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Balance Tea for Hormone Health – A Perfect Mother’s Day Gift!

Balance Tea, is my all-time favourite infusion to have at hand when struggling with hormone imbalance. Hormones play a big role to ensure that the body is functioning well and a slight imbalance can take its toll on your health. In my opinion, women of all ages can benefit from this wonderful wellness tea and with Mother’s Day fast approaching, this makes a perfect gift for your mum to have during times of need!

What’s in the tea? And does it contain caffeine?

Balance Tea contains some active healing botanical plants known to herbalists from all over the world and is completely caffeine free! The blend is made from avena sativa, chamomile, lime flowers, orange peel, jasmine flowers, rose, raspberry leaf, lavender and passion flower which produces a loving cup of comfort whilst helping to restore vitality and balance. Interestingly, my body craves the light, floral and earthy notes of this therapeutic infusion only during days of dis-ease and dis-harmony with marked irritability and exhaustion.

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Key ingredients with scientific evidence and health benefits

Prolonged stress can have some adverse effects on our cognitive, emotional, and physical well- being and over-time this dis-balance manifests itself into the female hormonal system. Avena Sativa, also known oat straw has been used by ancient civilization to promote brain health especially in older people. A Scientific research, published on US National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health, indicates that oat straw contains anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce stress.

Chamomile, supported by scientific evidence from Science Daily, is to help ease cramping, or any kind of muscle spasms including headaches whilst promoting relaxation. Chamomile is known to help with hormonal imbalances and provide support and comfort when most needed.

Raspberry Leaf is known to provide a good source of nutrients as well as potassium and magnesium. It is the most frequently mentioned herbal tonic for the uterus and its antioxidants are believed to help relax blood vessels.

Passionflower, is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a sedative, to help with anxiety and hypertension which is backed by a scientific research. Passion flower is known to calm the nerves whilst gently soothing away muscle tension.

Lime flower is known as Linden flower which symbolizes female beauty and grace. The Linden tree is known to be a perfect antidote to stress-related illness, including headaches, tension and irritability.

Hormone imbalance – How can you help yourself?

To balance hormones naturally, it is important to also eat anti-inflammatory foods because inflammation is a common, underlying cause of hormone-related conditions. An anti-inflammatory diet consists mostly of plant-based foods rich in antioxidants, cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens are particularly good and naturally have detoxifying affects to the body.

Emotional and chemical stress (chemicals from unhealthy food) are two major things that throw the body off balance; adding stress management techniques into your daily life such as meditating, exercising or participating in an enjoyable hobby can really help keep stress at bay! Plus give you the perfect opportunity to take a little take time out every day to look after yourself.

The blog is written by Lubna Madan, Co-Founder of Camellia’s Tea House, Homeopathy and Herbal specialist.

Mother’s Day Tea Gift Ideas

Thinking about how to spoil your Mum on Mother’s Day….

Each year on the fourth Sunday of Lent, countries around the world celebrate Mothering Sunday, which typically involves lavishing Mums with gifts and attention – celebrating the women who have nurtured us throughout our lives. It’s a very special and celebratory day!

The history behind Mother’s Day…

Traditionally Mother’s Day was actually a celebration of the church, in the 16th century people would make a journey to their ‘mother’ church (which might have been their home church, nearest cathedral or a nearby major parish church) and there would be a dedicated service to symbolize the coming together of families. 

Later, Mothering Sunday became more of a family focused occasion – tradition was to allow those working in the fields on wealthy farms and estates in England to have the day off on the fourth Sunday of Lent to visit their mothers. Often a traditional and super-sweet Simnel Cake would be made as a part of the celebration, a delicious fruit cake with a marzipan layer and topped with eggs, a great partner to a good cup of English Breakfast tea!

Today Mother’s Day focuses more on showing appreciation and normally families will come together to have lunch, a day out or maybe come together for Afternoon Tea – ultimately, it’s all about making an effort to make your mom or your beloved wife feel special and to celebrate your bond.  

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How are you planning to make your Mum feel special?

Choosing how to spoil your Mum this year may be more tricky than normal in the midst of a pandemic! If you can’t visit your Mum there are loads of great ideas online for special gift boxes, Afternoon Tea at home, Gin tasting collections etc. It’s all about that thoughtful gift of what would make her smile and let her know how much she is appreciated.

