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Moroccan Mint Tea: Resuscitating Moroccan Culture

History of Moroccan Mint tea

Morocco is a country that is famous for its historical downtowns, traditional handicrafts, and herbal infusions. You can not call yourself a true tea-lover if you have never tried a properly steeped Moroccan tea. Ono Teas brings you the authentic taste of Moroccan Mint Tea which perfectly combines the rich culture of Morocco and freshness of mint. So, without further ado. Let’s explore the rich history and traditions of this herbal infusion. 

Moroccan Mint Tea

We can attribute the history and origins of Moroccan tea to several sources because no one exactly knows how it originated. Also, called the Maghrebi Mint Tea, this tea is traditional to the regions of northwest African countries and holds massive sociocultural significance. It has been considered the national beverage of Morocco. 

Moroccan Tea’s Excursion from the 12th century to the 18th century

Moroccan tea was first introduced to Morocco in the 12th century, B.C by the Phoenicians who settled in the country’s north for over eight centuries. Another hypothesis links it to the first settlers of Morocco, the Berbers, who brought a green plant with them when they moved from their original land in Asi. Also, another historical theory said that tea came to Morocco from Spain and the Portuguese at the time of their military attempts to conquer it in the 18th century. Besides, some historians think that tea was first known to the Moroccans through maritime piracy (maritime jihad), which was active at that time in both the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean regions. 

Moroccan Tea : A Majestic Gift

This tea was introduced in Morocco to the court of Sultan Moulay Ismail (1672-1727) by Queen Anne of England (1665-1714), hoping to encourage the release of British prisoners of war. Although several fatwas originally banned tea, according to the Islamic ban on fermented wine, tea increasingly became the gift that foreign visitors would bring to Moulay Ismaïl. In the 18th century, English and Dutch missionaries, diplomats, and privateers began to consume tea in abundance. Hence, this tea became a royal practice. 

The Crimean War 

During the Crimean war, a British merchant was not able to deliver Gunpowder green tea to Scandinavia and hence found a great market in Morocco. During the Crimean War, green tea was introduced to North Africa through the port of Mogador (Essaouira) in Morocco and then to the Atlantic Sahara (Western Sahara and Mauritania),  the Saoura Valley, and the oases of Touat. The locals quickly made the tea their own, by sweetening it and adding mint while brewing. Afterwards, this tea became the heart of Morocco.  

Morroccan Whiskey

According to some theories, Muslims were officially not allowed to drink any alcohol. This probably leads to the invention of strong-flavoured Moroccon tea. That is why they call their tea the – “Moroccan Whiskey” sometimes with a smile on their face. Moroccan mint tea is not just a drink, it’s an emotion for Moroccans. 

How is Moroccan Tea Served Traditionally?

One of the best things to attend in Morocco is their traditional tea ceremonies. Moroccan tea relates to hospitality and respect towards others. This tea can be anywhere and anytime. In the ceremony, they prepare tea in front of the guests. It includes boiling water on top of a stove, rinsing out the teapot, filling the teapot with the boiling water, adding green tea leaves through a strainer, allowing it to sit and steep a while, stirring it, and then adding fresh springs of mint.

Once the tea is ready, the host or hostess will set the teapot, beautiful Moroccan tea glasses, and a bowl of honey on a silver tray. She will bring it over to the guests and then being the ritual of pouring the tea. The tea is being poured from a height, a foot or so from above the teacups. Watching the tea being poured is an art in itself. Moroccan mint tea gets served three times out of generosity. Each glass has its own meaning the first one is said to be “as bitter as life”, the second is “as strong as love”, and the third is “as gentle as death”. All of the three offerings should be drank out of politeness and respect for the culture and tradition.  

Health Benefits of Moroccan Mint Tea 

1. Moroccan Mint Tea Helps in Digestion  

Moroccan Mint tea contains peppermint which is rich in menthol, which helps soothe an upset stomach and regulate digestion. Menthol can relax the stomach muscles that can contract and cause cramping. It also increases bile in the stomach which in turn helps to digest food easily, as a result, decreasing the sensations of nausea, and keeps your digestive system working efficiently. 

2. Moroccan Tea Helps in Balancing Hormone

Moroccan Mint tea contains spearmint which helps in decreasing the male hormones and increases female hormones necessary for ovulation, such as luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and estradiol. Hence, it helps in balancing hormones and insulin levels.

3. Moroccan Mint Tea Boosts Your Immune System  

Moroccan tea is rich in certain minerals like fluoride, calcium, magnesium, which are essential to boost immunity. Moreover, it contains antibacterial properties which help in fighting pathogens. It also contains peppermint which boosts the immune system

4. Moroccan Mint Tea Helps in Losing Weight  

Moroccan Mint tea contains spearmint which is loaded with antioxidants, especially catechin which helps in decreasing abdominal fat and helps in losing weight. 

