SOME OF THE BEST TEAS TO DRINK IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM IBS…

  1. Fennel Tea – this tea is helpful in relieving cramps and it can also act as a mild laxative. Holland and Barrett sell the Heath and Heather Fennel Tea which is fresh and herbal, the ideal way to help maintain your well-being at any time of the day. A wonderful addition to your herbal, caffeine-free tea collection.

Heath & Heather Fennel 50 Tea Bags

2. Camomile Tea my favorite last drink of the day as it has a soothing calming effect. It can also help reduce stomach cramps. It’s been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory and some even claim that it can help beat the annual hay fever sneezes. With its sun-drenched warmth and a fragrant floral finish, it’s time to enjoy Whittard’s Golden Camomile herbal tea, crafted purely from golden camomile flowers and finely blended for our individually wrapped teabags. With its sun-drenched warmth, a cup of pure relaxation.

3. Peppermint Tea another one I always have in my cupboard. This has a soothing effect on your stomach and may even help if you suffer from heartburn, gas, and spasms. My favorite is Twinnings Pure Peppermint Single Tea Bags, created to help you feel refreshed and ready for the day with each sip. A classic, vibrant blend perfect for any time of day.

Pure Peppermint - 80 Single Tea Bags (Image 1)

4. Spearmint Tea – not one you find around as much as Peppermint Tea but yet again this one can have a soothing effect on your stomach and has a gentler taste to it. Amazon sells Palanquin’s Spearmint Herbal Tea,

5. Anise Tea – this can help to relieve constipation, gas and bloating. Holland & Barrett have a Pukka Detox Tera which is a clean fusion of aniseed, fennel and cardamom. 

6. Rooibos Tea – this tea is caffeine free, and has a rich flavor and is great for relieving stomach spasms. Jing Tea makes a Herbal Rooibos Tea which is soft, honeyed and gently tangy with a hint of bitter orange. 

7. Ginger Tea – ginger in any shape or form has health benefits and the tea helps with nausea and stomach spasms. The Natural Health Market sells Organic Ginger Tea Bags which is made with only chopped certified organic ginger root. The tea has an intense taste and impressive ‘zing’ that makes it moreish and a comfortable level of spice provides a nutrient-rich warming sensation. 

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TOP FIVE CHOCOLATE TEAS WITHOUT THE CALORIES…

If you are true chocaholic like me then when they invented chocolate tea you went to heaven and back. The trouble is there are now lots of chocolate teas to choose from so of course I had to sample them. Getting your chocolate fix without the calories has to be a winner for any chocolate lover. Here are my top five chocolate teas.

1.Teapigs Chocolate Flake Tea Made With Whole Leaves (1 Pack of 15 Tea Bags) These are an award winning blend of chocolate flake tea which is a black tea with a hint of dark chocolate. Absolutely perfect for a treat with a dash of milk. They are made up in a biodegradable bag (hooray) and their packaging has been certified plastic-free by A Plastic Planet and at only £4.15 for 15 tea bags it will soon tickle your fancies.

2.Yogi Teas – Ayurvedic Organic Fairtrade Choco Tea Bags 17bags – these are delicious. They contain pure South American cocoa shells and ginger and cinnamon. To get the best taste allow the tea to steep for 7 minutes in boiling water. The only trouble with these are that I want another cup the minute I have finished my first one. Another great price at £3.02 for a bag of 17.

3.Suki Tea have a Chocolate Tea Bundle to die for. They say this bundle provides all the chocolate indulgence without the calories so I was straight in there. It has Mint Choc Chai, a black tea base with all the spiced flavour you would expect in a chair, with rich, dark cocol beans and fresh peppermint leaf. Enjoy it with steamed mill and you will be heaven.

Raspberry Ruffle, Black Tea with Coconut, Chocolate & Raspberry, yes please! The rich dark chocolate accentuated with the nostalgic combination of sweet coconut and a dash of zingy raspberry makes this amazing tea. 

Dark Cocoa Tea, Black tea and cocoa kernels blend for a rich chocolatey cuppa. The whole bundle for £14.80 for serious chocolate lovers.

4.Whittard’s have a Dark Chocolate Loose Tea Pouch, which is a blended loose leaf black tea from India and Indonesia with a (very) generous helping of cocoa nibs, creating a tea that’s full-bodied, aromatic and seriously chocolatey. It is truly indulgent and another one that you will probably drink two cups of. And, yet another they say is a sugar-free chocolate fix. What more could we ask for us chocaholics. The cost is a reasonable £6.00 for 100g.

5.Twinings Nutty Chocolate Flavour Assam Loose Tea – if you love a bit of nuts with your chocolate then you will enjoy this one from Twinings which is a Hazelnut and chocolate flavour black tea. Inspired by tea & chocolate, a match made in heaven.  Rich Assam loose leaf tea is a perfect partner to the flavour of delicious chocolate & hazelnuts. A 125g pouch is £9 another great price to get your chocolate fix without the calories.

NEW WAYS FOR USED TEA LEAVES AND TEA BAGS…


These green tips on used tea leaves is from the site Green Living Tips which explains about how tea can affect the environment, and a few extra tips from One Good Thing website.

