Making fresh and dry Raspberry Leaf Tea at home

Raspberry leaf tea is very good herbal tea with a lot of vitamin C, E, A, B, and minerals such as Phosphorous, Potassium and tanning. This amazing herbal tea can enhance the immune system, tonic body, skin and reducing the cough when you got a sore throat. In Finland’s summer raspberries grow everywhere and it is very easy to collect the fresh raspberry leaf. That’s why I use fresh raspberry leaf tea in the summer time and dried some raspberry leaf tea for winter time.  


The best time to collect raspberry leaves is before blossom time. Always remember to harvest only the green and healthier looking leaves.
If you harvest red raspberry leave for only fresh tea, pick only the amount of leaves you will use last for 5 – 6 days.  Raspberry leaves will lose their precious quantities of nutrition after 5 or 6 days.

After picking the leaves don’t put it nylon, plastic bags or closed spaces like in the trunk of your vehicle. Keep the picked leaves in open space such as the basket.  

And don’t:

Don’t pick the leaves with obvious damage.
Don’t harvest the red raspberry leaves growing on roadside or curbs. These leaves are not suitable for consumption.
Don’t put the picked leaves under direct sunlight too.


You can clean raspberry leaves by rinsing the leaves under cool and running water. Do not soak the leaves in water, they will lose many of their much-desired substances (particularly sugars, vitamins, and minerals)


Firstly, I will choose 3 fresh and healthy looking raspberry leaves to make tea. You can add more leaves or reduce the leaves depend on your taste. But with me, 3 red raspberry leaves are enough.
I used my favorite ceramic cup with lid and strainer to brew this herb tea.  As I mentioned before in the post of 5 main types of teapot, the ceramic is the best material for brewing herbal tea.

Then, I cut raspberry fresh leaves it into small pieces and put them into the strainer like this. If you do not cut it, the hot water cannot exploit all the benefits of raspberry leaves.
Boil water until fully boiling and pour the water into the cup. Put the lid on and wait for 8-10 minutes. 
The fresh raspberry leaf tea has a light sweet taste and the smell like raspberry. If you like sweet, you can put some sugar or honey as you like. I would prefer to drink this herb tea without sugar. If you need to enhance the berry smell, you can put some fresh raspberry in the tea.


After rinsing the raspberry leaves under running water you can leave them dry by their own. The best way to dry raspberry leaves or other herbs is to make little bunches and rig them upside down on a line in a cool, dry and drafty place. Bunches should be thin so that the circulating air can dry the herbs to the core. Avoid humid areas. Make sure the temperature is steady and the air is dry. The ideal temperature is 20 – 31oC. The faster the drying of herbs is the better. Do not dry raspberry leaves under direct sunlight, or they will wither.

After 4 days, my raspberry leaves were totally dry.

 I plucked raspberry leaves and placed them in airtight jar and stored away in cool and dry place.

Remember to use dried herbs six months later, but not later since they tend to loose their aroma.

You can use one teaspoon of dried raspberry leaf tea for one cup of tea. Put the leaf tea into a strainer and pouring boiling water into the cup. Wait for 10-15 minutes then enjoy the raspberry leaf tea. 

It is not so difficult to make fresh raspberry leaf tea and dry raspberry leaf tea at home. Why don’t you make your own raspberry leaf tea if you can find the suitable leaves? Only after 4 days, you can have a jar of dried raspberry leaf which you can use for 6 months.  I strongly recommend you read more about Raspberry leaf: Benefits and Cautions before using this healthy leaf tea for better results.

Raspberry leaf tea: Benefits and Cautions

Like the raspberry fruit, raspberry leaf tea contains a lot of vitamin C, E, A, B, manganese, magnesium, and many minerals including phosphorous and potassium. Raspberry leaf tea is the most popular tonic for pregnancy and labor. Many women consume the raspberry leaf tea during their pregnancies in the belief that it shortens labor and makes labor “easier.” With me a new user raspberry leaf tea since this summer, I got a lot of concerning about this herbal tea like who can use raspberry leaf tea? Does the raspberry leaf tea is really good to the pregnant? Do I need to wait until pregnant to use the benefits of this wonderful leaf? What doses for using raspberry leaf tea?

For that reason, in this post, I want to discuss with you about raspberry leaf tea’s benefits and cautions when using this herbal tea. 

1. What are benefits of raspberry leaf tea?

The first benefit I like in raspberry leaf tea is its usage as a tonic herbal tea for the body and skin. With the high amount of vitamins and minerals, the raspberry leaf tea can enhance an immune system. The raspberry leaf tea promotes sweating, urination, and bile production. Besides, the raspberry leaf tea can enhance and purify the skin too. The raspberry leaf tea can act as an astringent on irritated skin and tighten the top layers of skin or mucous membranes effectively reducing secretions, relieving irritation, improving tissue firmness. I do not recommend you to drink too much raspberry leaf tea in a week because raspberry leaf tea can work as estrogen hormone and it can change your hormone. Normally, I drink 2 or 3 cups raspberry leaf tea in a week with the aim of improving my skin and strengthen the immune system.  

