DRINK YOURSELF BEAUTIFUL
At Mama Tea, we know a thing or two about the power of herbs. We have applied our knowledge to create some wonderful beauty teas; loose leaf teas that will assist your beauty routine from the inside out.
We have combined the best skin enhancing herbs available to create this delicate beauty tea. Rosy Skin beauty tea contains cinnamon, rose hips, nettle leaf, oat straw herb, rooibos, rose petals and delicate jasmine flowers.
This aromatic rose rooibos herbal blend is like facial in a teacup, with goodies like nettle leaf, rose-hip and rose petals that all work together to enhance your skin and beauty.
There is a reason the Romans and Greeks used to bathe in rose petals. This wonderful herb not only looks and smells good, but it is a very beneficial skin remedy; antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, the beautiful delicate rose petals naturally moisturise and tone the skin.
Rose hip is like a multivitamin for skin. It is very rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants all of which are essential for skin health. Rose hips are naturally rich in lycopene, a power antioxidant. The lycopene in rose hips help to protect skin from premature ageing.
Jasmine flower is a well known skin remedy; it is a powerful antioxidant and also assists with anti-aging as it can flush free radicals from the central nervous system.
Rooibos (also known as Redbush tea) is a powerful antioxidant from South Africa that helps to rid the skin of toxins and also works to flush out free radicals.
Finally, Oat Straw herb is full of magnesium and calcium and is used to help prevent dry skin. So treat your skin to a cup of goodness with this delicate beauty tea…BUY HERE!
Pregnancy and Herbal Tea
Why drink a special “pregnancy tea” I hear you say. There are thousands of herbal teas out there, so why a special one for pregnancy?
Well, there are some herbs that are not ideal during pregnancy and some that should only be taken at certain times. However, caffeine is probably more harmful than any of the herbal teas that you could buy in your supermarket, so please do not be alarmed. You would also have to drink a LOT of unsuitable herbal tea for it to have a huge effect. Saying that, there are some things to be aware of.
Spearmint Tea and Pregnancy
Spearmint tea is better during pregnancy than peppermint tea. Although both are from the same family of herbs, they are quite different in terms of their chemical make-up. Peppermint slightly irritates the uterus lining, whereas spearmint is completely harmless. Spearmint tea like Mama Tea’s Cool Mama tea also help relieve pregnancy heartburn as we have blended it with chamomile and marshmallow leaf, so go for spearmint instead. BUY HERE
Raspberry Leaf and Pregnancy
Raspberry leaf, hibiscus, motherwort and rosehip all stimulate the uterus, which is not recommended before week 38 of pregnancy, so avoid all of these types of teas at the start of pregnancy. Saying that, towards the end of pregnancy, around week 38 onwards, these herbs are actually extremely beneficial for a pregnant woman. All of these herbs will “tone” the uterus and help the body prepare for birth. Increase the amount you are drinking towards week 40 and these herbal teas will actually stimulate the uterus so much that they can help you go into labour naturally and also increase the intensity of your contractions.
There are lots of raspberry leaf teas on the market but very few combine all four of these powerful uterine stimulants. Mama Tea has solved this with their birth preparation tea, Ready Mama as this tea combines all four of these herbs. Mama Tea has also included some lovely rose petals to make this tea smell and taste lovely with the added benefit that rose petals calm the central nervous system. BUY HERE
Rooibos and Pregnancy
Rooibos or redbush tea is a herb that has been used in South Africa by pregnant women for a long time. It is a powerful antioxidant, more than green tea! And it is completely safe to use in pregnancy, so ditch the caffeinated teas and coffees and try a rooibos tea instead.
At Mama Tea, we wanted our rooibos tea, Glowing Mama, to have some little pregnancy “extras”, so we also added dandelion and elderflower which both help with fluid retention and also some echinacea, nature’s natural antibiotic, for an all-round pregnancy tea! BUY HERE
Drink Mama Tea during your pregnancy for the right herbs at the right time and your peace of mind.
SUMMER LOOSE LEAF TEAS FROM MAMA TEA
MOVIE NIGHT LOOSE LEAF TEA
Warm summer’s evening, grab some movie night raspberry popcorn and drive down to watch the latest movie with this blockbuster of a tea. Apple, pineapple and raspberries appear on the screen, warming up for the big star – popcorn! Enjoy this on warm summer’s nights as a delicious iced tea. Now, where is our golden globe for Best Fruit Tea?! TRY HERE
BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE LOOSE LEAF TEA
Smoothies are today’s well being health drink of choice and this tea takes it’s inspiration from one of the healthiest around – a blueberry smoothie! We threw in apples, pomegranates, rose hips and cornflowers and the result is a bright blue blueberry smoothie of a tea that will make you smile. TRY HERE!
