Green Tea

green

March is known as the “green month” Take a break from “green beer” and try green tea.

Green tea is a product  that can be prepared as a beverage, which can have some health effects. Or an “extract” can be made from the leaves to use as medicine.

It is also used for weight loss and to treat stomach disorders, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, bone loss (osteoporosis), and solid tumor cancers.

Antioxidants and other substances in green tea might help protect the heart and blood vessels.

Green tea originated in China, but its production has spread to many countries in the Asia.

tea-plant

Green tea is the most popular form of tea in China. Chinese green teas are made from over 600 different cultivars of the Camellia sinensis plant, giving plenty of variety and regional teas. Chinese green teas are traditionally pan-fired, unlike the Japanese steaming process. Other processes in China include oven-dried and sun-dried. Due to the different production process, Chinese teas are said to have a more “earthy” taste than Japanese teas.

Green tea is processed and grown in a variety of ways, depending on the type of green tea desired. As a result of these methods, maximum amounts of polyphenols and volatile organic compounds are retained, affecting aroma and taste. The growing conditions can be broken down into two basic types − those grown in the sun and those grown under the shade. The green tea plants are grown in rows that are pruned to produce shoots in a regular manner, and in general are harvested three times per year. The first flush takes place in late April to early May. The second harvest usually takes place from June through July, and the third picking takes place in late July to early August. Sometimes, there will also be a fourth harvest. It is the first flush in the spring that brings the best-quality leaves, with higher prices to match.

Bottom Line: Green tea is loaded with bioactive compounds that can have various beneficial effects on health.

Tea Time @ Sundown Tea
Tea Time @ Sundown Tea

Thanks to Wikipedia and SunDown Tea

Homemade Blush Sauce for Pasta

Pasta with Blush Sauce
Pasta with Blush Sauce

This is a tried and true homemade blush sauce. Simple ingredients, and no preservatives with sauces from the jar.

Ingredients:

I package (8 oz) cream cheese

1 can Diced tomatoes

Spices (garlic-lots, pepper, Italian seasoning, salt to taste:::any other spices that tickle your fancy)

Add tomatoes and cut up pieces of cream cheese in the blender with spices. Blend on high till smooth. If too thick, add milk or cream.

Heat on very low heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning, till heated through.

Serve over pasta and garnish with shredded parmesan cheese, and fresh parsley.

This makes a lot of sauce and freezes well!

Filling and great for a meatless meal.

Should feed 6 people.

Kathy Dowsett

Comments::::::use the comment section below>>>

Tattoo removal

 

nd_yag_mini_laser_tattoo_removal_machine_nd-506

Tattoo removal has been performed with various tools during the history of tattooing. While tattoos were once considered permanent, it is now possible to remove them with treatments, fully or partially. Before the development of laser tattoo removal methods, common techniques included dermabrasion, TCA (Trichloroacetic acid, an acid that removes the top layers of skin, reaching as deep as the layer in which the tattoo ink resides), salabrasion (scrubbing the skin with salt), cryosurgery and excision which is sometimes still used along with skin grafts for larger tattoos. Some early forms of tattoo removal included the injection or application of wine, lime, garlic or pigeon excrement. Tattoo removal by laser was performed with continuous-wave lasers initially, and later with Q-switched lasers, which became commercially available in the early 1990s. Today, “laser tattoo removal” usually refers to the non-invasive removal of tattoo pigments using Q-switched lasers. Typically, black and other darker-colored inks can be removed completely. Two alternative removal methods are in development. Dalhousie University PhD student Alec Falkenham has developed a cream which promises to remove tattoos safely and painlessly. US Stemcell Inc and ClearIt LLC are collaborating on a product called ERASER.

A poll conducted in January 2012 by Harris Interactive reported that 1 in 7 (14%) of the 21% of American adults who have a tattoo regret getting one. The poll didn’t report the reasons for these regrets, but a poll that was done 4 years prior reported that the most common reasons were “too young when I got the tattoo” (20%), “it’s permanent” and “I’m marked for life” (19%), and “I just don’t like it” (18%). An earlier poll showed that 19% of Britons with tattoos suffered regret, as did 11% of Italians with tattoos.  Surveys of tattoo removal patients were done in 1996 and 2006 and provided more insight. Of those polled, the patients who regretted their tattoos typically obtained their tattoos in their late teens or early twenties, and were evenly distributed by gender. Among those seeking removals, more than half reported that they “suffered embarrassment”. A new job, problems with clothes, and a significant life event were also commonly cited as motivations.

