It is the ultimate British institution, rooted in our history and firmly engrained in our culture, and more importantly there are very few problems that a cup of tea can’t solve, but you might be surprised at quite how helpful a simple cuppa can really be …
What to have … Breakfast Tea
When to have it … Made popular in the UK by Queen Victoria, the blend of black teas is high in antioxidants and can help strengthen the immune system, improve circulation and has been cited as helpful in reducing the risk of heart attacks, although to get the most out of it it’s best to drink it without milk!
How to have it … Best served with scones, cream and a dollop of jam … although those added extras might negate some of those health benefits somewhat …
Where to get it … Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa … they recently won The Tea Guild’s Top City and Country Hotel Tea Award 2012 … plus it’s picture perfect!
What to have … Camomile
When to have it … Camomile has long been known as an aid to better sleep and relaxation, but it can also help soothe stomach aches, menstrual cramps, boost the immune system, help manage diabetes and was used by the Egyptians in a poultice to help wounds to heal more quickly.
How to have it … With a spoonful of honey … partially because the superfood adds to the its almighty holistic power source, but mostly because it tastes wonderful!
Where to get it … Brownies café at London Syon Park … after a bespoke treatment … they sort of have this relaxation thing down to a fine art.
What to have … Fennel
When to have it … Used to help relieve symptoms of fullness and indigestion, the tea has been used to reduce fevers and pain, and help fight catarrh … it’s also a good counter to halitosis … just putting it out there.
How to have it … With seaweed … no really, bear with us – organic brand VOYA, known for including seaweed oils in their products have created a range of teas that include the potent ingredient to help aid detox as well – you will be a walking ode to good health by the end of the day.
Where to get it … Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour … after a VOYA Seaweed Massage – well, while you’re there you might as well go for the matching set!
What to have … Rooibos Tea
When to have it … As well as being an antioxidant (bit of a theme for tea that, isn’t it?) the South African favourite can help with high blood pressure and diabetes by improving glucose uptake and insulin secretion after a meal; can aid respiratory problems, the regeneration of liver tissue, and improve immune defects.
How to have it … With honey and a slice of lemon … or on its own if you don’t have a sweet tooth.
Where to get it … Our favourite way to enjoy Rooibos however is at Bowood Hotel and Spa, where their Sundari tea compliments their treatments and contains both the green and red Rooibos leaves along with rose petals, Blue Mallow flowers and orange peel … the idea is to feel beautiful inside and out … and we do! We really do!
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