Birdhouse & Teapigs review!

When i was younger i never understood the appeal of tea, mainly because i just thought Yorkshire was all tea, and it had a weird flavor, a gross color and hot drinks never really refreshed me like apple juice. HOWEVER, that all changed when i discovered Birdhouse Tea at the Cannon Hall Food Festival, they had a nifty little stall with modern looking tea-pots and samples of all the colorful and yummy looking leaves – on the day i was having a bit of pain and stomach problems and i had that on my mind, i wanted to take something to relieve the uncomfortable feeling, so i asked if any of them have any specific health benefits and the lovely woman talked me through each tea, i ended up leaving with two bags of tea and two infusers!

the ones i got

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Settle Wellbeing Tea – part of the wellbeing collection, the website doesnt give alot of information, (look at it here) so i will give some examples of some benefits of each ingredient in the tea

Peppermint:

  • Peppermint helps to improve digestion and helps to overcome the problem of excessive stomach gas. Having a drop of peppermint oil dissolved in a glass of water helps to get rid of the gas. It is also found to increase appetite.
  • Peppermint also serves to energize the immune system and helps to prevent a great number of diseases.
  • It is also found to improve blood circulation and thus, helps to provide sufficient nutrition to all cells of the body.

Fennel

  • Anemia: Iron and histidine, an amino acid found in fennel, are both helpful in treatment of anemia. Whereas iron is the chief constituent of hemoglobin, histidine stimulates production of hemoglobin and also helps in the formation of various other components of the blood.
  • Indigestion: It is a common practice, particularly on the Indian Subcontinent, to chew fennel seeds after meals. This is done to facilitate digestion and to eliminate bad breath.
  • Constipation: Fennel seeds, particularly in powdered form, can act as a laxative. The roughage helps clear the bowels, whereas its stimulating effect helps maintain the proper peristaltic motion of the intestines, thereby helping promote proper excretion through the stimulation of gastric juices and bile production. Fennel is also commonly found in medicines that treat abdominal pain, diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and other intestinal issues.

Ginger

  • Ginger appears to be highly effective against nausea, for example, it has a long history of use as a sea sickness remedy, and there is some evidence that it may be as effective as prescription medication, ginger may also relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery, and in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Ginger has been shown to be effective against exercise-induced muscle pain.In one study, consuming 2 grams of ginger per day, for 11 days, significantly reduced muscle pain in people performing elbow exercises. Ginger does not have an immediate impact, but may be effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain.
  • Chronic indigestion is characterized by recurrent pain and discomfort in the upper part of the stomach. It is believed that delayed emptying of the stomach is a major driver of indigestion. Ginger has been shown to speed up emptying of the stomach in people with this condition.

The tea also has pretty purply blue cornflower petals, not sure of the health benefits but they’re so pretty 🙂

More tea..?

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After finishing off my bag of settle i bought some Tea-Pigs, this is a bit easier to buy, can get it in asda and its sometimes on offer, yay! My friends know me as being a bit obsessed with tea, my kitchen in my student house was literally cluttered with my tea, anyway, so far i have:

  1. Peppermint
  2. Everyday brew (picture below)
  3. mao feng green tea
  4. super fruit (picture below)
  5. chamomile
  6. Lemon and ginger (picture below)
  7. apple and cinnamon
  8. jasmine pearls (this one is the most expensive, i think.. its jasmine pears hand wrapped in green tea leaves, when the tea is brewing you can actually watch the leaves unfurling revealing the pearls, its beautiful! and it smells and tastes amazing. (picture below)
  9. earl grey
  10. chai
  11. green tea with mint

The ones i have left today

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Supper Fruit, is also lovely chilled.
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Lemon & ginger, good if you’re feeling hungover!
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If you’re gonna go with boring old tea leaves, makes it tea pigs tea leaves 🙂
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Jasmine Pearls, the beauty! (and the most expensive) going to make a review on this of its own soon so you can see the leaves unfurling in all its beautifulness.

 

Preparing the tea

Becoming a fan of loose leaf tea also makes you a fan of pretty tea infusers and pots.

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This one i got from the Birdhouse stall, its a cute little leaf then floats around in your mug, can fill it and take it to work, handbag sized, perfect!

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This is the most popular type of infuser and its probably the easiest way too. Balances over your mug and you can leave it there for as long as it needs to take to infuse fully. 

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You can rest it back on its little holder to let the leaves dry out then fill up a cup and use it again! you can use loose leaf tea leaves up to 4 times usually before they become too weak and a bit flavorless! A way to make them go a little further.

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yum!

Stay tuned for more tea reviews :3

Alice x

 

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