Tea Tuesdays: Tea-Drinking Tips For A Longer Life

This article first appeared on the NPR’s section;  the salt , April 28, 2015 4:12 PM ET at: http://n.pr/1FjnjfD


In the Blue Zone of Okinawa, Japan, locals drink green tea with jasmine flowers and turmeric called shan-pien, which translates to “tea with a bit of scent.”
David McLain/Courtesy of Blue Zones

As we reported earlier this month, a fascinating project called Blue Zones is documenting and disseminating the lifestyle secrets of the communities with the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world.

The people in these five regions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the U.S. that live to be 100 have a lot going for them. Genes probably play a small role, but these folks also have strong social ties, tightly-knit families and lots of opportunity to exercise.






Blue Zones’ Dan Buettner smells turmeric grown in Okinawa.
Gianluca Colla/Courtesy of Blue Zones

As we were parsing through the dietary secrets of the Blue Zones, as described in author Dan Buettner’s latest book, The Blues Zones Solution, we were struck by how essential tea drinking is in these regions. In fact, Buettner’s Blue Zones Beverage Rule — a kind of guideline distilled from his 15 or so years of studying these places — is: “Drink coffee for breakfast, tea in the afternoon, wine at 5 p.m.”

In Okinawa, Japan, for example, Buettner watched one 104-year-old “make jasmine tea, squatting in the corner and pouring hot water over tea leaves as the room filled with a delicate, floral aroma.” Indeed, Okinawans call their tea shan-pien, or “tea with a bit of scent,” which combines green tea leaves, jasmine flowers and a bit of turmeric.

And, of course, science has plenty to say about the healthful virtues of green tea. Researchers are most smitten with catechins, antoxidants that show up in green tea, as well as foods like cocoa. Why might they help so many Okinawans break 100? Catechins and other compounds in green tea can lower the risk of stroke, heart disease and several cancers. One review study also found that drinking green tea slightly boosts metabolism.

Ginger’s golden cousin, turmeric, figures prominently in the Okinawan diet in both food and tea. Studies suggest it is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Gianluca Colla/Courtesy of Blue Zones

If you find yourself on the island of Ikaria, the Greek Blue Zone in the middle of the Aegean, you won’t be offered any tea made with tea leaves. Instead, Ikarians typically brew their daily cup of tea with just one fresh herb that they have picked themselves that day — either rosemary, wild sage, oregano, marjoram, mint or dandelion, all plants that may have anti-inflammatory properties.

Buettner tells The Salt that he took samples of Ikarian herbs to pharmacologists in Athens to have them analyzed. “Turns out, they were anti-inflammatories and mild, or mildly strong diuretics,” which help lower blood pressure, he says. This could explain Ikaria’s very low dementia rate, he adds, since high blood pressure is a risk factor for the disease.

According to Thea Parikos, an Ikarian who runs a guesthouse there, the people of the island use herbs and teas as medicine and will drink them for various ailments before going to see a doctor. (If the condition worsens, they will seek medical attention, she says.)

“We often drink a tea with friends or in the evenings,” she tells us by email. “The teas we use are collected in the wild. We are not so enthusiastic on store-bought tea. We consider the wild plants Oregano, to be of better quality.”

Hear that? So rather than run to the store in search of Ikarian Longevity Tea (it doesn’t exist), grow or buy fresh herbs and make your own tea with them.

In Sardinia, the preferred tea is milk thistle, a native wild plant that Buettner writes is said to “cleanse the liver.” The plant’s principal active ingredient, silymarin, is being analyzed by scientists as an antioxidant. One 2007 review paper noted that, “Promising results have been reported in the protective effect of milk thistle in certain types of cancer, and ongoing trials will provide more evidence about this effect.” So those Sardinians, who’ve been drinking this tea for centuries, may have figured out one small hot fountain of youth.

If you want to get more tea into your routine, here’s what Buettner recommends:

“Sip green tea all day; green tea usually contains about 25 percent as much caffeine as coffee and provides a steady stream of antioxidants.

Try a variety of herbal teas, such as rosemary, oregano or sage.
Sweeten teas lightly with honey, and keep them in a pitcher in the fridge for easy access in hot weather.”

Tea Tuesdays is an occasional series exploring the science, history, culture and economics of this ancient brewed beverage.


Cannes Film Festival to Screen Movie Premiere by Sex Toy Makers LELO

We are very proud to announce that Beyond the Wave, a movie by LELO, has been selected to screen its world premiere at the 68th Festival De Cannes.

