Tea Journal

Christmas Afternoon Tea by Stafford Hotel & Camellia’s Tea House

For the festive month of December, we are shining the hospitality spotlight on our tea partnership with the wonderful Stafford Hotel in St James’ London. We have collaborated with this fabulous premium 5-star luxury hotel for several years and we are delighted this month to be featuring some very special teas as part of their festive tea services.

Wellness teas for the Spa in Winter

As the festive season sparkles to life in spas across the world, we can celebrate a year illuminated by super innovation to improve health and wellness. Nowadays, wellness is a culture and a mindset, which is all about what we eat and drink every day.  At Camellia's Tea House, we are always working hard on creating unique and innovative ideas with bespoke and wellness teas for the Spa industry. During the winter months, the daily body rhythms become out-of-sync because of the reduced sunlight. The combination of shorter days and [...]

6 reasons why drinking tea can help improve health

Did you know that tea is a quintessential beverage that quenches the collective thirst of millions of people every day? Since the first sipping in Ancient China, tea drinking has never gone out of fashion, due to tea having vast health-giving properties, which can help promote general well-being and improve a healthy balanced lifestyle. Here are 6 reasons why drinking tea is believed to increase your health and have a positive benefit.

Wellness Tea To Warm You Up On A Cold Day

In this October, our tea recommendations are wellness teas designed by Camellia's Tea House using homoeopathic and herbal medicine principles. Not only help keep your body hydrated and make you feel better, the benefit of drinking wellness tea to warm you up on a cold day.

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 are some recipes for you to play around! Let's make the best summer iced drinks and get over the heat of summer together. 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 [...]

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 [...]