Tag Archives: tea

A Tale for Tea Time – by Anita Rosenberg

sep-edm-5-blog-post-anita-r-tea-time-2

Sit, relax and take a tea break while I tell you a brief tale of how these famous fragrant leaves arrived in the West via China and India.

It was British horticulturist Robert Fortune who was sent under cover in 1848 to China to steal tea growing secrets and bring cuttings to India for the East India Company. “For All the Tea in China – How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed the World”written by Sarah Rose chronicles Fortune’s adventures and is one of my favorite books. It is a fascinating tale that takes you deep into the unknown and unexplored regions of China and one man’s journey to bring tea to the rest of the world. Robert Fortune struggled against pirates, suspicious locals, the elements and his own untrustworthy companions, all for the sake of a humble leaf that would change the world forever. It’s a great read.

If not for Robert Fortune, tea may not be the world’s most popular and widely consumed drink, after water. Brits arriving in Hong Kong would not have introduced “afternoon tea” where black tea was served with milk and sugar. Today, India is the second-largest producer of tea. What I love about traveling throughout Eastern cultures is that there is a tea component to everything from shopping and socializing to dining. My next big trip would be visiting the tea plantations in India from Aasam to Darljeeling.

Tea Guide:

Green Tea is popular today for its many health benefits. It is said to aid in weight loss by boosting metabolism, and its antioxidants can help prevent certain types of cancer.

White Tea is the lightest variation; sweet and fragrant. It has very little caffeine and is said to have anticancer properties.

Black Tea is a caffeinated pick me up that doesn’t dip and drop your energy as the day goes on. My day always starts with a black tea.

Oolong Tea is common in Chinese restaurants, a more robust and fuller body drink. Oolong has antioxidants that aid in weight loss, improves mental clarity and reduces risk of cancer and heart disease.

Miranda’s Favourite Tea’s
Miranda loves her teas and when you spend an afternoon with the lovely Miranda, you will always be offered a cup of yummy tea.
Some of her favorites include:

  • Her signature Earl Grey Tea with goat milk and maple syrup (or honey) is as delicious as it is heart warming, its like a hug in a cup!
  • Fresh Mint Tea – Miranda picks the mint from her herb garden, this promotes digestion and is incredibly refreshing.
  • Green Tea – contains potent antioxidants called polyphenols, which help suppress free radicals.
  • Rosehip Tea – Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant and are one of the best plant sources of vitamin C, which is important for the immune system, adrenal function and skin & tissue health.
  • Chamomile Tea – soothes the stomach and calms the mind.
  • Hibiscus Flower Tea – rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which protect the body against cell-damaging free radicals.
  • Tulsi Tea – helps the mind and body adapt and effectively cope with emotional stresses. Fights free radicals and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Dandelion Tea – helps regulate parts of the digestive system and cleanses the liver, helps flight skin infections and is rich in calcium & antioxidants and high in vitamin A and K.
  • Anita Rosenberg

    www.AnitaRosenberg.com | @anitarosenbergstudio

    Read More >

Fun Fact: Green Tea

Fun Fact: Green Tea

Emperor Shen Nung, who ruled over China 5000 years ago was a stickler for hygiene, and ordered that all water in the palace must be boiled. When his men were boiling water one day, leaves from a nearby bush fell into the water – and the first cup of tea was brewed. Today, tea is the second-most consumed beverage in the world after water, with literally thousands of blends in existence. Did you know many of KORA Organics’ products, including our Foaming Cleanser, Enriched Body Lotion and Purifying Day & Night Cream, all contain Green Tea?

Read More >

The Power of Two Simple Words

The Power of Two Simple Words

Too often in the rush of life we can forget to stop and say two simple words… Thank you! Whether it’s sending an email, a handwritten card, a bunch of flowers or catching up for a cup of tea… I’ve learned how important it is to let my friends, family and work colleagues know how much I’ve valued their support and guidance. Try thanking someone today, no doubt it will brighten their day!

Miranda xxx

Read More >

Tea For Two

Tea For Two

Drinking herbal tea is a great way to stay hydrated, a wonderful additional source of vitamins and minerals with many aromatherapy benefits – from calming the mind to uplifting the spirit, and there’s the social aspect of sharing tea and memorable conversations with friends. Herbs also have a variety of amazing healing powers too, which is why we use many well-sourced, specifically selected and high quality certified organic herbs in KORA Organics.

Read More >

Balance

Balance

When I’m asked what area in my life is a continual focus it often circles back to balance.

Balance is the equilibrium between the body, mind and spirit, family, relationships, work and play… maintaining balance in all areas of your life is essential for your wellbeing, happiness and productivity.

It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in the demands and chaos of everyday life, but there are simple steps you can take (and you can control), to regain greater balance so you’re functioning at your optimum and at the same time living in a more synchronised and harmonious manner. You’re also then more able to focus your attention and energy on attaining your goals, and moving forward in a meaningful way.

These are some of the adjustments you can make to bring balance back to your life.

Say no

I often felt compelled to take on all that was thrown at me even when my schedule was crazy and out of control, but now I’ve realised it’s just not possible to do everything and maintain a healthy balance, so unless it’s essential or adds value, I pass on it. People end up respecting you more for setting boundaries and being true to yourself, so don’t feel compelled to always say yes. It may even leave a door open for a more fulfilling opportunity!

Disconnect

Turn your TV and computer off, put down your phone and be present when you finish work for the day. Give yourself and your mind a rest and spend quality time connecting with family and friends. It’s amazing how free you can feel when you release yourself from technology.

Laughter

As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. Allow yourself moments to indulge in your inner child… I love nothing more than a belly laugh with my family and friends, it’s incredibly reenergising.

Health is wealth

If you can’t find an hour, set aside 15 minutes for some form of exercise each day – even if it’s just a brisk walk in the fresh air. Your body will release endorphins that naturally help manage stress and clear your mind.

Sleep

Your body needs to rest and recover. Sleep is a time when your body repairs itself on a cellular level. Each evening I spray my pillow with Calming Lavender Mist, put on an eye mask and listen to an evening meditation… this little ritual helps me unwind and drift into a deep beneficial sleep.

Mindfulness

The benefits of meditation and deep belly breathing are endless, even 5 – 10 minutes is enough to recentre and refocus, and it can transform a challenging day into a rewarding one. I try to meditate at different intervals throughout the day, and I also start my day with the practice of positive affirmation and prayer.

Reward yourself

Treat yourself often. It may be as simple as a glass of wine after a long day, a cup of your favourite tea, buying yourself a bunch of flowers, lighting a scented candle and taking a bath, applying a facemask, or a pedicure or massage on your day off. It’s important to reward yourself and acknowledge your achievements.

Remove toxins, clutter and negativity

This goes for everything from people to products. Remove toxic influences… try to avoid negative people (if you can) and surround yourself with those who have positive, upbeat attitudes. Choose organic when and where possible including household products, skincare and food. Minimise the clutter around you, I often find if my environment is organised, my mind is naturally more organised.

Plan and prioritise

Try to plan and prepare for your day as much as possible, this will allow you to ensure you aren’t over committing yourself and you can prioritize anything that is essential or important. I like to look at my weekly schedule on the Friday morning before so I can make any necessary changes, this allows me to more fully enjoy the weekend, as I know my week ahead is achievable.

I’d love to hear what you do to maintain balance.

Much love,
Miranda xxx

Read More >