A Mother’s Day gift ideas from Camellia’s Tea House…

We have put together this year our own celebratory gift bundle of our favourite teas for that perfect gift – which we have tailored especially for your Mum! The lovely thing about gifting tea is it will make her feel special every day and not just on the 14th March.

So, for our Mother’s Day tea gift bundle we have selected 3 of our very best teas, which we think will make her happy, these include…

Our very best Afternoon Black Tea – which is the perfect accompaniment to a slice of home-made cake or scones with jam and cream.

The mother of our fusion teas – White Apricot Tea is our award-winning fusion tea, which is like a cup of sunshine with its warm notes and beautiful aroma.

Plus a touch of wellness – Balance Herbal Tea is the perfect tea for harmonizing emotions, balancing hormones and lifting your mood.

Tea Finder – how to select your teas…

Mother's Day gift ideas

And finally, you could use our new Tea Finder to find the perfect brew for your Mum, it’s very simple and easy to use!

The great thing about the finder is you can really personalize your search to find the best tea for your Mum (or for you!). After all every Mother is different and your relationship with them is unique – just like your choice of tea! 

Happy shopping,

Camellia’s Tea House 

Christmas Tea infused Cookies

It’s the season to be jolly! Why not switch things up and bake some delicious Christmas tea infused cookies with your family as these sugar cookies are quick and fun to make.

Our Christmas Black Tea is a captivating blend of premium black tea, delectable fruits and fragrant spices. The uplifting notes of oranges are balanced by the subtle sweetness of cherries and sultanas. Together they intertwine with the soothing undertones of vanilla and a myriad of exotic spices, creating an unforgettable cup of tea during Christmas festivities.

Christmas Tea infused Cookies

Ingredients  

  • 300g plain flour 
  • 100g granulated sugar 
  • 170g butter 
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp vanilla essence 
  • 10g ground Christmas Tea 
  • 1tsp cinnamon 

Method

  • Cream the butter and super with a wooden spoon 
  • Add vanilla essence 
  • Add the flour, cinnamon and grounded Christmas Tea
  • Add 1 egg and mix together to create a dough 
  • Set in the fridge for 30 minutes 
  • Roll out roughly 2cm thick and use star cutters to cut 
  • Bake at 140c for 12 minutes
  • Set aside to cool for 10 minutes
Star cookies for Christmas time

Enjoy your Christmas tea infused cookies and don’t forget to share with us by tagging Camellia’s Tea House on social media :’) 

Winter Warming Teas In The Countdown To Christmas

As we head towards Christmas Day there are so many magical moments and memories to be made along the way; from opening our advent calendars with a daily treat, buying or making special gifts for our family and friends, wrapping Christmas presents and writing greetings cards for those we won’t be able to see over the festive season. December is a busy month, full of joy and wonder!

So how can we counter balance all the excitement and often over-indulgence? A clever trick is to change up and rotate the teas you have in stock and pair them with your festivities and activities, keeping you warm, inspired and hydrated over the colder days and darker nights.

We have rounded up some of our favourite winter teas for you to try over this wonderful festive month, plus added in some lovely tea suggestions for delightful gifts for loved ones.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…

Wrapping up Christmas presents or cosying up in front of a fire with a cup of steaming tea and warm throw, is a lovely way to relax and unwind for a couple of hours. With a Christmas movie on or some relaxing Christmas music, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend a few hours, especially in the dark evenings! We recommend choosing an aromatic and warming spiced fusion black tea to get you in the mood and to tantalise your taste buds. Two of our favourites are Cinnamon Tea and Vanilla Tea, both are distinctive in flavour and make a change from your usual brew.

Christmas tea

Cinnamon tea is a great winter warmer with an unmistakable spicy aroma – it has a delicate caramel sweetness and a long cinnamon finish. It’s great drunk on its own but also marries well with some warm raisin scones or a slice of toasted brioche.

Christmas tea

Alternatively, you could try some Vanilla tea to stimulate your senses, there is a lovely depth to this brew and it has a heady aroma of sumptuous vanilla beans with sweet harmonious notes. Perfect with a slice of sponge cake! 

