Green Tea: The Powerfood That Rules the World

Green Tea: The Powerfood That Rules the World

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“We haven’t had any tea for a week The bottom is out of the universe “

Rudyard Kipling Natural Theology

Why is Green Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, second only to water itself?

Why is green tea is the most popular health drink on the planet?

How has green tea has influenced the lifestyles, politics and temperament of world superpowers, including United States, China, Japan and Britain.

1.  Green tea is the king of teas:

There are many different kinds of tea including: green tea, black tea, white tea, and oolong. They all start out as green leaves from the Camielia sinensis plant.

The only difference is which part of the plant is used, where and how it grows and how it is processed. Oolong teas have perhaps the most extensive tastes, green tea and enhansed green tea has the most benefits for the least cost.

2.  Green tea helps you lose weight.

The International Journal of Obesity cites green tea as having polyphenols which produce extra heat in the body and burn calories.

Weight loss experts and dietians agree that this promotion of thermogenesis will help dieters lose pounds.

3.  Green tea has possible benefits for cancer.

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published study in 1994 indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent.

4.  Green tea has possible benefits for heart disease.

Research shows that research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

One of the beneficial compounds in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant which inhibits the growth of cancer cells, and kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.

EGCG is twice as powerful an anti-oxidant as resveratrol, a polyphenol found in grapes and wine and which is speculated to protect the French from their high fat diet.

5. Green Tea Cleanses the Body and the Soul

Green Tea originated as a large tree growing in the Himalayan jungles.

It was cultured into the short bushes grown throughout the world now, by Chinese monks who had discovered its many benefits.

The Taoists claimed green tea as an important ingredient of the elixir of immortality.

The Buddhists used it extensively to prevent drowsiness during their long hours of meditation.

The first bowl moistens my lips and throat; The second bowl banishes all loneliness; The third bowl clears my mind of words and books. The fourth cup, I begin to perspire, Life’s troubles evaporate through my pores. The firth cup cleanses my entire being. Six cups – ah, but I can drink no more: I can only feel the gentle breeze blowing through my sleeves, Wafting me away to the Isle of Immortality!

Lu ton, Eight-century Chinese Poet, from In Gratitude for a Gift of Fresh Tea

6.  Green Tea is MONEY:

In the twelfth century when China began exporting tea , TEA BRICKS became the often preferred form of currency. It was light, valuable and in desperate need you could even eat the bricks. Tea contains, along with its many other nutrients, small amounts of protein.

7.  Green Tea Transformed Japan’s Culture

Green Tea was said to be introduced into Japan in 1191 by the monk Eisaid when he returned to Japan with Buddhism. The cult of tea began after Eisai helped cure the famous shogun of Japan Minamoto.

The whole culture of the country evolved around the Japanese Tea Ceremony which uses very finely ground green tea leaves in an elaborate ceremony lasting many hours.

The Tea Ceremony was a worship of the art of life,  an appreciation of refinement and purity, a process to go beyond the dreary waste of existence.

8.  Green Tea Transformed British Culture

In Britain, tea rapidly replaced much of the beer, ale and alcohol consumption with a beverage that was actually good for you. The British were transformed from an aggressive, meat and bear drinking mass to a more gentle, civilized people.

For the middle class of Britain, the tea parties and tea gardens allowed women and children to get out and socialize for the first time in their history. Many movements such as missionaries, charities and the girl guides started as tea groups.

For the lower class of Britain, tea breaks made life bearable –  the tea gave them energy and a lift of spirits which other beverages could not. They spent HALF their food budget on tea (and sugar to put in it) for good reason.

9.  Green Tea is Patriotic.

For Americans,  tea is a reminder of the Boston Tea Party,  a key event in the the American Revolution. Americans resisted  the taxation by the British of tea and other goods without representation. This resistance was symbolized by throwing a shipload of black tea into the Boston harbour.

10.  Green Tea is Loved By Everyone:

What happened to my green tea?”

Joe Torre  famous former Professional baseball player and current Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations.

From hard working workers needing energy to homemakers wanting health to professionals wanting mental clarity – green tea can be enjoyed by everyone.

Calendar of the Sun for July 7th

Calendar of the Sun

7 Haymonath

Tanabata

Colors: Black and silver
Element: Water
Altar: Upon a cloth of black place two Japanese figures, one man and one woman, separated by a scarf of black studded with silver stars. Have also small strips of paper of many colors, colored string, and pens, nearby. One tree should be selected outside to be the Tanabata tree, and hung with silver stars.
Offerings: Wishes.
Daily Meal: Japanese food.

