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HYDRATE YOUR BODY, HYDRATE YOUR SKIN

Updated: Aug 23, 2020

Consumed for centuries, and also used as a metaphor for awkward situations (SPILLED THE TEA) (SIPS TEA) (AND THAT'S THE TEA) It's safe to say we all know a big mug of your favourite brew is like a warm big hug for your soul.


Iced, Hot, Cold, Lukewarm. Of all the versatile ways to drink tea, how do you take yours?


WHAT'S THE TEA?

Funnily enough, I never was a big tea drinker. Probably because the range of tea's I was only ever exposed to was English Breakfast or Earl Grey. A good chai was also the main attraction at most weddings or while out visiting family & friends but that was it.

For centuries, tea has been spruiked for just about every cure. Cancer? Drink green tea. Stressed? Drink Chamomile tea. Hair loss? Drink Rosemary tea. Got a cold? Drink ginger, honey and lemon and you'll be brand new in no time. COVID? Yeah nah, nothing yet.


So why tea? What's so good about it


Tea is said to contain flavonoids. These

flavonoids are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits that can help to reduce a number of ailments. Whether the claims actually hold any merit, would entirely depend on the advice of a health practitioner. DON'T DR GOOGLE YOUR ISSUES PEOPLE. And they can react with your other medicines too. That being said, tea is consumed for taste on it's own too. There are hundred of teas on the market, and I have to admit the tea market is pretty strong at the moment with their contraptions. (Hello Gravity Tea maker, I'm looking at you).


So what are our faves?


  1. Rooibos

Hailing from South Africa, rooibos tea contains a high level of flavonoids. Antioxidants may help protect cells from damage by free radicals. There is some evidence that rooibos tea can increase antioxidant levels in your body. The Vanilla variant is our go to. Our jam. Our answer to 3.30itis. Our everything. We love you bush tea.



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2. The Humble Chai


Across India, people who serve or sell tea are affectionately known as Chaiwala's. Slumdog Millionaire was one. Maybe thats why he was so quick witted? Chai tea is a fragrant, spicy tea that is made by adding spices like cardamom, nutmeg and star anise. Although most of health benefits associated with Chai are backed by science, it's worth noting that they are generally linked to the ingredients used in chai rather than just the black tea. It's like a mulled wine, great on it's own but with the spices it becomes an elixir. We take our chai with a naughty spoon of coffee sugar. Probably not the best health wise, but damn it tastes HELLA good. A side of shortbread doesn't hurt either



3. Chamomile


Ah, the humble Chamomile flower. A lot like Rooibos, this brew is jam packed with antioxidants that may play a role in lowering your risk of several diseases. Asides from that, the instant stress reliever may aid sleep and digestion. Also one of our teas which are on heavy rotation.


4,5,6,7,8,9,10,20,000


This list could go on forever. There are 20,000 variants of tea at the time this article was written. Again, we cannot stress enough to do your research then get brewing! Some other tea's we like to have in our arsenal are:


- Rosebud Tea

- Peppermint Green Tea

- The Humble Earl Grey

- Kombucha Green Tea

- Matcha


Last but not least....



Butterfly pea flower tea is a shapeshifter, turning from blue to a purple hue when lemon juice is squeezed into the tea. We're unsure of the benefits but we're just here for the aesthetics. Your are too.

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