Loose leaf tea can create a moment for mindfulness. Explore how to simply intergrate mindfulness into your daily routine.

Tea and Mindfulness – How to make mental wellness an everyday activity

When you have a full and busy life, and who doesn’t, building small moments of mindfulness into your lifestyle can really help to balance the mind. If I suggested meditating for an hour 5 times a week could help you to feel calmer, think clearer and be energised you would probably believe me, but, finding 5 hours a week can seem impossible! Which means you try it for a week or two and then slowly forget you are supposed to be doing it at all apart from brief guilty flashes. The idea of building mindfulness in with tea is that you take a moment to centre yourself by fitting it into the lifestyle you already have. 

What is mindfulness?

The concept is devastatingly simple. It is so easy to be caught up in doing and reacting and living inside our heads and not really noticing the impact on our minds and bodies. Mindfulness is the simple act of stopping your life for a moment and directing your thoughts to be aware of that moment. Become aware of the light, sounds smells and the environment you are in. Once you see the present moment clearly you can use this to reconnect with your body. Take time to acknowledge how you are feeling; physically and mentally. Take control of your thoughts, name your feelings “this is Anxiety”. Slow your thought stream and be conscious of the individual thought one by one. Be aware of how each thought is making you feel.  Continue reading

A father and child enjoy a cup of tea together.

Can Children Drink Tea?

In short, yes. Children can enjoy tea, but we recommend reading these recommendations to make sure your child has a safe and happy experience (all advice is aimed at children over 6 months of age. Water and milk are the only recommended drinks for infants under 6 months).

You know that whole leaf tea is good for you, so if it’s such a healthy option for you then why not offer it to your child? After all, most drinks promoted to children are full of sugar and artificial flavours. With whole leaf tea you know they’re getting the natural product free of fat, salt, sugar, cholesterol and artificial colours and flavours. 

Health benefits of tea for young people

  • Whole leaf tea is sugar-free, salt free, fat-free and free from artificial colours and flavours.
  • Tea contains catechins which help fight harmful bacteria in the mouth. This helps to keep breath fresh too. Tea also contains fluoride. 
  • It’s immune-boosting! Those same catechins have anti-viral properties, which help to keep the immune system in tip top condition. 
  • A Harvard Medical School study showed that green-tea drinkers were at a 31% lower risk of developing cardiovascular ailments. Further studies have shown that many of these ailments often start in childhood.

Basically, all the health benefits tea has for adults apply to children as well.  Continue reading

Recipe: Matcha Pancakes

It’s pancake day, but of course we have to put our unique twist on things, with our yummy Matcha tea pancakes recipe!

Serves 2-4 (depending on how much you like pancakes!)

Matcha pancake frying in pan next to a stack of pancakes

150g self raising flour

1 tbsp Tea Enthusiasts Matcha powder

2 tbsp caster sugar

2 eggs

125 ml semi skimmed milk

2 tbsp butter, melted

Sunflower or olive oil, for frying

Sift flour and mix in the Matcha powder and sugar. Make a well in the centre. In another bowl, whisk the eggs and beat in the milk. Stir in the melted butter and pour into the well in the flour mixture. Whisk together until you have a smooth batter.

Place a frying pan over medium heat and add a little oil. When it’s hot, drop large spoonfuls of batter into the frying pan, leaving plenty of space between the pancakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes until golden underneath then flip the pancakes (be sure to video this bit for social media!) and cook on the other side.

Top tip: Keep pancakes warm in the oven on a low heat while you cook the rest.

Serve with syrup, fruit, ice cream, or use your imagination!

HealthBoostBox

New Year, New You: Health Boost Box

health boost box

Health boost box

Are you aiming to be a slightly better version of you this year? Did you make a deal with your body this year that you would take better care of it? Did you swear you would finally lose that extra couple of pounds to improve your health? Well, these boxes are designed to contain enough tea to help you keep your new year’s resolutions in January.

Keeping new year’s resolutions in the cold dark days of January can be hard, but promising to enjoy a delicious cup of tea each day….that seems very achievable. These boxes are not magic and they can’t do it alone, but as it says on the box, they can lend a helping hand. These teas have all been selected because there is some science behind their helpfulness.

We also include an infuser basket and a cheeky free sample of something to treat yourself (don’t worry it is healthy). As a package, these sets are cheaper than buying the elements individually and of course include free shipping! More than £25 of tea and accessories shipped to your home for just £20. Total bargain.

We are well aware of some “detox” or “slimming” teas that have laxative effects and we would like to reassure our customers…None of these teas contains any laxative ingredients. Just pure natural ingredients.

As always we would like to remind you that while we are very enthusiastic about tea we hold no medical qualifications. If you have a medical condition and require medical advice about any of our teas we strongly suggest you speak to a medical professional.

Three teas to help you improve your day-to-day health. All contain tasty ingredients that have been proven to help health or immunity. Sip your way to feeling great and dodging the winter lurgy! Continue reading

Slim down tea box

New Year, New You: Slim Down Box

Weight management with tea

Weight management with tea

Are you aiming to be a slightly better version of you this year? Did you make a deal with your body that you would take better care of it? Did you swear you would finally lose that extra couple of pounds to improve your health? Well, these boxes are designed to contain enough tea to help you keep your resolutions. Keeping resolutions in the cold dark days of January can be hard, but promising to enjoy a delicious cup of tea each day….that seems very achievable.

These boxes are not magic and they can’t do it alone, but as it says on the box, they can lend a helping hand. These teas have all been selected because there is some science behind their helpfulness. We also include an infuser basket and a cheeky free sample of something to treat yourself (don’t worry it is healthy). As a package, these sets are cheaper than buying the elements individually and of course include free shipping! More than £25 of tea and accessories for just £20. Total bargain.

We are well aware of some “detox” or “slimming” teas that have laxative effects and we would like to reassure our customers…None of these teas contains any laxative ingredients. Just pure natural ingredients. As always we would like to remind you that while we are very enthusiastic about tea we hold no medical qualifications beyond a basic first-aid certificate. If you have a medical condition and require medical advice about any of our teas we strongly suggest you speak to a medical professional.

Slim down:

Three teas to help you towards your goal of losing weight. Also exceptionally tasty and rewarding in their own right.

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