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Tea Leaf Reading
                                                              “The world in your cup”

The practice of tea leaf reading originated independently in Asia, the Middle East and Ancient Greece.  Scotland, Ireland, and England have produced a number of practitioners and authors on the subject, and English potteries have crafted many beautiful tea cup sets specially designed and decorated to aid in fortune-telling.

The art of Tea Leaf Reading is referred to as Tasseomancy.  Tea Leaf Reading is a form of divination strongly associated with the Gypsies and the English.

The history of Tea Leaf Reading can be traced back hundreds of years. During a Tea Leaf Reading the client drinks a cup of tea but leaves a small amount in the bottom of the cup. The cup is turned upside down on a saucer and turned.

The reader picks up the cup and reads the patterns formed by the tea leaves.  Usually the best tea leaf reading will come from readers who also have natural artistic skills.

Various symbols have certain meanings in Tea Leaf Reading. Time frames are estimated by the proximity of the leaves to the rim.  Leaves closest to the rim represent the immediate future.  English potteries have crafted beautiful tea cup sets specially designed and decorated to aid in Tea Leaf Reading.

Potential effects of tea on health: tea leaves contain more than 700 chemicals, among which the compounds closely related to human health are flavanoides, amino acids, vitamins (C, E and K), caffeine and polysaccharides.  Moreover, tea drinking has recently proven to be associated with cell-mediated immune function of the human body.

Tea plays an important role in improving beneficial intestinal microflora, as well as providing immunity against intestinal disorders and in protecting cell membranes from oxidative damage.  Tea also prevents dental caries due to the presence of fluorine.  The role of tea is well established in normalizing blood pressure, lipid depressing activity, prevention of coronary heart diseases and diabetes by reducing the blood-glucose activity. 

Tea also possesses germicidal and germistatic activities against various gram-positive and gram negative human pathogenic bacteria.  Both green and black tea infusions contain a number of antioxidants, mainly catechins that have anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic and anti-tumoric properties.

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