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Antioxidants, Caffeine-Free Herbals and Eat for Your Life

It’s been a while since I’ve written in my blog and I must apologise.  I have been active on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Meetup and Google+ to a lesser extent, but blogging, yes, I didn’t prioritise and make the time.  But I’m hoping to change all of that because many tea lovers will ask me private questions about tea and I’ve addressed these great questions and ought to share with the rest of the tea lovers in the world.

So yes, I promise to you readers that I will write regularly but in between those times, I do suggest you follow me on any of the Social Media links above and you can always post your questions there too and I’ll do my best to answer.

Okay, apologies over and now back to my original post.  I have many people asking me about herbal infusions and caffeine which you can read more about in the links that I’ve given.  Then I get asked what is my favourite herbal infusion and without a doubt it is one that I’ve discovered from Japan (via Taiwan and Minnesota :D)

This herbal infusion is called Ashitaba.  I won’t tell you the ins and outs of it as you can read more about Ashitaba Herbal Info here.  What I like about this herb is that aside from the compelling studies that the leaflet has alluded to, many of my customers have said that it has made a difference to their lives.  From helping them to sleep better, alleviating them from their pain to “I just like having a caffeine-free beverage before I go to bed”., it is a beverage that mimics all of the health benefits of tea but without the caffeine.  That is the best thing about this herbal.

4. Health Properties of Tea with May King Tsang

It has been placed in a teabag (and I have always advocated that not all tea bags are created equal 😀 ) because the company want to protect its patent on the roasting technique that has been applied to this herbal but the material used to make the teabag is fully compostable and not bleached.  Win for tea lovers susceptible to the effects of caffeine and a big win the the environment.

So there we have it.  My herbal of choice is called Ashitaba and I’m one of those tea lovers that drink this tea not because of the whole host of health benefits it has, but because I like the roasted taste of this caffeine-free beauTEA.  I hope you enjoy it.

P.S. I was privileged to have attended Alison Taafe‘s book launch on Saturday 21st September at Scrumptious Reads.  Alison talks about antioxidants (which is present in tea and also in the Ashitaba Herbal) and the importance of cooking well in order to eat better and feel better.  Her book is inspired by the journey she shared with her sister in battling cancer and is an inspirational story.  Do please check out her book with some aMAYZing recipes.  You won’t be disappointed.

Book Review – Homemade Health – Home Remedies Your Grandmother Knew

I had the privilege of meeting with Anke Bialas from Herbology fame on more than a couple of occasions. I even had the privilege of sharing the stage with her as I spoke about herbal infusions at the Friday Tea Club. Anke was there by my side reinforcing the answers I gave to the questions asked and we had a wonderful evening, but I digress; this post is about her new book, Homemade Health – Home Remedies Your Grandmother Knew.

I remember writing last year about how I was being snobby about herbal infusions but I have since had a new found respect for our caffeine-free friends as I have delved into them and studied them a lot more deeply.

I love the front cover of this book. It is simple and uncomplicated, which kinda sets a precedent for the rest of the book as each section is clearly marked and leaves the reader with no illusion as to what to expect.

Homemade Health – Home Remedies Your Grandmother Knew

I also love the sub-title. “Home Remedies your Grandmother Knew”. It made me smile; one of these smiles that is immediately followed by a confirmation nod and as I opened to the Contents page, I was greeted with a beautiful photograph of a bunch of herbs – and another smile ensued.

There were lots of light bulb moments for me as I read fascinating insights into herbs such as rosemary, sage and garlic. And I’m sure that most readers of this book will have their own stories and remedies that they share with others. In fact, it was only the other day that I was asked for any remedies I had for a cold and I shared with a friend of mine a Mexican recipe for garlic soup. It is a soup that my husband always craves for when he has a cold. Funnily enough whenever we’ve had the soup we’ve never experienced bad breath and one of those a-ha moments I previously talked about was when I read about parsley (one of the ingredients in the soup) which is said to chase away garlic breath.

When I have acquired a new book, I like to flick through the pages and I have to admit, the section “From Acne to Warts” excited me. Ailments are clearly listed in alphabetical order with the accompanying herbal to suit that ailment underneath it. As a simple girl, I like simple things and so the alphabetised ailments were easy for me to flick through to get to the conditions that I was interested in. I’ve talked about smiles and light bulb moments and now I’d like to share with you a funny thought as I read through the section on colds.

The first recommendation for a cold the book suggests, is a decoction of ginger root which took me back to my childhood and reminded me of my mother’s age old recipe for treating a cold. The recipe also involves a few slices of ginger being thrown into a pot, but deviates slightly with a smattering of chopped spring onions with….wait for it….a famous branded cola! The mixture would then be heated on the stove and once boiled, it was ready to drink. Now I don’t know if it cured my colds when I was a child but you can imagine that the sweetness of the cola and the warmth of the ginger, which was enhanced through heating the beverage, certainly made me feel a lot better. In fact, I was later to find out that the famous branded cola was once sold as a tonic. I remember telling this story in a Tea Appreciation class I held last month, pens were at the ready for my mum’s age old recipe and you could see the bemused faces when I revealed the secret ingredient. 😀

Homemade Health is packed full of extremely useful information, beautiful photographs and illustrations and it is a book that you will keep returning to as and when you need it. It is an easy book to digest and is far from intimidating which I have sometimes found with other books that talks about remedies found in the garden.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you will know that I am a huge fan of technology and I love the fact that there is a QR code at the back of the book so that you can have instant access to the “Herbology on the Go” app: an app that is not only available on iPhone but also on Android and Microsoft’s Windows phone too.

