Thursday, August 09, 2021

Where Does Tea Come From?

teaDid you know tea is the second most popular beverage in the entire world?  It is second only to water!  Its popularity can probably be attributed to the cooling – slightly bitter – astringent flavors.  Also, the abundance of health benefits associated with tea definitely don’t hurt the beverage’s reputation!  Tea has anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties, the ability to regulate food intake, and the capacity to suppress pain and nausea while providing calming effects.

While the popularity of the beverage is world-wide, very few countries actually have the ability to produce tea.  So, where do all these helpful, yummy leaves come from?  Approximately ninety percent of the world’s tea comes from Asian countries.  More interestingly, the majority of the world’s tea production happens in just ten countries.

The World’s Ten Leading Tea Producing Countries

Iran is number ten in the world’s tea production. Its annual production of tea is approximately sixty thousand tons, landing it in the top ten list. Iran is actually known for its red Iranian tea, which is drank locally and exported all around the world.

Argentina is the only country in South, Central, or North America that is on the list. It sits so high (at number nine) because of its 76,000 tons of tea per year.

Japan comes in at number eight, producing over 110,000 tons of tea, including green tea. Tea is an important part of Japanese custom.

Indonesia is number seven on the list. While many people know Indonesia for its delicious coffee, it is also a leader in tea production for over 150,000 tons of tea per year.

Vietnam lands the sixth spot because of the 174,900 tons of tea it produces each year. The province of Lam Dong is the largest tea producer in all of Vietnam and grows 27% of the country’s tea.

Did you know that Turkey produces almost 200,000 tons of tea per year? That makes it the fifth largest tea producer in the world.

Sri Lanka’s tea production totals 318,470 tons per year. This constitutes nine percent of the world’s tea and makes them the fourth largest tea producer in the world.

Kenyais the third largest tea producer in the world with over 345,800 tons annually.

Indiais second on the list because it produces over 800,000 tons of tea per year. This is almost one-quarter of the world’s tea production.

Finally, Chinais number one with well over one million tons of tea per year.  With such a flourishing tea trade, it isn’t surprising to learn that 15% of the total land area in China is used for crop production.

Guest blogger Doug Adams works in web design (learn more here).  He was recently hired to design a site for a local tea room.  In the beginning, he was woefully ignorant of the popularity of tea.  After doing some research for his client, he finds himself more intrigued by the beverage with each passing day!

Thursday, August 09, 2021

Toothache Relief from the Kitchen

Because toothache can be uncomfortable, unbearable and at times, excruciating, finding relief and cure for it is always the imperative. A toothache develops because of an underlying problem in the oral region. The teeth may be seriously decayed or there could be an infection. The nerves of the teeth are probably inflamed, which is what’s causing the pain.

Fortunately, there are ways to relieve this and some remedies are easily available for cheap, in the comforts of kitchen.

Barring a visit from the dentist or budget constraints, you can use the following toothache remedies to temporarily get rid of the pain and the swelling:

  1. Cold compress. Put ice cubes in a soft cloth or a cooling pad and then press this against the side of the cheeks where the toothache is. This will help numb the area and make the pain go away for a few hours. Ice melts, however, so you must prepare a lot of this.
  2. Salt and water remedy. This is a method that has been passed on from generation to generation and it’s probably safe to say that its healing powers are legendary. Salt and water remedy is also used for treating sore throat and other conditions of the mouth. It’s said to have anti-bacterial components that work for pain well. In a cup of war water, add a teaspoon of salt. Use this to gargle your mouth with or swish it all around inside, concentrating on the area where the pain is. Do this every hour, until you feel there is no more discomfort.
  3. Onion or Garlic. Slice some onions in really small pieces and simply put this, little by little, in the affected tooth. This will help kill the germs that bring the pain. The only drawback to using this method is that some people may not be able to endure the smell of the onions. You can also use garlic cloves instead of onion, but the concerns for it are just the same. Garlic has strong antibacterial properties that come with an equally strong smell.
  4. Vanilla extract. If the smell of onions and garlic turn you off, you can perhaps try using vanilla extract, which smells wonderfully better. Using a cotton bud, dip this onto the extracts and then dab on the affected area. The alcohol that is found in the extract has Eugenol, the same component found in garlic. Eugenol has an analgesic effect and even dentists use this for some of their treatments.
  5. Tea bags. Heat a bag of tea and then put this against the cheeks, similar to a hot compress. This will provide a soothing effect and will also reduce the swelling of the nerves. Any type of tea will do.

Remember that these kitchen remedies are only temporary and would be good to use for four hours at most. A visit to the dental clinic is still very important.

Dealing with pain and other tooth problems when you’re wearing braces is twice as difficult. It is, however, manageable and curable. You can read tips on how to manage pain and find the best treatment for it at