Add some zing to your day!

Zesty clementines, spiced orange peel, wedges of orange in mulled wine and sticky orange marmalade glazed gammon are synonymous Christmas flavours and a good punch of vitamin C is just what you need in the winter. To refresh your palate and bring some sunshine into a cold day, we suggest an Orange Fusion tea, such as Sweet Orange or Orange Fruit Tea

Sweet Orange is a luscious and alluring fusion black tea with the citrusy aroma of oranges and undertones of mellow and sweet vanilla. Delicious drunk alone as a refreshing cuppa, but it also goes well with frangipane cake or a warmed mince pie.

Orange Fruit Tea

Orange Fruit Tea is one of our favourite fruit infusions, packed with health boosting ingredients, such as orange pieces, rose hips, apple pieces and lemon peel. It’s a bright and brisk fruity tea with explosion of awakening flavours and a slightly tart finish on the palate. When brewed the infusion is a beautiful pinky, orange colour with a wonderful orange scent – a fantastic pick me up for any time of day!

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At the end of the day…

It’s not just Christmas Day that we let our guard down a bit more than normal on what we choose to eat and drink, why not – it is the perfect time to indulge in festive treats such as mince pies, pigs in blankets, mulled wine etc. However, it is also a great time for counter-balance and to look after our digestive system – we have designed Happy Tummy Tea with this in mind, a wonderful probiotic wellness infusion to settle the stomach and reduce bloating. A cup in the evening is a great way to ease the digestive process and contains wonderful elements such as star anise, orange peel, liquorice, rose hips and refreshing spearmint.

Christmas

Tis the season to be jolly

Most importantly enjoy this special time of year, 2020 has certainly been an unprecedented year of turmoil and troubled times for all. We are sure that everyone will enjoy Christmas a little differently this year due to the restrictions and changes in our lives, but at the heart of the festivities are a time for connection and reflection. Spending time with our loved ones as we can and sharing memories and gifts will make it extra special. 

Giving is always better than receiving and with this in mind we have created some discounted bundles of teas and gift sets that we hope will inspire your Christmas shopping. Plus a special promotion on all the teas mentioned in this blog. Happy shopping!

Afternoon Tea Week – August 2019 Newsletter

Afternoon Tea British Museum LondonDear Tea Friends,

The summer season is in full swing and we have been having so much fun creating summer iced drinks and doing all things cold!

For tea heads, August is defined by holidays and of course Afternoon Tea Week!

We have created a tea-inspired Afternoon Tea menu with tea-infused sandwiches, cakes and preserves.

To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week, we have created some special offers that may entice you and we hope to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week with as many of our tea friends as possible.

If you are in London, we would love to see you at the tea house!

London Tea Room

London Tea Room Afternoon Tea

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Matcha Has Taken The World By Storm

Matcha-01-CropIt looks like everybody is going Matcha crazy; it has taken the world by storm and the craze just continues to grow! Matcha is so versatile that you can’t help creating recipes outside the cup. There are many fun things you can do with Matcha, from creating delectable desserts and exotic drinks to cosmetic skincare and mouthwashes – the list just goes on!

So why is everyone sipping Matcha? Well, it is classified as a superfood and one that is particularly high in anti-oxidants, which is linked to numerous health benefits, and since you actually drink and ingest the whole ground tea leaves, you capture more nutrients than regular brewed tea.

Even coffee drinkers are switching to Matcha these days, as it yields energy which prolongs concentration, focus and is a perfect pick-me-up without the jitters or feeling over-caffeinated. It is believed that a cup of 2g of Matcha may contain about 80mg of caffeine. If you compare that to a shot of coffee (90-100mg) or a Red Bull (80mg per can), it’s definitely up there with the caffeine content. But what makes it so special? Caffeine in tea leaves bonds to larger plant molecules, which makes the breakdown in the blood stream slower, extending the release of caffeine without the sudden high and then a subsequent crash of a strong coffee.

There are various grading of Matcha tea, so first of all you have to decide if you are going to drink it or cook with it. For ‘Matcha in a cup’, you should only use ceremonial grade – it is the highest quality tea grade used for centuries in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Culinary grade Matcha is by no means a low-quality tea, it’s just prepared differently. Because of its robust and bitter taste, culinary grade Matcha is meant to be blended with other ingredients.

