea is a miracle brew for sure!

My favourite white tea is not only healthy but it is also very beautiful to look at, especially when I serve it in my Royal Albert Chantilly tea cup!

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Buddha Ball Jasmine Tea



This tea is called a "Buddha Ball" and they are hand rolled full white tea leaves and blossoms.

 
Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Buddha Ball Jasmine Tea




The white tea opens like a flower while infusing, to display a beautiful pink chrysanthemum at the centre.

The delicate chrysanthemum-scented tea is delicious.

 
Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Buddha Ball Jasmine Tea, Tea


Each ball of tea will make a pot of tea but I put the ball into a cup to show you how it blossoms.


Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Buddha Ball Jasmine Tea, Jasmine Tea


You can add more water to the used leaves for a second or third or even fourth infusion! This cup of tea of mine lasted quite a while...enough time for me to sit down on my comfy couch and catch up on some of my favourite magazines from America, Good Housekeeping and Redbook.

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Buddha Ball Jasmine Tea


From my comfy couch I can see a new vignette I created on our flatware chest.

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Buddha Ball Jasmine Tea


I have displayed a plate that I found when Antiquing and my favourite Royal Doulton figurines. Of course, I always have a candle in every corner of our house and this MOR candle is perfumed with green tea....divine!

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Buddha Ball Jasmine Tea



From my comfy couch I can also see the beautiful Royal Doulton figurines that Mr Attorney gave me as an Anniversary gift a couple of years ago. They are called Sugar and Spice!

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Buddha Ball Jasmine Tea, Royal Doulton

I think you will agree that these figurines perfectly resemble my Miss sugar who loves to bake and my Mr Spice who loves Spicy Big Red chewing gum!


Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Buddha Ball Jasmine Tea



I can also see another plate that I have added to my collection! I decided to put this one on a plate stand rather than on the wall.  I found it for only $9 at an Antique Centre in New Farm, Brisbane!

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Buddha Ball Jasmine Tea, vintage plate


I don't know if I am quite ready to get up off my comfy couch at the moment! I think I will spend another 5 minutes here and have another cup of White tea, after all it is good for me and it is doing wonders for my skin!

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz: Buddha Ball Jasmine Tea



Thank you for spending time with me today! I am so happy that you came visit and I do hope to see you again soon!


Best wishes,

Natasha In Oz 


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