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Nature’s Way, Abergele, North Wales


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We have a lovely new stockist, joining the mama tea community, in Wales, Nature’s Way in Abergele.

Nature’s Way is an independent health and whole foods store in North Wales that has been operating for 20 years. The current owners Angie and Phill have been running the store since the summer of 2010.

The store stocks “whole foods, food and herbal supplements, products for people with special dietry or health requirements, vegetarian, vegan and raw food products, natural bodycare products and eco friendly cleaning products”, and now they will also be stocking Mama Tea. They also sell locally sourced bread, free range eggs, cakes, yoghurts and honey and offer a delivery service in Abergele and surrounding area.

To find out more about Nature’s Way visit their website, www.natureswaynw.co.uk, or email info@natureswaynw.co.uk. You can find the store at 4a Market Street, Abergele, LL22 7AA and their opening hours are: 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am – 4.00pm on Saturday.

We look forward to visiting them one day and hope their customers enjoy mama tea.

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What do you drink your mama tea from?


The Mama Tea Office

A quick survey of the Mama Tea office and there are a number of drinking vessels of various shapes and sizes around, we’ve some lovely delicate teacups, a selection of mugs and a few disposable cups, and with exception of the teacups not many of the other drinking vessels can be called attractive and they probably don’t enhance the tea drinking experience but they all serve a practical purpose of allowing us to enjoy a cup of mama tea.

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One of our pretty teacups!

History of the Teacup

Tea in China was originally drunk from a little bowl, and when tea first arrived in Europe this way of drinking tea from tea bowls continued. It was in the mid 1750s that a handle was added to the bowl to stop ladies burning their fingers (reference: www.afternoontoremember.com). A gentleman by the name of Robert Adams devised the idea of a little handle on the side of the bowl and he also introduced the saucer. Adams made these cups from a porcelain that was strong but delicate to look at.

Other Cultures

In China tea is still regularly served in a bowl, a gaiwan, with a lid is considered the best way to brew and drink green tea.

Japan is famous for it’s tea ceremonies, and tea here is regularly served in a small tea bowl.

In Morroco, tea is served in tea glasses. These are slender glasses often with brightly coloured patterns.

In Russia, in the traditional tea ceremony, tea is served in a glass that is in a silver glass holder (in effect adding a handle to the glass).

Some of these tea drinking vessels have evolved from practicality and some from ceremony but the one common denominator is that they have all evolved for the drinking of tea.

What do you drink your mama tea from?

Mama's Mug

The Mama’s favourite mug.

Mama Tea is a Marketing Winner!


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Here at Mama Tea we’re delighted that, on Thursday 30th May, we won the Marketing award at the prestigious Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards.

The awards dinner was a beautiful and sparkling event held under the chandeliers of the newly refurbished Assembly Rooms on George Street, Edinburgh. The evening commenced with a drinks reception in the West Drawing Room and Ball Room followed by dinner in the Music Hall. The dinner and award presentation was hosted by Hardeep Singh Kohli.

There were twenty awards handed out on the night, one of the highlights being the Outstanding Achievement in Food and Drink Award that was awarded to Paul Grant MBE of jam makers Mackays.

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The Mama couldn’t stop smiling!

HG Awareness Day, 15th May 2013.


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Today is HG Awareness Day. Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe form of vomiting and nausea in pregnancy. The Hyperemesis Education and Research Foundation, or HER Foundation, have dedicated this day to raise awareness of this serious condition.

To find out more about the Foundation’s research and work visit their website and/or follow them on Twitter and Facebook (#HGaware).

Don’t forget, our Morning Mama herbal blend was created specifically to help ease nausea and sickness. It is a gentle blend of ginger, chamomile, lemon balm, lemon peel and orange peel and tastes delicious, even if we say so ourselves!

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7 Amazing Pregnancy Facts


unusual pregnancy factsJust for fun and out of interest we’ve spent the morning looking up unusual and some record breaking facts about pregnancy.

