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How To Fix A Broken Nail With A Tea Bag (Really!)

Never cry over a ruined mani again.

January 3, 2016

TGIF Chamomile Margarita Recipe

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!

Ingredients

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)

Method

  1. 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.
  2.  Rim cocktail glasses in salt by placing salt on a shallow plate, moistening the rim of each glass and dipping in salt.
  3. 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!
July 10, 2015

What’s The Difference Between Tea and Tisanes?

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.

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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.

What Are Tisanes?

Love Chai Skin Glow Organic Tisane, $10

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May 28, 2015

8 Reasons You Should Drink More Tea

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.

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Metabolism

Want to boost your metabolism one cuppa at a time? Drink white, green and black tea between meals to aid digestion throughout the day.

Skin

Is your skin feeling particularly dry and brittle? Tea is packed with catechins which keep skin hydrated throughout the day.

Weight

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.

Blood pressure

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.

Stress

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.

Immune system

Green tea is beneficial to the immune system since it helps to fight against a variety of diseases.

Exercise endurance

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.

Antioxidants

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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May 21, 2015

Sip The Health Benefits Of Tea

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.

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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

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

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!

White Tea

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

Oolong tea has been found to lower levels of bad cholesterol, which is one of the great benefits of tea.

Chamomile

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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May 13, 2015

The Tea Guide: Benefits Of Different Teas

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.

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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.

April 19, 2015

How To Heal Your Body With Tea

Put down those antibiotics and heal almost any condition with a cup of humble tea. There are a variety of blends on-hand to help you when you’re feeling, congested, suffering from a stomach ache or even having difficulty sleeping. Keep this guide handy the next time you’re feeling under the weather, and need a pick-me-up!

RELATED: How Green Tea Fights The Ageing Process

Stomach ache

Tea: Chamomile

A calming chamomile tea is perfect for relaxing the entire body. The gentle herbs aid in reducing the pain and inflammation, and is a perfect treat to enjoy right before bedtime.

Nausea

Tea: Ginger

Ginger tea has been used for centuries to reduce nausea and relax the stomach. If the taste is a little too bitter for your liking, add a teaspoon of honey to make it sweeter.

Sore throat

Tea: Lemon

Infuse your tea with a few drops of lemon juice to reduce painful swelling and inflammation in the throat and tonsils. The lemon will reduce the amount of mucus in the throat, and create a clear, pain-free passage in no-time. Add honey and ginger for a sweet to relax your body before going to bed.

Sleep

Tea: Passionflower

Passionflower tea is a powerful herb antioxidant which has natural sedative properties. It is also ideal for people suffering from stress and anxiety, especially if you’re in need of a deep sleep.

Tired

Tea: Peppermint

Mint-based teas are packed with antioxidants and help to uplift the mood. They also have certain aromatherapy properties and are perfect for stimulating productivity levels.

Cough

Tea: Thyme

Add a teaspoon of thyme into your tea to curb any nasty coughs during the winter season. Thyme helps to reduce friction within the chest, and clears nasal passages as well.

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January 19, 2015

Inspirational Women: Nicole Lamond Philp

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.

December 19, 2014

A Beginner’s Guide To Tea

In some cultures, tea is central to religious ceremonies and events. For others, it can be the center of a social gathering. But for most, sitting alone with a cup of tea is the best therapy on offer. Not only is tea tasty and relaxing, it is also extremely beneficial to our health. Tea is high in antioxidants which help cleanse our body of bad toxins. It is also said to help combat illness, ease headaches, delay aging, boost immunity, and prevent cancer. To discover the benefits of varying teas, use this helpful list.

Black tea
The most popular tea, black tea comprises 80 per cent of all tea consumed. It is high in caffeine, but offers an energy boost without overstimulation, often experienced by coffee drinkers. Black tea is great for reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Green tea
Green tea is the second most enjoyed tea worldwide. It is high in antioxidants, is great for digestion, helps lift depression, lower blood pressure and is great for the skin. The benefits are endless.

White tea
White tea has the least caffeine and the most antioxidants. It can only be harvested during certain times of the year, and is thus considered quite exclusive. It shares many qualities with its green sibling, but has a lighter, sweeter taste.

Rooibos tea
One of Rooibos’ greatest assets is it is naturally caffeine free, and can thus be consumed by children and pregnant women. Also very rich in antioxidants, it can improve circulation, aid in the absorption of iron and, help skin conditions.

Peppermint tea
Popular in the Netherlands, you can make peppermint tea at home by adding fresh mint leaves to hot water. Peppermint tea has relaxing properties and is also good for aiding digestion and reducing bloating. Some believe that it can relieve symptoms of cold sores.

Ginger tea
Also easy to make at home, ginger tea is often consumed with lemon and honey to make it a bit sweeter on the taste buds. Ginger is anti-bacterial and is therefore great at boosting your immunity and combatting cold and flu. It is also said to aid nausea and morning sickness.

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August 4, 2014