Camellia sinensis is native to mainland South and Southeast Asia, but it is today cultivated across the world in tropical and subtropical regions. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is usually trimmed to below two metres (six feet) when cultivated for its leaves or flower buds. It has a strong taproot. The flowers are yellow-white, 2.5–4 cm in diameter, with 7 to 8 petals.
Camellia sinensis is the source of tea of commerce. The young processed leaves yield tea — the world’s most important caffeine beverage. Tea plants are evergreen, medium sized shrub (4-6 ft.) and can be grown outside in zones 7-9. The tea plant is native to S. E. Asia.
Blooming Time: Fall. Flowers are solitary in the axils of the leaves. The flowers are white to 1 ½ inches in diameter and are fragrant.
Culture: Camellia sinensis need full sun to part shade. They prefer a well drained, neutral to slightly acidic soil rich in organic matter (2 parts peat moss or compost to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite). The root hairs are very fine, so the plant can not be allowed to dry out completely. Increase watering when the plant is actively growing and when the plant is in bloom. Fertilize every 2-3 weeks in the spring through fall, use a fertilizer for acid loving plants diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. Repot every 2-4 years in late winter or early spring.
Camellia Flower is the tea purists’ choice. All tea whether black, oolong, green or white comes from the same plant – camellia sinensis. The camellia flower in this blossom is the flower of the camellia sinensis itself, which lends a wholesome roundness to the flavour of the leaves, the tiny traces of pollen giving a hint of "nuttiness".
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Add 1-2 tsp dry camellia flowers into the glass (or teapot)
Wash them with hot water.
Pour hot water into the glass again and wait for about 3 minutes.
Strain the flowers.
Green Tea, White Tea, Yellow Tea, Oolong Tea, Black Tea
If you love the fragrance of Chinese tea, the aroma of camellia flower will delight you as it fills your home upon making a cup or more of camellia tea.
Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.
An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.
Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.
The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.
In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.
That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.
Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.
However, due to the lack of studies on most herbs, the FDA encourages caution when consuming herbal teas during pregnancy.
It is always best to talk with a qualified medical professional about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking.