Tea has been around for many years and has been enjoyed by many cultures, either for it's healing abilities or just for a nice warming drink. In this issue we will delve into the fabulous world of tea! We also touch base with a superb plant that we have all grown to love, the healthy aloe.
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The History of Tea
The Birth of Tea in China
A quintessentially British drink... and we have been drinking it for over 350 years. But in fact the history of tea goes much further back. The story of tea begins in China According to legend, in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water, when some leaves from the tree blew into the water. Shen Nung, a renowned herbalist, decided to try the infusion that his servant had accidentally created. The tree was a Camellia sinensis, and the resulting drink was what we now call tea.
South Africa's very own Gem - The Aloe Ferox Using Aloe Ferox - taken from Rawlicious Recipe Book
Aloe Ferox grows abundantly in Southern Africa. It's easy to spot as it only has a single stern and boats beautiful red flowering stalks. The leaves have sharp thorns along the edges and angle towards the sky. Aloes are widely available in nurseries, so be sure to plant them in your garden. The best leaves to pick are the lower ones that are about to turn brown and become the dried leaves around the stem. If you pick the top leaves you will be killing the plant. he leaves are ripe when the tips have a slight red blush. Don't overpick from one aloe plant and don't pick from baby aloes. To pick the leaf you need a sharp knife and a bag. Cut as close to the stem as possible. A bright yellow liquid will run out of the cut leaf. These are the aloe bitters. This is how you harvest and prepare aloe ferox.
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Benefits of soaking in tea
While you might already know the health benefits of drinking tea on a daily basis, you may not be aware of the skin and health-enhancing benefits of soaking in it. A tea-based bath is a great way to soak up the antioxidants and minerals that come from tea. It’s a refreshing new twist on any skincare regiment! Not only can an herbal bath infused with tea help nourish the skin, but you’ll be indulging in a spa-like treatment for supreme relaxation. If you’re stressed or tired after a long day, just run a healing bath with a fresh tea bag or two.
How to Make a Tea Bath If you are using loose tea leaves, you’ll want to create a small tea bag or wrap with some cotton muslin. Cotton fibers are ideal for soaking minerals and oils in the tub, but you can also buy some pre-made resealable tea bags if you’re not too crafty! You may want to roll in some epsom salts, sea salts, or rolled oats to increase the benefits of your relaxing bath. Calendula petals can be very soothing, while mint leaves will add a stimulating and refreshing touch. Teas offer many natural healing properties, and you don’t have to sip on a cup of it to enjoy all of the benefits. From green tea to herbal mixtures, adding a tea bag to your bath water can be just what you need to reduce stress and improve your skin tone. Enjoy a tea soak next time you’re in the tub; your body will thank you!
Nutrient Dense Teas
Use the following herbs in a tea for their extensive range of micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities: Alfalfa, Stinging Nettle, Oat Straw, Chaga, Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Dill
The Cape Classic ( A fantastic detox juice) Makes 750ml
1/2 aloe leaf
1cm piece of ginger
1 sprig fresh buchu
Juice all the ingredients in a juicer
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