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Tea Journal

Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble infused with Jasmine Apple Tea

With summer coming to an end, Jasmine tea is the perfect tea to kick start Autumn offering delicious floral notes. Jasmine tea has distinct fragrant aromas that can be enjoyed as a drink or in food. Our delicious Apple crumble recipe contains Jasmine Green Tea and Apple Fruit Tea which ticks all the boxes for any sweet tooth and tea lover.

Tea break with Alex Hurt – our guest lifestyle blogger and wellness friend

Earlier this week, we took 5 minutes out of our busy schedule to catch up with our friend and guest blogger Alex Hurt, writer of our recent lifestyle series and wellness guru! We were keen to find out how we could all learn to combat the challenges of working in a pandemic environment, post lock-down and how to deal with the anxiety/stress behind it. So we asked her few questions and challenges that we may all be dealing with.

organic teas

Celebrate National Organic Month with Wellness Teas

In the month of September and beyond, we look to encourage our beloved tea friends to eat, drink, use and choose organic products within their daily lifestyle. Organic has long been recognised as working with nature, as opposed to against it, with products designed and made using the most environmentally friendly farming and production methods as possible.

Stomach Health Issues

Do You Suffer With Stomach Health Issues?

According to Chinese Herbal Medicine, August is the pivot point between summer and Autumn and represents the element of earth which is responsible for spleen and stomach health issues. This blog will feature Happy Tummy Tea and explore the benefits of its ingredients and its usage in traditional medical practices.

Sugar Alternative

Healthy Sugar Alternatives for Tea

Most people add milk and sugar as an additive to black tea, but there is a growing movement towards healthier sugar options as diabetes and other sugar related diseases are on the rise. Sugar alternatives come with their own flavour profile and there is a distinct impact that it has on the overall flavour of tea.

Great Skin Begins Within

Great Skin Begins Within

In the sixth blog of our series with Alex Hurt, she explores the topic of healthy skin and establishing a good routine to keep your skin hydrated and well maintained over the summer months. So.. curl up with your favourite wellness tea, light a candle and read Alex’s musings to put a smile on your face and some goodness into your day. Summer is on the way, I think we've had a pretty good taster recently with some rather spectacular [...]

The Super Energising Juice with Maca and Matcha Green Tea

As we come out of lockdown and into the new normal we may feel off-balance, lack motivation and energy as we pivot and adjust to new changes. For some of us, it will take time to get back to work mode as productivity levels drop and afternoon energy slumps more than normal. In this blog, we share a recipe of making super energising green juice with matcha green tea at home that will energise you in an instant! There are [...]

green tea and gut health

Promoting Gut Health by Pickling Green Tea

Green tea is pretty amazing whether you enjoy brewing a delicious cup and reap the health benefits or recycle the leaves and use it in your home for household usage. Green tea is also well-known for the part it plays in culinary creations but not really known for the delicious and healthy pickles it can create. Green tea has been well documented for its prebiotic properties which help promote growth activity of essential microorganisms in the gut. By pickling green [...]

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

In the second blog of our series with Alex hurt, she explores mental health issues in conjunction with lockdown life and Mental Health Awareness Week 2020. So.. curl up with your favourite wellness tea, light a candle and read Alex’s musings to put a smile on your face and some goodness into your day.

Drinking Tea to Balance out Excessive Body Heat in Summer

To maintain a state of balance during the summer season, it is important to find time to relax, rest the body so it is able to reduce body heat and not be overexerted. It is also important to exercise and break a sweat so toxins can be eliminated. Most importantly maintain good hydration and avoid getting over-heated.

