FOUR OF THE BEST TEAS TO HELP YOU SLEEP…

According to an article on Step to Health, six of the best teas to drink to help you sleep well are –

1.   Chamomile and Tila – Tila is known for being a natural sedative which is highly recommended for relaxation and for relieving tension.I think we all know about how relaxing and calming Chamomile is.

2.  Lemon Balm – has an acidic aroma. Using its flowers and leaves to make teas helps one get a deep sleep.

3.  Mint Tea –  it contains anti-inflammatories and sedatives, and is a great way to get a better night’s sleep.

4.  Passion Flower and Valerian – Passion flowers contain natural anxiolytics and acts as a natural tranquilizer and Valerian is one of the best known natural sedatives. Although its taste is not very pleasant, it induces sleep and reduces nervousness.

 

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SEVEN WAYS TO STORE TEA…

  1. It’s best to transfer both loose tea and teabags from a cardboard or paper packet or tub into an air-tight container.
  2. Tins and caddies with tight-fitting lids are good as they can keep out other smells and humidity which can affect the tea.
  3. Storing the jars in a dark cupboard will mean the tea will keep well.
  4. You should never keep it in the fridge as there is always the chance that water will get into the packet.
  5. You should always be careful with flavoured teas, as the added flavourings can be very powerful and easily taint other teas nearby.
  6. For loose tea, it is essential that you check that the spoon or scoop that you use is completely dry.
  7. If there is even a drop of moisture on the spoon, the humidity introduced to the interior of the packet or caddy will have an effect on the quality of flavour.

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THIEVES BREW(BEV’S TEA CO) AND PISTACHIO SCONES…

I have written before that I receive the Tea Tourist tea box’s which come with a surprise selection of loose teas from some of the hottest artisan tea companies each month. They are sent in taster size portions for you to try. In this month’s box I had yet another amazing selection to try from and after sampling the Thieves Brew from Bev’s Tea Company, I decided to try and bake with it as well. I turned out rather tasty to say the least.

THIEVES BREW AND PISTACHIO SCONES…

Makes 14 to 16 scones

Working time: 35 mins
Resting time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Baking time: 20 minutes

1 teaspoon Thieves Brew Tea (By Bev’s Tea) seeped in 100g/3.5oz of boiled water for 3-4 mins
250g sultanas
160g  milk
150g unsalted butter
600g plain flour
30g baking powder
150g caster sugar
160g double cream
75g crushed pistachios
1 egg
Pinch of salt

Method

  1. Seep the tea in the water for 3-4 mins.
  2. Add the sultanas and leave to infuse for two hours.
  3. Place the milk in a pan and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat and leave to cool.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  5. Rub the butter into the flour. Add the baking powder and sugar. Stir in the cream and milk. Drain the sultanas from the tea infusion and add them and the pistachios to the bowl and stir into the mix until you get a soft dough.
  6. Dust with a little flour and rest the dough for half an hour. Roll it out to 3cm thick and cut out your scones.
  7. Place the scones onto a tray.
  8. Beat the egg in a cup with a pinch of salt and use to glaze the top of the scones.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Leave to cool.