Tea is personal; like your favourite pair of shoes or flavour of gelato. Just like those things, your taste can change, you change - so right now here are my three favourite tea's, in no particular order.
Let's face it, we're all busy! Whether we're deep in the rat race of a 9-5 or taking care of our little ones. We look for ways to unwind; we're all looking for moments of escape. For this, my tea of choice is an herbal infusion called Sleepy Head.
Sleepy Head is a wonderful caffeine-free tisane making it a great choice for an evening beverage. Hand-blended with lemon balm, chamomile, lavender and pink rose petals; these ingredients have mild sedative properties, which can help take the tension away, so you can feel relaxed.
Some helpful tips:
-You can steep Sleepy Head anywhere from 3-5 minutes. Personally, I like to steep mine for 3.5 minutes.You can leave it longer if that is your desired taste.
-Boiling water is must, this allows for all the essential oils to be released. Always keep the lid on your teapot when infusing, this stops the oils from escaping, meaning you get full benefits from your brew.
- You could even try this in your bath. I would suggest placing it in a muslin cloth, so you don't find herbs and flowers in places they should not be. You would need at least eight teaspoons. Pop it into the bath (along with yourself) and let it steep.
Need to perk up? A favourite of mine is our Yellow Mountain Green tea. It's a refreshing brew with loads of flavour! I find green tea keeps me alert (due to a small amount of caffeine) and focused. There is an amino acid found in green tea called L-theanine. It neutralises the jittery effects of caffeine, keeping you relaxed yet focused.
There are mornings where I like to swap my black tea for green tea, especially in the warmer months (green tea can cool the body down when feeling hot). Spring is amongst us, and I was doing a little experimenting the other day, and I came up with a fun idea of making green tea ice cubes. A nice alternative to flavour your water on those warm days (and maybe adding a couple to a cheeky vodka cocktail... just saying).
Here's how it goes:
1. Add two teaspoons of Yellow Moutain Green tea to 500ml of 80-degree water. TIP: Green tea does not like boiling water; it burns the tender leaves, and you will have a very unpleasant, bitter tasting tea. What you need to do is, boil your water, pour it into a teapot or whatever brewing vessel you have, let the water cool down for 5 minutes before adding the tea leaves.
2. I let the tea steep for about 2-2.5 minutes, then remove your infuser. If you don't have one, you can use a strainer.
3. Stir in half a teaspoon of honey. I would start with half a teaspoon, as you can always add more.
4. Pour the green tea liquid into your ice cube tray, and freeze.
All this green tea talk leads me to Matcha. This powdered green tea is taking the world by storm due to its many health benefits. Our Matchas Morsel is an A Grade organic pick - quality does matter with this tea.
Matcha is being categorised as a superfood, due to its high levels of antioxidants, a class known as 'Catechins', EGCG being the most potent!
It's a natural detoxifier that is full of powerful properties -chlorophyll being one of them. Simply, it makes you feel good!
There are many ways that Matcha is being consumed, on its own, as a latte with soy or almond milk, add it to your smoothies or sprinkle it on some yoghurt. You can even bake with it.
One of my favourite things to do in the mornings is to make myself a smoothie with Matchas Morsel powder! They are fast, easy and taste delicious. Here's what I do:
To your blender, add:
- One banana
- Small handful of almonds
- A quarter of an avocado
- One scoop of vanilla powder
- Half a teaspoon of Matcha
- One teaspoon of chia seeds
- 200 ml water and 200ml of Almond milk
Give it a go, it's SO delish!
Everybody's different; their lifestyle is different, their palette is different - if you need help finding your blend contact me through Facebook or why not join our tea club? We send you different sample size teas every three months.