The second benefit of raspberry leaf tea is the leaf can be used for sore respiratory system disorders including flu and swine flu, heart problem, fever and vitamin deficiency and sore throat. When I have a sore throat, using raspberry leaf tea is a good choice besides using lemon or cough medicines. With the high amount of tanning, the raspberry leaf tea can be used as a mouthwash to soothe mouth and throat irritations. You should cool the tea before using it as a gargle or apply it topically.

Raspberry leaf tea can regulate a menstrual period and decrease heavy periods. Astringent properties of this herb help to stop heavy bleeding. The high rate of iron which may help prevent anemia due to heavy menstrual bleeding.

Raspberry leaf tea for fertility issues: If you are thinking of trying to get pregnant, raspberry leaf tea can be a good food supplement to improve uterine health and boosting overall nutritional intake. The raspberry leaf tea can heal and improve uterine health where there is uterine weakness present. The raspberry leaf tea constituents the alkaloid that helps to tone the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus. Besides, this herb is very nutritive and may help to boost overall nutrition. It is also safe for men to use because it does not contain any hormone-like substances. If you are actively trying to conceive, you should be avoided after ovulation.
Raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy:  Raspberry leaf tea is a traditional herbal therapy and is recommended in pregnancy by some midwives. When searching information about raspberry leaf tea’s benefits I found millions of article and blog posts motivate pregnant women using raspberry leaf tea. But does raspberry leaf tea really work or not? I don’t know because I haven’t got a baby yet. With me, this issue is very controversial and I would like to discuss with you more detail in the question 3.
2.  How much raspberry leaf tea I can use?

According to the, the safety and typical doses of raspberry leaf tea are 1.5 to 2.4 g/day. It’s mean 1 to 2 cup of raspberry leaf tea per day.
3. Does Raspberry leaf tea’s benefits to pregnant women?

I haven’t got a baby yet and I cannot share with you experience about pregnancy. But I do interest in finding information about raspberry leaf tea with pregnancy. The first website I visited to find information is Wikipedia. On Wikipedia, I found that ‘‘Most of the evidence available are anecdotal, and a recent scholarly review stressed concern at the lack of evidence for safety and efficacy and called recommendations of its use “questionable”.’’

The result of Wikipedia made me wondering and I start to find more information based on Wikipedia references. The references led me to the website of US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health. In this website, I found some research on safety and efficacy of raspberry leaf in
pregnancy. All research do not recommend raspberry leaf tea in pregnancy because of the lack of evidence for safety and efficacy. And further research on this issue is suggested. The research of Center of Pharmacy, University of Bergen, Norway, showed that the efficacy of raspberry leaf is not convincing because the limited documentation exists. The research was conducted in the electronic databases including PubMed, ISI Web of Science, AMED, EMBASE, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database and Cochrane Library. Altogether there are only 12 original publications focus on safety or efficacy of raspberry leaf during pregnancy in 50 years or older. However, all the studies are small and cannot rule out negative effects on pregnancy outcome.

In the latest animal study of McMaster University, Canada in 2009, the study indicates an increased risk for the unborn child.

I know the using of raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy is a controversial issue. I do not against people who believe the benefits of raspberry leaf tea with the pregnancy. But, with all information found, I strongly
recommend you go to ask your doctor or health care before you using raspberry leaf tea in your pregnant time. Only use this herbal tea when you are noted by your doctor. If you need to read more about this issue you can find the detail information in my references.

4. What cautions should take when using raspberry leaf tea?

Raspberry leaf tea can work as a hormone estrogen so in some cases, it might harm your health. Before using this herb pay caution to the main DO and DON’T

A.   DO

I strongly recommend you to seek advice from your doctor before using red raspberry leaf tea or any kind of herbal tea. Keep in your mind that raspberry leaf tea is to be used only as a food supplement and must not be used to treat, mitigate or cure any symptom, illness or disease.

It is important to only take the raspberry leaf doses as you recommended. In extremely high doses, the raspberry leaf can reduce your blood sugar or may cause muscles in the uterus to contract or relax, therefore, a miscarriage could occur when pregnant time.

The red raspberry leaves could change the way the body absorbs medications. The tannin in raspberry leaf tea could interfere with the absorption of non-prescription drugs such as vitamins. Take the red raspberry at least two hours before or after taking non-prescription drugs by mouth.

B.   DON’T

Do not combine herbal remedies with pharmaceutical drugs unless you have been consulted by your physician. Keep out of reach of children & pets,

Do not use raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy or lactation unless noted. Do not
take red raspberry leave tea on your own. Only use the red raspberry leave tea under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider.

Raspberry leaf is not also used by women who have endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or cancers of the breast, ovaries, or uterus because it can change the estrogen hormone.

