Spring brings transformation and change; from darkness to light, from cold to warmth, from grey to bursts of colour. Here in Byron Bay, we are enjoying warm days and clear blue skies. Many of us are also feeling the urge to have a little spring clean of not only our houses but our bodies. This is completely in line with the natural rhythm of the seasons with Spring providing the best opportunity for us to deeply detoxify and cleanse the body of harmful impurities that have accumulated in our organs and tissues over the past months.
It probably comes as no surprise that Immunity is one of our best sellers at the moment in the colder, winter months. Many of our customers not only love the refreshing flavour but find it a really powerful tea to help chase away the winter sniffles.
As the days get shorter, the nights get longer and a chilly winter sets in, we are called to adjust our lifestyles to match the natural rhythm of a different season. It probably comes as no surprise that my top tip for winter is to drink more teas and herbal teas! This is because the kidneys love good quality, warm fluids to help them function optimally. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is the time of year when the kidneys and bladder need some extra support so that we can stay healthy and well. Scroll on to find out my other top and keep in mind that you can purchase the Winter:...
Autumn comes with shorter days and cooler temperatures. While there are many pros of autumn, the transition can also be a challenge. Fewer hours of daylight and changing weather can be hard on both physical and mental health for some people (especially for the Byron locals after a spectacular Summer season!!). With that in mind, here are some of my top tips for an awesome Autumn.
As the year gains momentum after the summer break, many of us want to kick it off with some healthy habits. One popular new year’s resolution is to reduce caffeine. We are often asked by our customers what teas in our range contain caffeine so I thought that this was a good opportunity to share some information on this topic!
Are digestive symptoms such as nausea, bloating, flatulence, indigestion, heartburn, and reflux, just a normal part of your day? Proper digestion and bowel elimination is the foundation of good health. The gut is involved in the breakdown of food, assimilation of nutrients and elimination of wastes via the bowel. If it is not functioning efficiently, it can impact the overall health of the body leading to nutrients deficiencies, toxicity and a whole range of symptoms such as those listed above. Read on to find out how you can support your bowel and my top 4 teas that you can incorporate into...
To follow on from our recent discussion around nervous system stress, I wanted to get a list of my favourite BBTC teas to you- that help support someone in times of stress. We know that coffee and alcohol are a “no” in times of stress but it’s so important to have some beverage alternatives to not only enjoy drinking but also to benefit the body. Read on to find out more.
The floods that have impacted the Northern Rivers region recently has left many members of our community completely traumatised. I have witnessed friends who have lost everything they own- from their house to their clothes and to all their valuables and household goods. Many are now dealing with high levels of stress and anxiety and crippling insomnia. They are replaying the flood events over and over again in their minds which is keeping them in a state of high nervous system stress. If this sounds like you or you can relate, please read on because I have some great tips!
I love my daily rituals as you know and one that I have started to incorporate this summer is walking barefoot on the ground, whether it be on the beach or just at home on our lawn. For me, it just feels great to be without shoes and the health benefits are wide-ranging- people across cultures have done this for years!
There is no better way to beat the summer heat than with a cooling and refreshing iced tea.
Is it an old wive's tale or is there some truth that chicken soup is the cure of all ills? Read on to find out more and check out my favourite chicken soup recipe.
Runny nose, coughing, sore throat, sneezing and not feeling quite on top of your game? If the cold and flu season has taken a hold on you, it might be time to get those immune-boosting tonics out from the back of the cupboard, to give you that extra zing. My favourite nutrients to help fight infection include Vitamin A, C, E, D and Zinc. Increasing foods rich in these nutrients is also important- read on to find out more.
Emphasise wholefoods rather than refined and processed foods (for example, whole grains and legumes instead of bread and pasta).
Eat organic foods wherever possible in order to minimise exposure to pesticides and other chemicals and to increase nutrition. Organically grown foods are a lot higher in nutrition than conventionally grown foods.
Eat a primarily plant-based diet that is wide and varied experimenting with different foods to increase nutrition and reduce potential allergies by eating too much of the same foods.
It probably comes as no surprise to you then, to see “Drinking Herbal teas” as one of my top tips to stay healthy in winter. Check out my other health tips below.
There is some truth to the statement that the “early bird catches the worm”. Living in tune with nature's rhythms and cycles can set you up for a more productive and energetic day as well as reduce stressful habits. When we rise and set with the sun, we find ourselves getting quality sleep at night and waking with less effort and it allows for a more productive use of our time. Our bodies are set to live by nature’s timer. We are offered sunlight for times when our bodies and brains are meant to be more active, and darkness when it is time to slow down and rest, so our bodies can rejuvenate...