5. Moroccan Mint Tea Augments Skin  

Moroccan mint tea contains mint which helps in controlling the production of sebum, hence controlling the breakouts and acne green tea present in this tea also makes your skin healthy. Along with a healthy diet, daily exercise, and a morning skin routine this tea can do wonders for your skin. 

Why Moroccans Pour Moroccan Tea From Height?

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In Morocco, pouring tea over the top is a ritual that shows respect and appreciation towards the guest. This ritual is scientific, as it helps in oxygenating the tea and facilitate digestion. Don’t drink the Moroccan Mint tea in hurry. Make sure to relax and have a lot of time to enjoy the tea ceremony. 

Snacks Along With Moroccan Mint Tea To Make Your Evening More Memorable 

Every time we see a hot cup of chai, we start developing cravings. Isn’t it? Well, with Moroccan tea you can also enjoy a lot of snacks. Here is the list:-    

  • Dry fruits like almonds and pistachios         
  • Dates         
  • Fox Nuts         
  • Healthy coconut balls or jaggery peanut balls    

Conclusion   

Moroccan Mint Tea is a quintessential example of the history, traditions, and culture of Morocco. This tea is not just a drink, it’s a sign of hospitality, respect, and togetherness. so Next time when you have a party at home, make sure you make Ono Teas’ Moroccan Mint Tea at home and enjoy it with your friends. 

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Perfect Tea for The Perfect Moment. Embrace It.

Perfect

Perhaps, “perfect” is a word that one would often associate with a well-made “coffee.” That’s because people typically consider the experience of sipping delicious coffee, laying back on their chairs and binge-watching terrible series and movies as almost heavenly. But let’s do a little polyamory of beverages here.

 

Why tea?

When we look back into history, people were enslaved and tortured to work in tea plantations. So much for tea! It was considered precious. It added a great sense of melancholy and royalty to the lifestyle of people who had the power and luxury to enjoy tea. Steering from there, straight to the modern day, we have rare types of tea, such as Da Hong Pao (not difficult to pronounce) or the Shui Hsien tea that may cost more than three years of your grocery bill. But why would someone stretch to such great extents for tea? In a world where alcohol and coffee are hyped immensely, let’s give this drink a chance to prove itself as the magic potion we all forget.

 

One tea, many benefits

If we look at tea, it is fantastic! Those underestimated tiny tea leaves give us tranquillity as fast as we go from zero to 90% stress levels. On our daily run for life, we consume tea like cocaine addicts without really paying attention to its royalty and sensitivity. If we are mindful, we will find tea to be no less than the elixir of life. It gives us health benefits, freedom from stress, magical solitude, and a perfect reason to create perfect moments. A cup of tea shared is a thousand smiles exchanged. No exaggeration. Just pure tea-truth.

When we find ourselves encompassed by a range of preventive health disorders, we often confuse preventive remedies with medicines and then run to the doctor for some healing. Of course, nothing can replace medications a doctor prescribes, and rightfully, we shouldn’t. But why let the sword hang above our head when we can master it? Ono Teas draws that path!

Tea, when consumed mindfully can align us with the greatest of moods and the best of health. It helps us prevent avoidable lifestyle discomforts, such as insomnia, fatty liver, menstruation issues, extreme stress, and many more. Scientists have proved that tea is full of antioxidants, and provides numerous health benefits, such as diminishing the risk of heart attack or stroke, lowering blood pressure, and the list is long!

 

Tea power

With a long list, comes different types of teas. When we are on the hustle to conquer the world, we often ignore the power of tea and its different types. For every mood, for every sip, for every cup, there is a type of tea, waiting! The usual suspects comprise Darjeeling tea, oolong tea, Nilgiri tea, green tea, black tea, white tea and chamomile tea. All of these have their own taste, benefits and moods they bring in with them. We won’t feel any less than a tribal shaman and a royal artist upon making these teas for ourselves. They radiate an immense amount of fresh aroma, taste, and rejuvenation to put our crankiness to rest. Let’s plunge into the world of teas and see what it promises to us, and what we shouldn’t be missing out!

 

Heal your way with teas

If you take our word for it, relax and sit back. Take some time off for the blissful solitude over a cup of tea. Experience the gourmet teas and heal yourself, as every type of tea has remarkable healing properties.

 

Herbal teas

If spoken in medical terms, herbal teas are packed with immense medicinal values. These teas help slaying cholesterol, soothing your digestive system and leave you with healthy skin and gut. The antioxidants within the tea keep you hydrated. Green tea is the least processed one among the teas, natural and the only type that contains polyphenols and catechins. So, grab a cup of green tea if you want to lose some weight, improve oral health, increase brain function, gift yourself strong bones, and lower the risk of cancer.