Men who have prostate cancer should also avoid using it.

Raspberry leaf may affect infants and is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.

Diabetics should be careful as it might lower the blood sugar levels drastically.

Here are the main benefits of raspberry leaf I collected and researched. I do hope you should pay attention and be careful before using raspberry leaf tea. I like raspberry leaf tea because it’s tasty, lots of healing benefits and can strengthen the immune system. But I strongly recommend you find the advice from a doctor before using raspberry leaf tea or at least educate yourself before using it. If you are pregnant, remember to only use the red raspberry leave tea under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider. With whom who prepare to have a baby, raspberry leaf tea can be a food supplement help you to fertility. And remember some cases that you cannot use the raspberry leaf tea too.  

·        Voice Yahoo, ‘‘The benefits red raspberry leaves’’, Web August 21, 2013 

·        Drugs, ‘‘Raspberry’’,, Web August 21, 2013 

·        Local harvest. ‘‘Red raspberry leaf tea’’. Web August 21, 2013 

·        US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, ‘‘Raspberry leaf in pregnancy: its safety andefficacy in labor’’. Web August 21, 2013 

·        US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, ‘‘Raspberry leaf–should it be recommended topregnant women?’’ Web August 21, 2013

·        US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, ‘‘Effect of maternal raspberry leaf consumption in rats on pregnancyoutcome and the fertility ofthe female offspring.’’ Web August 21, 2013 

How to Make Low Sugar and No Pectin Raspberry Jam

Summer time is the great time to pick red raspberry in Finland. As I mentioned in the post ‘‘Healthbenefits and usages of Red Raspberry’’ I collected a lot red raspberry in summer time. For that reason, I had to think about how to use effectively my fresh red raspberry. Besides frozen red raspberries, making low sugar jam is another good ways to use a large amount of red raspberries. It’s quite funny to say that making jam has become my new hobby since I live in Finland. I love to make jam from all types of berry like red raspberry, strawberry and blue berry. It is very nice to have a breakfast with summer jam in a very cold and dark winter morning. Now, let start to do my favorite low sugar red raspberry jam. 


  •            300 gr of sugar
  •      700 gr of fresh or frozen unsweetened red raspber
  •       200ml of water
  •       3 tsp. fresh lemon juice
I don’t use the traditional recipe to make jam with 50 percent of sugar and 50 percent of fruits. Instead, I make low sugar jam with 30% of sugar and 70% of fruits like red raspberry, blue berry and strawberry. I try not to eat much sugar because it is not good to body and skin. I have tested so many times to make jam with lower sugar at different percentages but nothing is as good as 30:70 percentage. However, the lower percentage of sugar I put in the jam, the shorter time I can keep the jam in refrigerator. My jam’s refrigerated life is 4 or 5 months shorter than the jam made with traditional recipe. If you want to keep your jam longer, you can use the traditional recipe with 500 gr of sugar and 500 gr of red raspberries.
In my jam, I did not discard the raspberry seeds because according to the website Berry health red raspberry seeds are rich in Vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acid and sun protection factor (SPF) of 24-50. But sometime it’s very uncomfortable when red raspberry seeds stuck in teeth. If you don’t like that, you can discard them while cooking jam by using strainer.
Step 1: Prepare the sterilized jars before you start to make a jam.

          Place clean jars into the pot and boil jars over high heat for 10 minutes. Make sure the water is covered all of the jars.
          Remove and drain hot sterilized jars one at a time by using jar lifters.
          Turned upside down jars to make sure they are completely drained.

          Do not boil the jar lids and lid rings because boiling the lid can cause problems in sealing jars. Just simmer the jar’s lids in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain lids and rings and keep them aside the jars.
          If you need to read more about sterilized jars you can see detailed information in the post’s references.
Step 2: Boil 200ml or a cup of water in the high heat until the water is boiling. Slowly add sugar and stir it until the sugar totally melted. After 5 minutes, the sugar is melted totally you can put lemon juice into the pot. The lemon juice will prevent the jam from mold and minimizes the loss of vitamin in red raspberries.

 Step 3: Put 700 gr of fresh or frozen raspberry into the boiling pot. Using wooden spoon, lightly crush raspberries in the pot. 

Place the pan or pot over high heat to boil the mixture and stir constantly. Skim foam from the pot’s surface. If you want to discard the red raspberry seeds, you can start to remove red raspberry seeds in this step.  
Testing and checking jam until it done.  If mixture gets dry and looks like a gel it is ready. If jam is too thin and spreads, return it to pot and continue boiling it. This is my product after one and half hours.

