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Sakura tea (Sakurayu), or also commonly known as Cherry Blossom tea, originates from non other than the beautiful Japan. Although Sakura flowers are commonly associated with Japan alone, they can also be found in other countries in Asia like Korea and China. Wherever there is sakura, there is bound to be a whole lot of tourists, making those areas popular tourist attractions each spring. And it really is no surprise, because no one can dispute the beauty of these gorgeous pink blooms.

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Sakura tea is a Japanese infusion that is created by steeping pickled cherry blossom flowers in boiled water. The cherry blossom flowers are prepared by being pickled in plum vinegar and salt, and they are then left to dry before being steeped in water to create the perfect Sakura tea. The resulting Sakura tea is a beautiful pink clear herbal tea that tastes slightly salty but also has a subtle hint of earthy and flowery notes. Besides being incredibly aesthetically pleasing, Sakura tea has numerous health benefits as well.

1. Anti-Ageing properties

Sakura tea has a high concentration of polyphenol anti-oxidants that are known to fight free radicals that damage DNA causing premature aging. By drinking Sakura tea, there will be less free radicals in your body, and this will slow down the aging process by combating lines, wrinkles and skin dullness. It can help you age gracefully and give you brighter skin and clearer complexion.

2. Anti-inflammatory

If you constantly battle with skin problems like redness, irritation and inflammation, LOOK NO FURTHER! Sakura tea contains nutrients that prevent the production of nitric oxide, which is one of the base cellular chemical compound that causes and aggravates skin inflammation. We all know that the perfect concealer from Sephora covers up the blemishes perfectly, but wouldn’t you rather tackle the root cause? Just think of all the money and time you’d save!

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Sakura tea can also help to lighten uneven skin pigmentation that is caused by sun exposure by inhibiting the production of melanin. It also cleanses the skin of toxins to leave your skin bright, healthy and happy.

3. Reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases

Much like other teas, the nutrients like flavones found in Sakura tea can help reduce the risk for heart disease. It lowers your LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol) and keeps your heart healthy and safe from cardiovascular diseases.

4. Beautifying benefits

Sakura tea is rich in antioxidants which reduces the body’s free radicals. By doing so, it reduces acne, minimizes puffiness, reduces your dark eye circles and keeps your face silky smooth like a baby’s butt.

The antioxidants also stimulate healthy hair growth, reduce dandruff, add shine and give you softer and better moisturised hair. It’ll be like you are in a hair commercial whenever you swish your hair *everything is in slo-mo*

5. Whitens and protects your teeth

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Tannins in our food are what causes stains and these make our teeth appear yellower (sobs). A protein found in tea will create a natural chemical barrier that protects your teeth from discoloration. Combine this with your regular tooth brushing habits and you’ll regain those pearly whites in no time! Also, tea can change the pH in your mouth and that may be the key to preventing cavities from forming. It also does not erode your tooth enamel (protective coat) unlike other beverages.

6. It is low in calories

If you do not add any sweeteners or sugar substitutes to your Sakura tea, it is virtually calorie free - which is great news for those seeking to lose weight or simply to manage their weight better. We really understand the woes of the weight loss journey, and sometimes water just won’t satisfy that craving for any sort of flavour you might have. Sakura tea is a very good and healthy substitute, for it has subtle salty and flowery notes that dance on your tongue! You could always add fruit slices to snazz it up a little and ultimately, you will feel refreshed and energized.

7. Other health benefits

The benefits of Sakura tea are endless, it might lead you to believe that it is a miracle drink. It reduces the risk of stroke, cancer, mental illnesses, improve the immune system, lower blood pressure, and protects your vision. However, please be advised that tea is not a substitute for medicine, it merely complements it to speed up your healing process and provides your body with the nourishment it needs.

Fancy yourself a cup of Sakura tea? Nilufer Tea is releasing the new tea: Sakura tea. Catch a taste of spring and experience flowers dancing in your mouth with this new and beautiful tea. Feel fancy and healthy with just a sip and you definitely won't regret it!

Hello, is it tea you’re looking for? Finding a suitable wedding favour or corporate gift on behalf of your organisation can be a perennial headache. Well, have some positivi-tea because there’s nothing tea can’t solve! Almost everyone loves tea and a personalised tea sachet or artisanal tea blend could be a nifty edible favour or the most appreciated present – you’d bring a morning smile to your gift recipient’s face through a cup of delicious tea along with jolly memories! You can’t buy happiness, but you can definitely buy tea and we feel that’s kind of the same. Read on because we might just have the solution to your potential gift disasters with our fuss-free ideas.

1. Nilufer Tea

If you are looking for quality organic herbal tea, then Nilufer Tea may be the thing you are looking for. With ethical sourcing of ingredients that are free of pesticides, Nilufer Tea has created various delicious blends of tea. Ranging from Rose Paradise, which is a subtly-sweet tea with light notes of rose, to Floral Blossom, a concoction of beautiful flowers and herbs such as lavender and lemongrass, you can surely find something to satisfy your taste buds and soothe your mind.