The Art of Japanese Gyokuro Tea

Although its name translates to ‘Jade Dew’, in reference to the pale green colour of the cup, Japanese Gyokuro Tea is perhaps better known as ‘precious dew’ and it is a truly striking tea. Considered to be one of the rarer teas in the world, it is also Japan's finest grade of tea and one that requires considerable skill, knowledge and patience to produce. Highly sought after not only by the Japanese, this beautiful green tea is also one [...]

matcha face mask

How to make Matcha Face Mask for a variety of Skin Types

The extraordinary healing power of matcha powdered green tea, qualifies to be labelled as a “superfood” in my opinion. 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, one of which is making homemade Matcha Face Mask.

homemade hand sanitiser

How to make homemade hand sanitiser with Green Tea

To prevent the spread of infectious diseases like Coronavirus (COVID-19), washing your hands properly and frequently is one of the most effective practices recommended by WHO and NHS. However, due to Coronavirus outbreaks, there is a global shortage of hand sanitiser products up and down over the world. We are thrilled to share a recipe of homemade hand sanitiser with Japan Sencha Green Tea, created by Lubna Madan.

immune booster tea

Coronavirus: How to stockpile healthy food and drink for a 14-day quarantine

Aiming for a perfect fresh and balanced meal can be unrealistic during a pandemic as a rush to the supermarket, with long queues and bare shelves is inevitable. According to government announcements, we are advised to buy enough foods and groceries for 2 weeks. On this article, we will share some tips to stockpile enough healthy food and drink for a 14-day quarantine as coronavirus spreads.

SenSpa at Careys Manor

Spa Client Spotlight: SenSpa at Careys Manor

This month we are focusing on the award-winning SenSpa at Careys Manor in our spa client hotspot. We have worked with the team at SenSpa for many years and are delighted to have created wonderful bespoke signature teas, as well as featuring some of our most popular wellness blends to support their unique spa offering and exceptional client journey.

Aviator Hotel

Corporate Client Spotlight: Aviator Hotel

This month we are delighted to be celebrating our close tea partnership with the iconic Aviator Hotel in Surrey. The Aviator is a unique luxury, boutique hotel situated adjacent to Farnborough airfield and is the perfect place to stop and unwind for a delicious cup of tea. The newly refurbished Sky Bar is both secluded and luxurious, with beautiful soft furnishings and calm lighting, with a stunning airside view.

weaver's house spa

Spa Client Spotlight: Weavers’ House Spa

This month we are celebrating our partnership with the wonderful Weavers’ House Spa, where our 3 specifically designed spa bespoke teas are a core part of their wellness offering and exceptional attention to detail. Weavers’ House Spa is nestled into the medieval village of Lavenham and is a unique sanctuary that echo’s the sophistication of a city spa, with the laid-back vibes of the country.

Tea Chocolate Pairing Guide

Tea and Chocolate Pairing Guide

Once you enter into the tea art journey, you will have an opportunity to discover a wonderful world of flavours from sweet fruit to earthy wood that is inherent within different tea types. These flavours can be beautifully married with different types of food to either complement the flavours in food or to provide a delicious contrast. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we're thrilled to share a few ideas about tea and chocolate pairing. At Camellia's Tea House, we believe in [...]

Tea and Lunar New Year

Discover Tea Culture and Lunar New Year

Since moving to Singapore 6 months ago I have learnt that Lunar New Year (CNY) cannot be taken lightly. Having made a local friend I was told that the festivity is all about giving and sharing festive snacks and receiving money (especially for children) in little red envelopes. This is a time when friends and family reunite, exchange gifts and feast together.Tangerine trees are displayed everywhere especially in shopping malls, commercial offices, shops and homes. My friend told me [...]

Corporate Client Spotlight: Pennyhill Park

In our client hotspot this month we are delighted to announce our new tea partnership with the wonderful Pennyhill Park, part of the Exclusive Hotels Group. Pennyhill Park, located in Bagshot, Surrey, offers the award-winning Afternoon Tea with Sarah Frankland; a stunning, modern take on the traditional afternoon tea created by Sarah and her team of pastry chefs. Sarah’s afternoon tea has been recognised with multiple awards, most recently with Sarah being awarded Pastry Chef of the Year at the [...]