Step 4: Spoon your hot jam into hot sterilized jars and cover immediately with sterilized lids. Put lids and rings on jars and tighten; do not over-tighten. Once jars have cooled completely, test to make sure each jar is completely sealed. Press down on the middle of the lid with a finger. If lid springs up when finger is released, the jar is unsealed. When step 4 is finished, the red raspberry jam may be kept refrigerated, up to 1 month.
 Step 5: If you want to keep your low sugar red raspberry jam up for longer from 4 to 6 months or longer, you need to do some extra work with your filled jars.
          Boiling water in the pot or the caner which you used to sterilized the jars before.  When the water in the pot or caner be close to boiling or up to 180 degree, place filled jars into the pot. Keep the jars upright at all the times and water below the neck of the jar. Increase the heat until the water comes to full boil. Keep jars in the pot for 5 minutes.
                      After 5 minutes, turn off heat and wait 5 minutes before moving jars from caner to allow the boiling and jar content to settle.
          Remove jars from caner and carefully place them onto towel or cake cooling rack. Keep space between jars and avoid placing jars onto cold surface.
          Cool jars upright for 12 to 24 hours while vacuum seal is dawn and the jam is settle up. Do not push down on a center of the flat metal lid until the jar is completely cooled.
          If you make jam with traditional recipe with 50:50 percentage, you can keep the jam up to one year after finishing step 5.
Here are my finished low sugar red raspberry jam jars
·        I put sugar less than the traditional method so the jam will not be kept as long as the traditional jam recipe. As my own experience, if I kept the jam in a suitable way, I can keep my jam in good conditions from 4 to 6 months.
·        Once you open the can, consume the jam during 3 or 4 weeks. Keep the jam in refrigerator.
·        Always remember to check all home-canned jam jars before opening and eating. If there is any mold or any sigh of spoilage, discard the entire content of the jar or container.
It’s a little strange to read post of making jam in a healthy drinks blog, but I do love jam. Making low sugar red raspberry jam is one part of my experience of using red raspberry in efficient and healthy way. With me, low sugar red raspberry jam is the best jam ever. If you like this post, try to make low sugar red raspberry jam with my recipe. You will see the difference between your homemade jam and the jam you bought in supermarket. Let me know your opinion about this red raspberry jam recipe. I am very happy to learn from you more about making jam.


Raspberry drink with Honey and Mint

         Today I will share with you my favorite healthy drink recipe made from with red raspberries, mint leaves and honey. This healthy drink is easy to prepare and very good to your body. Your body can absorb many antioxidant, mineral and vitamin C from red raspberries and honey in this healthy drink. As I mentioned in the post ‘‘Health benefits and usages of red raspberry’’, the red raspberry contains high amount of antioxidant that fight against cancer, heart circulatory disease and age-related decline. To make this drink you can use both fresh and frozen red raspberries to make it. 
       The mint leaves in the drink can eliminate toxins from your body, cleanses the stomach and clear up skin disorders. I don’t know about you but with me I always prefer the honey to the sugar. Besides the excellence health benefit, the honey has a very relaxing smell. When you combine red raspberries, mint leaves and honey you will have a very tasty healthy drink. Now let start to do this easy and healthy red raspberry drink: 


      1 dl of fresh red raspberries or frozen un-sweetened
      2 tsp. of honey
      4 or 5 mint leaves

A cup of ice

Step 1: Mix 2 tsp. honey with water. You should put a little hot water into cup because it is very hard for honey mixed with cold water. When honey totally melted, you can put more cold water up to 150 ml or a half of cup like this. 

Step 2: Put red raspberries into a cup of honey water. Squeeze the red raspberries and then discard the red raspberry seeds.

Step 3: Cut 5 mint leaves and then put them into the cup with red raspberry. If you want more mint flavor in your drink, you can squeeze cut mint leaves but it might bring a little bitter feeling from squeezed mint leaves to the raspberry drink.

Step 4: Put some ice and enjoy the red raspberry healthy drink. It only takes you about 10 minute or less to prepare this healthy and tasty red raspberry drink. 

This healthy drink got a light sweet taste but not too sweet.  You can enjoy a relaxing flavor which is combined by honey, fresh mint leaves and red raspberry. If you are looking for easy and healthy drink recipe, this healthy drink recipe is a good choice. Try to make it if you like red raspberry, honey and mint leave. Let me know what you think about this easy healthy drink recipe or what your experience when you make it.

