Originating from China, Oolong translates to “black dragon” and describes the leaves the tea is made from their dried state. The name also perfectly describes the tea’s bold taste. Oolong tea combines qualities of both dark and green teas, giving it several health benefits like protection against diabetes and certain cancers, improved heart health, weight loss, improved brain function, and many others.


The Value of Oolong Tea

Because oolong tea combines the properties of black and green tea, it contains helpful vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in both teas – the source of oolong tea’s many health benefits. Tea in general has been shown to protect against diabetes by keeping blood sugar levels normal and oolong tea has even been shown to ease type 2 diabetes symptoms. Additionally there is research which suggests that oolong tea can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, decrease body fat, improve memory and other brain function, prevent cell mutation that leads to certain cancers in the body, improve bone density, and ease symptoms of eczema. These benefits have been enjoyed by tea drinkers for centuries and could be enjoyed by you if you shop GratiTea’s selection of oolong tea.


How is Oolong Tea Made?

Oolong tea leaves are first picked and gently withered for moisture removal. Then, they are tumbled in a bamboo drum to bruise the leaves, initiating the oxidation process. Once the leaves have been harvested, they are processed in a facility and semi-oxidized. The leaves are then shaped into their final product, whether it be long spindles, tea bags, balls, or loose leaf tea. Once packaging is complete, the final product is shipped to vendors and placed on the shelves of retail locations.


GratiTea's Oolong Green Tea

A sip of GratiTea's Focus Blend will fill your mouth with a warm nutty creamy sensation, leaving you wanting more. This type of genmaicha loose leaf tea blend is high in natural caffeine, perfect as a coffee substitute or a midday pick me up. Boasting numerous health benefits, Oolong is in the same species as green and black tea and is processed according to a three-century-old tradition in Fujian Province, China. The name "Oolong" means black dragon in Chinese, a name that has several myths behind it.





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