Posts tagged ‘Scrumptious Reads’

Why Cancer ChariTEAs are my Cup of Tea

Ever since I started MayKing Tea, I always wanted to put something back into the communiTEA with some of the monies I had made with my business.  Choosing the type of chariTEAs I wanted to work with, was an easy decision to make as when I did more and more research into tea. I was inundated with studies that suggest that increasing tea consumption can keep conditions such as heart disease, stroke, Alzheimers and even cancers at bay.  Both my parents drank tea until the cows came home (both Chinese tea and English Breakfast) but they both had cancer at some point in their lives.  Luckily for both of them, the cancer was caught very early on and both of them survived.  I just wanted to put it out there that despite the tea may parents sipped, the big C affected them both too. Tea can help but it is not a miracle cure.

My parents were truly inspirational during their journeys. Dad chose not to go through chemotherapy and think posiTEAvely through the experience which I thought was truly truly aMAYZing, and when mum went to surgery and was told to rest for 6 weeks, after 2, she went back to lugging 10 Kilo sacks of spuds for the chip shop we all worked in.  After starting my business, I made a tiny promise to myself to get involved with chariTEAs that help cancer patients or research into this disease.

Biggest Morning Tea with Scrumptious Reads and Danielle Dixon

Biggest Morning Tea with Scrumptious Reads and Danielle Dixon

I have conducted several Biggest Morning Tea events in collaborating with LikeMinded businesses such as Scrumptious ReadsTlicious and Tea Therapy. This year, I had the privilege of meeting a cancer survivor, Natalie Fitzgerald, whom wanted to give back to the chariTEA that helped her through her journey. After a few TEAm meetings with friends and family, #tradiesgopink was born. You can read more of her story here and if you follow the TradiesGoPink Facebook page, you will see just how much local attention and support her campaign is getting, including a little TV slot which tugged on the heart strings of a 9 year old boy who is also doing his bit for the cause.

Tradies Go Pink hope to raise $10,000 for the McGrath Foundation and $10,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Read more about the two tradies here, who are both having their dreadlocks dyed pink this Saturday and are going to have them cut off on February 9th on what looks like a fantastic family day out in Harrup Park, Mackay.

Cancer ChariTEAs? Yup, they’re definitely my cup of tea =D

Tradies Go Pink flyer

 

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.