This Friday afternoon indulgence is perfect as a pick-me-up and calm-me-down all at the same time. Tea lovers will be especially fond of it!
4 chamomile tea bags
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup water
Juice of 1 lemon
1 ½ shots Tequila Blu
45ml chamomile simple syrup (mix of equal parts sugar and chamomile tea)
You will also need
½ cup salt (to rim glasses)
1 lemon cut into wedges (to garnish)
- To make chamomile simple syrup: Mix 1 part sugar and 1 part water in a saucepan over the stove to melt sugar. Once boiled, remove mixture from heat and add 4 chamomile tea bags. Leave these in for approx. 30 mins for tea to steep before refrigerating.
- Rim cocktail glasses in salt by placing salt on a shallow plate, moistening the rim of each glass and dipping in salt.
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until liquid is chilled. Strain into each glass, decorate with fresh lemon wedges and enjoy!
Who doesn’t like to unwind with a nice cup of warm tea after a long day at work? Tisanes or herbal teas are becoming increasingly popular since they are packed with antioxidants and actually contain less caffeine than your standard cup of tea.
Pronounced tea-zahn, they are easily available at the supermarket or can even be infused at home or as part of a detox! For more information, have a read through our guide about tisanes below.
Types of tisanes
There are several types of tisanes available depending upon your personal preference and taste. Some of the most popular tisanes include:
Leaf – mint, lemongrass, lemon balm
Bark – cinnamon, slippery elm, black cherry bark
Flower – hibiscus, chamomile, lavender, rose
Root – chicory, echinacea, ginger
These tisanes are actually more concentrated than your standard cup of tea, and therefore their flavour is much stronger. Any teas which are made with the ingredients about are classified as herbal teas, and can be used to treat a variety of different conditions.
How to prepare tisanes?
Tisanes are actually really quick and easy to prepare if you have the correct techniques. There are essentially two ways to prepare the perfect tisane: decoction and infusion. Decoction is most popular with root and bark tisanes which just involves boiling the water and herbs for a longer period of time.
On the other hand, infusion which is most popular follows a similar step, but then requires you to strain the tea leaves before drinking.
Where can I buy tisanes?
Most tisanes are readily available in the supermarket, but if you want to mix and match to create your own, there are a variety of blends available straight from the internet.
Love Chai Skin Glow Organic Tisane, $10
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There is no denying that a cup of tea is the perfect way to unwind after a long, hard, day at work. But did you know that tea also has other benefits? Here are ten reasons why you should be swapping coffee and soft drinks for tea on a daily basis.
Want to boost your metabolism one cuppa at a time? Drink white, green and black tea between meals to aid digestion throughout the day.
Is your skin feeling particularly dry and brittle? Tea is packed with catechins which keep skin hydrated throughout the day.
Many people find that drinking green tea actually helps to keep their weight under control. If you don’t fancy the taste of green tea, try oolong – which is yummy and sweet.
Just like with stress, most types of tea are actually great at calming the entire body. Infuse your favourite tea with ginger, jasmine and thyme for a sweet afternoon beverage.
Did you know that drinking a cup of tea can decrease your stress levels? Enjoy it at the end of a long day at work, or even a few hours before bed.
Green tea is beneficial to the immune system since it helps to fight against a variety of diseases.
The catechins found in tea can actually help in your workout session! How? They help to burn fat at a faster rate, therefore making the most out of your workout routine.
One of the best benefits of tea is that they’re all packed with various antioxidants. These protect against a variety of conditions including the appearance of skin, hair, nails and even assist with internal upsets.
What are some of your favourite teas?
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I love walking into the tea aisle in the supermarket. It’s almost like the confectionary aisle for grown ups. It’s no longer just English breakfast and earl grey, tea has come such a long way over the last couple of years. It’s not just for pinky waving nannies anymore; tea is trendy.
A huge percentage of the population drink coffee, but tea is on the uprising, not just for the taste and flavours, but for the benefits to brings to the body. Teatoxes are a thing and Twinings now have more flavours of tea than Cadbury does of chocolate. It might be time to ditch the double shot soy caramel latte for a nice, hot cuppa tea to rejuvenate and relax.
Black tea contains a lot of caffeine, so it has similar benefits to coffee in relation to giving you alertness, fat burning and more, except that it also contains two types of antioxidants that have been linked to lower cholesterol levels. Drinking two or more cups of black tea per day has also been linked to lowering the risk of a stroke.
Green tea contains lots of antioxidants that may interfere with the growth of some types of cancer. Green tea also prevents clogging of the arteries, thus helping to reduce cholesterol levels and stroke and can also be a fat burner, so grab a cup!