MANGO POPSICLE LOOSE LEAF TEA
Dreaming of warm summer days and hazy sunshine put us in the mood to make these delicious mango popsicles. Fresh out of the freezer, how cute do they look? Pineapple cubes, mango, strawberry and orange makes this tea a refreshing summer drink. Try it as an iced tea for a real well being cool down this summer!
Go a step further and make this into a delicious iced tea popsicle, by pouring your iced tea into popsicle molds and freezing. A yummy but healthy alternative to traditional ice cream goodies.. TRY HERE!
CHILLI CARROT CAKE LOOSE LEAF TEA
We love love love carrot cake and decided to throw in some hot chilli to spice up this traditional taste! Rich, earthy rooibos tea is mixed up in this hot recipe of rosebuds, carrots, safflower petals and chilli! We couldn’t resist the challenge of making tea taste like Mama’s fav cake! Go a step further and mix the essence of this delicious tea into your fav carrot cake recipe and serve up a chilli afternoon tea. Hot stuff! TRY HERE!
try some salted caramel loose leaf tea…..
Originally posted on SIMPSONS TEA:
We are in love here at Simpsons Tea…..
salt sweet love affair
Wallow in the throes of this salty sweet pleasure…
Thick chunks of warm caramel flood the senses, with a hint of almond and cream all contained within the embrace of soft round rooibos.
Sweet and salty, this is the perfect lover; all of the taste and none of the caffeine. Seventh heaven! With all of the silk sheets, soft curves and sweet nothings, we must confess that we are in love with Salted Caramel. Try some salty sweet perfection
Commonly known as “melissa”, this wonderful herb comes from the Greek word, “mel” meaning honey. It’s bright green leaves are a common sight in many herb gardens. But why is it such a wonderful herb?
ELIXIR OF YOUTH
The sixteenth century herbalist, Paracelsus called it the “elixir of youth” as it operates as an antibacterial, antidepressant, antiviral and a mild sedative. It has long been hailed as a natural remedy for depression as well as acting as a gentle natural sedative for emotional upsets.
The real healing power of this fabulous herb is it’s wonderful effect on the digestion system. Lemon balm will ease most stomach upsets and digestive complaints, including morning sickness.
Next time you are feeling a little low or have a quest stomach, give lemon balm a chance to heal.
This Easter, put the chocolate eggs to one side and take some time out with a soothing cup of herbal tea. Easter is a time for renewal; take some time for you and make some plans for your well being…..
Creating a Well Being Plan doesn’t need to be a massive project; it is the simple steps that make a difference…..
Create a space and some time for meditation. Even if this feels difficult at first, persist. Research shows that a little meditation every day is extremely beneficial for mind and body.
Three quick meditations from Natalie MacNeill from the Huffington Post (link here):
Stress Shaker (releases stress from your body)
Start by taking a few deep breaths then bring your awareness to whatever is causing you stress.
As you become aware of what’s bothering you say, “I’m willing to move forward and see this differently.”
Then take a few deep breaths, using the exhalation to sigh and release the tension.
Once you’ve done this, shake it out and move your body, visualizing your stress being shaken away. Do this for as long as you like.
Time Tap (shifts your mindset to a place of abundant time)
Place your hands on your lap. Starting with your pinky fingers, tap one finger of each hand at a time (synchronizing your left and right hands) and move through each finger to your thumbs. Place your hands on your lap. Starting with your pinky fingers, tap one finger of each hand at a time (synchronizing your left and right hands) and move through each finger to your thumbs.
As you tap, recite one word in a five-word mantra for every tap. My favorites include, “I always have enough time,” “I am one with time” and “Time is within my control.” (Or, create one of your own, being sure to focus on you being in control of time instead of the other way around.).
Focus Flame (Reduces tension and eye strain)
Turn off your computer.
Light a candle.
Bring the flame to eye level, holding it about 12-18 inches in front of you.
Set your gaze on the flame and look at it for 1-2 minutes.
Take deep breaths as you do this, releasing any of the tension you may be feeling with each exhalation.
EXERCISE EVERY DAY
The idea of exercising every day seems over-whelming at first. But like all small changes, start with the baby steps. Quite literally. Start with walking. A quick walk every day will do wonders for your mind and your body. If you want to lose weight and/or get very fit, then increase the walking to a run but do not under-estimate the benefits of getting a little exercise every day.
