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IT’S TEA TIME! (continued): • There are all kinds of tea – white, green, customers didn’t realize the bags were just oolong, and black – but they all come from packaging, and brewed their tea in them. Soon the same plant, the Carnelia Sinensis. The end after, Sullivan was receiving orders for the new product is determined by the processing of the product. Today, 96% of the world brews its tea tea leaves. using a tea bag. • While white tea skips the steps of processing • More of tea’s many medicinal and health (the leaves are just steamed and dried), green, benefits are being uncovered every day. Green black, and oolong teas all go through a series of tea seems to be especially healthful. It is high steps. It starts with withering, when the tea leaves in the amino acid theanine, which has been are spread out and dried in a warm environment, shown to reduce stress and improve mental which makes them pliable. A rolling machine concentration. It may also increase the body’s is next, twisting the leaves in order to release immune system and antioxidant powers. the flavorful natural oils. Some more expensive Lab testing indicates that catechins, a type of grades of teas are rolled by hand, resulting in antioxidant, inhibit the growth of cancer cells a higher quality. The leaves then undergo an and may help reduce the breakdown of cartilage. oxidation process, when they are spread out in a A recent university study indicated that tea cool room. At this point, the tea leaves are still has more potent antioxidants than 22 fruits green, but as they take in oxygen they gradually and vegetables that were tested. Scientists say turn darker. The darkening can be stopped by drinking green tea might also even help prevent heating. Green tea is not oxidized, oolong tea tooth decay! And a study in the Netherlands has is oxidized for a short time, and the dark black shown that those who drink catechin-rich tea tea oxidation process, which takes about three are 50% less likely to die of heart disease. hours, is uninterrupted. The chemical reactions • Tea is not just for drinking! On the outside, that take place during oxidation are what alters green tea can help with inflammation. Soothe the leaves’ color and flavor. your puffy eyes with a soaked, chilled green • While a cup of tea does contain caffeine, it tea bag. The same will work for insect bites. doesn’t compare to the amount found in coffee. Keep mosquitoes away by smoothing the skin A cup of tea has about 40 mg. of caffeine with damp tea leaves. Black tea bags have been compared to coffee’s 110 mg per cup. The lesser- proven beneficial in removing plantar warts. It’s processed green tea has even less caffeine than the acidic tannin present in tea that shrinks the black leaves. But if you want a higher caffeine wart, just by placing a cooled bag on the wart level in your tea, sip yerba maté, which has for 15 minutes three times a day. about the same amount as coffee. It’s made from • Tisanes also have medicinal qualities. If you the leaves of a South American rain forest holly have an upset stomach, try sipping peppermint tree, and contains 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 tea, since peppermint relaxes the muscles amino acids, and an abundance of antioxidants. that give you stomach cramps. The anti• Herbal teas, also known as tisanes, aren’t inflammatory properties of licorice root can really tea at all. They come from the roots, reduce the swelling of a sore throat. It’s also stems, and flowers of other plants. There are well known that chamomile tea is a relaxant and numerous types of tisanes, depending on what is a natural sleep aid. part of the plant they come from. Mint, verbena, • And it’s not just the human body that reaps and lemongrass varieties are leaf tisanes, while the benefits of tea. It’s a great fertilizer for your chamomile, hibiscus, and lavender are flower roses! Watering both indoor and outdoor plants tisanes. Cinnamon is a considered a bark type, with cool leftover brewed tea gives them a boost while ginger, Echinacea, and chicory are root of nutrients. You can also stir brewed tea leaves tisanes. into your garden soil. • The invention of the tea bag came about by • Tea experts warn not to use an aluminum accident. In 1904, a New York tea importer was teapot to prepare a tisane. Because aluminum is looking for a cheaper way to send samples to a reactive metal, they claim that it can react with customers. Thomas Sullivan had been using certain plant types, and the result can actually tin boxes, but as this proved expensive, he be toxic. ■ began wrapping the tea in small silk bags. His

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10th). Second camp will be held on Thursday August 8th from 11am-2pm (Must be registered by August 5th). Both camps will be held at Heather Highlands Golf Club (9028 East Holly Rd) for one hour of instruction (range balls are included) and a round on the 9 hole precision course with a cart. This camp is for all levels of players from beginners to established players who what to enhance their games; it will be easy-going and low pressure! Womens Golf Clinic It is designed to have fun, learn and We will have two one day camps this summer! improve. Women ages 18 and up. Cost First camp will be held on Friday June 14th is $65 for each camp from10am-1pm (Must be registered by June June 20th at 13409 North Holly Rd. (Holly Heritage Farmstead) in the South field from 2pm-5pm daily. Activities will include archery, geo-caching, arts & crafts and many more surprises that will test your Hunger Game skills. There will be two days of training and two days of competition. Snacks and T-Shirt will be provided. For ages 8-15 years of age. Cost of the camp for 1 child is $55 and $50 for additional siblings. Must pre-register by June 10th.

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No, they hadn’t. But someone else had. In some cases the scammers attempted to divert the direct deposit to an account at another bank. The Office of the Inspector General is investigating occurrences all over the country. There is a way, if you do have an account, to add a layer of security to your My Account: You can type in the last eight digits of your Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card. (Do this only if you’re very sure of your computer’s security.) I once made my very elderly neighbor a list of phone numbers that we pasted to the inside of her kitchen cabinet door above the telephone. I printed it out in large enough letters and numbers so it was clear to her, and it saved her from having to look up numbers. Maybe you could use a list like that? If you generate such a list, here are numbers to add to it: Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. Federal Trade Commission fraud report line 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338). OIG fraud hotline 1-800-269-0271. If something is ever wrong with your Social

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