1. There are around 103 million women pregnant in the world at any one time.

According to the CIA World Factbook there are on average 255 worldwide births per minute, and as a pregnancy on average lasts 280 days (= 403,000 minutes), this means that there are on about 103 million women pregnant in the world at any one time. (detailed calculation here).

2. Longest pregnancy on record is 375 days.

The average pregnancy lasts 280 days, and most women if they run much over will be induced but according to Time Magazine, and other online sources, the longest recorded pregnancy in history was 375 days, with a healthy baby born in 1945. Prior to this the longest recorded pregnancy that resulted in a healthy birth was 317 days.

3. Nigeria has highest rate of twins in the world.

In Europe we have a birth rate of twins of 9-16 per 1000 live births, in Nigeria the figure is 45-50 per 1000 live births. Research has been carried out in this region and some have attributed this higher rate to the yams that they eat.

4. Heaviest baby born was 10.8kg.

A baby boy was born to Anna and Martin Bates in 1879 that weighed 10.8kg (23lb 12oz), according to Guinness World Records, sadly this baby only lived 11 hours. The heaviest surviving baby was 10.2kg (22lb 8oz), a boy born in Italy in 1955.

5. Eight is the highest number of babies to all survive a multiple birth.

Nadya Suleman, nicknamed “Octomum” gave birth to octuplets in 2009 in the United States. They are the first in which all eight survived infancy. Her multiple birth and similar cases of septuplets have all been attributed to fertility treatments. The highest number of babies to survive a multiple birth without fertility treatments is six.

6. Youngest mum ever was 5 years old.

The youngest girl ever reported to have given birth was 5 years old in Peru in 1939. Her baby was born by cesarean section and survived. She had apparently been having periods since she was 3 years old (a medical condition known as precocious puberty). Her father was arrested for incest.

7. One mum gave birth to 69 children,

Mrs Feodor Vassilyev gave birth to a total of 69 (67 of whom are said to have survived) children between 1725 and 1765, she had 27 births and she gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets. See a list here of large families.

Tea and Beauty Tips


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We love a really good cup of tea but here a few ideas of how to use tea in your beauty regime.

1. Brighten your eyes – leave used teabags in the fridge overnight and in the morning relax for 20 minutes with the teabags on your eyes to reduce dark circles and puffiness.

2. Lip toner – apply a warm teabag to clean lips for 5 minutes and the astringency of the tea will make your lips appear smooth. Don’t rinse afterwards.

3. Shiny hair – brunettes can add shine to their hair by rinsing with strong cold black tea after shampooing, blondes can do the same with chamomile tea.

4. Tired feet – soak your feet in cold tea at the end of a long day, the tannins of tea help to fight odour causing bacteria.

5. Sunburn – steep five or six teabags in a bath of warm water and then soak to calm and cool your sunburn.

6. Treat acne – soak a black teabag in hot water for a few minutes (make yourself a cup of tea!), remove from the water and allow to cool a little, then place over the offending acne for up to 10 minutes. Avoid washing your face and the astringency of the tea will keep working on the spot all day.

7. Soothe insect bites – to soothe and reduce itchiness, hold a cold used teabag on the affected area for several minutes.

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Enula 9, Copenhagen, Denmark


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Mama Tea has just arrived in the beautiful and inspiring shop Enula 9 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The shop sells carefully selected maternity and nursing clothes, accessories, books and skincare for pregnant women, mums and babies.

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They stock lots of lovely brands including JBrand, Mama Licious, Ganni, Petit Bateau, Amoralia and many more.

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The shop is calm and peaceful and a delightful place to spend some time browsing.

To find out more about Enula 9 follow them on Facebook, read their blog and visit their website.

They are open Tuesday to Friday 11.30am – 5.30pm and Saturday 10am – 2.00pm and located at Rosenvaengets Alle 6, Copenhagen 2100.

Pucci Baby Shop, Modena, Italy


Valeria Bergamimi opened the lovely Pucci Baby Shop in Modena, Italy in 2012. Not only does she stock the complete range of Mama Tea (the first retailer in Italy to do so) she also stocks products from brands including Frugi Organic Clothing, Hevea Baby, LittleLife daysacks and luggage, Brevi and many more. Valeria has created a colourful and fun store full of goodies.