The Cannes Film Festival held a press conference today to announce all the official selections that have made it in to the competition and the media will be full of stories about who is in and who is out for 2015.

Beyond the Wave stars Casper Van Dien (Starship TroopersSleepy Hollow), Emilie Ohana (Paris, Je t’aime) and introduces newcomer Zhu Wei Ling. It’s the first film ever produced by a sex toy company, but surprisingly does not feature any sex toys or any of LELO’s luxury intimate accessories.

Set in the near future, the film examines the interactions between a man and two women, and how those interactions aren’t always all they seem. It explores the importance of communication in a time of increasing self-interest and worsening communication. It is a parable, and a warning.

Cast and Crew from Beyond the Wave Movie
Cast and Crew from Beyond the Wave Movie

Steve Thomson, Head of Marketing at LELO said: “We are honored to have been selected to screen at Cannes. Every day we see the world become more individualistic and fragmented. This movie is a creative intervention, designed to do what LELO does best: bring people together. That’s what’s at the heart of what we do and at the heart of the film too, and it does that in a way that goes way beyond what people expect from a pleasure brand like ours. It engages couples, encouraging them to get closer and the Festival De Cannes is the perfect platform from which to share this increasingly important message.”

Crew Member
Beyond the Wave Crew Member

Director, Goran Gajic (Babylon 5, Oz), said: “Cannes is an ideal film festival for a movie with structure, sophistication, nuance and a message, as we tried to convey in “Beyond the Wave”. I hope the other film festivals will be able to recognize its value as well.”

The movie is accompanied by an interactive experience, called PlayTogether™ that can only be watched with a partner – another world first. PlayTogether™ can be accessed at the movie’s official website www.BeyondTheWaveMovie.com along with the official trailer and bonus behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and LELO team.

Beyond the Wave Set
Beyond the Wave Set




Mark your calendars! Vancouver Fashion Week returns March 18th – March 24th. The 6-day event is touted as the fashion mecca for the most innovative designers. Style inspiration from international award-winning fashion designers from over 30 countries. VFW expects more than 20,000 fashion enthusiasts; including celebrities, stylists, models, industry insiders, trend-setters, media, buyers, and aspiring designers.

Photos courtesy of VFW.


VFW starts the week off with a gala that is not to be missed. The main events begin on Wednesday, March 19th. Tickets for the six day fashion feast are $30.00 for double show passes to $300.00 for all-access passes.

Jamal Abdourahman Vancouver Fashion Weeks founder and producer states ” We are so excited to showcase more than 80 designers from 30 countries this upcoming fall/winter season. ” We strive to identify undiscovered designers by providing an accessible and internationally reputable platform for designers to showcase their work.”

A partial list of this fall/winter 2014 season designers include:

Argentinian designer Gabriel Lage

Peruvian designer Noe Bernacelli

Peruvian designer Evolét- by Jercy Gutierrez

Korean designer Soojin Lee

Vancouver-based designer Stephanie Hung of Nina Tan

London-based designers Nadia Mustafa and Zehra Mustafa of Nadia + Zehra

Other confirmed designers come from Brazil, Japan, Portugal, Demark, United Kingdom, Australia, and Zanzibar.


About Vancouver Fashion Week

Vancouver Fashion Week is a bi-annual event that will take place at the Chinese Cultural Center at 50 East Pender in Vancouver. With 80 international designers and more than 20,000 attendees, VFW brings designers, buyers, and media together to celebrate creativity and new trends in fashion.

VFW’s media partners include: BC Living, NICHE Magazine, and L’Officiel Ukraine. VFW’s exclusive Ukrainian partner, L’Offciel will provide live coverage from the runway. As a part of the L’Officiel family, L’Officiel Ukraine features opulent topics such as personalities, fashion, art, and lifestyle while elevating the image of Ukraine on the international stage.

Other sponsors include Hasselblad, Fashion Seoul, Shopstyle Canada, and many more. For more information, please visit VanFashionWeek.com. Like us on Facebook.com and join the conversation on Twitter.com.


UNTOLD, The Newest Fragrance from Elizabeth Arden


Your Story. Your Journey.

The Signature Fragrance of the Modern Woman

There is an untold story behind every modern woman who is thriving in her life’s journey.  She owns every experience she’s had, every decision she’s made and is blossoming into a woman of many facets.