Health benefits and Usages of Red Raspberry

Now is the Summer time in Finland. After a long and cold winter, the sun has come back to Finland. At this time, Finland is so beautiful with a lot of sunshine and the nature is so amazing. In summer, I usually spend a lot of time to wander around the forest and collect red raspberries. I like the wide red raspberries more than the grown raspberries because they are fresher and have excellent taste. Moreover, the wide berries are free in Finland. Whenever I have free time, I will go to forest and collect as much berries as I can. In the good day for picking red raspberries, I can collect 1 kg of red raspberry after 3 hours in the forest.  
Red raspberries are rich in Vitamin C, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamins B. This amazing fruit contains a high amount of antioxidant such as queretin, gallic acid that fight against cancer, heart circulatory disease and age-related decline. According to the tests conducted at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, the human body readily absorbs the ellagic acid from red raspberries. This ellagic acid helps our body to prevent cancer by inhibiting the abnormal division of cells which promoting the normal death of healthy cells. The ellagic acid in red raspberry causes apoptosis (cell death) in certain cancer cells.
Moreover, red raspberries also inhibit the production of COX-I and COX-II enzymes. COX-I and COX-II resulting in the reduction of pain associated with arthritis, gout and other inflammatory conditions.
Nutraceutical Value  Red Raspberry
20-65 mg/100 g
Ellagic Acid
3.39 mg/g dry wt
24 umole TE/g
Salicylic Acid
5 mg/100g
12 mg/100g
83 mg/100g
 With many health benefits, red raspberries are used for:
  • Fresh or frozen fruit: eating whole red raspberries is the best method to consume the nutrition and health benefits from red raspberries. The scientist has proved that consume the whole red raspberries is more beneficial than taking individual phytochemicals in the form of dietary supplements.
  • The red raspberry leaves are full of mineral and vitamin A, E, C and complex B vitamin. All of these vitamins strengthen our body immune system.  You can use the fresh leave or dried leaves to make raspberry leaf tea. The raspberry leaf tea has lots benefits such as throat gargles, morning sickness remedies, and fertility.
  • Red raspberry seed oil is used in cosmetic industry because it is rich in Vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acid and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 24-50.
  • Red raspberries are great fruit to make low sugar red raspberry jam and red raspberry healthy drinks.

As I collected a lot of red raspberry in summer time and I did not want to waste my fresh red raspberry. I have tried and tested many different ways to use red raspberries such as: testing red raspberry healthy drinks, making red raspberry leaves tea, cooking raspberry jam. In my coming posts in this month I will share with you what and how do I use red raspberries.
In short, the best way to use red raspberries is eating the fresh one. Your body can absorb many antioxidants if you eat the whole red raspberry. The red raspberry leaves can be used as special herb tea. This herb tea can strengthen your immune systems. And don’t forget to make your own red raspberry jam. Believe me, red raspberry jam is the best jam ever. When you do it, you can see a very big difference between homemade jam and the jam you buy in super market. 
Here is some general information about the red raspberry’s health benefits and how to use it. Do you like this post or not? Tell me what you think about it. Thank you for spending time with me and see you again in later post about red raspberries.


Berry Healthy Network.  ‘‘Health and Healing Fact Sheets: Red Raspberries’’. Web August 1, 2013
Local harvet. ‘‘Red raspberry leave tea’’. Web August 6, 2013

5 main types of Teapot: Advantages and disadvantages

There are many types of teapots in the market now. Once you type the ‘‘teapot’’ keyword in Google, you can receive a million results. I know it is difficult for finding and choosing the right types of teapots. So that in this post I list 5 main types of teapots, their advantages, disadvantages and some tips for choosing the right one. Five main teapots are Ceramic teapots, Porcelain teapots, Clay/ Yixing teapots, Glass teapots and Enameled Cast-iron teapots.

Ceramic teapots

The Ceramic teapot is suitable for all families of tea. This teapot is particularly recommended for fragile and delicate tea such as green tea or white tea.


The ceramic material offers higher heat retention than others material such as Glass, Porcelain. The enamel coating of ceramic teapot makes these teapots do not absorb tea flavor. 

Disadvantages: None


Check the pouring spout and handle to make sure they are in straight edge. Make sure you can lift and place the teapot at the right angle to pour tea without straining your wrist.

Porcelain teapots

The Porcelain teapot is a good ideal for fragile and delicate tea like green tea or white tea. As I was saying in the post ‘‘4  notices when buying teapots’’, I got a little Porcelain teapot. And I am satisfied with my porcelain teapot for brewing green tea.
Similar to the Ceramic teapot, the Porcelain teapot does not absorb tea flavor.
The Porcelain teapot is not suitable with the tea required longer brewing time such as herbal tea or black tea.

You can use Porcelain teapot for brewing tea required a long time like black tea or herbal tea by using tea warmer or felted tea cozy. The tea warmer can enhance the heat retention of the porcelain teapot.

Clay teapots/ Yixing teapots

The Clay teapot/ Yixing teapot is the best teapot for brewing Oolong and Pu-er teas.
The clay or Yixing teapots are memory teapots. Sides of the teapot absorb the tannins in the tea when brewing and create deposits that build up over the successive of infusions.  The more the teapot is using the better it will reveal the wealth of aromas in the tea infused in it.
Use one Clay teapot for only one main type of tea Oolong or Pu-er teas. Do not mix different types of tea in the Clay/ Yixing teapot because this type of teapot remembers the tea flavor.  Moreover, this teapot does not go well with white tea and green tea.
Be careful with the cheap Clay teapot and Yixing teapot because the cheap one may deteriorate quickly.
There are three rules for choosing the Clay and Yixing teapots
  • The tip of the spout and the top of the handle will be level with the rim of the teapot.
  • The lit should be fit the opening in the teapots as close as possible, so it does not move.
  • The handle and the spout should be perfect aligned.