DRINK MORE WATER, MORE HERBAL TEA AND LESS CAFFEINE
Hydrate your mind and body with clear water! It is that easy! We also advocate reducing your caffeine levels substantially. Caffeine is a toxic stressor for your central nervous system and as such, upsets balance in the body. Many of our caffeine-free herbal teas contain herbs that flush out toxins, like the powerful antioxidant, rooibos. We also have fantastic herbs for calming the central nervous system, like chamomile and marshmallow leaf. Give your body a break and go herbal! Drink Mama Tea!
Did you know that one of your most powerful beauty and well being products is sitting in your tea cupboard? Put your expensive beauty products to one side, pour a cup of steaming hot ginger tea and read our top ten reasons why ginger tea is a powerful beauty aide:
REASON NO 1 – ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS
Ginger is an excellent at helping your body to absorb essential nutrients and minerals. As we all know, nutrients and minerals are essential to help maintain beautiful skin, hair and nails.
REASON NO 2 – ANTI-AGING BENEFITS
Ginger contains over forty antioxidant compounds that help to protect against ageing; reason enough to brew up! Ginger removes toxins and stimulates circulation, which allows more nutrients to reach the skin. Antioxidants prevent damage from free radicals, which helps to maintain the youthful appearance of the skin. It improves elasticity making your skin more firm and youthful. In this way, it slows down the signs of ageing.
REASON NO 3 – CLEARS BLEMISHES
Ginger helps to keep the skin clean, smooth and free of blemishes as it is a powerful antiseptic herb. It is the best natural acne fighting weapon as it minimizes the rate of acne formation and eruption by killing and clearing the acne causing bacteria. It will nourish your skin also.
REASON NO 4 – LONG SHINY HAIR
Ginger increases scalp circulation resulting in the flow of blood to your scalp. This stimulates the hair follicles and encourages growth and shine. The fatty acids present in ginger are very beneficial for thin hair.
REASON NO 5 – TONES SKIN
Ginger is known for its aphrodisiac, antioxidant and toning properties which contribute to radiant skin. You can prepare a simple mask by mixing 2 grated gingers with 2 tablespoons honey and 1 teaspoon lemon juice and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes. Apply on your face and rinse with cool water after 30 mins. This will help to soften your skin as well as prevent ageing.
NEW MAMA LIQUORICE HERBAL TEA – BIKINI TEA
With summer just around the corner, we all need a little boost to get us into tip top shape for lazing on the beach or posing by the pool. Here at mama tea, we think we have the perfect solution……a little tea called New Mama…
Our delicious New Mama tea has many benefits but one of the more surprising effects is that of being a slimming tea. New Mama contains several different herbs which help to curb the appetite…the main ones are fenugreek, fennel and nettle leaf, all of which are contained in New Mama:.
There have been several studies that show that the soluble fibre in fenugreek seeds can reduce the absorption of dietary fat as well as aid appetite control by creating a sensation of “fullness.”
When it comes to the the big weight loss herb, fennel wins hands down as it has a double benefit: working both as an appetite suppressant and a metabolism booster which really are both useful if you’re trying to lose weight.
One of the most popular benefits associated with drinking nettle tea is weight loss. Nettle tea is efficient fat removing toxins from the body. It is also known to feed the cells of the body which results in decreases in cravings. It is often used as an appetite suppressant, which makes it highly beneficial for both weight loss.
Preliminary research indicates that consuming licorice may decrease body fat mass….we need to wait to get the results of further studies but combining liquorice root with the herbs above makes New Mama a bikini fast-buster of a herbal tea!
So, get stocked up in New Mama and get ready to slip into a little black number this summer…..TRY HERE!
Our Glowing Mama gets her dewy glow with a strict beauty regime…..she has plenty of sleep, drinks lots of water and eat 7(!) pieces of fruit and veg a day. But what gives her that well being extra? What is her secret?
ROOIBOS, ElDERFLOWER, ECHINACEA AND DANDELION….
Our lovely lady has a well being secret that combines the well being properties of rooibos tea, elderflower, echinacea and dandelion.
She combines these natural herbs in a delicious tea called after her……Glowing Mama
Our lovely lady adores rooibos tea, as the rooibos herb is such a powerful antioxidant. As an antioxidant, getting rid of toxins and nasties helps to give her skin and hair a particular glow. As Glowing Mama is a caffeine-tea and is 100% natural, it is a wonderful tea and a great beauty product.