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Peppermint Whole Leaf Tea

  • 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!

  • Health Benefits of Organic Peppermint Tea

    cup of peppermint tea on wooden placemat

    Peppermint tea has a number of health benefits that we'd like you to know about. Here are five of them.

    Organic Peppermint Tea Improves Digestion

    Peppermint tea is a natural muscle relaxer (also known as an antispasmodic). The oils in the peppermint tea leaves help to reduce nausea and vomiting. It can be used to ease these symptoms during illness, or to prevent them during activities that cause motion sickness (such as sailing or lengthy car travel).

    It is also a carminative; a herb which helps to stop gas from forming in the gastrointestinal tract and reduces flatulence. Its analgesic properties ease the discomfort of bloating and cramps, while soothing indigestion.

    Peppermint Tea = Fresh Breath

    Both the menthol and the antibacterial qualities in peppermint tea can help keep your breath fresh. The menthol provides a clean scent while the antibacterial elements kill germs that can lead to halitosis.  

    Organic Peppermint Tea Fights Cough and Colds

    The menthol in organic peppermint tea reduces fever by cooling your body down. The antispamodic qualities will ease throat muscles and reduce the urge to cough. These benefits can each pave the way back to good health. Peppermint tea is also naturally caffeine free, so it won't prevent you from getting the rest you need during a bout of illness.

    Peppermint Tea Helps With Weight Loss

    The scent of peppermint is a natural appetite suppressant. It can thereby cause less temptation and enable you to exercise better choices when it comes to portion control. This will naturally combat weight gain and prevent obesity.

    Organic Peppermint Tea Promotes Mental Health

    Another health benefit of the menthol found in organic peppermint tea is that it reduces stress. This is due to its antispasmodic and sedative qualities.

    Both the menthol and the antibacterial qualities in peppermint tea can help keep your breath fresh. The menthol provides a clean scent while the antibacterial qualities kill germs that can lead to halitosis.  

    With so many reasons to drink peppermint tea, why not try a cup of our organic peppermint tea, harvested fresh for you all the way from Tanzania.

  • 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

     

  • Wedding Season

    It is definitely wedding season and having been to two stunning ones in the last few weeks. I am certainly in the wedding frame of mind but I do not have as many as some of my friends this year one of whom has 11 in 2014!

    When it comes to wedding favours I have received many things from chocolates to homemade jams and chutney all of which are delicious but one thing that does make a fabulous and different favour is tea! Tea is also essential at a wedding for after the dinner and for those inevitable sore heads the next morning!

    Our tins look striking on any table and the stylish packaging means they will blend in well with any colour scheme. Line them up so people can choose the tea they fancy or use our individually wrapped tea bags as favours. We are flexible and can help you with whatever you need for guests to get their tea fix over the wedding days. All you have to do is email me melissa@luponde.co.uk and let me know what you’d like.

    (Image courtesy of Andy Tyler Photography)

    Tea and tea sets also make a fantastic wedding present. It is what every newlywed couple needs in their home. Choose a gift box of tea, our tea subscription or opt for something from our beautiful Dunoon fine bone china range and brighten up their kitchen tables.

    If you are off to some weddings this bank holiday weekend enjoy them I know I am definitely looking forward to my next wedding in Belfast!

    (Image courtesy of Google Images)

    Melissa, August 2014

  • The 10 Best Tea Quotes of All Time

    I've researched the top 10 quotes to bring you the best expressed sentiments on tea. From ancient Chinese proverbs to C.S. Lewis, there's something here for every type of tea enthusiast. I also thought you'd appreciate some imagery, so I merged the phrases with tea related photographs. Scroll down here for the result; some surprisingly good remarks about our favourite national pastime.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    So there you have it.  A combined effort of public polling, internet combing, and a few historical references have brought you the very best commentary on tea.  We hope you've enjoyed reading them as much as we've enjoyed finding them.  So now it's down to you. What is your favourite all-time tea quote?

  • How To Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

    Making perfect tea falls between a moral obligation and a survival skill in the UK.  Water temperature and brew time are specific to tea types, so here's what you need to know...

  • Peppermint Tea Ice Cream

    The sun is shining and that is all the encouragement I need to crack open the ice cream tub! There is nothing more enjoyable than an ice cold treat on a sunny day. Over the Bank Holiday weekend I spent a beautiful day sitting outside having lunch with my family and my Dad was telling us about an unusual ice cream he had tried on a recent trip to the Far East. It was in fact a green tea Ice cream. Ideal for green tea fans out there; refreshing, light and good for you. This got me thinking which other teas would make good ice cream and then I remembered that I had devoured a delicious peppermint tea ice cream whilst on holiday a couple of years ago. After some research I have discovered the recipe and thought I would share it with you, especially as peppermint tea is my favourite. Enjoy!

    Peppermint tea ice cream

    1 1/4 cup heavy cream (if can't find whipping cream will work)
    1 1/4 cup cream
    1/2 cup honey
    2 peppermint tea bags

    • Over a low heat, warm the honey until it's smooth and runny

    • Add the cream to the honey and stir until mixture is smooth

    • Raise the heat to medium heat not boiling point just enough to see little bubbles. Place tea bags in mixture and cover

    • Reduce heat to simmer and steep for 20 minutes

    • Squeeze tea bags into mixture to get all those remaining juices out of those little bags. Discard tea bags

    • Whisk the heavy cream until it starts to form soft peaks

    • Fold the whipped cream through the peppermint mixture and place in a freezer proof container

    • Freeze for at least 4 hours

    Melissa, May 2014

  • Why I love Peppermint Whole Leaf

    I love the fact that this April our Tea of the Month is Peppermint Whole Leaf. It is by far and away my favourite from our range.

    Here are my reasons why:

    • It is caffeine free so I can drink it anytime of day

    • It is calming and as I have a tendency to stress, worry and general get wound up it is better for me to drink this than any of our caffeinated teas

    • It is kind on the digestive system, so after I have had one too many drinks or too much food it soothes my stomach and makes me feel better

    • I am not a great traveller in cars or boats and it is recommended to ease travel sickness

    • It smells incredible

    • Our whole leaf looks stunning in our glass teapot and brightens up my desk every morning

    • I am terrible at drinking water so drinking peppermint whole leaf means that I stay hydrated throughout the day

     

    Our peppermint whole leaf is available to try in-store every day this April. Come and taste it and see why I love it so much.

    You can also win a tin by emailing your details to tea@luponde.co.uk or by popping them into our teapot in-store.

    Melissa, April 2014

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