Camellia sinensis

Camellia sinensis, a type of a tea plant, is used to make tea. There are 2 major types of variations that are grown, both used for tea. The only difference is, that both variations are used to produce different types of tea. For example, white tea, green tea, yellow tea, Oolong, black tea and Pu-erh tea are all produced from the same plant, just from one variation or the other. However, the main difference between all the different types of tea aside from the variation of Camellia sinensis, is the different levels of oxidation.

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About Camellia sinensis

This is a native Asian plant which can grow up to 6 to 8 meters in height. It is an evergreen shrub and contains oblong-round leaves which are about 2 to 7 cm in width and 5 to 14 cm in height. The flowers that grow on this plant resembles a cherry blossom and are white and symmetrical, with a diameter of around 3 cm. This plant’s fruit contains around 1 or 2 seeds, and the seeds of Camellia oleifera and Camellia sinensis can produce tea oil, which is a sweet cooking oil and seasoning.

The young leaves of the plant are light green in color, which is what is preferably used to produce tea. The younger leaves also contain approximately 4% caffeine. The older leaves are dark green in color, and different ages of leaves are used to produce different types of tea, as the differing chemical compositions are what causes differences in tea qualities.

Cultivation

Camellia sinensis is mainly grown in subtropical and tropical climates, where there are at least 50 inches or 127 cm of rainfall every year. Since it is important to grow tea plants in optimal conditions, a rich ground with moist conditions are preferred. That said, some tea plants are also grown in places with high elevations, allowing them to grow slower than other tea plants and to acquire a richer flavor.

To prevent the tea plants from growing into trees, the plants a trimmed to waist height. This also eases the process of hand picking, as the leaves are handpicked every one or 2 weeks. Usually, the first 2 to 3 leaves and the bud are harvested for tea production. Tea plantation owners also have to be wary of the different types of tea diseases and the types of pest that eat the tea plants, as such as willow beauty or caterpillars.

Effects on health

Tea has been known to have certain health benefits, and it isn’t entirely wrong. Traditional Chinese medicine used tea leaves to cure asthma, peripheral artery disease, angina pectoris, and coronary heart disease. That said, overconsumption of caffeine can also occur because of the tea leaves, and the presence of oxalates and fluoride can have negative impacts on health.

Bottom Line

There 2 main variations of the Camellia sinensis tea plant, both of which are responsible for the production of a variety of different teas.

How To Lose Weight Using Positive Visualization

Large jeans - 2Most of you are aware of Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret which is available in the form of DVD and a book. Using the Law of Attraction one can achieve anything that one dreams of, and this is the basic premise of the ‘secret’. The Law is applicable to every aspect of our life. Often, when it comes to losing weight, many men and women tend to get disappointed within weeks of starting out. Losing weight is difficult: there is exercise; diet and strict portion control. However, you can lose weight by using guided positive imagery and visualization. In this brief guide, we will study some ways to lose weight through effective guided imagery and positive dreaming.

Step 1: Meditate
Sit in a dark room in a comfortable position (You can choose to sit or even lie down on a mat). Wear comfortable clothing. Do not meditate when you are hungry or have eaten a lot. It is best to meditate after having eaten a small meal. You can even do some stretching prior to the meditation. Close your eyes and let go of all negative thoughts. The goal is to empty the mind of all prejudices, convictions and thoughts.

Step 2: Ask yourself questions
Now you must come up with some questions that will help you create an image in your mind. This is the image of how you wish to see yourself. Naturally, most people seeking to lose weight would imagine having a fit and healthy body. You have to see this clearly in your mind. You can also ask yourself certain questions to aid this: how much money you would need to achieve those results, how much time would you spend daily on reaching the goals etc. You might even consider having surgery or other options available today for losing weight. All these questions are very important to help you achieve your ultimate goal. Next you need to understand why you are unable to lose weight: do you have certain habits that are stopping you from getting your desired body?

Step 3: Move closer to the goals
Once you do positive imagery and meditation as mentioned in the two steps above, you need to actually take actions to move closer to your goal. So, in the beginning of each day, visualize yourself doing things that will help you move closer to the goals. This means planning out your day properly in order to incorporate these goals. You can even try writing down your daily activities. A schedule or a to-do list of this type can help you achieve your objectives more easily. It also helps you prepare mentally to complete tasks related to achieving your fitness goals.

Step 4: Be flexible
Weight watchers often get frustrated when they are unable to achieve their daily objectives. The key is to cut yourself some slack and be prepared for obstacles and roadblocks. There are going to be days when unexpected changes occur that stop you from fulfilling your daily objectives. Do not get frustrated, rather, when you get the time; re-visualize how you can incorporate those roadblocks in a positive manner and dream of overcoming them as well.

Step 5: Be prepared
Negative situations will arise but when you are using dreams and positive visualization to overcome roadblocks-but you must turn those around and even be prepared for them. Every time you encounter a negative situation imagine or visualize a positive one instead. If for example, you feel too tired to exercise, imagine having tons of energy and a fantastic workout. If you are feeling low or depressed, listen to some uplifting music or read a book or jokes to help cheer you up.

Remember that negativity around you will always try and stop you from staying positive. So, do try and use positive triggers like a good movie or a memory of a vacation where you had fun etc. Using these steps everyday can help you create clear and positive dreams which can get you the ideal weight you want.