Tanabata Invocation

Two lovers stand on opposite sides
Of the Milky Way, the River of Heaven,
And wait for one night a year
When they can meet yet again
And part in the morning.
To all the world, this is a sad story.
But I say unto you:
There is no love without parting,
Be it time or death or sorrow
Or the turning of the heart.
And time apart can fix a bond
As strongly as it can tear one apart
If those who love are strong enough of heart.
May we be so strong
And love so fiercely
As to have a love that lasts a thousand years
That have only touched for a thousand days.
Lovers of the Milky Way, grant us our wishes
As we would, if we could,
Grant you yours.

(Each comes forth and writes their wish upon a piece of paper, rolls it up and ties it to the tree, and exits. )

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Celebrations Around The World, February 7th

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Ha-Ri-Ku-Yo (aka Mass for Broken Needles, day of rest for needles; Japan)
Kite Flying Day (Korea)
Boy Scout Day
Narvik Sun Pageant Day (Norway)
Eidul Fitr (Breakfast Festival)
St. Jerome Emilani’s Day (patron of orphans)
Iraq’s February Revolution Day
Snow Festival begins (Sapparo, Japan)
National Molasses Bar Day
St. Meingold’s Day (patron of bakers, bankers, millers, miners)
Hold Onto Your Head Day
St. Theodore’s Day (Greek)
Crufts Dog Show begins (London @)
Smile Day
Laugh and Get Rich Day
Jules Verne’s Birthday
Kate Chopin, Author of “The Awakening”, 19th-century American classic feminist novel.
 

GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

 
~Magickal Graphics~

Crystal of the Day for Jan. 28th – Sugilite

Crystal of the Day for Jan. 28th – Sugilite

  Colours: Purple, Violet, Pink
Source: Japan, South Africa
Availability: Rare
Energy: Receptive
Planet:
Element: Water
Chakra: Third Eye, Crown
 
Spiritual Uses: A usual stone for spiritual quests of all kinds. Brings light and love to the darkest situations. Peace of mind, facilitates psychic awareness.
Emotional Uses: Alleviates despair, dissolves anger and unwanted energies.
Physical Uses: Clears headaches, reduces discomfort at all levels.
Folklore: Considered to be an important healer’s stone.

Magickal Properties: Love, Channeling, Power, Protection, Healing, Spiritual Love, Wisdom

Celebrations Aound The World for Jan. 16th

 

Ivy Day
Feast of the Abbot of Unreason
Hermit Day
Procrastinator’s New Year
Craft-Brew Day (Berkeley, California)
Feast of the Ass
Dia Del Maestro (Teacher’s Day; Venezuela)
Seijn-No-Hi (Adult’s Day; Japan)
Humanitarian Day
Pioneer Day (Idaho)
Hat Day
St. Paul of Thebes’ Day (aka Paul the Hermit; patron of weavers)
Moliere Day (France)
Coming of Age Day (Japan)
Massage Parlor Day
St. Maurus’ Day (patron against colds)
Iroquois White Dog Feast
National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
St. Macarius of Egypt’s Day
Top Junk-Food News Stories Day
Feast of Christ of Esquipulas (Black Christ Festival; Guatemala)

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday (Actual)
Just Do It Day – Make the Connection
Basketball Day

Herb of the Day for July 7th is Agar-Agar

 

Herb of the Day

 

Agar-Agar

Botanical: Gelidium amansii (KUTZ)
Family: N.O. Algae

—Synonyms— Japanese Isinglass.
—Part Used—The mucilage dried, after boiling the seaweed.
—Habitat—Japan, best variety; Ceylon and Macassar.


—Description—-A seaweed gathered on the East Indian coast and sent to China, it is derived from the various species of Sphaerococcus Euchema and Gelidium. It is brownish-white in colour with thorny projections on its branches; the best variety, known as Japanese Isinglass, contains large quantities of mucilage. The seaweed after collection is spread out on the shore until bleached, and then dried; it is afterwards boiled in water and the mucilaginous solution strained, the filtrate being allowed to harden, and then it is dried in the sun. The time for collection of the Algae is summer and autumn when the bleachingand drying can take place, but the final preparation of Agar-Agar is carried out in winter from November to February. The Japanese variety is derived from several kinds of Algae and comes into European commerce in two forms: (1) In transparent pieces 2 feet long, the thickness of a straw, prepared in Singapore by treating it in hot water. (2) In yellowish white masses about 1 inch wide and 1 foot long. The latter is the form considered the more suitable for the culture of bacteria.