At Byron Bay Tea Company we are strong advocates for a balanced life- where an individual’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs are met. With the busy lives that many of us lead, we all know how hard this can be hard to achieve. Read on to find out my secret on what can help you to strike the balance.
There is nothing better than cooling down with a refreshing iced tea on a long, hot summer’s day. For many of us, drinking plain old water all the time can be pretty boring. We all know that good health requires good hydration- especially in Summer- but water alone doesn’t titillate the taste buds too much does it?
Are you finding it hard to keep up with the busy pace of your life and just getting by? Working, eating, sleeping and doing this again and again, day in and day out? Many people's lives are so unbalanced with extremely long work hours, very little sleep, eating on the run, and no time to relax and unwind. I believe that stress has a major impact on people's lives on every level- physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. And, there is no one quick fix to address this! It is obviously essential that the cause of the stress be recognised and the necessary changes made. There are also...
THINKING FOR YOURSELF is a skill that needs to be developed and nurtured- a really important skill to have right now in these times of change. Check out these tips I have below to help enrich your life by truly believing in your ideas, thoughts and opinions on big issues, rather than taking on those that are shaped by those around you. Developing this skill can help to remove fear and empower you to live the life that you want to live. So, here it goes-:
1. Aim for balanced meals and snacks with 30% protein, 40% complex carbohydrates and 30% good quality fats.
Your blood is involved in many bodily functions; ranging from transporting oxygen, hormones, sugar, fats and cells throughout the body; as well as transporting wastes that need to be eliminated via the kidneys. The functions of the blood and kidneys are closely connected.
To get the most out of any detox it is vitally important that we start with ensuring the proper functioning of the gastrointestinal system. If the gut is not breaking down food well, assimilating nutrients and eliminating wastes efficiently- toxins can be produced and sub-optimal health results. In doing this, we need to not only make healthy food choices to assist gut cleansing (and what these are can vary depending on individual needs), but we also need to look at the way we eat.
The lymphatic system is an extensive drainage network that lies just under the skin that helps the body fight infection and helps with the elimination of toxins from the body.
SPICE DREAM is a deliciously healthy and exotic Chai Latte blend with a delicate balance of sweetness and spice. With the Australian tea market bursting with chai options and variations, I found that many of the powders and syrups available were full of rubbish- milk solids, flavourings and a whole lot of sugar! I wanted to make a spicy brew that was devoid of these nasties- something that was natural and pure and in line with what we stand for at Byron Bay Tea Company.
FORTIFY is the super-charged newcomer to the BBTC range of herbal teas- a wellness tonic combining the powerful healing benefits of medicinal mushrooms and Tulsi with Cacao and a delicate blend of spices. Medicinal mushrooms have been a personal favourite of mine for years. I keep a powder on hand at all times when I need that extra zing! Fortify has been a long time in the making and involved a little trial and error to get the balance of ingredients just right. Cacao matches the richness of the medicinal mushrooms and seemed like the perfect addition to this blend. And, let’s face it- who...
Tired? Stressed? Worn-out? No milk?
I went to a seminar on the Integrative treatment of cancer a couple of weeks ago. Green tea was one of the therapeutic phytonutrients, along with Tumeric and Resveratrol, that starred on the day- due to their potent antioxidant actions.
As the days get shorter, the nights get longer and a chilly winter sets in, we need to adjust our lifestyles to match the natural rhythm of a different season. Winter is the season for “storage” in Chinese Medicine. It is the storage of winter that allows for the aliveness of Spring. It is the storage of Qi, Blood, Yin, and Yang that is important and this is done by using an appropriate diet for the cooler seasons, as well as modifying our lifestyle in other ways.
So many of us are focussed on what we eat and obsessively follow a particular diet whether it be Paleo, Gluten-free, Ketogenic, low GI, Blood type diet, Mediterranean, The Zone, Raw Food, Weight Watchers or Atkins…. in an effort to stay healthy and well. Whilst it is vitally important that we make healthy food choices (and what these are can vary depending on individual needs), we also need to look at the way we eat.
Long before celebrity chefs began to garnish their plates with delicious herbs, there was an ancient art called herbalism. Herbalism is having a resurgence as many households are learning the health benefits of the herbs they are consuming in their food. Not just for ourselves, but for our beautiful furry pollinators, the bees.
Eastern Traditions have been consuming tea for their health benefits long before the British popularised it in the mid-17th century. In 1211 the Japanese monk Eisai wrote: