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Kawakawa - New Zealand's Wonder Herb

What is Kawakawa? Kawakawa is a shrub that only grows in New Zealand.  Found in lowland forests and along coastal areas throughout the North Island, and the upper half of the South Island it can grow up to 6m tall.  As one the most distinctive native plants It's also thought be one of the most important in Māori medicine for healing or as a medicinal tonic.  A versatile herb and a member of the pepper family which would explain the peppery taste, it has many health benefits. Early settlers would infuse dried leaves as a tea for digestive issues, and it was said that burning leaves on the fire would keep mosquitoes away, in fact many campers still use this method today to ward...

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Magical Colour Changing Cocktail Recipe - Using Butterfly Blue Pea Tea

Have some fun with this recipe for colour changing cocktails made using our Tickety-brew - Organic Butterfly Blue Pea Flower, Ginger and Lavender Tea.  Butterfly Blue Pea tea gains its distinctive colour from the deep blue flower petals of the Clitoria Ternatea plant (yes the scientific name is derived from part of a womans anatomy!), also known as butterfly-pear, or blue-pea. Butterfly blue pea tea changes colour based on the pH level of the substance added to it, so adding anything more acidic, such as lemon or tonic water, will turn it purple. This makes it an excellent ingredient for making cocktails. Here's how to make a colour changing butterfly blue pea gin and tonic.  Recipe Ingredients: The Tea Thief's Tickety Brew...

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Health Benefits of Citrus Bergamot Earl Grey

  Earl Grey Tea has a very distinctive and unique flavour due to the addition of bergamot orange.  Unfortunately many mainstream tea brands use synthetic bergamot to flavour Earl Grey tea.  This is popular because the flavour is consistent and it contains no actual citrus. Although it may taste similar it doesn't offer the same health benefits as the real thing. Despite the fact that it contains moderate amounts of caffeine there are many proven health benefits.    Bergamot oil is extracted from citrus fruit, primarily bergamot oranges. It's rich in beneficial plant compounds otherwise known as polyphenols. These beneficial polyphenols include the flavonoids neoeriocitrin, neohesperidin, and naringin   Our Organic Citrus Bergamot Earl Grey uses 30% WHOLE CITRUS BERGAMOT. This has a more noticeable positive...

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Take a Mindful Tea Break

How to press pause and de-stress for a moment of mindfulness with tea. "The art of the tea Way consists simply of boiling water, preparing tea and drinking it." -Rikyū. What is Mindful tea drinking and how to do it.   

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6 Top Teas for Colds and Flu

  Focusing on optimising your immune system naturally can really help when Cold and Flu season hits. Be prepared with delicious loose leaf teas that can help you support your immune system.  Did you know, antibiotics don't work for viruses. Most over-the-counter medications only treat the symptoms. Many people have been searching for a natural Covid - 19 cure or remedy, although there is no scientific evidence to support such a cure there is a way thankfully, with mother nature to boost your immune system. Which can actually help you fight viruses like the flu and other related illnesses!  Read on for some of the best teas for fighting Cold and Flu viruses. Cant Wait? Check out our collection of the best teas for cold and flu...

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