Tattoo removal is most commonly performed using lasers that break down the ink particles in the tattoo. The broken-down ink is then absorbed by the body, mimicking the natural fading that time or sun exposure would create. All tattoo pigments have specific light absorption spectra. A tattoo laser must be capable of emitting adequate energy within the given absorption spectrum of the pigment to provide an effective treatment. Certain tattoo pigments, such as yellows, greens and fluorescent inks are more challenging to treat than darker blacks and blues, because they have absorption spectra that fall outside or on the edge of the emission spectra available in the tattoo removal laser. Recent pastel coloured inks contain high concentrations of titanium dioxide which is highly reflective. Consequently, such inks are difficult to remove since they reflect a significant amount of the incident light energy out of the skin.

Laser-tattoo-removal-DWidely considered the gold standard treatment modality to remove a tattoo, laser tattoo removal requires repeat visits. The newer Q-switched lasers are said by the National Institutes of Health to result in scarring only rarely and are usually used only after a topical anesthetic has been applied.

Multiple factors contribute to the success of laser tattoo removal, one of which is a patient’s own immune system. The Kirby-Desai scale parameters qualify the factors that can dictate tattoo removal success. Moreover, treatment on certain patients with immune system problems is contraindicated.

Laser tattoo removal is uncomfortable – many patients say it is worse than getting the tattoo on. The pain is often described to be similar to that of hot oil on the skin, or a “snap” from an elastic band. Depending on the patient’s pain threshold, and while some patients may forgo anesthesia altogether, most patients will require some form of local anesthesia. Pre-treatment might include the application of an anesthetic cream under occlusion for 45 to 90 minutes prior to the laser treatment session. A better method is complete anesthesia which can be administered locally by injections of 1% to 2% lidocaine with epinephrine.

Immediately after laser treatment, a slightly elevated, white discoloration with or without the presence of punctuate bleeding is often observed. This white color change is thought to be the result of rapid, heat-formed steam or gas, causing dermal and epidermal vacuolization. Pinpoint bleeding represents vascular injury from photoacoustic waves created by the laser’s interaction with tattoo pigment.

Although laser treatment is well known and often used to remove tattoos, unwanted side effects of laser tattoo removal include the possibility of discoloration of the skin such as hypopigmentation (white spots, more common in darker skin) and hyperpigmentation (dark spots) as well as textural changes.

Wikipedia

Many Seniors Lose Fitness Due to Lack of Training, Not Just Aging

Exercises-for-Seniors-and-Benefits

Seniors make quick improvements when they start exercise

We all probably know of at least one senior citizen who seems to defy the laws of aging and remains in top physical shape well beyond their peers. We also tend to dismiss this person as genetically gifted or just unusual. However, research, and more and more seniors, are showing us that this doesn’t have to be the case. Many of the declines in fitness with age are due to lack of use, not just the normal aging process.

While it’s true that as we age we have to work harder than we did when we were young, a lot of the declines that we attribute to aging may be reversed with fitness training.

Over the past two years, Senior Journal.com has published the following headlines and research findings about benefits for senior fitness training:

Study confirms earlier finds on value of weight exercise, calcium citrate
Researchers have once again looked at the Bone Estrogen Strength Training (BEST) Study at The University of Arizona; a landmark study on how strength training affects changes in bone density in postmenopausal women.

Most recent study confirms the findings that a specific regimen of weight-bearing and resistance exercises, combined with calcium citrate supplement over four years, provided significant improvement in bone mineral density (BMD) at key skeletal sites, whether or not the women were on hormone therapy (HT).

Exercise Improves Skin Healing in Elderly.
A common complaint by senior citizens is how much longer it takes for injuries and wounds to heal as we get older.

The body’s ability to heal even small skin wounds is one of those things that slows as we age. A new study, however, finds that regular exercise by older adults may speed up the wound-healing process by as much as 25 percent.

Stress reduction and diet also cited as helping memory
A study released today says senior citizens can not only improve their aging bodies with exercise but that by adding memory exercises to their routine they can also preserve their memory.

Exercise Improves Quality of Life for Seniors
A new study has found that previously sedentary senior citizens who incorporated exercise into their lifestyles not only improved physical function, but experienced psychological benefits as well.

