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      27.09.2000 22:14

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      A friend of ours who we hadn't seen for a number of years brought over from Libya-his home country- some Chinese green tea.The actual type is gunpowder,Temple of Heaven. Now as I am an avid consumer of herb teas,such as fennel and camomile,and rarely drink our insipid ordinary teas out of a teabag,I was delighted.You make in an ordinary teapot,which is now a novelty in itself these days,and do not use milk,otherwise it is ruined.It has a lovely mellow taste,not strong at all,and I find it really invigorating. It has not got that heavy feeling that our teas leave you with,and a strange after taste.This is light,with very little aroma at all,if any. I am told that apart from anyhing else it is good for digestion,and also has anti-radical properties.Whatever,I am trying to make the packet last as long as possible,and hope that either he returns quickly,or that I can find somewhere locally that may sell it.

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      12.08.2000 01:10
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      I was introduced to the little known kombucha tea a year ago. It is basically a mushroom/culture that grows on a mixture of sweet tea and vinegar, you simply drain off the tea when it has fermented and start again. You are meant to drink the tea daily, gradually increasing your intake to the equivelent of a wine glass a day. I say gradually, because it has very effective cleansing qualities and you will find that you sweat out and urinate out a lot of crap in the first week or so, but that is just one sign of how effective it is. Since I've been using Kombucha tea I have never had a cold, my insomnia is practically non-existent, and my energy levels are high. It is supposed to boost your imune system and claims that it had trippled T cell counts of those with AIDS along with increased mobility with those with MS are many. I have to say that I have on the whole felt the benefits. You can even make fantastic vinegar for salads etc from an over fermented solution. The only down side is that it is a lot of hassle making the tea, but I read that selfridges are starting to sell the ready fermented tea, which will revolutionalise my life. I've always thought it would be very simple to mass produce and wondered why it hadn't been done before. There are lots of web sites out there with information, and in the UK there is the Kombucha Tea network. a body of people who are devoted to spreading the word and they will send you a starter mushroom and instructions for free (just £5 for postage and packaging as it has to be sent in the tea solution) So get out there and Get healthy!

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