Tea Journal

Apple Chai Martini | Tea-infused Cocktail for Fall

Hosting a Halloween or Bonfire night party? Treat your guests to a fantastic Autumn Tea Infused Cocktail! The warming spices in Rooibos Chai Tea and the wonderful flavour of fresh apple combine beautifully with Vodka to create this tasty and aromatic Cocktail - Apple Chai Martini Ingredients: 745ml Square One Organic Vodka infused with Rooibos Chai. 45ml Organic apple cider. 15ml Organic agave nectar. 1/4 Organic Gala apple, plus a slice for garnish. We recommend Gala apples because they offer a well-rounded flavour profile with [...]

Wellness Tea To Warm You Up On A Cold Day

Drinking wellness tea to warm you up on a cold day. Autumn may have officially started several weeks ago, however it is not until October that we really we start thinking about the cold weather and forthcoming Winter! The change in seasons brings us much cooler temperatures, more damp days and higher quantities of rain, as well as much darker and shorter days. Hydration has been known as a key to wellness and health in any season, especially in the colder [...]

Marigold – Medicinal Flower | Element of The Month

MARIGOLD & HEALTH BENEFITS Supports skin healing. Contains natural antiseptic/anti-inflammatory properties. Comprises pre-cursors to the production of antioxidant Vitamin A. Reduces eye infections and protects from UV and oxidative damage. Helps to soothe the mucus membranes of the throat whilst easing the pain. MARIGOLD & THE ART OF TEA Marigold has long been recognised as a medicinal flower, which has been used to address cuts, soars and general skin care. Marigold flowers contain essential oils and a high concentration of flavonoids (secondary plant substances), such as carotene. They act [...]

Afternoon Tea History

What is Afternoon Tea? Afternoon Tea has long been known as a tea-related ritual founded in Britain since the early 1840s, which evolved as a mini meal to stem the hunger and anticipation of an evening meal at 8 pm. Afternoon Tea is always served with some finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, sweet pastries and cakes. Interestingly, scones were not a common feature of Traditional Afternoon Tea, which was only introduced in the twentieth century.  Back to about [...]

Lavender & amazing benefits for Mental Health

Lavender is a miracle tea aromatherapy element. Lavender has been used widely as a mental health assistant. The famous relaxing effects of lavender are real and could even be used medically to treat anxiety, new research suggests. From blooming gardens to aromatherapy oils, herbal infusions, people have long claimed that lavender has calming and relaxing benefits. Lavender Herbal Infusion Linalool, terpene alcohol in the lavender extract, creates calming effects by activating GABAA receptors via olfactory neurons in the nose, unlike benzodiazepines that [...]

Tea Sommelier Course 15th – 17th April 2019

Last month, Camellia’s Tea House proudly held the ITEI Tea Sommelier course in three days from 15th to 17th April 2019. The course was occurred at the Dukes Hotel in central London, with the participants are managers from famous hotels and tea passionate drinker, especially one of our trainers are the manager from the Dukes Hotel in Food and Beverage section, her purpose for the course is to expand her knowledge in tea section. The course is designed to provide [...]

A Guide To The Best Summer Iced Drinks

How have you been enjoying the weather? Here at Camellia's Tea House, we have experimented different flavour combinations and sampled new concoctions and have created a number of truly delicious summer drinks for you guys. Generally, we cold brew the teas that we use for our ice drinks, as we have found that the brew has a sweeter, fuller flavour. Usually, iced drinks contain tonnes of added sugars, so cold brews are a great option for those of us trying to [...]

LATEST CHARITY INITIATIVE – FoodCycle

Helping to serve community meals across the country. We love to bring people together over tea, and so we though it only made sense that, having done some fundraising for them in the past, we start to support the charity, FoodCycle. FoodCycle serves community meals across the country, with a number of sites here in London, and aims to build communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces, creating nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty [...]

Tea of the Month – August

Beautiful Skin Red clover is such a common sight in our fields during the summer, but did you know it has amazing health benefits? When researching for this piece I was shocked to find that this simple flower can have so many positive effects on our health, particularly when brewed as a tea. Often used fresh in salads, we chose to use dried flowers in our Beautiful Skin tisane, and combined the clover with other summer blooms, dandelion, elderflower and [...]