Exercise helps prevent Alzheimer’s
A new study published today adds to the growing evidence that exercise – particularly if it starts early and is maintained over time – is beneficial in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The new study focused on the physical activity levels of older people when they were middle aged and concludes being physically active in midlife can significantly decrease the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Developing Good Balance is Critical Element of Healthy Aging
Balance has less to do with strength and everything to do with an elderly person’s ability to get around and live independently. Yet, few people in their later years think to practice balancing — until it’s too late. A study at Indiana University Bloomington has produced a balance improvement program that can be done at home.

Exercise, Healthy Diet May Prevent Teeth Loss
Senior citizens and baby boomers are pounded with advice saying that with exercise and a healthy diet their mental and physical health is substantially improved. Now, a new study says that even oral health is better. The exercise-and-eat-right lifestyle, the study says, can reduce periodontal disease, the main cause of loss of teeth.

Older Senior Citizens Who Don’t Exercise Can Face Problems Even Walking
Even for older senior citizen, lack of exercise increases the risk of future problems with climbing stairs or even walking, according to research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Strength Training Is an Antidote to Muscle Loss In Elderly
Resistance or “strength” training has repeatedly been shown to be a safe and effective method of reversing sarcopenia, or muscle loss, in the elderly. The condition actually starts around age 45, when muscle mass begins to decline at a rate of about 1 percent per year. Scientists funded by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have been studying the factors involved in gradual muscle loss since 1988.

Boomers, Young Seniors Can Extend Life With Minimal Exercise
A new study gives people in their 50s and 60s another reason to get off the couch and be physically active — especially if they have conditions or habits that endanger their hearts, like diabetes, high blood pressure or smoking.

Elderly Women Should Worry More About Exercise Than Weight
Elderly women should worry more about exercising than about controlling their weight in order to prevent their physical decline, according to a study done at the University of Pittsburgh and recently published in Preventive Medicine.

AboutHealth

 

Ideas for Your Toronto Balcony

Flowers-on-a-small-balcony

One of the most popular trends of the new millennium is on towards outdoor living. What this means is that more and more people are seeking to use their land as well as their houses as living spaces, moving living areas out onto decks and patios and even lawns. By doing his, people can enjoy nice weather outdoors and still have the comforts they expect inside.

Contrary to popular opinion outside of our borders, Canadians are certainly not exempt from the draw of outside living. In fact, one might say that we appreciate really great weather even more than our neighbours to the south, since we know what BAD weather is really like. So it’s not surprising that all across Canada people are creating their own outdoor living rooms, from the rural areas right to the big cities such as Toronto.

Of course, when you are talking about the majority of Toronto residents in the downtown area particularly, outdoor living spaces are going to be centered around the balconies of apartment and condominium complexes. In this article, we are going to take a look at some ideas to incorporate into your outdoor living on your Toronto balcony.

Start with your furniture. The best place to begin when it comes to setting up a living area outdoors is with your furniture choices. Most balconies are covered, so you won’t have to worry about the effects of rain, but wind can still do some weathering on susceptible furniture. Take a look at pieces made form hardy materials, but which are still comfortable to sit or lie down on. You might want to include a couple of different pieces for sitting or lying down on; chairs, hammocks, even swings are all great options. And don’t forget a nice table, of a size that can suit your snacking or even outdoor dinner ideas! Decorative touches. Once you have your furniture picked out, you can start thinking about those little touches that will give your balcony a flavour that is uniquely you. Your touches should include decor that flows well with your furniture choices.

Plants and flowers. Including plants and flower will add to the atmosphere, complementing the outdoor location of your home outside of home. Plastic arrangements are wonderful when done properly, and of course don’t require the labour needed for the real thing.

So don’t let living in Canada, or living in a high-rise building, stop you from creating your own room outdoors. Outdoor living spaces are easy, trendy, and they convey a true sense of freedom.

Leaftech @ ArticlesBase

8 Facts About Bullying Everyone Should Know

BullyingDiscover some important facts about bullying

When it comes to bullying, most people feel like they understand the issue. But sometimes they have an incomplete picture of the problem. Here are eight facts that everyone should know about bullying.

Fact #1: Bullies come in all shapes and sizes.

It’s a mistake to assume that all bullies are loners or have low self-esteem. In fact, there are at least six common types of bullies. While some bullies do suffer from self-esteem issues, there are others who bully because they feel entitled.