Whether it’s dreams she has yet to share, secrets she has yet to reveal, or ambitions she has yet to declare, there are countless facets to every woman.  While some of these facets are apparent on the surface, others remain hidden, only to be discovered over time.

The world never sees all of her, but can only steal a glimpse at a time. In those few fleeting moments you see her genuine smile, vibrant energy and effortless grace, but her story remains unrevealed… untold.  Celebrating the sophistication and intrigue of the modern woman, Elizabeth Arden announces the launch of its new fragrance UNTOLD.

The Fragrance:

Feminine. Sophisticated. Luxurious. Modern. Sensual.

Since 1922, Elizabeth Arden has been crafting fragrances as part of the brand’s holistic approach to beauty. Past classics like Red Door, 5th Avenue and Green Tea keep delighting women around the world and now, with UNTOLD, the brand is introducing a luxurious and modern rendition of a sensual floral composition.

In developing UNTOLD, the perfumer masterfully brings together the highest quality ingredients to capture the different facets that, together, make the modern woman intriguing.

“I wanted UNTOLD to be a harmonious balance of the many facets of a woman, which, for me, is the source of genuine beauty,” says Clement Gavarry, IFF perfumer. “I imagined her sometimes adventurous, sometimes romantic, yet always equally confident,” he adds.

Each note in the fragrance was selected to evoke a characteristic of the UNTOLD woman:

Vibrant: Sparkling Pink Pepper fused with crisp Bergamot expose her vibrant optimism and joyful spirit.

Unpredictable: Playful, fruity accents of Pear and Blackcurrant Bud LMR* evoke her unpredictable ways.

Refined: Delicate Gardenia petals and intoxicating Egyptian Jasmine LMR[1]* reveal her romantic and sophisticated femininity.

Mysterious: Nuances of Patchouli Heart LMR* and Sandalwood hint at her mysterious aura.

Sensual: Heated Ambers cascade over the caress of hypnotic Musk unveiling her magnetic sensuality. Lingering in the air is the unforgettable essence of her presence.

The Packaging:

The breathtakingly beautiful bottle of UNTOLD Elizabeth Arden is the embodiment of the multi-faceted, versatile nature of the modern woman. Just like the woman, the bottle is made up of many facets, which make it radiant and elegant.  Due to its subtle curvature, the bottle takes on an appearance that is strikingly different at every angle, just as a woman delights those around her with a new side to her at each moment.

The UNTOLD Elizabeth Arden Collection:

UNTOLD Eau De Parfum Spray                                                   $79.00 (3.3 fl. oz./100 ml)

UNTOLD Eau De Parfum Spray                                                   $59.00 (1.7 fl. oz./50 ml)

UNTOLD Eau De Parfum Spray                                                   $49.00 (1.0 fl. oz./30 ml)

UNTOLD Body Cream                                                                     $45.00 (6.8 oz./200 ml)

UNTOLD Shower Gel                                                                      $38.00 (6.8 fl. oz./200 ml)


Where to Buy: Elizabeth Arden counters nationwide and ElizabethArden.com.


*LMR= Laboratoire Monique Rémy. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.’s in-house, natural facility situated in Grasse, France, that specializes in extracting natural raw materials through a craftsmanship technique. Therefore, productions are rare, fine and represent the best quality in the marketplace.

The Children’s Action Network’s Annual Holiday Fundraiser

Last week Sarah McNamara attended the Children’s Action Network’s Annual Holiday Fundraiser at the private home of Kelly Wearstler to celebrate Miracle Skin Transformer’s brand new shade of Lip Rewind: LOVE. With every purchase of the limited edition shade LOVE, Miracle Skin Transformer will donate $5 to the Children’s Action Network in effort to find loving families for waiting foster children.


At the event Sarah recorded a special message for you to share the LOVE!

More About Children’s Action Network:

Children’s Action Network (CAN) uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life. CAN is currently dedicated to finding homes for the more than 107,000 children in the United States who are waiting for an adoptive family and improving outcomes for the more than 500,000 children in foster care.

The Holiday Gifts that Women Want Now!

Did you know that we’re in the midst of a sexual revolution? LELO has collected data from a Global Survey as well as some external sources of info, they have established that now more than ever, women are seizing control in the bedroom like never before, and are not afraid to get what they want!

So now, to celebrate the recent launch of our Dare Me and Indulge Me Pleasure Sets of hand-picked LELO items, we present to you our latest infographic that details what women want in 2012, the year ‘Vanilla’ turned ‘Grey’ – enjoy!