There is so much to say about Matcha and here at Camellia’s Tea House we have endless ideas and recipes to share with you. We are launching some new exciting Matcha blends using ceremonial grade tea combined with wellness ingredients to create a heavenly and healthy Matcha experience for you. The first in our Matcha series is the pairing of Matcha and Turmeric.

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With all the media fever surrounding turmeric curcumin, we have decided to look into it deeper. To tell the truth, turmeric has been around for over 5,000 years and to this day it plays an important role in traditional cultures throughout the Eastern world. Its benefits have been known for centuries and widely used in Ayurvedic Medicine. Apparently, from just 2 tablespoons of ground turmeric you can get 20% of your recommended daily intake of manganese, 10% of iron, 5% of vitamin B and 3% of potassium, copper and fiber.

Here is why we have decided to combine Matcha and turmeric to create a super healthy and tasty drink for you.

Weight loss and fat reduction – Curcumin is the active ingredient found in turmeric that offers most of the health benefits. Studies have shown that it helps suppress the growth of fat tissues in the body. Combine this with Matcha tea powder, a healthy diet and exercise, and  you will be able to meet your weight loss goals in no time!

Alzheimer’s Disease – Some research has reported that turmeric has positive effects on the prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, though research is still on-going.

Inflammation – This can present itself in many disorders such as arthritis, digestive disorders and autoimmune conditions. There has been a lot of media coverage based on turmeric and the anti-inflammatory nature of curcumin. Studies have shown that curcumin could be just as effective as over the counter drugs designed to reduce joint and muscle ache and help reduce inflammation. Those with sever conditions should always speak to their doctor first. Green tea is also known to have strong anti-inflammatory properties and we believe that the combination of the two could be very beneficial for fighting inflammation in the body.

Anti-Oxidant – Both turmeric and green tea are specifically known for their anti-oxidant properties which helps reduce cellular and DNA damage that causes some cancers. By increasing turmeric and green tea in your diet you may help to prevent some cancers from forming.

Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure – Both curcumin and green tea are known to help reduce cholesterol which protects the blood vessels and the build-up of plaque which causes high blood pressure. Oxidised cholesterol can cause blood clots and make it difficult to reduce high blood pressure, so by increasing turmeric and green tea with cardio exercise you should find this helpful to your condition.

We will keep you updated with our launch date for Matcha Turmeric Tea, but in the meantime keep an eye out for the next blog in our Matcha Tea series and don’t forget to drink more green tea and add more turmeric to your diet!

The Caterer – Spas Get Personal

“My cup of tea

In the move “beyond purely beauty or pampering”, many spas are tapping in to the ancient power of herbal medicine, which remains the key source of medicine in 80% of the developing world, notes Ajit Madan, co-founder of London’s Camellia’s Tea House and the UK’s first certified master tea sommelier.

“Tea and herbal teas are being used much more in spa environments, either in combination with treatments or as healthy beverages, rather than the usual water and juice found in less progressive spas,” he explains.

Customers such as Ockenden Manor and the Grove Sequoia Spa are serving bespoke blends alongside a selection of Camellia’s broad menu of hand-blended artisan wellness teas that tackle everything from bones and insomnia to allergies and arthritis.

A popular choice, adds Madan, is the Beautiful Skin mix of chickweed, red clover, nettle, dandelion, marigold, chamomile and rose: “Spas have been combining their treatments with our teas so the client feels that whilst, for example, a facial is helping their outer skin appearance, the Beautiful Skin tea is helping the same area but from an internal perspective.”

You can find the whole article here: The Caterer – Spas get personal

Spa Business Magazine – Ajit Madan

“Ajit Madan, co-founder of Camellia’s Tea House in London, has just been appointed England’s first certified master tea sommelier by the International Tea Education Institute – a surprising first in a country that drinks 165 million cups of tea a day.

Much like wine, teas produced by different estates have specific ‘vintages’ and differing levels of quality, depending on which leaves are harvested during the production process, so certification as a sommelier is quite intense.

Madan has a background in molecular biology and formed Camellia’s Tea House in 2007, along with his sister, Lubna Madan – a qualified homeopath – in an bid to create a wellness range of teas and revive the typical English tea room.