Other kids bully because they too have been victims of bullying and others bully to climb the social ladder. Some kids even bully due to peer pressure.

Bullying involves having power over someone. As a result, many kids who bully have a craving for power. In other words, the bully is looking to improve his status.

Meanwhile, other kids participate in bullying because they view it as an effective method for controlling and manipulating the social hierarchy at school.

Fact #2: Anyone can become a victim of bullying.

While there are certain attributes that often lead bullies to target someone, it’s a mistake to assume there is one type of target. In fact, even the most popular kids at school can be victims of bullying. It’s important to remember that kids are bullied because the bully made a choice to target them.

As a result, it’s wrong to assume that some kids are bullied because they have a victim personality. When this idea is embraced, it removes the blame from the bully and places it on the victim. The responsibility for bullying always falls on the bullies.

They are the only ones with a choice in the matter. Likewise, labeling kids who are bullied lets the bully off the hook and implies the victim deserves to be bullied.

Fact #3: Bullying can happen at any age.

While bullying often starts in late elementary school and peaks in middle school, it’s important to point out that bullying can start as young as preschool.

While the majority of school bullying takes place in middle school, some bullying carries over into adulthood. In fact, workplace bullying is a growing problem.

It really doesn’t matter what age a person is, bullies focus on anyone who doesn’t fit the accepted norm and focus on that. They also will bully others they feel threatened by or those that have something they want. People also have been bullied because they look, act, talk or dress differently.

Fact #4: There are six types of bullying.

When most people picture bullying, they imagine a group of boys punching and kicking another boy. But physical bullying is only type of bullying. There are in fact six different types of bullying including physical bullying, verbal bullying, relational aggression, cyberbullying, prejudicial bullying and sexual bullying.

Fact #5: Boys and girls bully differently.

When it comes to bullying, boys and girls tend to bully differently. For instance female bullies tend to be “mean girls” who use relational aggression and cyberbullying to control and manipulate situations. Girls also resort to more name-calling and tend to bully only other girls.

Boys on the other hand tend to be more physically aggressive. This is not to say that they don’t call names and cyberbully others, but when it comes down to it, boys tend to punch and hit much more than female bullies. Additionally, male bullies will bully both girls and boys. They also are impulsive, menacing and enjoy the status they get from a fight.

Fact #6: Those victimized by bullying often don’t report it.

Despite the number of negative emotions and consequences of bullying, many targets of bullying do not tell anyone what is happening to them. The reasons for remaining silent vary from person to person. But for some tweens and teens, they are embarrassed, confused or feel they can handle it on their own. A number of young people also question whether or not telling will do any good. Unfortunately, some adults and school systems have established a pattern of not addressing bullying and young people feel that telling is won’t do any good.

Fact #7: Usually there are witnesses to bullying.

Frequently, when bullying occurs, other kids are present. Yet, the common reaction for these bystanders is to simply stand by and do nothing. For this reason, bullying prevention efforts should include ideas on how to empower bystanders to take action. Included in those programs are ideas on what bystanders can do if they witness bullying. Many times, kids remain silent because they are unsure what they should do or they feel it is none of their business. But the goal in bullying prevention is to capitalize on the audience a bully has and turn it toward helping the victim rather than silently supporting bullies.

Fact #8: Bullying has significant consequences.

Being targeted by a bully can have significant consequences for the victim. In fact, many victims feel alone, isolated and humiliated. And if bullying is left unaddressed a number of other issues can crop up including depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and even suicide. For this reason, it is important that parents and teachers realize that bullying is not a rite of passage and it won’t make victims stronger. Instead it has lasting consequences and should be dealt with swiftly and effectively.

:: Bullying Expert 

About.com

5 Creative Ways to Use Your Slow Cooker

Crock-pot-slow-cooker-6_6lYour slow cooker is good for more than just soups and stews! I’m Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien, and I’m here with five slow-cooker hacks that will change the way you look at your Crock Pot…

Spaghetti squash is the ultimate low-calorie pasta swap (you can have three cups of the stuff for just about 125 calories), but the process of turning the gourd into spaghetti-like noodles can be intimidating. Not to worry — a slow cooker makes it MUCH easier! All you have to do is put a whole spaghetti squash in your slow cooker with half a cup of water, and cook it on high for 2 1/2 hours. By the time the squash comes out, it’ll be tender enough to slice in half lengthwise and easily scoop out the seeds.

