Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good cuppa. So, when the people at Mr Ames sent me their nine tea varieties to sample, I was more than delighted to try them all out.
Although it may not be a name you are familiar with, Mr Ames - Reginald - is not new to the world of tea. in 1909 he began to source and blend fine tea for the Great British public.
Up until recently, the team did this for other brands, but now they are bringing their decades of expertise direct to the consumer with the launch of Mr.Ames, a range of superbly flavoured and expertly sourced teas.
Teas are blended and hand packed in the Kent countryside and every pyramid bag is compostable. The best bit though, is the phenomenal taste of the tea.
Boxes hold 20 bags and cost £3.95 ( except for the All Day Decaf which is priced at £4.50). The packaging is fun and pretty too with interesting pairing ideas on the side of every box. You can choose between: • Golden Breakfast • All Day Decaf • Green Sencha • Earl Grey • Chamomile • Red Berry • Peppermint • Liquorice & Peppermint • Lemongrass & Ginger
And here are some fun facts about tea:
In Britain we drink 165 million cups of tea a day. That’s a lot of tea - enough in fact to fill 20 Olympic swimming pools!
Despite that, the British are only the third most prolific tea drinkers. Turkey and Ireland come first and second
The first record of an Englishman drinking tea was when Samuel Pepys’ wrote in his diary on September 25, 1660, “afterwards I did send for a cup of tea (a China drink) of which I never drank before"
The first tea bags were made of silk and used in 1908 by New York tea merchant Thomas Sullivan to send samples to his clients
According to legend, tea was discovered in 2737 BC by Chinese Emperor Shen Nung
Iced tea became popular after it was served at the World Fair in 1904 during a heat wave
With tea rarely out of the news because of the suggested health benefits or how the nation's tea drinking is soaring, Mr Ames, created as a result of lockdown is available on Amazon and mramestea.com . Try it, you'll love the taste!
V&YOU are an innovative brand in the CBD market. They have launched three products: V&YOU CBD pouches, &CALM CBD Oil Drops and &CALM CBD Oil Spray.
V&YOU products have been created to celebrate individuality so people can enhance their vibe - calm, chill, focus and boost - however they feel on that day. All V&YOU products are priced from £9.99 and are available to buy from https://vandyou.com/.
&CALM CBD oil drops - in citrus, berry, mint and natura flavours, they are available in 30ml bottles with 1200mg of CBD oil (£19.99) and 10ml bottles with 400mg of CBD oil. (£9.99)
&CALM CBD Oil Spray - in citrus, berry, mint and natura flavours, the spray is available in 10ml bottles with 400mg of CBD Oil. (£9.99)
&CHILL CBD pouches - in citrus, berry, mint and natura flavours, pouches are the newest way to enjoy the uplifting benefits of CBD. Each product includes 15 pouches that each contain 20mg of CBD. (£9.99)
V&YOU CBD is a lifestyle product, it is not medicinal. However science suggests that CBD has physical and mental health benefits. V&YOU don't make any health claims about CBD but many people take CBD to help alleviate anxiety, insomnia, stress and chronic pain.
Cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from cannabis has been proven to help treat a number of ailments with high success rates. A common misconception is that CBD contains psychoactive ingredients but that is not accurate. Cannabis or marijuana plants contain multiple components and only one of those components is psychoactive: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). None of V&YOU’s products contain THC.
V&YOU, a progressive lifestyle brand, produces a range of premium products using active ingredients to help people find joyful intensity in everything they do.
V&YOU products are created around four vibes – calm, chill, focus and boost – so people can choose a vibe that supports their mood.
I love the healing power of flower essences and over the years often turned to Bach Flower Remedies. However, recently I came across Saskia's Flower Essences and was delighted when Saskia, who was florist to HRH Prince of Wales before she began making flower essences in 2003, sent me three bottles of her combination essences to try. They arrived beautifully presented in a box with a pretty gift card and informative booklet. It was nothing short of amazing how I immediately felt surrounded by the love and positive energy of the essences.
Flowers and plants have a unique vibrational energy which is held as a memory in water. By extracting the essence of a flower, it is possible to capture that energy, then use it to tune up our own energy. When you take a flower essence suited to you, it helps shift negative thought and behaviour patterns and can assist with all sorts of things including unblocking creativity, organising your thoughts and helping make your ideas reality.
Saskia supplies single essences, combination essences and sprays which are just the ticket for helping clear unwanted energies surrounding us. Not sure which to buy? The combination essences are the easiest to choose because their names to make it simple to decide which ones you need. For example, 'Breathe Deep, Seek Peace' is for winding down. Ideal for those, like me, who have trouble sleeping and find it hard to relax. 'Calm and Confident' helps with challenging situations, to see you through those times you struggle outside your comfort zone. 'Emotional Relief' is for when life just gets too much while 'Focus, Energise, Create' speaks for itself! They are taken orally by dropping a small amount of the essence under your tongue.
and some of these amazing essences ......
want to feel safe and protected? try WiLD GARLIC
can't see a way out of your present situation? try MORNING GLORY
think your creativity and self-confidence could do with a boost? try BUTTERCUP
want to be more effective? try DANDELION
scared to make changes? try TWAYBLADE
Here are some things you might not know about flower essences
How they are made
Saskia makes her remedies in the traditional way by infusing the flowering part in the sun. This involves putting the flowers in spring water and allowing the sunlight to transfer the vibration of the flower into the water.
Essences are not the same thing as essential oils
When making essences, the flower’s energy imprint is captured rather than a physical part of the flower, which is how they differ from essential oils. Unlike essentials too, they have no aroma. Essential oils take a massive amount of plant material to make and are steam distilled to extract the aromatic compounds. They are highly concentrated so have to be used with care. It takes about 10-20 flowers to make around 10,000 bottles of flower essence and they are completely safe for all ages.
Essences work with our emotions
Flower essences help us tune back to our true selves. They bring awareness to learned behaviour and thought patterns and support us as they help us release negative patterns.
Pendulum dowsing can be a precise way to find the right flower essences
It takes the conscious thinking out of the process, reaches the underlying problem and which flower essences might help with that. A bit like human relationships, flower essences are subjective in their action and dowsing bypasses preconceived ideas about what the essence will help with and which essences we think we need.
Flower Essences are safe for everyone to take
Flower essences can be taken by everyone, babies, animals and you can give them to your plants too. As they contain the energy of a plant they don’t act on a physical level, so are also completely safe to take if you are on any kind of medication.
Flower Essences have been used for thousands of years
Indigenous people drank the dew that collected on flowers for their well-being and there is evidence existing for their use in ancient Egypt, amongst the Celtic Druids and the Aborigines of Australia.
If you have never used flower essences before and can't make your mind up which to try for your particular needs, email Saskia . She will be delighted to hear from you.
Saskia’s Flower Essences is the first company in the UK to have a shop just selling their own essences directly to the public. The label now produces a range of 46 single essences, 8 combination essences aimed at helping with the issues of modern life and 3 essence sprays. They have won internationally and nationally acclaimed awards for several of their combinations including The Beauty Shortlist Best Sleep Better Product for their ‘Breathe, Deep, Seek Peace’ combination. www.saskiasfloweressences.com
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