New Teas for August!


At Mama Tea HQ, for August,  we have decamped to the beautiful isle of Ibiza…

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Normally a massive party place at this time of the year, we have been over on the quieter side of the island…all long beach walks and dreaming of sweet herbs…

I firmly believe in the holistic power of herbs and flowers and no-where does it feel more natural to create new tea blends than on this lovely island. Inspired by the beautiful tanned fit people I see everywhere here, I felt inspired to create some iced teas that are not only tasty but also good for your beauty, fitness and detox regimes.

BERRY BLUSH | Iced Tea

First up is Berry Blush which I created specifically as an iced tea.

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Spare your blushes with this glamorous beauty berry tea. We have blended the pinky red cranberries with green apples, hibiscus and soft white vanilla to create a beauty tea like no other.

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Cranberries are a super fruit; a powerful antioxidant, they are an incredible ingredient for your skin. With such strong antioxidant qualities, they help the skin to get rid of free radicals with contribute to the aging process, leaving you with youthful looking skin.

The high percentage of Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5 and antioxidants in this fruit makes it useful in shielding our skin against any harm caused due to environmental factors.

Vitamin C, one of the amazing components contained in cranberry juice, is essential for the formation of hydroxylisine, hydroxyproline, and amino acids required by the body to produce collagen. Oxygen and other important nutrients are responsible for keeping the skin firm and soft. They also make the skin look radiant and young. The collagen present in the cranberry juice helps to serve this purpose.

Cranberries also should be consumed daily, to help avoid dental problems like cavities and plague. This is truly the art of beauty by prevention.

RUBY RHUBARB | Detox Tea

Next up, is the delightful RUBY RHUBARB Detox Tea

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Get fit this summer with our Ruby Rhubarb Detox Tea. Whether it is running along the beach or in the park, sip this pink beauty of a tea to aid your fitness routine and overall detox regime.

Packed with fitness beauties like elderberries, hibiscus blossoms, apples and Rhubarb, this is an energising detox tea that hydrates as well as energises.

Imagine the sweet aroma of freshly baked Rhubarb Pie as you sip this ruby beauty.

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PINEAPPLE PAMPER | Iced Tea

Last up, is our fruity Pineapple Pamper Iced Tea

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Feel pampered at the Mama Tea Day Spa with this tropical citrus tea! The freshest pineapples have been cut up and blended with full round lemons for the ultimate refreshing iced fruit tea.

Think of a warm day on the beach in Ibiza, with the heat of sun on your skin and the taste of lemon on your lips. Pineapple sweet surfboards, boho blueberry bikinis and golden tanned skin.

The Mama Tea Day Spa is right on the beach, so that you can relax, watching the ocean with the scent of lemons in the air…

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Lovely review about Mama Tea’s customer service!


Mama Tea Review!

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The following excerpt is a review emailed to Mama Tea today:
“This is not so much a review of the teas; I will leave that to my pregnant daughter…..(although I have tried one of them already which put onto the search for more!), it’s more about my experience of the service I received recently.
 
I just happened to be the first person to place an order on the new website and there were a few ‘teething’ problems that prevented me from completing my order. I sent an email quoting my problem and received the promised “reply within 1 hour” from Anna Louise personally. She fixed the problem almost immediately. After several email exchanges I became aware that I was feeling very welcomed and valued as a customer by her prompt personal attention and warm generosity. Thank you Anna Louise. I have shared my experience and the deliciousness of the teas with my daughter and friends, one of whom is a midwife, she said she would pass on the same to her new mums. 
 
So, if you are thinking of placing an order for some lovely Mama Tea, don’t hesitate! Go, Mama, Go!!”
Lynda, online customer

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!

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.

Mama Tea Recipes and Pinterest Competition


Mama Tea recipe competition

We love food….and we love drinking Mama Tea, so we came up with the idea to combine the two and have some fun with our customers – a competition to come up with the most interesting recipe using one, or more, of the Mama Tea teas.

Once you’ve come up with a recipe, email us (info@mamatea.com) the recipe and some photographs of the finished product,, we’ll publish your recipe here on our blog and on our Pinterest board,  a winner will be chosen and they’ll win a copy of “The Great British Bake Off, How to Bake”.

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Your recipe doesn’t need to involve baking, it could be using mama tea as a stock for something, it could be using the herbs from a teabag for seasoning, be as inventive as you want to be and have some fun!