 

Tulsi tea

This variety helps keep the immune system strong after injuries or illnesses, all thanks to its antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger teas can help calm nausea, and the aroma can make one feel better.

 

Convey your gratitude to the plant species of “Camellia sinensis.” All the categories are made from the same plant whether it’s black, green or white. Tea’s unique characteristics are the result of the human selection, soil composition, and local weather patterns and its processing method. Simply put, the more oxidized the tea is, the darker the infusion will be. Ono Teas offers you a platter of tea types to relish and stay healthy. Talk about being spoilt for choice!

 

Hop on to another ride, with teas

Now, let’s step down a bit and take the trip of the different moods with different teas and what they could mean to you. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that drinking tea is an experience. In a world full of experiences created over electronic products, we must hold everything dear to us that is natural and made for our human system.

Now, coming back to the experience of roller coaster again, tea could take you on an elegant ride. This ride brings you a variety of tea types, which scientists believe, could be your significant other for the purity of health. There are different types of teas in texture and sizes of which the two leading families are the full leaf tea and loose leaf tea.

 

Colours of tea

The tea’s production and packaging also significantly affect it. When one produces tea with ultimate care, fanned with love, its texture, and flavour ascends. For every tea, there is a type. And for every tea type, there is a variety of mood benefits. Consider the varieties that Ono Teas offers – Pure Chamomile, Chamomile Lemongrass, Tulsi Lemongrass, Turmeric Herbal tea, Gun Powder, Hojicha, Tulsi Sweet Lemon, Classic Green tea, Earl Grey, English Breakfast tea. As we look into the names of these tea types, it only brings us one thought; we missed these! Traditionally, tea is promoted as just under the umbrella name which is, tea! It’s time we justify the beauty of it.

Just like life has different shades, tea has its own colours to fill our life. Be it your lifestyle, your solitary moments, your artsy fantasies, or shared moments with people; tea can play a helpful role in all.

 

Tea varieties

Adding a pinch of charisma to your lifestyle, you have the Ono Teas’ Pure Chamomile tea. Under the branches of the “tea” are also Whiskey Tea and Peppermint Tea, steering us into perfect magical moments of conversations amidst our daily rush. Tea gives us excellent reasons to share our emotions with our friend or family. When talking about dialogue, historically, tea played a significant role when people met. Unlike today’s beer and coffee culture, people held tea high in every conversation. So, exploring and tasting different types of tea that comes with Ono Teas is not just significant, it is historical!

 

Elixir of life

You must be wondering why tea connoisseurs refer to tea as the elixir of moments. It is because it not only gives you beautiful shared moments but also invites memorable solitary moments too. Yes! Do you recall the last time you had a moment to yourself? Amidst electronic devices and television that feeds you dumb things, it is now possible for you to have a moment to yourself royally and spiritually!

For instance, Darjeeling Second Flush is the perfect tea for your perfect me-time. Be it watching a good movie, immersing in a book, or just staring straight to the horizon from your window, such teas elevates moments with yourself.

Apart from creating and immersing yourself in the magic of tea, this beverage also plays a massive role in expressing your love towards someone. Not just philosophically, even, in reality, you can translate your love for your dear ones into the tea which you make for them, promising them wonderful taste, and excellent health!

 

So, what do we learn, finally?

Royalty is your cup of tea. Luxury is also your cup of tea. Health is without a doubt, your cup of tea. Everything good that you would always want, comes with this beverage. Thus, it is not a surprise that you aren’t aware of the perfect drink for the perfect moment. The awareness and affection towards tea is a sip-second easier than the time it takes to put your kettles on.

The wide range of Ono Teas is the perfect reason why everyone in life must embrace this beverage. You can witness the journey of different teas right here. As long as we have different shades to humanity, as long as we have different moods to different moments, Ono Teas will always play a magical role in it.

 

 

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Ono Teas handcrafts full leaf teas suiting every moment you want to cherish, whether it is solitude or conversations with friends or just a leisurely health drink to counter lifestyle disorders. You can shop from our range of green teas, black teas, blends or tisanes based on the moment you want to celebrate.

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References/Additional Reading

Antioxidant Effects of Tea: Evidence from Human Clinical Trials

Antioxidant Activity of Black Tea vs. Green Tea

Tea and Health: Studies in Humans

Green Tea Catechins: Their Use in Treating and Preventing Infectious Diseases

Da Hong Pao

Shui Hsien tea

Oolong

Nilgiri tea

Darjeeling tea

Green tea

White tea

Black tea

Chamomile

Camellia sinensis