Glass teapots

The glass teapot is ideal for blooming flower tea and stylish leaves unfurling.
The glass teapot offers the neutrality and veracity as ceramic teapots. Their smooth surface is suitable for all types of tea and does not affect the taste. Most designed glass teapots are equipped with infusion strainers. You can remove the strainer when preparing tea bag.
The glass teapot is not ideal for heat retention and the tea required more time brewing such as herbal tea or black tea.
You can use teapot warmer or felted tea cozy to increase the heat intention or maintain the heat. The good felted tea cozy can keep the glass teapot hot for half an hour or more.

Enameled cast-iron teapots

The enameled cast-iron teapot is suitable with all types of tea but not recommend for delicate teas such as Green tea, Oolong and Pu-er tea.


They can keep the tea hot for an hour. The enameled cast-iron teapot is great for brewing tea requiring high heat such as black tea or herbal tea. The enameled cast-iron material can distribute the heat evenly inside the pot. Besides, the enameled coating makes it easier to clean and prevent the tea from contacting with the cast iron.


The enameled cast-iron teapot is not recommended for delicate teas such as white tea, green tea Oolong tea and Pu-er tea.
The enameled cast-iron teapots can be heavy and difficult to handle. It can be easy to over steep your tea if you don’t use infuser. 


Remember you get what you pay for when buying the enameled cast-iron teapot. Make sure the enameled cast-iron is good if you don’t want the metallic smell affect your tea.
It is time for ending my discussion about some advantages, disadvantages and tips for choosing 5 main teapots. If you like my post, take note advantages and disadvantages of teapots that you like. And now, it is your turn to find your favorite teapot based on your favorite teas and your own demanding usage. If you have any other ideas about this post let me here your opinion.

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4 Notices when Buying Teapot

Teapot plays very important role in brewing successful a cup of tea. The suitable teapot can enhance the tea flavor and bring out the tea benefit. With me my teapot is not only brewing teapot but also a cute reminder of my family. In the picture is my favorite porcelain teapot. My mom gave it to me as a gift when I left Vietnam three years ago. Whenever I see the teapot I remember my mom, my family and Vietnam. I like this teapot so much because it is not so small and I can brew tea for one or two people with it. Besides, the porcelain teapot suits perfectly with my favorite green tea.  How about you? Do you have your favorite teapot and what is your teapot’s story? Did you have any confuse or difficulty when choosing the right teapot?

I know in the tea shop or internet there are many type of teapot and it is very confusing to find and choose the teapot. For that reason, in this post I want to share my experience and some tips for choosing a good teapot. There are four main points you should pay attention when choosing a new teapot: Material, Size, Shape and the Quality of teapot.

Material: You should highly pay attention when choosing the teapot’s material. Each of teapot’s material will get on well with one or some special types of tea. You can choose the teapot’s material based on your favorite teas. Here are some suggestions:

  • The Ceramic, porcelain and enameled cast-iron teapots are suitable for many types of tea such as green tea, black tea, herbal tea and so on…
  • The Clay teapot is ideal for Pu-er and Oolong tea because it remembers the tea fragrances and enhances the tea flavor.
  • The Glass teapot is suitable with the artisan (booming) teas or stylish leaves tea.

You can find more information about the teapot’s material in 5 main types of teapots. This post gives you more about the material and tips of what you should notice when choosing teapots. 

Size: When buying the teapot, do not buy too large teapot. If you only use the teapot for decoration or company’s meeting you can choose the big one. Some delicate teas such as Oolong, Pu-er tea need to be infused in a small quantity of water to release their precious fragrances. 

Shape: Now, there are so many types of teapot in the market with different size and shapes. You might want to buy some very creative or special shape of teapot. But remember the main aim of teapot is brewing tea. Choose the teapot that suits to your hand. Always lift the teapot to ensure it pours well and you like the grip. But how to choose the right teapot when you buy it online? You can’t touch it and don’t know how the grip is working. Meanwhile, some special teapots are handmade and focus more in the art or decoration targets. I think the safest way is buying the teapot with traditional shape with grip that you have used it before. If you love creative teapot or special designed teapot make sure you can return the teapot if you don’t like it. If you have another idea about buying teapot online, share it with me.

Quality: The good teapot will be costly because some high quality teapots are handmade and designed for special types of tea. Especially with the clay teapot, it is worthy to buy the expensive one because the more you use the teapot, the better tea it brewed. Beware of cheap tea pots when buying metal and enameled cast-iron teapot. The low quality teapot may deteriorate quickly and your tea taste might have slightly metallic flavor.

In general, whenever you want to buy a new teapot, remember to choose the material suit with your favorite tea, Shape and Size match with your aim of using teapot. Find the good quality teapot and beware of the cheap teapot. I hope you can use some tips in this post to find the teapot which suits with your hobby and your favorite tea. If you have other ideas about choosing the teapot, share with me. I would like to know your teapot story and your experience of choosing your favorite teapot.  