Mama Tea in Japan with Scotland Food and Drink and SDI – #exportweek


Mama Tea recently ventured over to Shanghai and Tokyo. This is our journey in pictures……

 

Vending machines in a lane in Tokyo.

 

 Cluttered street in Tokyo.

 

Sushi meal with other members of #export week

 

Sushi in Nobu with @scotdevint #exportweek

 

Scottish lobster served up at Nobu, Tokyo

 

Members of the Scottish Trade Mission at Nobu in Tokyo

 

Dinner in Tokyo

 

 

Tokyo at night

 

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Afternoon Tea Party- the tradition.


“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” 
Henry James

Afternoon tea parties are fashionable again, in parallel to the rise of the rise of the cupcake and the resurgence of home baking we’ve seen the tradition of afternoon tea get a new lease of life.

Afternoon Tea by George Goodwin Kilburne

The Tradition

The tradition of taking afternoon tea started in 1830-40, when the Duchess of Bedford asked for tea and light refreshments to be served in the afternoon. It was a light meal that was taken between an early lunch and a late evening meal. The Duchess is said to have enjoyed her afternoon refreshments so much so that she started inviting friends to join her to take tea and so the afternoon tea party began. It quickly became fashionable for ladies to take tea with friends in the afternoon and the afternoon tea party became an elegant event, often followed by a promenade in the park. Tea parties were largely restricted to the upper classes as they had time for leisurely afternoons. The lower classes had “high tea”, after a day of work, which was more substantial (the name high tea derives from the fact that it was taken at a high table, i.e. a dinner table, whereas afternoon tea, also known as “low tea” was taken at a low table).

'Afternoon Tea c.1910' by artist Rene Lelong

Tea, of course, took centre stage at a tea party but the food and the serving of it was important too. Tea would be poured from silver pots into delicate fine bone china cups and food, consisting of sandwiches, scones and cakes, was served on elegant tiered cake stands and decorative plates.

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Present Day

The current fashion for afternoon tea often includes champagne and exquisite bite size cakes and pastries, less of a meal and more just a glamorous snack, it is still primarily enjoyed with friends and treated as an occasional luxury rather than a daily occurrence.

Afternoon tea is still thought of as a British tradition and all the top hotels will offer an afternoon tea, there are also afternoon teas with a twist now such as the fashionista tea at the Berkeley or the Alice in Wonderland inspired Mad Hatters afternoon tea at the Sanderson.

Herbal Tea is not just for drinking!


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We have been experimenting with baking Mama Tea cupcakes and it’s got us thinking of other things we could make with herbal tea for, so here’s a run down of some of the ideas we’ve had.

Herbal tea ice cubes

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Really simple to make; brew some tea (you may want to make it stronger than usual as the flavour dulls when cooled), allow to cool a bit then pour into an ice cube tray and freeze. To make the ice cubes even more special how about freezing some mint leaves or strawberries or lemon slices in them.

Herbal tea stock

We haven’t quite got this idea figured out yet but, working on the theory that where ever you use water in recipe you could potentially consider using tea for an alternative flavour, we feel there could be potential to use tea instead of stock when making soups. How about carrot soup made with a morning mama stock (ginger and chamomile) or sweet potato soup with a glowing mama stock (rooibos and elderflower)?

Herbal tea sorbet

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Similar to the ice cubes and stock, replace the water content of your sorbet recipe with brewed herbal tea.

Herbal teabag eyemasks

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We think Cool Mama would be particularly good for this one, spearmint to cool and chamomile to soothe. After enjoying your cup of Cool Mama place the teabags on your eyes and relax!

If you want to find out more about Mama Tea or buy our teas, go to www.mamatea.com.

Ready Mama- our raspberry leaf tea


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Raspberry leaf has been used by generations of women to prepare for childbirth, Mama Tea‘s Ready Mama has been created as a birth preparation tea of raspberry leaf blended with rose petals, motherwort, rosehip, hibiscus and echinacea leaf. Each of these lovely herbs add extra benefits to the tea making this a really powerful and tasty birth preparation tea.

Raspberry Leaf

Raspberry leaf helps to strengthen and tonify the womb before birth. Raspberry leaf is also traditionally drunk during labour to ease the contractions and after labour help the uterus shrink back into shape. For non-pregnant women raspberry leaf is recommended to ease period pains.

Rose Petals

Rose petals are traditionally added to teas taken during the later stages of pregnancy for their calming properties and for their fragrance and taste.

