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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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59 comments:

  1. Wonderful post Natasha! I love flowering tea..it is magical. Gorgeous photos and always inspiring! yay..happy tea time!
    kiki~

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  2. Hi Natasha,
    What a wonderful tea post filled with a wealth of information! I just had a cup of white tea but I had no idea it was more potent than green tea, which really is my favourite. The flowering tea ball is so pretty and what a nice presentation in a cup. I have never tried that and I must! Thank you so much for joining me for Tea Time. I have already added your link to my post. Hope you have a splendid week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  3. Hi Natasha! Oh,I've so enjoyed your post! I didn't know anything about white tea and oh to have tea that blossoms! I love that! Now your vignette is lovely! Your plates and those little figurines are darling.
    Now are you snapping again for me? Hope to see you at my party!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. Oh heck!!?? Is today Tuesday??? You have me all confused. I am lost. I thought I was still on Monday. Oh dear. I'll just go and make myself a nice cup of TEA, because that will make me feel so much better :)

    Loving your white tea in special cup. Gorgeous :)

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  5. I've seen the flowering tea balls in a store but until now, not how they unfurl.
    Makes quite a pretty presentation in a teapcup, thanks for sharing.

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  6. Your flowering tea is so very pretty! Great photos, nice vignette. I really enjoyed reading this. Havea great week!
    Beth

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  7. ahhhhh, I'm just relaxed after reading about your blossoming tea. It looks so inviting and calming. ...and your vignette is beautiful. What a thoughtful Mr Attorney!

    ~Sarah @ Sugar Bananas!

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  8. Thanks for the white tea information. I've had fun with some flowering teas in a glass teapot I got at a church rummage sale for 50 cents! It is even etched with a pretty design. Happy tea time to you! ♥♫

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  9. Really? Much ideas... thanks for sharing. I also love tea.

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  10. I had the flowering tea once with my friend. So much fun and good.

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  11. Hi Natasha: I have never seen white tea. I learned something today. Love the tea cup and your plate is so pretty. Thank you for sharing your treasures with us. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

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  12. Hi Natasha!
    What a neat post! I've never heard of those flowering teas and Jasmine Peach sounds heavenly! You chose the perfect teacup to showcase it with its simply chic styling as not to distract from the opening flower!
    Beautiful!!!
    Lynn

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  13. Natasha, your post is lovely! Thank you for the information about white tea, I didn't know that. The Buddha Ball is amazing. I think you have talked me into trying it.
    I love your Chantilly tea cup and saucer. It is so romantic and classy at the same time.
    Your vignette is sweet, and that plate is quite beautiful.
    Thank you so much for being with us today and sharing.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  14. Love the tea tips
    It would be so fun to actually get together and enjoy some tea and laughter. Thanks for your sweet visits and kind comments. have a great week!

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  15. Natasha. I always enjoy your posts, but this one is really lovely! I had seen this Buddha Ball Tea once before, but hesitated to try it. Now when I learned how it works and how delishes it is, I will also try it. Your vignette looks so cosy. I love the plate and the figurines are so cute.
    Wish you a wonderful day, Johanna

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  16. wow... i just can imagine the taste and scent...hmmmm.
    Flory

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  17. Natasha,
    Your tea just looks mouth watering, That would be a real treat to sit and drink, not to mention the benefits of drinking it. I loved the plate, it was just beautiful. Great job as usual! Thanks for stopping by.
    Sandy

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  18. OMG, Natasha! Now I have to find somewhere (I don't know where) a "Buddha Ball"!!! Your pictures are so AMAZING that I can't resist for one perfect cup of Tea...

    Thank you for stopping by my little place and your nice comment!

    Blessings,
    Diana

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  19. Nataha,
    WOW! what a lovely post! The blossoming tea is amazing and I adore our tea cups and that precious plate! I really enjoyed my visit here today!!
    Debbie

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  20. Hello Natasha, Your post is fun and I learned about a new kind of tea. I love the tea quote and agree absolutely. Your vignette is very pretty. The plate is gorgeous and the figurines darling. I love anything Royal Doulton.
    Smile.
    Enjoy your day.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  21. What a lovely tea time you had Natasha!
    Everybody should take a little break once a day, to relax and think about the good things in life. I am sure we all would be happier people.
    Beautiful china!

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  22. The tea not only looks good, it looks beautiful, Natasha. Your accessories are also very pretty...Christine

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  23. Such an interesting post! I had never heard of the Buddha balls, so thanks for showing us how they unfurl in the cup. Your vignette is wonderful -- love that teacup candle!

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  24. Natasha,
    What a lovely post. I love the flowering tea. Right now though I am going to make a pot of tea and then sit and visit some blogs.

    Have a great day!

    Carol

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  25. What a beautiful cup of tea. I have never heard of flowering tea but I love it! The next time I go where they sell a wide variety of teas I will have to look for it. What a clever post and I love your lovely silver chest display.

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  26. Natasha, I definitely will be drinking white tea. My wrinkles are fast becoming crevices, so I sure need something to help. lol I love your pretty flower tea, I have seen those before and they just amaze me. Your vignette on the silver chest is gorgeous. Such a beautiful plate and your figurines are wonderful. Love the teacup candle too. Lovely. Thanks so much for joining the party, this is such fun. Hugs, Marty

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  27. Hi Natasha,
    Your white tea sounds fascinating, I've not come across it before.
    Pretty vignettes too!
    ~Maggie~

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  28. -Such a lovely post and filled with so much information. Beautiful photos of your vignette.
    *hugs*deb

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  29. Haven't seen like that. Like your tea cups too. Happy Tuesday!