—Constituents—Agar-Agar contains glose, which is a powerful gelatinizing agent. It is precipitated from solution by alcohol. Glose is a carbohydrate. Acetic, hydrochloric and oxalic acids prevent gelatinization of Agar-Agar.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Agar-Agar is widely used as a treatment for constipation, but is usually employed with Cascara when atony of the intestinal muscles is present. It does not increase peristaltic action. Its therapeutic value depends on the ability of the dry Agar to absorb and retain moisture. Its action is mechanical and analogous to that of the cellulose of vegetable foods, aiding the regularity of the bowel movements. It is sometimes used as an adulterant of jams and jellies.

—Dosage and Preparations—It is usually administered in small shreds mixed with fruit, milk or any convenient vehicle. It is not wise to give it in powder, as this gives rise to irritation in some cases. 1/2 to 1 ounce may be taken at a time. 1 ounce to a pint of boiling water makes a suitable jelly for invalids and may be flavoured with lemon.

—Other Species—Ceylon Agar-Agar, or Agal Agal, which is the native name of Gracillaria lichenoides, is largely used in the East for making soups and jellies. Gigartina speciosa, a variety found on the Swan River, was erroneously supposed to have formed the edible swallow’s nest, but it has been ascertained that this delicacy comes from a peculiar secretion in the birds themselves. Macassar Agar-Agar comes from the straits between Borneo and Celebes and consists of impure Euchema Spinolum incrusted with salt.

More Information on The Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra

The Crown chakra is situated at the top of the head. This chakra governs part of the spinal cord, the stem of the brain, pain centre of the brain and part of the nerves. When people become sick and suffer a lot of pain that they cannot handle, it is because the energy flow is blocked to this chakra. . . A lot of people are able to control their pain fresh hold levels through focusing on this chakra and flowing energy through, to stop any pain that is inflicting them. A lot of ancient warriors in Japan were able to be beaten and not feel the pain. Different cultural people who use to walk on hot coals, beat themselves and stitch sharp objects into their bodies, could come away from these ceremonies without any physical burns, wounds and pain, through the focusing and belief in this centre, and it’s role in understanding divine belief. . .

This centre through special focusing and breathing can control all pain. This is because it governs the organs and nerve centers that control our pain.

When not functioning properly on a physical level this chakra causes a loss of control over a person’s ability to live and interact with the world. Some people suffer from dis-eases that cause them to lose movement. Some of the problems that come from this chakra are blindness, deafness, paraplegics. Loss of limbs and any disease that attacks the nervous system, brain stem and spinal cord. There is a loss of energy flow and more so belief, which causes this chakra to become unbalanced.

This chakra is the chakra that can create miracles. If you believe and have hope, working with this chakra can bring about true healing on any level.

When functioning positively on the physical level. You will feel alive and filled with spiritual energy. Your health is radiant and your are strong in mind, body and spirit.

The Crown is at the very top of the body. . . As the base chakra connects us to Mother Earth, the crown chakra connects us to the heavens, to the stars and beyond. The sky and all the power and wisdom that belongs to our higher mind. This chakra is truly an amazing and life force energy channel for healing and spiritual awakening.

This chakra governs the connection that we have to the Divine. This chakra embodies belief, unconditional love and beauty.

When we believe, we are open to learning. When we learn we open ourselves to life’s experiences that challenge us to grow and evolve into better people.

When we open ourselves to unconditional love, we allow ourselves to love and accept all beings. We are free from judgment and we are non racial to others and their beliefs. We embrace the concept that we are apart of every living thing that exists. If you believe in God, the Creator or Great spirit, you believe that these beings are apart of you. . . With unconditional love you are ready to accept other cultures and their beliefs. You embrace the concept of brother hood and sisterhood.

Beauty is within. We are all beautiful. When we truly open our hearts and our eyes we see the beauty in all life. We are able to look at others who suffer from defects and scars with love and compassion instead of embarrassment and pity. We are able to focus on the beauty rather then the scaring. In fact a lot of us do not recognize afflictions on people unless pointed out to us.

On a spiritual level, the Crown chakra is our connection to healing and life force energy. This centre is connected to your higher mind. Your higher mind is the part of you that knows all the answers.

You are able to communicate to the trees, the animals and to mother earth herself. When you open this chakra up, you can channel through spirits from different planes, aliens and many more beings that communicate on this level.