Motherwort

As the name suggests this is a herb taken by mothers, more specifically it is a herb that was used in childbirth to calm the mother. It is also a uterine stimulant and in addition to women in labour, it is useful to women suffering with period pain.

Rosehip

Rosehips are a great source of vitamin C and were traditionally made into syrups that are consumed in the winter months when other fruits are in short supply. Rosehips can help improve iron absorption.

Hibiscus

A really tasty addition to this tea but it also has the powerful ability to stimulate blood flow. It is used in many cultures either for either menstrual problems or during labour. It should only be drunk in late pregnancy and in labour and avoided at other times during pregnancy.

Echinacea

Regarded as one of the most useful herbs it has been used for centuries for it’s antibiotic properties. It is a very useful alternative to traditional antibiotics for infections in pregnancy.

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Ready Mama is a lovely caffeine-free herbal tea designed for women in the late stages of pregnancy and during labour (we do not recommend drinking it before week 38 of pregnancy) that tastes great whether you’re pregnant or not! This tea makes a refreshing and fragrant iced tea perfect for lazy summer afternoons.

To find out more about Mama Tea’s caffeine-free herbal teas or buy this tea, click here.

3 reasons that Caffeine affects Women more than Men……..


Introduction

I am a woman. And I drink caffeine. I am also the Mama of Mama Tea, therefore I drink a LOT of Mama Tea herbal tea. Accordingly, my caffeine intake has gone down substantially, however I now experience more noticeable effects of drinking my regular Starbucks/Costa/Caffe Nero coffee. I get flushed, hot, clammy, and my heart races. I suffer headaches and feel a bit jittery. As a result, I only drink one cup of coffee a day. However, I thought it would be interesting to look at a few of the facts about caffeine and women.

Caffeine affects women more than men.

Wow – really?? I hear you ask. Well, you might be surprised to find out that “roughly, 75% of the human research into caffeine has been conducted on men”  – {p225 – “Caffeine Blues” by Stephen Cherniske}.

Research shows that caffeine affects women much more than men. Why?

Reason 1 – Slower detoxification

Women detoxify caffeine much slower than men per se. However due to the fluctuations of hormones during a woman’s cycle, the “HALF-LIFE” of coffee (i.e. the time it takes the body to eliminate one half-dose of a dose of coffee) can change, varying from 5.5 hours to 7 hours depending on the stage of the cycle {M.J.Arnauld. “Metabolism of Caffeine and Other Components of Coffee” in “Caffeine, Coffee & Health”}. 

All of this means that by the time you are hitting your second or third cup, your body still has not recovered from the first cup. if you want to detox, try cutting down your coffees as the first step!

Reason 2 – Caffeine zaps your iron levels

Caffeine reduces your iron levels. The reason why this is so important for women is that women often suffer from iron malnourishment. Up to 30% of women will suffer anemia until they stop menstruating, just because it is so difficult to get iron from food. {L. Hallberg, “Iron” in “Present Knowledge in Nutrition”, 5th ed.}.

“Depending on the composition of a meal, a caffeinated beverage can reduce iron availability by a whopping 50 percent” {p235 “Caffeine Blues by Stephen Cherniske}. 

That’s a lot!

Reason 3 – Caffeine makes you stressed

Stress generally affects women much more than men – women’s stress hormones increase more rapidly than men’s when faced with conflict. {J. Ferri, “Under Pressure”} 

What does caffeine have to do with this? Well, caffeine increases the “Stress Response”. Caffeine has numerous effects on the body. One of these is is that it disrupts the function of the “ADENOSINE RECEPTORS”. 

What on earth does this mean? Well, Stephen Cherniske sums it up better than I could:

“Have you ever inserted the wrong key in a door and found that the key fits just fine but it wouldn’t unlock the door? That’s what caffeine does in a adenosine receptor. It fits, but does not perform the adenosine function……when caffeine plugs an adenosine receptor, an important biochemical message that was supposed to be sent to the cell is not delivered…….When caffeine inactivates this control mechanism, your neurone circuits keep firing, and you feel alert. The problem is, your circuits keep firing, and firing, and firing……”

This uncontrolled neuron firing creates an EMERGENCY RESPONSE in the brain – it activates the whole flight-or-fight flight stress reaction, flooding the brain with the stress hormones. And it keeps on doing it, over and over!

Combine this with the fact that women suffer stress more acutely and you can see that this fact alone is a reason for women to wean themselves off more than your one cappuccino a day!