2. Allerines Premium Tea

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Image cred: Favor Atelier

 

Allerines Premium Tea is all about high-quality blended teas that are pleasing to the palate and delightful to the senses. From fruit to herbal teas, all blends are packed in loose-leaf pyramid sachets for convenient, quick brews.

Allerines collaborates with Favor Atelier, a wedding favours provider based in Singapore, to provide the perfect blend for your par-tea. Choose to package your desired tea in beautiful metal tins or minimalistic paper boxes with your event details, personal message and all the trimmings.

 3. Collaboration Tea

Need a favour that’s customisable and memorable? Look no further because Collaboration Tea supplies premium tea with inspirational quotes and custom-made, resealable tea pouches. The local tea maker believes that with inspiration tagged unto each tea sachet, the words will provide a little boost and uplift you and those around you. The best part? All sachets are packed at random, so you’re in for a surprise quote each time you steep a cup of tea! And of course, with customisation, feel free to add any quote that’s close to your heart on the tag.

 4. Ette Tea

Ette Tea brews together tradition and taste with their unique, high-quality tea blends. In sleek metal tins, these tea sets make great gifts due to their modern and sophisticated aesthetics. Ette Tea originates from the culturally-diverse Singapore,  so you can expect teas in the flavours of local foods such as Ice Kachang, Pandan Chiffon, Nasi Lemak and even Chicken Rice from this local tea artisan.

Not your cup of tea? Ette also offers classic favourites such as Earl Grey, Nanyang Breakfast and more. With their great assortment of classic and experimental teas (plus cute tea names), you’d be spoilt for choice and we guarantee that there will be a flavour-packed hit for everyone. Be glad to know that customised tea baskets, hampers and mini mix sets are available for purchase as gifts – we think these make great presents for the office!

 5. The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.

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Image cred: The 1872 Clipper Co.

 

With customisation and private labelling, The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. has served as tea tailor to some of the finest companies in Singapore. Think Raffles Hotel, Standard Chartered, UOB and more! From customised tea blends to personalised packaging, you can count on Clipper as a trusty ol’ tea brand with great service and fabulous product offerings. Imagine your favourite tea blend in bespoke tea bags with you and your partner’s name, or company’s logo on it. We’re sold.

 6. TWG

A luxury-steeped, old-world tea salon, TWG offers luxurious customisable tea sets for special occasions, or just one of life’s magical moments. Though it comes at a heftier price tag, you’ll get to curate up to 5 tins of tea in TWG’s swoon-worthy packaging of chic tea sleeves and gift boxes. Perfect for the boss or colleague who loves the finer things in life.

 

Tea is always a good idea and we hope the mentioned tea brands and respective gift sets have provided you with some help. Now, drink a cup of tea because it’s the finest solution to nearly every catastrophe and conundrum that your gift-giving headache may bring. Oh, and did we tell you we have customised porcelain tea cups now? Shop here for a tea-rrific add-on to your gift.

Coffee and tea may be delicious, but drinking too much of it may result in you developing some form of caffeine addiction that can be worrying. If you are looking to change your go-to beverage because you are concerned about your daily caffeine intake, then fruity herbal options may just be your literal cup of tea.

Whether their tea bags have actual dried fruits in them, or that they’re merely infusions of your favourite fruit, a delicious hot fruity tea is an easy way to feel good and rehydrate. Their unique fragrances and acquired tastes are hard to beat, and some teas even have a sweetness that you will definitely love, like the Nilufer Tea’s Rose Paradise that has a subtle strawberry sweetness to it.

Here are some must-try fruity infusions that will be sure to lift your spirits.

Basilur

A delightful mix of apple, zesty orange peel, orange flower, and other natural ingredients, Basilur’s Blood Orange infusion is the perfect citrus kick you need to refresh your day. It can be taken cold or accompany almost any dessert when warm.
If you’re feeling a little more playful, their Caribbean Cocktail with the taste of Papaya, pineapple, and coconut, will give you the beach vibes you need, making it the perfect tropical drink for any time of day. Who needs a Pina colada when you have a tea version of Pina colada?
It is recommended that you don’t use boiling water as it may ruin the tea leaves. However, letting the boiled water cool results in the evaporation of oxygen, leading to an eventual dissipation of the rich flavour of the brew. So it's better to heat the water to your desired temperature, slightly below a boil.
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Twinings

Made with 100% natural ingredients, a cup of Twinings tea is not only refreshing and rich in flavour, but it also gives off a wonderful aroma, able to envelop all your senses simultaneously.

Their fruity infusions include flavours like Strawberry & Raspberry, Blackcurrant & Blueberry, and Mango & Strawberry.

Because these fruit and herbal teas are completely sugar free, their sweetness is natural and not so intense, unlike sugary drinks. These teas are relaxing, regardless of the time of day, your mood, or your choice of infusion.

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Clipper

Taking fruit infusions to a new level, Clipper Tea’s fruity offerings are sure to impress.