Valentine’s Tea Selection

Christmas has come and gone. The weather outside is still pretty chilly and Valentine's Day will approach soon. January is never too soon to start preparing for the most-romantic-occasion of the year. Let Camellia's Tea House give you extraordinary suggestions to celebrate the most romantic occasion of the year with Valentine's Tea Selection 2020!

Spa Client Spotlight: Monart Day Spa

This month we are celebrating our new partnership with the wonderful 5-star Monart Day Spa, which has recently opened in the heart of Royal Pavilion in Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, Dorset. Owners Michael and Liam Anthony Griffin are from a fourth-generation hospitality family; bringing their Monart Day Spa concept over to the UK from their award-winning luxury 5-star destination Spa in County Wexford, Ireland.

Christmas Tea Selection 2019

With winter on our doorsteps and Christmas around the corner, it's time to get ready for the holidays and year-end parties. However, as winter surrounds us we ditch conscious eating and consume larger quantities of comfort food and warm calorific drinks. To combat urges of overeating and lack of motivation to exercise, we highly recommend drinking herbal and light caffeinated teas infused with festive spice in Christmas Tea Selection 2019, which may help reduce cravings, support immunity and maintain wellness during the winter months. We are passionate about [...]

Corporate Client Spotlight: Stafford Hotel in St James’ London

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

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 to address cuts, soars and general skin care, because it contains essential oils and a high concentration of flavonoids (secondary plant substances), such as [...]

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 [...]

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 tea

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 [...]

Camellia’s Christmas Tea and Pumpkin Chai Cookies

This is our favourite tea to get you into the festive spirit and available all year round.  Its a delcious blend of bright Ceylon-China black tea with subtle hints of smoke enriched artistically with crushed cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and orange pieces.  It is highly aromatic with a rich explosion yet perfectly balanced flavours of spice, delicately sweetened with exotic vanilla and harmoniously interlaced with citrus notes of orange. Camellia's Christmas Tea makes a perfect festive combination with warm mince pies [...]

Whiskey & Lapsang Souchong Fruit Cake With A Festive Vanilla Tea

This will be well worth the effort! The recipe makes a delicious moist, fruity cake with complimentary flavours of whisky intertwined with smoky Lapsang Souchong tea.  The gastronomical experience is further enhanced with smooth velvet and sweet notes of  Camellia's Vanilla tea. Ingredients 200ml hot, strong Camellia's Lapsang Souchong tea (2 tsp brewed for 5-10 minutes depending on the prefered strength. I brewed it for 10 minutes) 3 tbsp whisky 3 tbsp marmalade 700g mixed dried fruit *100g mixed peel 100g glace cherries 225g golden caster sugar 4 [...]

Extravagant Earl Grey

Earl Grey is perhaps one of the most widely drunk teas in the world and one that can easily be considered truly English. Brewed with care, it proves to be a rewarding cup of tea; its easily recognizable aroma warming and comforting.  Yet combine it with a careful selection of fragrant flowers and you will find yourself immersing in a whole new experience. Extravagant Earl Grey is one of our new bespoke handmade blends and already an extremely popular choice [...]

Keemun

The story of tea begun in ancient China and its true origins are steeped in wondrous myths and legends. It is no wonder then that, over the course of many centuries, China has managed to produce literally hundreds of different teas. Although green tea has always been the beverage of choice there, it is the black teas for which China is most famous in the West. One such popular black Chinese tea is Keemun. The name derives from the place [...]

Tea is good for your memory!

We can never stress enough just how beneficial tea drinking is for our overall health and we are always excited when new tea research is conducted and the results reveal the positive effects of our favourite drink. For example, a recent study conducted in Switzerland and published in the March 2014 issue of Psychopharmacology shows that there is a link between drinking green tea and our memory. Although the research was limited in scope and included only twelve healthy volunteers, the results were [...]

What is Happy Tea?