Today, the company not only operates its tea house in London, it also supplies more than 100 different hand-blended teas to leading spas and hotels around the world, including Shangri-La and Corinthia hotels.

To qualify for the master tea sommelier title, Madan completed a two-year course, and had to analyse various tea types, their origins, processing methods and how they can be perfectly paired with foods. He also gained an extensive knowledge of various types of tea service in different hospitality settings, from Chinese tea ceremonies to traditional English afternoon tea.

Madan also travelled to tea gardens around the world to gain first-hand experience of tea production and manufacturing, attending the Japanese Shincha Festival – which celebrates the first new, green tea of the year – and spending many months discussing tea with tea masters from across the world.

“I thought I knew a lot about tea, but this process has widened my knowledge further and taken me on an even deeper tea journey,” says Madan. “This will certainly help me with our company’s mission to improve tea culture.”

Madan now uses his Master Tea Sommelier experience to train spa and hotel clients, and also runs one-day classes aimed at those who work in F&B departments in spas and hotels.

Camellia’s teas include Health and Wellness infusions, Classic Teas and Exotic Infusions, which are blended with flowers, fruits, spices and essential oils.”

You can find the whole article here: Spa Business Magazine – Ajit Madan

Big Hospitality – Boom in global tea culture to bring teahouses to UK high streets

“Ajit Madan, owner of Camellia’s Tea House and the UK’s first accredited tea sommelier is predicting the rise of the teahouse on the UK’s high streets as renewed interest in the hot beverage grows among consumers.

While traditional tea rooms have made way for coffee shops on our high streets, Madan, who was appointed the UK’s first ITEI Certified Master Tea Sommelier by the International Tea Education Institute earlier this year, believes the tables will be turning back in tea’s favour over the next three to five years as the UK follows global trends in its consumption.

He said: “The latest Mintel reports on tea and coffee show that on a global basis tea consumption is increasingly rapidly at the expense of coffee consumption and it’s partly because people are becoming aware of the health benefits of tea.

“In the US green tea has been classified as a superfood – it’s up there with blueberries and goji berries – because of all the high levels of antioxidants it contains.

“There is a massive demand from the US consumer for things that promote health and well-being. Also, as people get older they can get less tolerant of coffee and don’t want that massive caffeine hit, so people are moving away from that and drinking different types of tea.

“There has also been a massive boom in tea culture around the world tying in with the renaissance of all things vintage. Going for tea with friends and pouring it out of beautiful tea pots is very cool again.

he US is, of course a key indicator of what could happen in the UK in three to five years’ time. Starbucks demonstrated its confidence in the market with the acquisition of tea business Teavana in 2013 and in the US now tea consumption is growing while coffee consumption is stagnating.

While quality, loose leaf tea remains at the heart of the afternoon tea offering in the UK’s luxury hotels, for those who want to drink the same without the ceremony on the high street there is currently little option, says Madan, although the arrival of Rainbow Apartments’ Tea 42 in Manchester and chef Simon Hulstone’s venture into tearooms in Torquay show that there is some movement in this area.

“There’s a void in the market for somewhere you can go and have a medium-priced afternoon tea that isn’t around the formality of a hotel,” he said.

“I’d like Camellia’s Tea House to fill that gap and become the well-known teahouse brand and become the go-to place for tea culture and tea drinking in London and then the rest of the UK.”

Camellia’s expansion

Madan, who has been operating Camellia’s Tea House from a site in Kingly Court in Covent Garden, is working with a franchise investor who is keen to expand the brand.

The company, which also runs a wholesale business supplying hotels, is currently looking for a new site in London as its current one will close on 5 May. Once that is secured, Madan plans to roll the brand out and open sites where he will serve quality loose-leaf teas sourced from across the world alongside cakes and snacks.

He said: “We have been looking at places in Notting Hill and Covent Garden for our flagship site. We’d like to open two this year if we can find the right sites, but it isn’t easy.

“If we can find the right locations then we’ll open two sites this year, see how those go and then expand out to three to five next year.”

You can find the whole article here: Big Hospitality – Boom in global tea culture to bring teahouses to UK high streets