Pucci Baby SHop, Modena

The Pucci Baby Store is located at Strada Attirago 3, 41122, Modena. They are open daily from 9.30am to 12.30pm and again from 3.30pm to 7.30pm. Follow Valeria on Facebook or contact her by email on vbergamini78@gmail.com.

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Mama Tea in the Pucci Baby Store in Modena, Italy

Mama Tea’s top tips for Heartburn in Pregnancy


Heartburn is a burning chest pain that is caused by acid from the stomach moving into the oesophagus (the tube that leads from your stomach to your mouth). The pain usually occurs a short time after eating but there can be a delay. It is thought that about three quarters of pregnant women suffer from heartburn. Here are a few tips to help easy your heartburn;

Drink Cool Mama

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The mama of Mama Tea suffered terribly with heartburn and wanted to create a tea that would soothe. Cool Mama was created to be soothing and calming. Cool Mama is a herbal tea of gentle chamomile flower heads blended with whole spearmint leaves and marshmallow leaves. Chamomile is very good at relaxing the nervous system, so a perfect tea to drink in the evening, before bed. Spearmint is gentle and cooling. To buy Cool Mama (we can sell to customers worldwide) please click here.

Eat Healthily and Avoid Triggers

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There is lots advice around food and preventing heartburn, the key points to think about are:

  • Eat small meals, an overly full stomach can contribute to heartburn.
  • Don’t eat right before going to bed.
  • Avoid your food triggers, for most people these include spicy food and/or acidic food (such as citrus fruit) but everyone’s triggers are different and you need to figure out which foods cause you more discomfort and try to avoid them.
  • Sip liquids, similar to eating small meals you don’t want to overfill your stomach too quickly.

Prop Your Head Up

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When in bed you don’t want the acid to flow back up the oesophagus, so propping your head up and keeping it above your stomach may help to keep acid where it belongs. Similarly don’t lie down or bend over immediately after eating, if possible sit or go for a walk to discourage any acid moving upwards and causing heartburn. Let gravity keep acid where it should be!

Wear Loose Fitting Clothes

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Comfort will be one of your top priorities when pregnant and loose fitting clothes definitely contribute to being comfortable. Clothes that fit tightly round your waist can put pressure on your stomach and cause acid to travel up the oesophagus. Loose doesn’t necessarily mean loosing your sense of style though, as the cute red maternity dress above shows.

If you have any heartburn tips you would like to share with us please comment below.

To find out more about heartburn and indigestion in pregnancy go to the NHS website.

Tea Cosy- when did you last use one?


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When was the last time you used a tea cosy? Here at Mama Tea HQ we’ve just been asking ourselves that question, in fact do you even own a tea cosy? These questions were prompted by a discussion about our Facebook cover photo, and indeed the background picture to this blog, and it made us wonder about the plight of the tea cosy.

Tea cosies are traditionally knitted or quilted and have an image of being old-fashioned and dare we say it chintzy! Some of us, at MT HQ, love a bit of chintz and there has been a fashion for shabby chic and all things Cath Kidston inspired but what if you’re wanting a more contemporary number? A bit of searching online though and we found some amazing contemporary tea cosies.

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Michaelle McLean in Canada is making gorgeous felt tea cosies under the name Flock of Tea Cosy. Her tagline is fine felt tea cosies with a modern bent.

Modern Knit Tea Cosy - charcoal grey with scarlet red flower embellishment - custom and handmade for you

Yes, this tea cosy is knitted and floral inspired but it is a great modern take on the traditional tea cosy, it is made by Shazzas Knits and available on etsy. There are also some lovely stripped versions without the flower, they are all handmade to order.

Tea Cosy by Hella Jongerius

We also found this modern tea cosy by Hella Jongerius, made of fleece and commissioned by Dutch department store HEMA.

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Or how about this faux fur tea cosy by de Ruig from notonthehighstreet.com. It is also available in different colours and fabrics, it looks like a really cosy place for a pot of tea and when it closes it has a handle on top that makes it very portable.