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It’s officially autumn now in the Southern hemisphere & the early mornings are getting a tad chilly. Through out the whole year I drink tea, especially first thing in the morning even if it’s 40 degrees outside. Must be my British heritage shining brightly. This time of year I’m hanging for a cuppa to warm myself up from the inside out.

In the summer months I tend to only drink tea in the mornings. Now the days are getting colder I’m craving hot liquids even in the afternoon. This is when herbal teas take centre stage. There are so many varieties and blends out there you are bound to find one you like. My tastes change all the time. At the moment I’m all about ginger. I found a new USDA organic certified brand called Higher Living. Their Ginger Kick is delicious. It contains ginger (obviously!) and lemon peel. It’s 100% caffeine free & organic. Their Evening blend is rather nice of a night too with lemon balm, fennel, chamomile, lime, peppermint and lavender.

The Byron Bay Tea Company have a lot of lovely teas too. They are pricier and you can’t get them in the supermarkets. My day spa sells them or they are available over the Internet. My favourite is Energy a blend of green tea and berries. It’s really good for a pick me up as green tea contains natural caffeine.

Yogi tea make a Ginkgo Clarity blend that I use in the afternoons if I’m feeling a little brain fried. The ingredient list is huge! Everything from peppermint, liquorice, lemongrass, basil, ginger and lemon the list goes on. Nearly all the herbs are organic but the brand not organically certified. I love the quotes on the tea tags too.

I try where I can to buy organic tea. Just like non organic fruit and vegetables tea is sprayed with harmful agricultural chemicals. This is harmful to us as consumers, the environment and the farm workers growing the tea. Vegetables are usually washed before they reach our shelves. Tea is not as it is air-dried before packaging. The first time it meets water is in our cup where all those toxins are then washed into our drink. Need I say more? There are plenty of organic brands in the supermarket, look out for an organic seal either from the USDA or Australian Organic. These two carry the highest standards of organic certification.

Herbal caffeine free tea counts towards your daily hydration levels too. If you struggle to get your two to three litres of water in a day during winter give herbal tea a try. A good-sized mug can take about 250-300ml of liquid. If you can, use filtered water in the kettle. I know boiling gets rid of any nasties but it helps keep the kettles elements free from calcium build up. Tea tastes so much better with filtered water, no yucky chlorine taste.

Time for a nice cup of tea and a sit down me thinks.

Love Seren xx

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