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  • 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.

  • 3 FAQ’s About Tea Etiquette

    woman drinking tea with white gloves

    There are some important rules when it comes to taking formal tea. Here are some frequently asked questions and the answers that have kept us in good stead with our organic tea fans throughout Europe and, indeed, the world at large.  

    Who Pours the Tea?

    Whether it’s Earl Grey or organic peppermint tea, the first to pour remains the same. If the waiter or host pours the first round, then that settles that. If the pot is simply placed on the table then it is the person nearest the teapot who will pour for everyone at the table.  

    What do I wear to tea?

    Dress should be smart at all times. It will not do to wear trainers or any type of sports attire. Flip flops are also taboo. Ladies can wear their favourite skirt or dress, or simply a neat blouse, fashionably fitting trousers and ballet flats.

    Gentlemen can don button-down shirts and khakis, or can take it up a notch with a sports jacket or suit. Jeans are suitable as long as they are neat and worn with well chosen shoes. When dressing for tea, consider what would be appropriate for a dinner party, and your choices will proceed in the right direction.

    Is there anything I shouldn't do when taking afternoon tea?

    Plenty! Don't take bites that are too large; it's undignified and prevents you from participating in conversation when called upon. While eating, indulge from the bottom of the three-tiered tray to the top (savouries, scones, then pastries). The jam should always be placed onto one's plate, not directly onto your scone.

    When stirring your afternoon tea, avoid hitting the sides of your cup with your teaspoon. Also, avoid cluttering the table and surrounding area with bags, iPhones and keys. Neatly place everything under your chair after switching your phone to silent.

    This tradition is much like a dance; grace is involved, a bit of respectful costume, and all your best manners. With this mindset, you'll make a good impression and keep a treasured British custom elegantly.

     

     

  • Tea News: World’s Oldest Tea Leaves Discovered

    China landscape

    This month, researchers identified what archaeologists discovered as the world’s oldest tea. It was buried with the Han Dynasty Jing Emperor Liu Qi. The Han Yangling Mausoleum was first discovered in the 1990’s and is located in Tibet, north of the Xi’an, along the north bank of the Weihe River. The Chinese emperor died in 141 BCE, which dates the tea leaves at 2,150 years old.

    The appreciation and enjoyment of tea is reflected in its oldest textual reference in 59BCE, during the Western Han Dynasty. This, however, is the oldest actual tea discovered.

    How Did They Know It was Tea?

    Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences made this discovery by measuring crystals caught in hairs on the surface of the leaves using liquid and gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. The tea was buried in a wooden box among other items ritualistically placed in pits surrounding the emperor’s tomb complex. Aside from food and drink, he was interred with full size chariots and horses, sculptures, pottery and weapons.

    What Do We Know About This Ruling Tea Drinker?

    Han Dynasty Jing Emperor Liu Qi was an unusually evolved ruler; he reduced taxes to improve the quality of life for his subjects, insisted on the humane treatment of criminals and worked to reduce the power of the ruling class.

    It is poignant that tea lovers were so fond of the drink. As quoted by Professor Dorian Fuller, Director of the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (based in UCL London), “The discovery shows how modern science can reveal important previously unknown details about ancient Chinese culture. The identification of the tea found in the emperor’s tomb complex gives us a rare glimpse into very ancient traditions which shed light on the origins of one of the world’s favourite beverages”.

    The enjoyment of tea was clearly appreciated by the finest palates. Chinese royals were customarily buried with anything that they would need or want in the afterlife. Of course, this included a cup of tea. We can completely relate!

  • Four Things to Know About Your Tea Company

    These days, more and more tea drinkers are choosing tea companies that operate under high standards. To this end, here are four things that you will want to know about your tea company.

    Your Tea Company is Organic

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    When a tea company is organic it operates based on a ‘whole system’ approach to farming and the food production system. From soil to consumer, your tea company functions in accordance with the natural systems, cycles, and levels of plants, animals, and soil. This helps the soil maintain fertility and biological activity and protects sensitive habitats and landscape features.

    Organic companies minimise waste and pollution, work with local systems and distribution teams, and provide their workers with a fair, healthy, and equitable way of life. Organic companies respect geographical differences while implementing appropriate practices. At Luponde, we are certified by one of the UK’s top organic organisations (Soil Association Certification Ltd.)

    Your Organic Tea Company Is Certified as Fair Trade

    FairTrade certification logo

    At Luponde we’ve been Fairtrade certified since 1994. This means that the price of our organic tea is negotiated by growers and buyers and must cover the cost of sustainable production. Buyers also pay an additional sum, which funds development projects to benefit workers and their communities. Examples include the construction of schools and day-to-day running of local hospitals.

    Your Organic Tea Company is Rainforest Alliance Certified

    rainforest alliance certified logo

    What does it mean to be Rainforest Alliance Certified? It means that we protect our land and its workers by safeguarding ecosystems and providing complete training and safe conditions for our workers including health care and housing. We support the prevention of deforestation, agricultural expansion and timber extraction. Luponde has been Rainforest Alliance Certified since 2012 and we are honoured to demonstrate that sustainable companies can flourish in the modern economy.

    Your Tea Company is Kosher

    Kosher logo KLBD

    Kosher principles are followed in Jewish life because it is believed that they are healthy for both the body and spirit. The word ‘kosher’ means ‘proper or acceptable’. We are pleased to provide a product that is certified by KLBD Kosher, one of the world’s leading kosher certification agencies.

    All four of the criteria listed are standards that our own tea company, Luponde adheres to. For more information on our products and practices, contact Luponde here.