This chakra can also send healing energy down through to the others’ chakras. Telepathy is a form of communicating messages to other people. If you find that you can sense a friend or family member trying to make contact with you, it is because your crown chakra is opened and you are using this centre to send out and receive messages.

The Crown chakra is like a transmitter to the whole universe. If you send out thoughts and ideals, dreams and goals through this chakra you will be heard and a lot of the times your prayers are answered. However you must learn to use this chakra to do this. I found through doing Reiki I was able to send out healing and also set up positive outcomes to events in my life through using this chakra as a transmitter. It worked. Now I use it all the time to help myself, my friends and my family and most importantly Mother earth.

There are two major colours that you can use with this chakra. One is purple and the other is white. White represents all the colors combined together. So all the energies that exist with all the colors flow and vibrate a powerful healing frequency through this chakra. White is divine, pure, honest and new.

Through inner healing and deep meditation we are able to unlock our true potential.

The clear quartz crystal is one of the most powerful crystals on earth. It promotes clarity and transmits energy that opens us up to all the wisdom of the universe. This crystal is very powerful when you focused it on the crown chakra.

Your Charm for April 18th

Your Charm for Today
 
 

Capricornus the Goat
 
Today’s Meaning:
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is practical, prudent, ambitious, disciplined, patient, careful, humorous and reserved. They could be someone you know in the medical field–a nurse or doctor perhaps.General Description:
Tenth sign of the Zodiac, Dec 22nd to Jan 19th. Ruling planet, Saturn; correct metal, lead. Those born under Capricornus influence were believed to be prudent, deep thinkers, prosperous in financial affairs, generous, with strong and foreible tempers. The capricorn stone is the Ruby. The Ruby was a favourite talisman in the Orient. In India it was worn to guard against attacks of enemies, foretell danger, supposed to change colour in presence of poison, and attract friends and good fortune; China and Japan health, Happiness and long life. The Romans believed that the Ruby preserved health and strength, averted danger, plauge and fevers.

Your Charm for 4/5

Your Charm for Today
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Capricornus the Goat
 
Today’s Meaning:
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is practical, prudent, ambitious, disciplined, patient, careful, humorous and reserved. They could be someone you know in the medical field–a nurse or doctor perhaps.General Description:
Tenth sign of the Zodiac, Dec 22nd to Jan 19th. Ruling planet, Saturn; correct metal, lead. Those born under Capricornus influence were believed to be prudent, deep thinkers, prosperous in financial affairs, generous, with strong and foreible tempers. The capricorn stone is the Ruby. The Ruby was a favourite talisman in the Orient. In India it was worn to guard against attacks of enemies, foretell danger, supposed to change colour in presence of poison, and attract friends and good fortune; China and Japan health, Happiness and long life. The Romans believed that the Ruby preserved health and strength, averted danger, plauge and fevers.

Tree Magick

Sacred and magickal trees are found in the religions and mythology of almost every culture. Trees form the link between earth and sky, because they have their roots in soil and their branches in the air and were originally regarded an a creative form of the Earth Mother.

In early forms of religion, people believed that trees were themselves deities, a belief that gradually gave way to the idea that the spirits of deities or nature essences lived within the tree. In Japan, temples have been built around sacred trees for more than two thousand years. Here it is believed the Mononoke, the magickal life force, is concentrated in trees and rocks. The Japanese Cryptomeria and the evergreen sakaki trees are especially rich in this force and are often used for building sacred shrines. The tree itself is incorporated into the central pillar so the indwelling power of the nature deity might bless the site.

In parts of Sweden until quite recently, a guardian tree, often elm, ash or lime, was planted close to farms or small settlements and it was forbidden to take even a leaf from this tree. Pregnant women used to embrace the tree to ensure an easy delivery.

Trees have also been associated from Africa to Eastern Europe with the spirits of fertility, who regulated rain, sunshine and good harvests. In Germany and France, in some agricultural areas, a large leafy branch or even a whole tree, decorated with corn ears or the last corn sheaf, adorns the last wagon of the harvest. It was traditionally set on the roof of the farmhouse or barn for a year to ensure future good harvests.

In India, sacred trees are still visited in order to ask for blessings, especially for fertility, from the indwelling spirit or deity; food and flowers are left at the tree shrine and offering ribbons are tied to the tree.

The Celtic Druids worshipped not in temples, but in groves of trees. These natural sites may have predated the Celts by thousands of years; and still in Wales, Brittany and Cornwall the trees are hung with ribbons, trinkets and petitions for healing and blessings.