The only thing better than tacos are guilt-free tacos that practically make themselves…

Shredded pork: By combining decadent pork shoulder with lean pork tenderloin, you get a delicious dish that’s surprisingly low in calories. When you shred the meat after it’s cooked, the flavors all blend together. Click here for the full recipe!

Ground beef: Extra-lean ground beef is low in fat, and adding chopped veggies amps up the portion size.

This filling is great on crispy corn taco shells, or you can wrap it in lettuce leaves for a low-carb fiesta!

Slow cookers aren’t just for main dishes. One of my all-time favorite ways to use a slow cooker is to make desserts. This recipe for deconstructed apple pie has just 137 calories per serving – pretty reasonable for a bowl of ooey-gooey fruit deliciousness topped with whipped cream. If you’re more of a peach person, check out this recipe for scalloped peaches. The best part is that the peaches only take an hour and a half in the slow cooker before they’re cooked to perfection.

Turn on the slow cooker when you get home from work, and dessert will be ready after dinner!

I can’t talk about slow cookers without mentioning this life-changing Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese. The recipe mixes macaroni with cauliflower florets and butternut squash to maximize your serving size — you get a cup and a half for 255 calories… How many other mac and cheese recipes can say that? In the mood for something heartier? Check out this recipe for slow-cooker cheeseburger macaroni and cheese.

One of my favorite ways to slash carbs from sandwiches is to ditch the bread and wrap the filling with a cooked cabbage leaf. The problem: It’s nearly impossibly to remove an entire leaf from a raw cabbage and keep it intact. The solution: Your slow cooker! Place half a head of green cabbage in a slow cooker with 2 cups of water, then cook on high for 2 ½ hours. When the time is up, you’ll be able to easily remove the leaves and wrap ‘em around your favorite sandwich fillings.

Quick ways to stop cold air drafts in old windows

drafty windows
The Match Test for Drafty Windows

Cold winter winds can sneak into your home around old windows, making your house feel chilly and drafty. If you have ever walked past a window and started to shiver, chances are your old windows are letting some of winter’s icy chill in. If new windows aren’t in your financial future, there are a few things you can do to warm the house up.

Check Window Tops

Those old fashioned window frames sometimes have a tendency to slide down. Check in the middle where the top and bottom meet. Has the top section slid down? If it has, you will have cold air pouring in the top. If pushing it back up into place doesn’t work, you will need to block the opening.

This is where you can get creative. Cram an old towel or strips of an old blanket into the open area. Use a butter knife to push and poke it into place. It may not look fashionable, but it will keep you warm until you can fix it. Besides, once the curtains are hung back up you won’t even notice it, and it is winter so chances are the outsides are frosted over so your neighbors won’t see it either!

Check around the Casings

Run your hand all around the outer edges of the window sills and any trim or molding around it. Even the tiniest amount of air can cause the furnace to run more and leave a chill in your home. You can always run out and buy some of that plastic window covering stuff or you can fix it the creative way.

They say that duct tape fixes everything and it will sure work here too. You can run a strip of duct tape, or masking tape if you prefer, all around the window edges to block any cold air. If the gaps are big, stuff some paper towels into it and then tape over it.

Change to Heavier Curtains

Sure light and airy lace curtains are pretty and allow you to look out into the pretty winter wonderland. They also allow even the slightest bit of air to leak into your house so it becomes a winter wonderland inside too. Find some heavy insulated curtains that you can live with for a few months and hang them at the window instead.

New insulated curtains are expensive, so check around at thrift stores or see if a friend has some they aren’t using. If you don’t think the curtains are heavy enough, tack or tape a small fleece blanket across the top of the window and then hang the curtains up.

Just tacking the blanket across the top will allow you to pull it back to see out if necessary, yet it will lie down against the window and block some of the chill. Again, you won’t see it behind the curtains. You can also use a clear shower curtain hung behind your curtains to ward off the chill.

These may not be the fanciest fixes for a drafty window, but they are quick and inexpensive. If you are sitting in a draft and need to do something fast, these tricks will help to keep you and your family warm and it may save a bit on the heating bill.

