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There’s always time for tea.

 

Tea was always my thing. In the hedonistic tea days of my youth I may well get through ten or more cups a day, fuelled by life perched behind an desk and a team that enjoyed it just as much as I did. But even before that it played a part in my life. I would take excessively milky tea in my Beatrix Potter mug, sitting beside the fire with a colouring in book.

There are many ancient customs and rituals around the world that involve tea; but for me the English ritual is all about the simple act of comfort? We drink tea to make things better, to soothe or to calm us, we look for solutions in the bottom of a mug. We also drink as a social past time and as a bonding activity. We walk into our office kitchens in small packs at preordained times to all stand around a kettle as it boils, discussing the most pressing gossip of the day. We may not have invented, discovered it or even perfected it, but tea will always be a very British past time.

For me the ritual has changed now. I removed diary from my diet a few years back to help with my highly sensitive skin, successfully I might add. There are milk alternatives out there that would certainly mean I could go back to the tea as we all know it but if truth be told, I’ve moved on. Peppermint, hibiscus, green. The options are far and wide. It is most definitely still a ritual however, demanding time and care. Patience and peace.

 

 

About a year or so ago I stumbled across JING Tea whilst on a mission for a peppermint tea that wasn’t the expected supermarket issue. To say tea is an art form in the world of JING is quite the understatement. They believe your brew requires care and attention, directions are provided on the best temperature at which to infuse the leaves and precise timings are assisted by the most beautiful little sand timers. It’s the modern day issue of the ancient ritual.

This weekend’s discovery is Silver Needle. A white tea, delicate and fresh in its flavour, it quietly infuses for three minutes. That’s precisely the amount of time required to thumb through to where I last slotted the slightly odd brandy label bookmark I use in my well-worn copy of The Shipping News, tuck my feet under the blanket and prepare for a perfectly quite afternoon.

 

 

If you find yourself a believer in the art of tea then I feel it’s only necessary you indulge yourself in the world of JING Tea. I highly recommend the Lemon Verbena for a balmy summer’s evening in the garden, soaking up the final rays of the day. I don’t have that garden as you may have already read, so I pull a chair to a window and play a game of make believe. Because sometimes, life is just like that.

 

|1.| Glass Tea-iere |2.| Silver Needle White Tea |3.| Glass Tea Cup & Saucer |4.| Tea Timer

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An attempt to glow.

I find sometimes all you need to right yourself is a few minutes sat down, a cup of tea in hand and some silence. I am a big believer in the power of us all needing moments of peace and quiet to help us get through the day unscathed.

A few years ago, I made the decision to stop eating and drinking dairy. It was a part of a larger lifestyle shift I made, a move to feel better within myself and my own skin. I had read a lot about the effects dairy can have on your skin and it all seemed to start to make sense. I have never particularly battled with acne or spots as such, certainly not more so than anyone else, but I do always find my skin to be the first sign that something isn’t right within my body. It can be an incoming cold or a sign I’ve eaten something I shouldn’t have, but my skin will become blotchy and dry. The kind of dry even copious amounts of moisturiser is not going to fix.  As soon as I removed dairy from my diet, my skin improved. It really was that simple. Removing refined sugar at a later date only went on to improve it further. Everyone’s body is entirely different and I am certainly no nutritionist, but it worked for me.

Every now and then I lapse and will give in to a bit of pizza with some cheese on. Perhaps I’ll buy some feta and use it in an omelette. I love cheese, so it’s tough to be going without it. The rest of the dairy group I am fine to be living without now. Each time I do give in however, well, it comes back to bite me in the proverbial arse. The blotches return, the irritated and inflamed patches begin to rear their head and the regret of that feta omelette slowly creeps in. For the most part I am good at sticking to a dairy free existence however. We all have slip ups. Feta shaped slip ups.

Along the way I’ve found one or two things that I genuinely believe do help me, which is where we come full circle and we arrive back to the discussion of tea. Having been an avid tea drinker (let’s call it what it is and admit I used to drink around 10 cups of tea a day) I have spent quite some time testing out the alternatives over the years. Perhaps it’s all psychological but this tea from SPACE. NK and KiKi Health’s collaboration has been one of my favourite finds. The taste is quite mellow – dandelion, nettle and juniper berries mostly, with a hint of spearmint and chamomile – but it feels quite soothing I feel? Perhaps it’s all in my head.

I find loose leaf tea is always a pleasure, it seems to ensure it isn’t a process you can do in a rush. You must take your time. As a result, it all becomes quite a therapeutic process in my house. The laboratory-like flagon the tea rather nicely arrives in just makes it all quite the event.

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