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  • Tea for Health

    The medicinal powers of tea have been known for thousands of years. Early man is thought to have brewed certain leaves known for their curative properties and to have utilised these basic teas in the curing of various diseases and injuries.

    Tea as a medicine is something which is well accepted throughout the world and some teas are well known for their curative properties.

    White Tea:

    White tea is well known for its high antioxidant content; it is also believed to reduce the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular disorders as well as to improve oral health.

    On the beauty side of things, it is also known to protect skin from ageing by deflecting UV light. It has antibacterial properties meaning it’s a great tea to drink during flu season.

    Green Tea:

    Another tea well known for its antioxidant qualities; green tea is not only thought to have properties which fight cancer forming cells but also to improve brain function, kill bacteria and help you to lose weight.

    Spearmint Tea:

    An invigorating and tasty tea, Spearmint is also known to aid digestion, to relieve headaches and nausea as well as cold symptoms.

    Chamomile Tea

    Chamomile is recorded as being used for medicinal purposes right back to the Middle Ages in Europe and even earlier in Egypt.

    Back then it was used for asthma, colic, fevers, inflammations, nausea, nervous complaints, children's ailments, skin diseases and cancer.

    Today we know it as a tea which is full of antioxidants and also a useful aid to relaxation and sleep as well as a cure for eye infections and morning sickness.

    Recent scientific research has confirmed Chamomile’s properties and it is known to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as anti-allergenic and sedative effects.

    All of these marvellous teas may be purchased at Luponde where the quality of the teas on offer is extremely high.

     

     

  • How to Start your Own Tea Club

    First of all, you may be wondering what a tea club is. In short, it’s a small group of friends who use tea and the loveliness of it, as an excuse to meet up on a weekly or monthly basis in order to enjoy one another’s company as well as to partake in a wonderful, traditional tea party.

    Much like a book club without the books, a tea club is the perfect way to keep up-to-date with those people who you might not otherwise get a chance to see as often as you’d like.

    Busy schedules and commitments often get in the way when it comes to arranging to see friends; we want to see our best pals but something mundane often stops us from calling to arrange it.

    By starting a tea club, you and your friends can not only have the pleasure of a regular meeting but also the pleasure of a lovely, informal meal together.

    The idea is that each member takes it in turns to host a meeting and that the meetings take place at roughly the same time regularly.

    If everyone works, then weekend teas are a good idea; if not, then Friday afternoons are a lovely day to meet…the weekend is calling and you’ll all be ready to relax and enjoy partaking in some new teas and some new treats!

    Trying out different tea blends is a must, as is everyone contributing something to eat. Cakes, sandwiches, pastries and dips all make good choices when it comes to ensuring that everyone enjoys the meeting; bear in mind those members with food preferences and intolerances though!

    Luponde stock a fabulous range of teas to try out at your first meeting…and if you’re in need of some new china or glass in which to serve your tea, you can impress your guests with some of Luponde’s lovely glassware or Dunoon mugs and teapots!

  • How Green Tea Improves Dental Health

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    Green tea has been consumed for thousands of years. It has many health properties to be proud of, which have been demonstrated in studies. In this blog segment we’ve listed 5 ways that green tea can improve your dental health.

    Green Tea Encourages Healthy Gums

    Japanese studies have found that individuals who drank green tea had healthier gums than those who didn’t. Green tea contains catechins (antioxidants with anti-inflammatory benefits) which may reduce the effects of periodontal disease (also referred to as gum disease). By blocking an inflammatory response, green tea can fend off other diseases that periodontal disease is associated with (including diabetes and cardiovascular disease).

    Green Tea Can Help Reduce Cavities and Tooth Loss

    woman with healthy white teeth being checked In 2010, a Japanese study revealed that people who drank at least one cup of green tea per day were less likely to experience tooth loss. Less tooth decay reduces the risk of a variety of overall health issues and diseases in the human body.

    Green Tea Kills Bacteria and Inhibits Viruses

    The catechins in green tea have already been discussed as antioxidants with anti-inflammatory benefits. Catechins also are responsible for inhibiting the growth of the mouth’s most harmful bacteria: Streptococcus mutans. This, in turn, weakens viruses such as the influenza virus.

    Green Tea Reduces Progression of Oral Cancer

    This was demonstrated in a study by the University of Texas, who gave green tea extracts to patients with precancerous lesions in their mouths. The study found that the green tea extracts inhibited the progression from precancerous to cancerous lesions.

    Green Tea Can Reduce Bad Breath 

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    How can green tea reduce bad breath? It is scientifically proven to kill the microbes that cause it. This has been measured against chewing gum, mints and parsley seed oil in a study done by the University of British Columbia. Less odorous compounds were found in the mouths of participants who chewed green tea extract than in those who used the mints, gum or parsley seed oil.

    Green tea has celebrated for its health benefits for thousands of years. We hoped you’ve enjoyed reading about how it can help to improve your dental health.

    Luponde offers organic, fairly traded and Rainforest Alliance Certified teas that provide a ‘whole system’ approach to farming and food production. This includes our organic Earl Grey Loose Leaf Green Tea and teabags. To order from our selection of teas and teawares, or for more information about our biodiversity or sustainability efforts, contact Luponde here.

  • 5 Reasons to Add Organic Green Tea to Your Workout

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    At Luponde, we love to discuss in the benefits of organic green tea. Here are five great reasons to add it to your workout or next athletic event.

    You Can Skip the Caffeine and Still Burn Fat

    Green tea has calorie-burning catechins. A study by the USDA shows that one cup of loose leaf contains 127mg of catechins. (Brewed decaffeinated green tea still contains 56mg of catechins.) So you have the option of skipping the stimulant while enjoying the fat burning benefits of organic green tea.