7 notices when brewing green tea


Green tea is ancient drink with rich history. Among the Chinese legends, green tea was discovered by Emperor Shen Nong from 2,737 BCE. The ancient Chinese believed that green tea’s bitter taste stimulated wakefulness, good overall health and the acquisition of great wisdom. Nowadays, green tea has been proved that it contributes to the longevity by stimulating heart function and increasing the elasticity of blood vessels. Green tea strengthens the immune system and prevents cellular mutations. Green tea can also prevent certain types of cancer. A cup of green tea can bring enjoyment and also many health benefits. I love green tea and I can proudly say that I am a tea girl. As many other tea lovers, I want to know how to make a great cup of green tea and also can bring out all the benefit of green tea. As my experience, there are 7 mains rules on making a great cup of tea: a quality of tea, a teapot, an amount of dry tea, the water, the temperature of water, the steeping time and personal involvement.
1.      The quality of green tea
The green tea’s quality contributes to the success of the cup of tea. You couldn’t have the great cup of green tea with low-quality green tea. Keep in your mind that with green tea you do get what you pay for it. You should take time and care to find the quality green tea which suitable with your taste and hobby. The green tea quality can be judged on three main things: Appearance (the high-quality green tea includes the greater number of buds and does not have many broken leaves), the color of the dried leaf and the smell, flavor characteristics of the green tea.
2.      The teapot
The teapot is a very important element that makes the success of the cup of green tea. There are many types of teapots such as clay teapot, ceramic teapots, metal teapots, glass teapots… Ceramic teapot and glass teapot are suitable for all types of tea. Metal teapots are suited with mint tea. Take notices of the teapot material, size, shape and quality when choosing the teapot. If you are interested in the teapot material you can find it in here

3.      Amount of green tea dry leaf

The standard amount of tea dry leaf is one teaspoon of tea per person and one for the pot. If you do not want strong green tea you can dip out only half of the teaspoonful. It’s easy to have a strong cup with fresh hot water with a longer steeping time. The longer time brewing the more caffeine is released in green tea.  If you use tea ball or infuser don’t fill it to the brim. Green tea leaves need space to expand as they steep.
Here you can see how the brewing time affect the tea compound

4.      The water

According to the American Tea Masters association, the ideal water for brewing green tea is the spring water with the pH level of 7.9. The perfect spring water is the water with several minerals and without chlorine, no distinct taste or order. In case you don’t use spring water you can use the water filter to filtered or de-chlorinated water to obtain the level pH of 7.9. If you don’t have filter water system at home you can also use tap water to make green tea. Make sure that you use the water from the cold tap which is fresh and full of oxygen.
5.      Temperature of the water

For most teas, water should be about (212oF/100oC) or just off the boil. Do not boil the water too many times because it will lose oxygen. Green tea made from this water will be flat and tasteless. Here are some recommendations for water temperature:
·         Black tea can be brewed with truly boiling water 203-215oF
·         Green tea is often better made with a slightly low temperature at 167-185oF.
·         Oolong tea: the best temperature for Oolong tea is 203oF
·         White tea: the water can be a bit cooler than the green tea at 147-167oF.
But how can you know the temperature of the water without a thermometer handy? The answer is watching the bubble in the boiling water. A small bubble will float to the surface of the water 160-170oF. When you see strings of bubbles from the bottom of the kettle, the temperature might be 180-190oF. And after that, you will have full boiling water. If you want to reduce the temperature of the boiling water, pull the hot water into a cold small bowl or a cup. Water’s temperature reduces 50oF (10oC) when it poured into a cold bowl or a cup. Besides, a bowl or a cup also ensures that the water poured onto tea leaves will be exactly right. 
6.      Steeping times
Different types of green tea leaves require slightly different brewing times. Normally, three or four minutes are good but some green teas need six or seven minutes, and some will be stronger after three minutes.
·         Green tea steeping is 3 – 5 minutes
·         The Oolong tea needs around 2 – 5 minutes
·         White tea needs at least 3 -5 minutes
You can find more detail in the table about steeping time and water temperature 
7.      Total personal involvement
According to Sen No Rikyu, the greatest Japanese tea master: ”Tea is nothing more than this: Heat the water, prepare the tea and drink properly”. Making a cup of tea is a simply process but we can feel that tea is moody and changing. In one day a cup of green tea can turn out perfectly and the following day it can be less successful even you do the same process. Making a cup of green tea requires you a total personal involvement. Put your heart when making a cup of tea and you can feel the difference. I love the time to prepare a cup of tea and smell the green aroma and watching the snow in the morning. The only way to improve your skill in making green tea is practice, practice, and practice.  
I hope you can find some interesting tips on making a cup of green tea. Let’s boiling the water and making a great cup of tea. Having a cup of tea and enjoy your life. If you have more tips on making a great cup of tea you can share with me. I’d love to know more about you and how you make your daily great cup of tea. 

