I love builder’s tea - the familiar dark orange brew, strong enough to stand a spoon up - i have fond memories of my grandmother asking my grandfather to ‘mash the tea’ and mashed it was, not for the fainthearted tea drinker. Tea, along with coffee, serves as the backdrop to my daily life. For many years I’ve tried to like herbal tea, picking up box after box of beautifully packaged teas to add to a cupboard full of once drunk, not repeated brews. The scent is often reasonable but the flavour is dull, the attention to taste minimal. The contents of the teabags resembling the dust of harvests long passed, of grey plants tired and lacking in vitality.
Add to that the toxins often found not just in the oft sprayed plants but also in the bags themselves - most tea bags are impregnated with epichlorohydrin, a paricularly nasty chlorinated epoxy compound which prevents them from tearing or breaking during the soaking and stirring involved in making a brew. Not to mention the tags, which as a non-food product are not included in the food safety provision and can be produced with any ink toxic or not.
My preferred option has long been fresh herb teas, the kind you gather, quickly make and enjoy before the leaves have wilted and the vitality drained away. These are the scents and tastes of high summer, the fresh bright colour swirling round in the teapot.
Teas have been on my list for some time and particularly a tea for women. So a few weeks ago we started blending, testing and trying combinations of our own plants and herbs to try and achieve an effective product for peri-menopause with plants to cool, reduce flushing, still the mind and calm menstrual cramps but which also tastes really good. After several incarnations we have a really beautiful tea that I’m proud to add to our range.
This tea is a sublime blend of Roses, Chamomile, Sage and Calendula we have grown organically on the farm, Red Clover and Oat tops we have carefully sourced and some Olive leaves from Cretan Mesto Olive oil and others that I gathered two weeks ago in the mountains in Cyprus plus Rose Geranium also picked and dried in Cyprus when in full flower in April. This is a tea that tastes as good as it smells.
Red Clover and Sage have long been used to slow down and often prevent hot flushes during the peri-Menopause. Roses cool the body and skin, Chamomile and Oat tops calm anxiety and still the mind. Olive leaf is a fantastic ant-inflammatory and immune booster, Rose Geranium balances the hormones and Calendula calms menstrual cramps and soothes the stomach.
This tea is also versatile, it can be used internally and externally - it is a beautiful compress for the skin if left to cool a little. It calms inflammation, soothes rosacea and lifts the mood. Simply soak a large A.S Apothecary Cleansing Cloth in the tea and rest on the face after using our Cleansing oil. Equally it can be used as a luxurious foot soak after a long and tiring day.
At last I’ve found what I was looking for - it was in my hands all along and now it can be in your too http://www.asapoth.com/gifts/every-woman-tea.