No, this isn’t adding milk to your cup of English breakfast. White tea is given its name because of the soft, downy hairs on the buds. White tea is the highest in antioxidants and the lowest in caffeine. It’s also said that white tea has the highest cancer fighting properties.
Oolong tea has been found to lower levels of bad cholesterol, which is one of the great benefits of tea.
Chamomile tea has very soothing benefits and has also been shown to help stop side effects of diabetes like loss of vision and nerve damage. Chamomile is also said to stunt the growth of cancer cells.
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Are you a coffee or a tea person? I’m both. Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon. And while I love coffee a little bit more, I have to admit that tea is much better for me, or anyone.
Not all teas are the same, of course – some have more health benefits than others, but it seems as if there is a tea for every problem you may have. Here is a little tea guide:
Green Tea: This common and popular tea can lower cholesterol and help to burn fat. It can even prevent the clogging of arteries!
Lemon Ginger Tea: Lemon combined with ginger are said to be natural immune-boosters and can even help to fight bacteria. This tea can therefore support your body during cold and flu season. Ginger is also recommended when feeling nauseous.
Peppermint Tea: This tea is not only very refreshing (especially when cold), but it also helps you when you feel bloated as it relieves muscles.
Chamomile Tea: The flowers of the chamomile plant have a calming effect, which is why chamomile tea is recommended before going to bed or if you are struggling with insomnia.
Rooibos Tea: Listen up, ladies! This tea will make your skin glow as it is full of antioxidants. Moreover, it contains Vitamin C; the perfect health-kick-tea!
Dandelion Tea: This one’s not as common, but you might want to look out for it during your next visit to a health store as dandelion tea has detoxifying qualities and supports a healthy liver function.
White Tea: White tea contains the least amount of caffeine and can boost your metabolism.
The bottom line is that your body will benefit from any kind of tea, but knowing the effects of different teas will make it easier to make a smart choice when it’s tea time.
Each week, SHESAID features an inspiring woman who has been kind enough to share her story with our readers. She might be a leader in her chosen field, someone still on their own path, striving to make a difference or simply someone with a remarkable story to tell. These women contribute their own knowledge, expertise and life lessons in order to truly inspire others.
Name and role:
Nicole Lamond Philp, director of Universal Village, a Fair Trade food company that imports and distributes Qi Tea and is also the owner and distributor of Rhino Coffee.
What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
I run all aspects of the business and outsource operations to a 3rd party logistics company. I have a national sales and merchandising company that does my sales nationwide. Mostly I’m focused on marketing, including promoting Qi Teas which are in Woolworths, IGAs and soon to be in Coles. Some of this is creative work, which I love the most – creating campaigns, writing copy etc.
How/when did you know this what you wanted to do as a career?
I’ve never really thought of it as a career, it’s more that I wanted to be involved in Fair Trade – I wanted to introduce Fair Trade into Australia and see it in the mainstream.
“Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.”
Where do you find your inspiration?
People who take a different path in life to the one they were born into – people who take up the challenge of what they are ‘called’ to do is really inspiring. Any work (whether art or in business) that is striving for what is good, true or beautiful is awesome.
Did you have a mentor? Who/what helped you to get your career off the ground?
Yes, I do have a business mentor, Dale Simpson of Bravo Consulting. He’s been fantastic. He keeps me looking at the big picture – what am I trying to achieve? Because the goal wasn’t about a $ profit figure or something so tangible. It’s easy for one’s dream to get buried in the day to day minutiae and Dale helped keep the dream alive, so to speak. And it’s so valuable to have someone in your corner on the days when you feel like chucking it all in!
What were the stumbling blocks, initially getting started on your career path, and since then?
The fact that I didn’t really know what I was doing when I started the business was a bit of a stumbling block! I’d also only ever worked in admin, I’d never been the person at the top actually making decisions. It took me a long time to get out of that mindset and grow in confidence.
How did you overcome these?
I went and did the first year of an MBA, then switched over to the Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which was a great course.
What are your goals for the future?
To meet really inspiring people who are making the world a better place. To grow Qi Tea to be the most significant green tea brand in grocery in Australia and to see Fair Trade products in every household in Australia. To become more loving. To live in a house that feels like I’m living in a work of art. To spend some time living on a boat or in a shack near the edge of the world.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same path as you?
Choose something you’re passionate about and go for it! A general rule of thumb in the early days is everything costs double what you budget and will take twice as long as what you think, so always, ALWAYS crunch the numbers. Timing is the essence of life and each year brings its set of (hopefully) victories and challenges. Take time to reflect and appreciate and learn from them all. Never compromise your values or your dream to make the world a better place.