Tea Journal

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 [...]

Mother’s Day Celebrations

It goes without saying that being a mother is one of the toughest yet the most rewarding jobs out there.  Not a day should go by where we are not grateful for all the hard work and sacrifices mothers make for their families.  That’s why it’s important to use Mother’s Day to tell your mum you appreciate, respect and admire her. In our opinion having one day to celebrate doesn’t seem like much time, given all the hard work which [...]

Matcha Has Taken The World By Storm

It 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 [...]

Has Valentine’s Day Lost Its True Meaning?

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, shops are already flooded with hearts, chocolates and fluffy merchandise. But has it lost its true meaning? Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about people that we care about, but instead we get lost in its craziness and cause ourselves much emotional and physical stress, trying to make dinner reservation at over-priced fancy restaurants or breaking the bank with expensive presents. We believe there is an antidote to all this ‘love madness’ and that’s to [...]

Christmas Tea with Friends – How to Create Your Own Christmas Blend

When planning a Christmas Tea Party what could be more amazing then creating your own tea blend to share with friends and family.  The festive season brings inspiration and important key flavours of cloves, oranges and cinnamon to a cup of warming spicy tea.  We have listed some of our teas which mix well with seasonal spices.  We recommend the following: English Breakfast: This is a blend of black teas from Sri Lanka and India and offers a robust body [...]

ITEI Tea Sommelier Training

The second round of our certified Tea Courses proved to be a great success, so we have asked one of the graduates of the Tea Sommelier course to write about their experience. You can read their account below and if you are interested in one of our course yourself, visit our ITEI page or drop us an email at info@camelliasteahouse.com ITEI Tea Sommelier Training – October 2016 It was a great pleasure to attend the Tea Sommelier Course and become one of [...]

Christmas Tea with Friends – Christmas Tea Party

Invite Your Friends To A Christmas Tea Party The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s easy to get lost in all the noise of Christmas preparations; cooking, cleaning, wrapping, decorating and so on.  The most important aspect is time spent with your family and friends.  We have come up with a solution which will be fun and take away all the stress of buying gifts, wrapping and delivering them.  Planning a tea party at home would be the perfect [...]

Christmas Tea with Friends – The Tea Guide

Even though we may not have our new London Tea Rooms to share with you this Christmas, we will be delighted to bring Christmas to your home to enjoy with your friends and family. As you may well be aware there are tons of Christmas teas out there and you may be struggling with which one you should choose from. So, with the Christmas season around the corner, we have put together a brief listing of a variety of [...]

Summer Iced Tea – Green Mint & Ginger

Here, at Camellia's Tea House, we have created a series of delicious summer iced drinks, using our hand-blended teas, which we will be sharing with you over the course of the next few weeks. You will also be able to find all of the recipes later on our Tea Journal pages, including last week's Very Berry Iced Tea. This week we are featuring a superbly refreshing and cooling drink, cold brewed with a bit of a twist: Green Mint & Ginger Iced Tea  Put about [...]

Summer Iced Teas – Very Berry

We have some great news for you - summer has officially began! With the 20th of June marking the summer solstice and the longest day of the year, we can finally say goodbye to spring and welcome all of the wonderful things that this season has in store - plenty of sunshine, sunbathing, flipflops, holidays, picnics, ice creams, barbecues, lazying on the beach and of course, refreshing cold drinks when the temperatures start to spike. Here, at Camellia's Tea House, we have [...]

Wellness Through Yoga And Tea

As the saying goes, ‘there is more than one way to crack a nut’ and I believe the same applies to attaining and maintaining our well being. I’m now putting the theory into practice in running and hosting a number of specially designed Wellbeing Retreats, bringing together a unique blend of Yoga, hill walking and NLP coaching held in a beautiful tranquil and remote Scottish Highlands location. During our March Retreat we shared with our guests a number of Camellia’s [...]

The rise of Matcha in the West

Hard to imagine how a finely ground green tea powder when whisked properly results in a jady lush green drink called matcha. Beyond the etiquette surrounding the Japanese tea Ceremony tradition that dates back to the twelve century and very important in Zen monasteries in Japan, matcha is now main stream in many parts of the world with various gastronomic applications. Matcha lovers appreciate its freshness and energizing properties. Authentic matcha is made of shade grown tea leaves, preventing direct [...]

Mother’s Day Healthy Breakfast Start To The Day!

Treat your mother to breakfast in bed with this super healthy flourless, gluten-free, refined sugar free and dairy free muffins.  The ingredients contain everything you need to start off on the right foot.  The muffins are slightly dense and doughy than your ordinary flour-based muffins, but it feels nice to have something more substantial with a bite in the mornings. Camellia's Turkish Apple tea (made entirely of apples) accompanies this perfectly, especially if your mother is on a healthy mission [...]

Mother’s Day Sale

To celebrate Mother’s Day and to help you pamper your wonderful mums, we are offering a special sale at our online shop with a 15% discount on selected teas. And to make it a little extra special, if you order any of these teas while the promotion lasts, we will add a sample bag of our delicious Mango Tea to your order! Mother’s Day Sale is valid through Sunday, the 6th of March.

Beautiful Skin Tea

Our Beautiful Skin herbal infusion is one of our favourites, and certainly incredibly popular with our regulars in Kingly Court! But why is it so good, and what benefits can it have for you if you have skin problems? The health benefits of tea and herbal infusions have been widely documented and yet, despite some cursory knowledge of why some teas are better than others, there is not a great deal of common knowledge regarding the specifics. What should you [...]

Delicious Honey Chai Tea Cake Recipe

If you are a fan of Chai Tea then you will love this moist and flavourful cake made from ground almonds and Camellia's warming Chai Tea.  With autumn in the air this will perk up your dinner table and will be much appreciated by your guests. Honey Chai Tea Cake Ingredients: 125g butter, softened 75g caster sugar 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground allspice 2 eggs 180g ground almonds 80g semolina 1 teaspoon baking powder 60ml milk Tea syrup 220g caster sugar 250ml water 6 cardamom pods, bruised 1 cinnamon stick 2 teaspoons [...]