    Green Tea Neutralises Antioxidants While You Work Out

    Green tea has more antioxidants than black or oolong tea. These antioxidants, as mentioned, are called catechins, and they not only burn calories but also eliminate the damaging effects of free radicals (such as those found in pollution or toxins). Free radicals can harm your cells, so every bit of effort to cleanse your body helps.

    Green Tea Can Be Incorporated Into Pre-race Drinks

    For regular workouts, organic green teas are an excellent way to neutralise free radicals while burning fat. Prior to intense events such as the Tough Mudder, The Spartan or the Brighton Half Marathon, you can mix green tea with a number of ingredients that will give you both short term and sustained energy.

    With Tea, You Know What You Are Drinking

    Our organic green teas are purer than the sweetened and carbonated energy drinks, which have flooded the market in the last decade. With Luponde teas, you are getting tea that is organically planted, harvested and packaged in the purest, most environmentally friendly way.

    You Can Sample Tons of Online Pre-race Tea Recipes

    Add carbohydrates to your green tea to make any number of pre-workout or pre-race drinks. There are hundreds of recipes online that will give you energy while keeping your glycogen energy stores from being depleted.

    Here’s one organic green tea pre-race supplement that was specifically created for races and events:

    Sample Green Tea Pre-Race Supplement

    • 12oz water
    • 7 grams of Luponde organic green tea
    • 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
    • 1 tablespoon of raw honey

    After brewing, mix the coconut oil until it’s fully dissolved. Repeat this step with the honey. Drink right away to avoid separation.

    We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the reasons to add organic green tea to your workout. Let us know about your own green tea workout recipes. We’d love to hear from you!

  • Halloween Treats - Chocolate Bat Biscuits

    I was searching for some fun Halloween recipes and came across these fantastic chocolate bat biscuits on the BBC Good Food website which would look fab on the side of your mug of tea this Halloween!

    Quick and easy to make they are ideal to do with kids this half term!

    Ingredients:

    • 125g butter, softened

    • 85g icing sugar

    • 1 large egg yolk

    • 1 tsp vanilla extract

    • 1 tsp milk

    • 175g plain flour, plus extra for rolling

    • 1 tsp fine espresso-style powder coffee

    • 50g cocoa powder

    • ¼ tsp salt

    To decorate:

    • 100g bar dark or milk chocolate

    • Chocolate hundreds and thousands

    • Coloured writing icing (or make your own with 100g icing sugar, 2-4 tsp water and some colouring)

    Method:

    Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line two baking sheets with baking parchment. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy and pale, then beat in the yolk, the vanilla and milk. Sift the flour, coffee, cocoa and salt into the bowl, then mix together to make a soft dough. Shape the dough into a disc, wrap and chill for 15 mins.

    Dust the dough all over with a little flour, then roll it between two large sheets of baking parchment, to the thickness of a £1 coin. Remove the top layer of the paper, stamp shapes with an 8cm bat (or other) cutter, and carefully lift to the lined sheets using a palette knife. Re-roll the trimmings. Cut a 1.5cm x 5mm notch at the base of each bat’s body. This is about right to sit the bats on thick tumblers; if your glasses are finer-edged, make the notches thinner so that the bats stay put. Bake for 10 mins or until the biscuits feel sandy and smell rich and chocolatey. Cool on the sheets for 5 mins, then lift the cookies onto a wire rack and cool completely.

    To decorate, melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave. One biscuit at a time, brush chocolate over the bat ears and wings with a small paintbrush, then cover with chocolate sprinkles. Tap off the excess. Pipe faces and fangs onto your bats, then leave to dry. Keep in an airtight container for up to a week.

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

    (Image courtesy of BBC Good Food Recipes)

    Melissa, October, 2014

  • Competition Time!

    This October WIN some of our fresh and light green tea by emailing your details to tea@luponde.co.uk or you can pop them into our teapot in-store!

    Good Luck!

    (Image courtesy of Google Images)

    Melissa, October 2014

  • Tea Tasting Returns!

    From November we will be starting our monthly tea tasting sessions in store. It is a great way to come and meet the team, try our full range of teas and learn all about them. They are free sessions and you can pop in at any point during the allocated 2 hours so bring a friend and come and see what makes our tea so special!

    Keep an eye on our What’s On page or our Facebook and Twitter feeds to find out dates and times.

    Melissa, October 2014

     

  • Green Tea

    It is the start of October, the evenings are getting darker and we are well on our way to cosy nights in, Halloween and the countdown to Christmas. This October we are making our fresh and exotic tasting Green Tea our Tea of the Month and as it is full of antioxidants it is ideal to keep you healthy this time of year. Some research has shown that green tea drinkers have lower chances of developing heart disease and some cancers. As well as this, green tea has been known to increase metabolic rate, which can aid in weight loss. Green tea has the ability to lower serum glucose, helping to protect against kidney failure. Tests have found that green tea could help improve memory and slow the development of Alzeimer’s disease.

    A lot of people say to us that they don’t think they like green tea and that is can taste quite bitter. We pride ourselves on the fact that once they have tasted ours they are shocked at how smooth and fresh it tastes. Brewing green tea is also a huge part of that. To brew perfect green tea, take a pinch or small teaspoon of the leaves. Green tea should be made with water that is about 80ºC. We find it is easiest to boil the kettle and then let it cook for 10 minutes. Boiling water will burn the leaves giving the tea a bitter taste. Once cooled slightly, pour the water into your small teapot or mug over the leaves. Allow to brew for 5-8 minutes.

    Fact: The leaves can be used 4 or 5 times, throughout the day.

    You can win some of our green tea by emailing your details to tea@luponde.co.uk

    We are also giving customers 10% off any green tea purchase made in October!

    (Image courtesy of Google Images)

    Melissa, October 2014

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