  • Christmas Gift Ideas

    I know it is still November but Christmas is well and truly on its way. With Christmas adverts hogging the television and the Christmas lights being switched on in London yesterday it is definitely time to start thinking about Christmas shopping so I thought I would share with you some gift ideas from Luponde!

    Subscriptions are a great gift for someone who has everything. Treat them to a yearly subscription of our tea and they will receive three large tins of our Tea of the Month every quarter for a year. They will also receive a 750ml glass teapot so they can enjoy the teas straight away.

    Gift boxes of tea make a perfect present for friends or family. We offer a range of different sized gift boxes and you can mix and match between loose leaf or tea bags and our full range of tea and herbs. Why not give them a tea they may not have tried before! A gift box of tea also makes an unusual teacher present!

    Our Dunoon fine bone china range is quite simply stunning. With a choice of mugs, teapots, tea cups and saucers and with a wide variety of brightly coloured patterns there is something for everyone.

    Tea accessories such as infusers, tea bag holders and pincers make fantastic stocking fillers or secret Santa gifts.

    Whoever you need to buy for this Christmas we have something that suits everyone. Just visit us in-store or online and if you need any specific help we will be more than happy to assist and advise. Throughout December in-store there will also be some tea to try and some biscuits on offer!

    Melissa, November 2014

  • Gwyneth Paltrow's Pear and Lemon Verbena

    I was flicking through my copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s book It’s All Good trying to find some healthy smoothie recipes for my last few weeks of pregnancy and came across another scrummy drink idea using some of our lemon verbena. I thought I would share it with you as another use for our herb!

    Pear and Lemon Verbena

    • 3 cups of water

    • ½ cup raw honey

    • 2 ½ pounds pears (about 6 pears), stemmed and seeded and cut into large pieces

    • 1 sprig of leafy lemon verbena

    • Juice of 2 lemons

    Combine the water, honey, pears and lemon verbena in a large pot set over a high heat. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, remove and discard the lemon verbena, and cover the pot. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Puree the mixture in a powerful blender in batches and pass the puree through a fine-mesh strainer or a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Discard the contents of the strainer and whisk the lemon juice into the agua fresca. Serve immediately over ice.

    She also says you can add more honey if you would like it sweeter!

    Melissa, November 2014

  • Dunoon is back in stock!

    We have just had a delivery of our stunning Dunoon fine bone china, just in time for the Christmas shoppers!

    Get in there early and choose from a range of mugs, teapots and tea cups either for yourself or as a present. The difficulty comes when deciding which design you want! My favourite pattern is the Starburst.

    We have some of the collection on our website but come and visit us in-store for even more designs or give us a call or email if there is something we have that you would like!

    Why not pair a mug with a tin of our tea for something a bit different or mix and match the mugs so that every member of the family gets a different pattern. Whoever you choose to buy for this Christmas there is something for everyone and Dunoon will brighten up every kitchen or desk!

    Melissa, November 2014

  • Black Tea

    It is November, it is raining and the days are getting colder so our Tea of the Month this month is ideal for keeping you warm on these winter afternoons!

    Black Tea!

    The best leaves of the Luponde estate go onto our orthodox black tea. At this altitude the Camellia sinensis bush grows slowly producing a deep and rich, yet crisp, fresh tasting ‘English Breakfast’ style tea making it perfect for your everyday cup.

    Our black tea is made using the traditional orthodox method and you can read all about this on our ‘How Tea is Made’ page.

    As well as being a comforting drink and one that goes perfectly with cakes and biscuits black tea has many health benefits. Black tea contains similar amounts of polyphenols as green tea. These are antioxidants and have great restorative powers. Black tea can help strengthen the immune system and fight off those pesky colds and flu. It has been known to aid in expanding the airways and help asthma sufferers. Black tea can also improve cardiac blood flow and coronary function. It contains abundant tannins which have a soothing anti-inflammatory effect on the digest tract. In 2010, researchers found that people who drank tea had significantly less cognitive decline than non-tea drinkers. A cup of tea contains manganese, which is essential for general development, and potassium which helps to maintain the body’s fluid balance. Although gram for gram tea contains higher levels of caffeine than coffee, less weight is used when making it and therefore a cup of black tea contains considerably less caffeine.

    Now you can be confident when you are enjoying your black tea that is doing you some good!

    You can win some of our black tea this November by emailing your details to tea@luponde.co.uk or by popping them into our teapot in-store.

    We are also offering 10% off all black tea purchases month! Enjoy!

    Melissa, November 2014

  • 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

  • Winter is coming...

    With the evenings getting darker, the pumpkins, fireworks and Christmas cards on display and the crisp air in the mornings I thought I would share with you a few positive reasons why it is great that winter is on its way!

    • The clocks go back – an extra hour in bed!
    • Halloween – a reason for fancy dress and lots of sweets and chocolate
    • Fireworks – wrapping up warm, standing by a bonfire and watching a firework display (oh and sparklers)
    • Great TV – the return of series we missed during the summer and the start of addictive new ones
    • Warming food – pies, stews, soups, crumbles and custard!
    • Hot drinks – teas, seasonal coffees and hot chocolate!
    • Clothes - a gorgeous winter coat and stylish boots
    • The build up to Christmas – shopping, carols, mulled wine and mice pies
    • Christmas – food, presents, silly jumpers and festive cheer!
    • The possibility of snow days!
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    I know it is always hard to see the summer drift away and those lazy sunny days spent outside seem a thing of the past but just remember there are lots of awesome things about the winter months that will keep you going through to 2015!

    (Image courtesy of Google Images)

    Melissa, October 2014

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