WHY YOU SHOULD DRINK CHAMOMILE TEA AND HOW TO BUY IT & BREW IT…

There are over 15 reasons to drink chamomile tea, but make sure you know how to buy it and brew it.

1.It can soothe your nerves and rest your mind.

2. It’s a naturally caffeine free herbal tea.

3. It is soothing and relaxing and is known to work as a muscle relaxant and antispasmodic.

4. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory capabilities.

5. It helps to induce sleep.

6. It soothes skin irritations.

7. It can help bronchitis.

8. It can heal mouth sores and prevent gum disease.

9. It can treat IBS and other gastrointestinal complaints.

10.It can relieve toothache.

11.It can help with bladder problems.

12.It can reduce menstrual cramps.

13.It’s good for kidney and spleen health.

14.It can help alleviate symptoms of the common cold.

15.It can help expel worms and other parasites.

16.It can help improve liver function.

17.It can help relieve back pain and improve rheumatism.

18.If you add one quarter of a cup of cranberry juice with one teacup of chamomile it can help digest food after a meal. Cranberry juice cleanses the palate while chamomile settles the stomach.

19.Chamomile, lavender with valerian root, are natural sedative, and a natural alternative to sleeping pills. Chamomile, Lavender and Rose are also known to aid restful sleep and soothe the nervous system.

20.If you steep your tea for 3 minutes or more it can release more beneficial antioxidants into the water.

21.When buying loose-leaf tea, make sure it smells fresh and vibrant.

22.Drink your tea at the right temperature for the most health benefits. It should be below 140F. Too hot a cup of tea can damage cells in your throat.

23.Check the packet labels to check whether you’re buying a blend or single variety.

24.To get the most healthiest benefits from tea choose loose leaf tea instead of teabags.

25.A great advantage of loose leaf over bagged tea is your ability to see and smell the product before purchasing it.

26.If buying flavoured tea, check whether the flavouring is natural or a ‘nature-identical’ synthetic. For example, Earl Grey tea flavoured with bergamot oil is far superior to Earl Grey tea with bergamot flavouring.

26.Herbal teas—such as chamomile or Echinacea—are technically tisanes, or infusions of herbs and spices (so they’re not a true tea). But they can also aid in hydration efforts and may provide other health perks.

28.The leaf grade will determine the tea’s brewing time: the smallest leaves are used in teabags because they brew very quickly.

28. Generally, it’s better to buy more intact-looking leaves; a lot of crushed bits can indicate rough handling, excessive processing, and/or stale tea. Let your nose gauge the quality: Sniff for freshness and richness.

30.Tea has a long shelf-life, but both leaf tea and teabags should be stored in an airtight container or canister in a cool, dark place in order to preserve the original flavour for as long as possible.

Source: BBC Food, Bicycling

AFTERNOON TEA WEEK 9th-15th AUGUST 2021…

Afternoon Tea Week this year takes place from the 9th-15th August. Afternoon Tea Week celebrates the great British tradition of Afternoon Tea and is the perfect excuse to catch up with loved ones over a cup of tea and some delicacies.

Venues across the UK will run a selection of exclusive discounts and exciting events to pay tribute to the nation’s favourite pastime. #AfternoonTeaWeek

If you head down to the Afternoon Tea website you will find offers from all over the UK.

The History of Afternoon Tea Week –

Afternoon Tea Week was established to help secure a tradition that has graced British afternoons since the 1840’s. In those days, dinner often wasn’t served until 8pm. Since a full lunch wasn’t actually a thing, what was a hungry person to do in the hours of the afternoon? Create a new mini-meal in the middle of the day of course! 

Even though it is called “tea”, there is far more than just a beverage being served in the afternoon! Traditionally this light meal contains tiny finger sandwiches, as well as scones with jam and clotted cream. Plus, this time is also likely to reveal sweet dainties such as cakes and pastries to help lift the spirits, bolster energy, and see people through the rest of the day.

After a while, what started out as a simple afternoon meal grew into a social event, especially for those who spent their lives in the upper echelons of the day’s society. This became even more prominent once Queen Victoria herself took part in this tradition. At that point the concept of the ‘tea reception’ was born. This type of event included lavish and fancy afternoon repasts that could host anywhere from a close collection of friends to a couple hundred of society’s most important faces.

As the name suggests, drinking hot tea was a very important part of this meal, which was a tradition started by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. She often found herself feeling weary or worn down in the middle of the day, and a pot of tea with a snack just seemed to be the best way to take care of it. She soon invited friends to join her for walks in the field, and thus began the tradition that would eventually turn into Afternoon Tea.

The tradition continues and it is time, once again, to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week!

Britain Magazine wrote that from 10 to 16 August, tea rooms, restaurants and even a Routemaster bus will be holding exclusive events and discounts up and down the country in celebration of the great heritage of afternoon tea in the UK.

This year will see the first Afternoon Tea Week pop-up venue in London, which will host a range of unique events including celebrity hosted afternoon teas, a children’s tea party, demonstrations from leading pastry chefs, tea tastings and talks about the history and etiquette of afternoon tea.

Among the many events to look forward to are the Bakewell Baking Festival at Bakewell Showground on Derbyshire; an After Dark Afternoon Tea in the Cigar Room at The May Fair hotel in London that promises to like no other; a Literary Afternoon Tea with Rosie Millard at the Conrad London St James; the UK’s most renowned artisan chocolatier paul.a.young fine chocolates will be offering the Afternoon Tea Week Collection, a specially curated selection of afternoon tea favourites reimagined; and The Ritz London will be launching a new Chocolate and Salted Caramel Fudge cake during the week.

With even more to be announced, find out what’s happening in your area and plan your week and book online for events at afternoonteaweek.com