Tea Time :)
I have always loved a cuppa (I put that down to being English) but these days my tea love has become more of an obsession for a couple of reasons:
1) I can no longer drink coffee (I think I’m allergic to it or something as it makes me feel really bad), soft drinks (don’t really like them anyway but the high sugar is a no no) or alcohol (again, not a big fan anyway and again the sugar content isn’t good).
2) Tea is a great way to get some active herbs into your life without too much thought and there is nothing that I need more right now than some herbal therapy to get my system running like a well oiled machine!
So, imagine my delight when I rolled up at the door of Spa Sublime in Katoomba to find that they had their very own range of hand-blended teas on sale!
Finding Autumn to be delish I bought one of each so that I could experience them all and share that experience with you. So, here we go!
Spring – Uplift and Energise.
This is probably my favourite all-day tea from the range as it is so flavoursome and refreshing. I also LOVE the fact that it contains Ginseng which is a known energy booster – bring it on!
Summer – Cleanse and Detoxify.
This is a lovely subtle minty/ floral tea that I’ll use as an afternoon pick-me-up thanks to its green tea content (green tea contains a little caffeine).
Autumn – Balance and Regenerate.
I LOOOOOVe this one, it is just a beautiful tea and is again very flavoursome and warming – just like a hug in a mug! The ingredient list of this one is quite long and very yummy – I love the fact that it contains liquorice, ginger and cinnamon without being ‘in-your-face’ spicy. Wonderfully blended tea that I’ll savour at the end of each working day.
Winter – Relax, Unwind and Restore.
This is my least favourite in terms of smell as it is quite strong thanks to the chamomile. However, once you pop it into the pot the other herbs are given the space they need to play and fill in the gaps of the odour bouquet. This is the ultimate sleep time tea as not only does it contain chamomile flowers but it also has a secret ingredient – valerian root to help you drift into the land of nod. I’ll be adding this to my bedside table now that the nights are getting colder.
Tea and Beauty
Our bodies are around 70% water and our skin health depends on moisture to keep it balanced and well-functioning so it is important to make what we drink count. Herbal teas are a great option for someone like me who needs to function at full speed not only during the busy working day but also at home (those pesky kids) and so combining the wisdom of herbs with the beauty benefits of water is a winning combination. I usually shun herbal tea a I find them quite watery and un-satisfying but I’m delighted to say that these are neither. I do think that the ‘trick’ is to find a brand that uses high quality cut herbs rather than the dribs and drabs often found in tea bags as that makes the flavour really pop.
Just make sure that you check with your health care professionals before embarking on any herbal tea beauty-medication as some of these herbs can affect how we metabolize prescription medications and can also aggravate certain health conditions. Otherwise sit back and enjoy!