    2nd time around

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  30. What a double treat...a great cup of delicious tea AND a beautiful flower. This is an awesome post, dear heart. I had never heard of this tea...I am now going on a search for some of it.

    I love SUGAR and SPICE. They both are just adorable.
    xo bj

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  31. Dear Natasha,

    This just pure delight! My I love visitng your lovely blog for teatime!~I adore your teatime vignettes and photos and the information is always so interesting!..,

    Thanks for joining my blog once again for teatime sweetie and for your kind and lovely comments!..,

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

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  32. I love tea and I always wanted to have a little girl so I can have tea parties....well, that didn't happen.

    I never tried white tea, but is sounds so good. I have to go buy some.

    Thank you for visiting me.

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  33. You've made me glad to be a tea-drinker. Indeed a non-stop tea drinker till 6 pm when I switch to wine. Your French style armchair is beautiful. That's where I'd sit to have my tea for sure.

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  34. Oh really.....i love tuesday afternoon ............sitting after work........with you a nice cup of tea...life is good !!

    So are you !! hugs from Ria

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  35. Hello NATASHA,
    it's nice to meet you through the tea cup tuesday andventure!

    I'm your newest follower...and this was an interesting post! I love the little flower tea ball! realy neat!

    I'm more of a coffee person, myself, but I love to collect tea cups, and anything bone china! come by and see my tea cup tuesday post as well!

    ciao bella
    at Creative Carmelina

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  36. Hi Natasha, Such a lovely post!
    I love the look of "Buddha Ball" tea's. I have always wanted to try it but now you have me going to order some! Beautiful,delicious & good for you is a wonderful combination~

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  37. The only tea I drink is good ol' southern sweet tea. I can't really get into the fancy flavored teas. You have a lovely home by the way.

    Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day.

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  38. Oh how I love your house! Please come and decorate mine! I love french anything. Found you on SITS! A bientot!

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  39. Ok Natasha, gonna go out and scour the earth for this magic white tea...and I adore that stripped tea cup...gorgeous. Have a wonderful day.

    bunny

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  40. Hi there and thank you for popping by my blog. Your comment was most friendly and welcome.
    Love your post, never tried anything but a good old English cuppa and am quite tempted to try your white tea though don't know where I would get it here in Blighty.
    Jenny

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  41. What a lovely type of tea! It's not only delicious, but a piece of art and nature!

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  42. just reading your post about the tea and looking at your wonderful plates already relaxed me. thanks for sharing :)

    shuttling in from SITS :)

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  43. Being a tea lover myself and loving Mudans, I love this post of yours! I love the white teas...they are so delicate and prissy!

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  44. Hello Natasha....I've never tried the white tea. Maybe I will after all my boxes of green are gone. Nice post! Come by and visit me sometime, too! Sincerely, Susan

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  45. Hi Natasha! I love your English Garden plate...absolutely beautiful! I have never tried the flowering tea ball...looks so sweet and would make me want to linger a little longer with my "tea time"! :)

    Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

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  46. Hi Natasha,
    After reading your post I just have to have a cup of tea..Who knew tea could look so pretty :-)Thank you for sharing tea time with us. Have a wonderful Tuesday.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    ♥Ana

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  47. How pretty -- love the vignette on the top of the silver chest. The tea is fascinating.. never saw that before, and not entirely sure that it doesn't frighten me just a little bit! Only kidding...I have a daughter who would LOVE that tea!
    Cass

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  48. Given how much tea I drink the statistic doesn't surprise me at all!!

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  49. Bonjour dear Natasha,
    What a wonderful post, the flower tea looks so delicious and pretty. Your photos look so professional. I will try to find some. Mr Attorney certainly knows how to choose a fabulous gift you lucky girl.
    Hope you're having a happy week my friend,
    Mimi

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  50. Great post. I've seen those tea blossoms in catalogs, but never in person, but now I feel like I have.

    That Johnson Bros. plate is amazing.

    - The Tablescaper

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  51. Tea is my drink of choice. I lived in England for a time as a child and just never acquired a taste for coffee. I love all of your figurines...and your comfy couch. Have a great week!

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  52. Hi Natasha! Oh my goodness, what a beautiful display of tea! I never knew about the flowering little tea balls! So pretty! Thank you for sharing with us. Happy Tabletop Tuesday.
    Sandra

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  53. this is one very interesting post about tea leaves.. I never see one like yours and to see the water remain the same clear colour instead of turning brown is amazing.. and am so sure you have a great time with tea and wonderful home decor books on your lap.. perfecto! thanks for sharing and have a great week!

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  54. What a lovely post! I really like that pretty plate!

    I haven't tried the tea blossoms, looks like fun!

    Katherine

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  55. Hi Natasha,
    Thanks for coming by my blog, and all the way from Australia too! White teas are among my favorite. I feel relaxed just looking at your pretty blossoming tea!

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  56. The blooming tea is so pretty! My sister has a clear glass teapot to make it in, so everyone can see how pretty it is.

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  57. I just love your teacup! I adore the ball opening up in your cup! Your flatware chest is beautiful! I need one. lol I love the plate, and the black and white teacup is wonderful! The figurines are darling. What wonderful treasures you have! Such a lovely relaxing Tea Time with some good magazines and a cup of Tea! I also love the blue and white bowl on top of your magazines, makes a great Vignette too. Thank you so much for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday! I enjoyed your Tea so much. Love reading your comments! Thank You!

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  58. Natasha, I saw your photo on Gollum's Foodie Friday Flickr (say THAT three times!) and I had to come here to find out what on earth it was. So cool! I've never heard or seen anything about this tea. Thanks for the lesson & for sharing your pretty treasures, too.

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