Uses for used tea leaves and tea bags…

  • If you do use tea bags, instead of throwing them into your household trash bin – they can be composted or added to a worm farm.
  • I’ve seen dried tea leaves suggested as an incense (although in my opinion, burning tea leaves smell pretty bad)
  • Burning tea leaves is said to repel mosquitos
  • Dried tea leaves can absorb moisture in cupboards and odors in refrigerators
  • Tea leaves sprinkled in kitty litter can help reduce smell
  • Remove oil from pots and pans without impacting on their “seasoned” aspects
  • Dried tea leaves can sop up oil spills in the kitchen.
  • Soak old tea bags in melted wax to make firelighters
  • You can use the leaves from a tea bag to freshen up your carpets! Just allow a tea bag to dry out, then remove the leaves. Stir the leaves into a big handful of baking soda, then sprinkle the mixture over dingy or smelly spots on your carpet. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, then vacuum the area thoroughly.
  • Re-brew used tea bags to refresh parched skin. Allow the tea to cool, then pour it into a spray or squeeze bottle. Then just spritz it onto your skin or apply with a cotton pad.

These stunning used tea bags art which I wrote about earlier in the year I found on Pinterest are totally unique. There is even a book of some of these images by Ruby Silvious – 363 Days of Tea. A Visual Journey on used tea bags.

In 2016, Ruby also worked on “52 Weeks of Tea” and “26 Days of Tea in Japan,” created during her art residency at Studio Kura in Itoshima. This collection reflects a mix of ancient and contemporary style and inspiration.

More recently she created paintings based on art masterpieces such as Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid” and “Woman in Blue Reading a Letter,” as submissions to the 2017 International Rijksstudio Award.

4 DELICIOUS COFFEES WITH CBD IN THEM..

If you haven’t tried tea with CBD or any CBD products then coffee with CBD in it is well worth trying.

London Nootropics takes its name from the “brain boosters” that are known to enhance brain performance and improve memory, focus, motivation and creativity. So, you can expect its adaptogenic coffee blends to come with more than a buzz. Their Zen Adaptogenic coffee with CBD & Ashwagandha, is a balancing and calming blend designed to promote a sense of peace, combatting the effects of stress, tension and irritability. Feel alert, calm, focused and adapt to physical & mental stressors. Unwind, chill and add some Zen to your life. It’s Free from preservatives & artificial sweeteners. Just pure natural ingredients and costs £15 for a 12 sachet box.

The husband and wife team behind Trip, Olivia and Dan, first discovered CBD in 2018 when it helped Dan recover from knee surgery in time for their wedding. Armed with their own experiences, they set about to create a range that was as tasty as it was beneficial to the body. Their COLD BREW COFFEE is designed for jitter-free energy. A deliciously rich, Guatemalan specialty grade coffee brewed for 24 hours in East London, infused with 15 MG CBD. Dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, no added sugar and no compromises – made in the UK in 100% recyclable cans, and £17.99 for a six pack.

The team behind Silly Goose Coffee wanted to create something that was disruptive but in a positive way. Their mission is to make coffee that benefits not only the drinker, but their suppliers, partners and the planet. Not only do they source delicious and ethical coffee but they work with a pod manufacturer that makes home-compostable and biodegradable pods, and Ecologi, who help plant trees to offset Silly Goose Coffee’s carbon footprint. Their pods are Nespresso Compatible, Home Compostable & Biodegradable. They come in a box of 10 and are roasted in small batches from Centra America and Africa. Available in Lungo, Espresso & Decaf. An Italian Roast Coffee for £9.99 CBD Range includes 10mg CBD per capsule & 0% THC

Pothead Coffee is another leading UK CBD Coffee market right now. They use Tanzanian arabica coffee beans, which have an amazing flavour profile and are filled with nutrients from the earth.

Infused with CBD and a broad spectrum of cannabinoids, this coffee is a real winner.

Their most popular and #1 BestSeller is their original, and strongest CBD-infused, arabica coffee. Ridiculously smooth tasting and uber calming coffee, with a flavour of nuts, berries and a subtle hemo aroma.

CBD PER CUP: 10mg CBD + a broad spectrum of cannabinoids. Laboratory tested. THC Content: Less than 0.03% which is £23.95 for 200g ground coffee.

CBD Coffee shot by @morewithmat

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NATIONAL CHEESE TOASTIE DAY TODAY 27th OCTOBER, 2020…

Today is National Cheese Toastie Day, ( I’m salivating just thinking about it).

Cheese toasties are undeniably one of the nation’s favourite comfort foods – delicious cheese wrapped in a blanket of crispy golden bread and cut into perfectly nostalgic triangles – nothing hits the spot quite like a cheese toastie.

Americans have their grilled cheese, the French have the Croque monsieur but Brits have the king of them all, the mighty cheese toastie! It’s claimed that people have been enjoying this dish in one way or another since Ancient Roman times and it’s brought comfort to many for generations before us, so it’s about time it got the recognition it deserves as we celebrate one of our finest dishes with its own dedicated National Cheese Toastie Day (27thOctober).

Each year, on 27th October, Yorkshire Creamery invite the nation to celebrate its love for the mighty cheese toastie. Dust off your toastie machine, dig out your grill pan or whip out your toastie bags and get ready to cook up the ultimate snack.

Whether you’re enjoying it with fan-favourite fillings such as cheddar, ham, tomato and chutney, dunking it in soup or dipping it in mustard, it’s time to give this age-old snack the recognition it deserves.

Yorkshire Creamery launch National Cheese Toastie Day to continue our promise to take a stand against bland and deliver great-tasting dairy products that ‘taste like they ought to’! So grab one of our delicious cheeses (Extra Mature Yorkshire Cheddar, Yorkshire Red and Double Yorkshire) and our rich and creamy Yorkshire Butter and let’s #ToastieTogether.