From The Examiner

Wild about White Tea

Look for White Tea to Become the Latest Hot New Food Trend

White Tea
White Tea

White tea has arrived in North America. While Chinese tea drinkers have been hip to white tea’s benefits since the Ming Dynasty, until recently it was virtually unknown outside of Asia. Not anymore. Today, everyone from chefs to medical researchers is praising white tea’s delicate flavor and purported health benefits. Market researchers predict consumers will soon share their enthusiasm, turning white tea into one of the hottest new food trends.

But, what is white tea? Most tea aficionados know that all tea comes from the same source: the Camilla Sinensis tea bush. Whether a tea leaf winds up in a cup of green, black, or oolong tea depends entirely on what happens after it is plucked. Black tea derives its dark color and full flavor from a complex fermentation process that includes exposing crushed tea leaves to the air for a strictly defined number of minutes.

Tea leaves meant for more mellow tasting green tea are not fermented at all, but merely withered in hot air and quickly steamed or pan-fried. A gentle rolling and final heating stabilizes the tea’s natural flavors. Oolong teas fall somewhere in the middle: partial fermentation gives them a distinct reddish colour and a “flowery” flavor.

So, where does white tea fit into the picture? White tea is made from immature tea leaves that are picked shortly before the buds have fully opened. The tea takes its name from the silver fuzz that still covers the buds, which turns white when the tea is dried. The exact proportion of buds to leaves varies depending on the variety of white tea. For example, White Peony contains one bud for every two leaves, while Silver Needles, the creme de la creme of white teas, is made entirely from downy buds picked within a two day period in early Spring.

Of course, an exotic appearance alone doesn’t explain white tea’s sudden surge in popularity. The secret lies in what happens after the buds are plucked. Tea leaves destined to be sold as white tea undergo even less processing than green tea leaves. Instead of air-drying, the unwithered leaves are merely steamed.

The result? A pale tea with a sweet, silky flavor. People who have tried both note that white tea lacks the “grassy” aftertaste so often associated with green tea. Furthermore, studies indicate that white tea is better for you. Leaving tea leaves so close to their natural state means that white tea contains more polyphenols, the powerful anti-oxidant that fights and kills cancer-causing cells, than any other type of tea.

Need another reason to drink white tea? A 2004 study at Pace University concluded that white tea can help your body’s immune system fight off viruses and dangerous infection-causing bacteria. The same study concluded that fluoride-rich white tea helps prevent the growth of dental plaque, the chief cause of tooth decay.

Aboutfood

The sunrise of Sundown Tea triggered by a growing demand

Shannon @ SunDown Tea
Shannon Duncan @ SunDown Tea

While earning her degree at Western University with a double major in history and English, Shannon Duncan began trying different types of tea.

After graduation she worked in Japan for a year teaching English. On her return to London, Ontario, she started to map out her future. “Before that I never had a plan. It was difficult to see where I would be in five years. I was thinking of teaching, but the question was ‘where do I want to be?’ “
Then her entrepreneurial side kicked in. She came up with an idea, took a 12-hour course with the London Business Centre and researched the customer base and target audience. On Oct. 17, she will launch the grand opening of Sundown Tea on London’s west side.
“I found that tea stores are in the north end, south end and downtown.” There was no competition in the west end. The shopping plaza where she located, at Wonderland Road and Commissioners Road West, is anchored by a chain grocery store. It has lots of traffic.
“I definitely feel it is a growing market,” says Shannon of tea. “In the past it was tea bags. Now it’s loose-leaf tea. It’s much better quality.”
She says more and more tea drinkers are interested in loose-leaf tea. More people are getting introduced to it and it is likely to succeed.
Sundown Tea will open with 65 varieties of tea and will expand from there based on what customers like and their suggestions. Categories include white, black, green, oolong , herbal tea and Pu’erh.
“I have an expansive line of tea pots as well as tea cups, mugs and strainers.  The most popular is a little meshball tea ball. The flavour is distributed through the mug,” says Shannon.
One of the more exotic teas she is offering is silver needle tea. It is a white tea that has little processing. It has little white hairs on the tea leaf. “It has a cool flavour and a light, refreshing aroma.”
There is a reason for everything, including the store’s name. Shannon explains it this way: “When I think of the colours related to tea they match sundown – the reds, yellows and oranges. It is also my favourite time to sit down with tea.”
Sundown Tea facts
Location: Unit A15 at 509 Commissioner Rd. W., London Ontario
Store hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Monday.
Business phone 519-204-5200
Store hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Monday.
Business phone 519-204-5200; website www.sundowntea.com