Tea of the month – July

MANGO BLACK TEA With mango season in full swing, it only makes sense to pay tribute to our Indian roots and choose our black mango tea as one of our teas of the month. The bright yellow pulp, protected by a thick waxy skin, dark green with a rosy blush, is synonymous with summer desserts. Our black tea, which is scattered with sunflower blossoms, will bring this sunshine into your tea break, along with a little caffeine boost. Whilst lovely as [...]

Wimbledon Tennis Championships

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships have started, which that means that the London summer is in full swing. City summers are so different from the countryside, and believe me, when I’m like a sardine on the central line, I would much rather be in rolling fields with the breeze in my hair. However, there is something special about living in a city during the summer months. In this weather, it’s a pleasure to walk home from work, iced tea in hand, [...]

Tea of the month – June

Happy Midsummer!  Here at the tea house, we have chosen two teas that remind us most of summer to help us welcome it in. Nothing can be more idyllic than a bloom-filled English summer garden. Drooping foxgloves, overblown roses, drifts of wild flowers, the English meadow is filled with romance and nostalgia. A flash of colour caught between the greens of spring and the yellows of harvest, the smells and sounds of a countryside walk can leave you feeling contented [...]

Iced Drinks

In was confirmed in the news this week that this May has been the hottest in the UK on record! It certainly makes a nice change from all that snow we were having a couple of months ago… How have you been coping with the heat? Here at the Tea House we have found the best way to manage is to drink copious quantities of ice tea! With so many infusions to choose from, we have enjoyed exploring different [...]

Shou Pu Erh

Tea Break! What are you sipping today? This week we have chosen Shou Pu Erh to focus on. It is an unusual flavour and usually divides opinion, but we love it! It infuses to a dark red colour and has a woody, tobacco aroma. Shou Pu Erh is an interesting, rather unique tea, as the leaves are ‘cooked’ using heat and moisture rather than being left to dry. This results in a cake, instead of loose leaves, like you can see above. [...]

Lapsang Souchong Tea

I was walking home last night and the air was thick with the wonderful smell of barbecues. Oh, how I love those smokey notes, and especially in my food! Barbecue wood chips, liquid smoke or bits of smoked bacon, whether you are grilling or not, there are plenty of tricks to infuse our favourite dishes with subtle smokiness. But have you ever considered tea? Lapsang Souchong is a unique black tea from the Fujian province in China, made of mountain-grown tea leaves and [...]

Teas for the Autumn you must have in stock!

Dry winds, the cool, unsettled weather, and decreasing daylight hours that we experience as the season transitions into autumn can be difficult for our bodies and minds. Autumn, according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), represents the element Earth which represents the transition from summer to autumn. Body imbalance may arise during autumn and may cause one to feel unwell and experience disharmony such as disturbances within the digestive tract, flaccid muscles and weight gain.  The good news is that we [...]

A personal experience of creating Camellia’s Gold Taste Award winning teas – “Happiness Tea” and “Soothing Rose”

Camellia’s Tea House started in 2008 with the idea of creating tea infusions that were both healthy and tasty, but also visually beautiful.  I was a homeopathic practitioner and always had a natural flare and interest in healing herbs and also loved being creative in the kitchen, using aromatic herbs and spices from around the world in my cooking. Happiness Tea and Soothing Rose teas were born from the idea of wanting to create caffeine-free infusions which themed well with [...]

Breaking the back of the tea industry in Darjeeling

Storms are brewing in the eastern state of West Bengal, as India’s most famous tea-growing region is under conflict. Darjeeling with its beautiful sprawling estates and unique micro-climate, by many considered to be the Mecca of tea, produces some of the world’s most expensive black premium teas, including the highly coveted First Flush teas. Prized for their distinctive flavor and aroma, Darjeeling teas, also known as the ‘Champagnes of Teas’, are largely exported to European markets. Due to the current conflict, [...]

Summer Sun Iced Teas

Are you prepared for the summer? Despite the recent wet weather that the UK is so famous for, it seems that things are about to change. It’s reported that Britain is in for the hottest summer and only weeks away from a flaming 100F/37C with tropical heatwaves driven by the “Spanish Pluming”. Before the panic sets in and people rush to buy electrical fans and other cooling mechanisms, we suggest that you stock up on plenty of tea leaves and [...]

Can a Cup of Tea Fight Inflammation?

Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. However, in some diseases, like arthritis, the body’s defense system triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off. This is known as autoimmune diseases. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic inflammation. Acute inflammation arises after a cut or scrape in the skin, site of injury or [...]