With spring in full swing, what better tea to celebrate than with our very own Happiness Tea? This truly delightful blend is packed with goodness from fennel to rosebuds, and will have you bouncing through the upcoming months! This tea has been tailored to uplift and revitalize your senses, and what could be more uplifting that the zesty fragrance of lemon verbena? Lemon verbena, although native to Argentina and Chile, is grown all around the world and has been used [...]

Darjeeling First Flush

The Darjeeling District found in India is well known for its tea and perhaps the most special one of them all is the Darjeeling First Flush. This seasonal tea is the first harvest, or 'flush', of the year after the winter has come and gone and the first leaves of spring are ready to be plucked. Typically, the First Flush is in season from March to May, but each year's harvest is different, as much depends on weather patterns and the [...]

Healthy Immunity

Icy gusts of wind, sudden temperature drops, gloomy wet days and the ever persistent rain; that has been the norm for quite a while now. We've all been trying to endure these dubious perks of the season with varying degree of success, however the same can't be said of our immune systems. It starts innocently enough; a slight cough here and there, an annoyingly runny nose, a little shiver soon followed by a fever and more often than not one [...]

China Pai Mu Tan

China Pai Mu Tan is a Chinese white tea with a very refreshing aroma and a gorgeous light golden colour. The name, sometimes spelt as 'Bai Mudan', derives from its resemblance to the White Peony's petals. The white green leaves are exceptionally big and one can find many silver tips among them. This tea is carefully processed in a natural way, only through drying and withering in the sun. As it is a white tea, China Pai Mu Tan contains [...]

White Harmony Tea

White tea characteristically has a subtle, layered flavour. For this reason, I was a little defensive when I first heard about its use in flavoured blends - surely the tea's own delicious taste would quickly be swamped by anything mixed in with it? It turns out that I underestimated its underlying robustness, and the possibility of the tea's subtler notes making themselves felt over a background of other flavours. At core, white tea - China Pai Mu Tan in particular [...]

Soothing Feminine Tea

I am conscious of not really being in the target demographic for Soothing Feminine Tea - what with being a man, and usually being more interested in tea tea than herbal infusions. It happens that I am a fan of all the main ingredients here, however. Chamomile is a long-term favourite of mine; very few things are so relaxing. Oats are my favourite grain, and although it is the stems, not the ears, that are used to make tea, something of [...]

Ceylon Green

Sri Lanka competes with the Far East at its own game. Traditionally, tea from the Indian Subcontinent has almost always been black, while the teas of East Asia are overwhelmingly not - with a few delicious exceptions like Keemun and Yunnan. In recent decades, however, tea-makers of India and Sri Lanka have been experimenting more and more with green, white and oolong teas, with an impressive degree of success. I have had some very respectable green and white teas from [...]

Green Tea helps Hepatitis C sufferers

At Camellia's Tea House, one of our passion's is to talk about the truly wonderful health benefits of drinking tea and herbal infusions and this month we wanted to share with you the latest research on Green Tea and its ability to inhibit the Hep C virus. Individuals receiving a liver transplant who are vulnerable to infection by Hepatitis C virus may find green tea inhibits HVC re-infection. End stage liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus is the most [...]

Aching Muscles Tea

Looking for the perfect drink to counteract the hustle and bustle of the London rat race? Our Aching Muscles Tea is just for you! Deliciously refreshing and just as effective, it will soothe your aches and pains at the end of a hard day. Camellia's Aching Muscles Tea is the perfect tonic for many pains and works wonders for all kinds of muscle strains. A deliciously light and refreshing infusion, it is the combination of chamomile and lemongrass in the [...]

UK study shows that tea is as hydrating as drinking plain water!

Camellia's Tea House is passionate about health and tea and we are on a mission to break some of the myths surrounding the health benefits or not of tea. This is a huge topic but one of the most important areas is hydration which is vital for good mental and physical health. People generally believe that tea can be as dehydrating as coffee - it clearly isn't and we now have some new evidence to better prove this. "Drinking tea [...]