So, if you would like an easy reference guide to “simple and effective treatments from the pantry” then I would look no further than “Homemade Health” and if herbal “teas” are your cup of tea (guffaw), then I suggest you connect with Anke on Twitter or on Facebook where she has herbal infusion blends with endearing names such as Sereni-Tea and Simplic-Tea available for purchase.

Book Review – “Distinguished Leaves — Poems for Tea Lovers”

During my speaking engagements I often mention my mission statement (to bring back the teapot and to encourage people to take time with tea) and what better way to uphold my mission statement than to relax with a book of tea poetry (or as the author beau-tea-fully puts in ‘Poetea’).

Enjoying Dong Ding Oolong whilst reading Distinguished Leaves – Poems for Tea Lovers

I “met” Elizabeth Darcy Jones through the wonderful world of Twitter and after several tweetersations, emails and a couple of handwritten letters (I do enjoy putting pen to paper now and again), I waited eagerly for Mr Postie to deliver Distinguished Leaves — Poems for Tea Lovers.

It is such a special book as not only is the foreword by a very distinguished actor (recently seen in the hugely popular Downton Abbey), but there are notable mentions of tea artisans whom I have had the pleasure of meeting or tweeting with.

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My Reacquaintance with Flavoured Teas

I am amazed at where my tea journey takes me and several weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to trip to Adelaide and meet with like-minded tea folk. My tea journey stopped at a cross roads where I was invited to choose between flavoured teas or loose leaf tea with no flowers/herbs added. I’ve often tried flavoured teas and felt the experience equated to drinking out of my perfume bottle and so I tend to steer away from flavoured teas. However on this occasion, one flavoured tea jumped out from the tea menu: Peppermint oolong.

Peppermint Oolong

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Tea Blogs, Queensland Business and Queensland Tea Meetup

Hello tea friends,
it’s been a while hasn’t it? A thousand apologies for not blogging for a while. There’s really no excuse for it other than the fact that MayKing Tea has been really really busy!!

I’ve finally set up a Facebook Business Page (yay!) or more to the point, my dear friend and Queensland Business Partner, Michael Tucker helped to create it for me (thank you, thank you!).  So if tea is your cup of tea (guffaw) and you’d like to learn more about tea, have a question about tea and would like to connect with others who enjoy tea, then hop over to Facebook, like my page and I’ll enjoy sharing a cuppa with you really soon.

I always enjoyed writing stories at school, essays at college and loved writing my dissertation at university so I am truly grateful that writing has re-entered my life, and extremely honoured to be recommended to contribute to TchingTching is an excellent source of information on all things tea and the posts I contribute there are written to assist people who are want to enter the tea industry.  As a tea mentor who has given assistance to tea businesses in the US, UK and Australia, I hope that you find my articles a great resource as well as the whole Tching website which has a breathtaking list of tea writers from around the world.

The second blog I was recently invited to contribute to is The English Tea Store Blog
The English Tea Store Blog is a great resource for anyone who enjoys a cup of tea and would like to know more.  So far I’ve written about tea-rooms I’ve visited in the UK, my Top 10 tips for making tea and what to look for in a good tea-room.

I’m also extremely privileged to be a contributor to the latest Australian Tea Guide where I have written about Tea Cultures from around the world.  (For more information about the Tea Guide, please drop me a tea-mail on info@maykingtea.com.

So that’s MayKing Tea in a nutshell.  Do pop by on Facebook, Twitter or Meetup and say hello.  Raising a cup of tea to you all.  TTFN (ta ta for now).

My Tea Year’s Resolution

I was having a twitter chat with socialbuzzAUS and mddtactics about New Year’s Resolutions which reminded me of an article I wrote last year.  This year however I decided that rather than make resolutions, I was going to set some goals instead.  I remember taking out the fitness DVDs in London last year, placing them in view just below the television, had a couple of attempts at following the routines and then gradually the excuses increased whilst the fitness sessions simultaneously decreased.

This year, I took the DVD’s out early rather than wait for New Year. I decided I was going to get up early (as I believe most Aussies do), pop my gym kit on, insert the DVD and start on the fitness routine straight away (starting with a warm up session of course!) What was different this year was that I was determined to incorporate even more tea into my routine.  Tea? Yes: tea and this is how I do it:

1. Before inserting the DVD, I made my tea at a much lower temperature than normal. Oolong teas can normally stand temperatures of 90oC (194oF), but I brewed it at 50oC (122oF) so that I could drink it without burning my tongue.  It takes a little longer for the flavours to be drawn out of the tea which gave me enough time to work on the first routine. Any excess water from the kettle, I would pour into a flask (a familiar sight in Chinese households).

2. After the first session, I’d dash over to my teapot, pour the tea, take a few sips, add more water from the flask into my teapot and then it’s back to my TV ready for the second part of the workout.

3. A few huffs and puffs following the second fitness session (as I’m really not as fit as I used to be) and then it’s back to the teapot to pour out the second infusion and then taking a few sips from my second cup of tea.  I fill the teapot for a third infusion and then it’s back to the fitness workout.

What is great about loose leaf tea is that one can make several infusions (several cups of tea) out of the same teaspoon of leaves which I hope I have demonstrated here.

I have stuck with the fitness routine a little over a week now and endeavour to vary it a little so that I don’t grow used to one routine.  Having a new toy like the Kinect really helps so I have been able to vary my routines between several DVDs and various games such as Dance Central and Your Shape.

As I raise a cup of tea as a toast for 2011, I remember the words of a great tea friend and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Healthy and Happy New Year.