Tips for brewing the most common tea

          Tea, make from the leaves of plant Camellia, is my favorite drink.  I need to make it clear as there are many different kind of tea in my blog like herbal tea, or Camellia leaf tea and tea made from spices tea too. I also love to collect tea whenever I find something interesting. Now I have quite nice tea collection from Vietnamese green tea, black tea, Oolong tea and some Japanese green tea.  If you like to collect different kind of tea, you might have trouble with remember all things about brewing different kind of tea. And I have that trouble to remember temperature and amount of different tea when brewing. For that reason today I want to share with you what I know and have learned about brewing some common types of Camellia tea leaf. Now let’s have a look and you can take note or save information about your favorite tea. Maybe it is not a bad idea if you try a new tea in this weekend.

        Tea is the best choice to start a new day with lots of health benefits. All kind of tea can support the heart system, activates circulation, and detoxification. The power of tea comes from a higher number of tea’s Catechins, polyphenols, vitamin C and many vital minerals. Catechins is a type of polyphenol which are the main astringency component in green tea, oolong tea and some in black tea. Polyphenols in tea can protect our body against cell damage and slow the aging process. Tea’s polyphenols also can fight the antioxidant caused by smoke, pollution, viruses. I also have a deeper discussion about green tea’s benefit and side effect. If you are interested in it and share with me more green tea’s benefits from your experience and knowledge. But now I will focus on some DO and DON’T when brewing tea.

  • Adding tea in your daily diet will make your life better and healthier. Drink two to three cups of green tea per day will give you lots of antioxidants and other tea’s healthful compounds.
  •  Drink tea right after brewing to get the Catechins and other flavoring. If you keep the tea too long it will become bitter and not good to your health.
  • Rinsing tea is making your tea taste better especially green tea, Oolong tea and Puer tea.  How do I rinse my green tea before brewing tea? I pour the boiling water into the teapot to make it warm first. Then I put green tea leaves in the teapot and pour almost-boiling water 194 – 203 oF (90-95oC) over the leaves (enough to cover them). Then I discard the water a few seconds later and brew tea with almost boiling water for some minutes depend on the tea’s type.

  • Do not drink green tea with meal nor during the half hour before or after the meal. Green tea can inhibit the absorption of iron and calcium from food.
  • Do not drink green tea in the evening if you have problem with sleeping. The caffeine in tea will make you awake. With me I only drink tea before 12 am as I got some trouble with sleeping.
  • Don’t drink the tea which you brew last night. They are extremely bad to your health. 
  • Don’t drink more than 6 cups of tea per day. If you drink a large amount of green tea you can have some problem. You might have vomit, dizzy or diarrhea and iron deficit. Polyphenols in green tea can make your body to be harder to absorb certain medicines and iron supplements.
  • Ask for advice from your doctor and pharmacist when you use medicine along with tea, herbs and supplements. And people in these situations should be cautious when use tea:
  1. People with irregular heartbeats or who have anxiety attacks should use tea cautiously.
  2. Pregnant women or breast-feeding women should not drink green tea in large amounts. Caffeine can cross the placenta and affect the fetus and can pass to breast milk.
  3. Don’t drink green tea if you have problem with high blood pressure, kidney, liver problem and stomach ulcers.
  4. And Patients suffering from iron deficiency anemia should not drink tea too.  

I think now it’s time for me to close this long conversation. I hope you find some useful information to make your tea taste better and healthier. Let’s me know what do you think about my work. Don’t hesitate to comment and share with me your experience in brewing tea. I would love to hearing from you.  

Last updated: 17/04/2015

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About Me

Hi, Welcome to About Healthy Drinks blog.

My name is An Tran and I am about 30’s. I come from Vietnam but now I am living in Finland. I started a blog About Healthy Drinks because I have a big love with healthy drinks and their benefits.
In my blog, I would love to share with you the different kind of healthy drinks and how to make them. All the healthy drinks and drink’s recipes introducing in my blog will be easy to make and find ingredients like lemon, honey and ginger or whatever I got in my small kitchen.

Another part of blog will introduce you how to use drinks effectively and make use of healthy drink’s benefits. In every post, I will try to collect useful information and give you some main notices, do and don’t when making healthy drinks. 

Do remember that information in my blog and in internet based on tradition, scientific theories or limited research. The information often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven.  In some case simple healthy drink or herb might be harmful or potentially serious if it is used in wrong way. So that you should always be aware and double check information about your drinks. If you have medical treatment history, ask your doctor the best advice.

I know that the knowledge about healthy drink is wide and unlimited. For that reason, I highly appreciated if you let me know your opinion about my works. Your ideas will be valuable resources for me to measure my works. I do hope through this blog I can know more about you and learn more about healthy drinks.