The Gift Set for Exploring Shared Fantasies

Indulge your senses to their fullest with this most luxurious pleasure set by LELO. Combining the Intima Silk Blindfold with Tantra Feather Teaser you will take your passions to the most insatiable heights, teasing out pleasure before sharing sensations with the Noa™ Couples’ Massager. Worn by women when making love, it brings the most amazing pleasures to both partners, where the prelude is surpassed only by its climax.

Contents: Noa™ (Waterproof, USB-Rechargeable Silicone Couples’ Massager with 6 modes), Intima Silk Blindfold (100% Silk), Tantra Feather Teaser (Down-feathers with metal/acrylic handle), Gift Card, Satin Storage Pouch.


The Down Feather Teaser for Seductive Strokes

 Share the light touch of exquisite pleasure with LELO’s Tantra Feather Teaser, the perfect way to titillate and tease your way to ecstasy. Combining luxurious down feathers with a polished metal and acrylic handle, it offers a stylish invitation to your many soft, sensual, and seductive trysts ahead.

LELO is the world’s leading designer brand for intimate lifestyle products. Launched in 2003, LELO is famous for transforming the look, feel and function of how personal massagers are perceived, bringing a new level of luxury to products of this kind.

Applying the same commitment to quality, design and innovation across all product lines, LELO’s unique portfolio now extends through bedroom accessories, personal massagers known as Pleasure Objects, massage oils, soy massage candles and a premium line of silk intimate apparel.


The Gift Set for Exploring Shared Fantasies

 Dare to explore your ultimate fantasies with this sensual pleasure set by LELO. Including the soft-tasseled Sensua Suede Whip and Etherea Silk Cuffs, you can add an even more exciting dimension to foreplay with Luna Beads™ Noir. Creating subtle yet pleasurable vibrations that respond to movement, LELO’s seductive take on the world’s bestselling Ben Wa balls are perfect for foreplay and beyond, bringing the wearer amazing sensations previously only ever dreamt of.

Contents: Luna Beads™ Noir (2 x Premium Ben Wa Balls (28g) with Silicone Harness), Etherea Silk Cuffs (100% Silk and Suede restraints) and Sensua Suede Whip (Soft tassels with metal/acrylic handle), Gift Card, Satin Storage Pouch.

For more information about LELO please visit: http://www.lelo.com

All photos and information is provided by LELO.


Turn your passion for natural skincare, spa products and loungewear into your own business with Seriluna. The Seriluna business plan is simply based on the “social selling” model of direct sales, similar to the stylish Stella & Dot jewelry company. However, instead of selling jewelry, sell the gift of wellness and beauty to stressed out and overworked women who are seeking more balance, relaxation and beauty in a fun, congenial, cozy, spa -like environment. How do I start?


If you’re social, interested in wellness and skincare, love helping others, and want a career with the flexibility to fit your lifestyle and schedule, then Seriluna could be the perfect fit for you. As a Seriluna Skincare & Spa Consultant, you’ll make an impact on the lives of others by providing much needed stress relief as well as helping your friends and family avoid the toxins in standard, store-bought skin care products. Plus, you’ll be able to work from your home on your own schedule, while making money doing what you love.

Simply go to www.seriluna.com and select “Join Us.” Then choose either the Basic or Deluxe Seriluna starter kit ( the Deluxe kit contains a broader line of products). The kits contain everything you need to get your business off the ground including full-size product samples, brochures, order forms, and other valuable promotional materials. You’ll even get your very own ecommerce website to share with your contacts. You could be an overnight ecommerce mogul!

Why work with Seriluna?


Be a part of an exciting ground floor lucrative business opportunity.

· You’ll have flexible hours—you design your own schedule.

· Earn generous commissions between 30% and 40% on your sales.

· Earn residual income as your team grows and flourishes.

· Promote your business with a personal website that we will set up for you—enjoy up to three months free, and after only $10.00 per month.

· Direct your clients to your personal website, as well as use it to enter orders, order additional samples, and supplies.

· There is no inventory to stock and manage and no credit card fees to pay.

· Seriluna will be there every step of the way to support and help you set up your business.

· Choose from our comprehensive starter kits that allow you to launch your own business within days for as little as $99.00 or $199.00.

· Fast-Start Bonuses are an incentive to jumpstart your earnings right away!

 Please visit Seriluna.com for more information.