Their fragrant Orange and Coconut Infusion delivers a sharp tang of orange which is nicely complemented by the rounded creaminess of coconut. Experience summer and a tropical holiday a small tea cup for a momentary respite from life.

Other flavours include Organic Apple and Elderflower, and Blackcurrant and Açaí Berry, the latter of which superbly blended with hibiscus, rosehip, açaí berry, and blackcurrant. The sweet berry flavor will sure to perk you up.

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Lipton

 

If you haven’t heard of Lipton, then where have you been? If you don’t know it yet, it is probably one of the more well-known teas around. Besides its classic black tea, Lipton has been developing several other types of teas, and one of the range is the Lipton’s herbal range that includes teas such as Berry Hibiscus, Peach Mango, Apple Cinnamon, and Lemon Ginger.

To experience this enchanting blend of sweet and fruity flavours, simply steep this herbal tea for three minutes. If you prefer to savour a more pronounced taste, steep your tea bag longer to allow more of the tea’s essence to diffuse into the beverage.

Conveniently packaged in 20 individually wrapped tea bags, this range of teas can be enjoyed either hot or iced, with your friends, or alone.

Nilufer Tea

Get your organic fix with Nilufer Tea’s Rose Paradise Tea, which contains ingredients like strawberries, hibiscus, and rose. The sweetness of the strawberry dances on your tongue and the light and floral fragrance will delight your senses.

With absolutely no artificial flavour and void of all pesticide use, this tea sure does pack the punch. It is antioxidant-rich and high in vitamin A, C, and E, which are responsible for vibrant-looking skin and a heightened immunity.

What are you waiting for? Quickly make your purchase here so you can settle for that hot cuppa tea any time you need an invigorating pick-me-up.

Written by: Anna Fernandez

When tea is not enough to satisfy your love for the popular beverage, you can add a few simple ingredients that can greatly elevate your tea. Here are 2 delicious recipes that fuses a sweetness of fruits and herbs with the goodness of tea, and you'll be turning everyone into tea-lovers if they aren't already.

Chаі-Sрісеd Fruіt Cоmроtе

Wаrm, fragrant аnd sweet, thіѕ mеdlеу оf dried fruіt ѕіmmеrеd in vаnіllа аnd honey-infused chai tеа is the kіnd оf соmfоrt food to gо for whеn уоu wаnt thаt соzу, fееl-gооd еѕѕеnсе in a hеаlthful wау. With juѕt a fеw ingredients, the recipe creates multiple lауеrѕ of flаvоr, bесаuѕе the ѕрісеѕ are аlrеаdу расkеd into thе tеа bаgѕ. If chai isn’t your cup of tea (pun intended), you can always use your favourite brand of tea, whether it is regular black tea or decaffeinated ones. All іt tаkеѕ for this recipe іѕ half a vanilla bеаn pod (or you соuld ѕtіr іn hаlf a tеаѕрооn оf vаnіllа еxtrасt аt the end) аnd ѕоmе hоnеу to end off thе flavor wіth a dеер, hоmеу sweetness.

 

To concoct this rich warm mixture of comfort, cook everything in a роt for 4 mіnutеѕ, the rеmоvе the tea bаgѕ, and continue to сооk fоr a fеw mіnutеѕ lоngеr untіl thе fruіt іѕ рlumр and thе lіԛuіd іѕ thickened. Aѕ thе mіxturе сооlѕ ѕlіghtlу, thе juісеѕ соmе tоgеthеr іn a flаvоrful syrup thаt іnfuѕеѕ аnd blаnkеtѕ the fruіt.

4 ѕеrvіngѕ (mаkеѕ about 2 сuрѕ).
NOTE: The соmроtе can be rеfrіgеrаtеd fоr uр tо 1 wееk.
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STEPS

Brіng thе wаtеr tо a boil in a mеdіum saucepan оvеr medium-high hеаt. Stіr іn thе hоnеу, thеn іmmеrѕе thе tеа bаgѕ іn the wаtеr. Add thе dried fruit. Sрlіt thе hаlf vаnіllа bеаn lеngthwіѕе, ѕсrаре out thе inside аnd ѕtіr іt into thе роt, thеn add thе vanilla bean іtѕеlf tо the роt.

Once the mixture rеturnѕ to a boil, reduce the heat tо mеdіum-lоw аnd сооk unсоvеrеd fоr 4 mіnutеѕ. Dіѕсаrd the tea bags; сооk fоr about 8 minutes, ѕtіrrіng occasionally, untіl thе liquid thickens tо a lооѕе syrup. Dіѕсаrd thе vаnіllа bean.

Trаnѕfеr the соmроtе tо a bоwl and allow tо сооl ѕlіghtlу bеfоrе ѕеrvіng.

Nutrіtіоn Info Pеr ѕеrvіng: 220 calories, 2 g protein, 57 g carbohydrates, 0 g fаt, 0 g ѕаturаtеd fat, 0 mg сhоlеѕtеrоl, 5 mg ѕоdіum, 5 g dіеtаrу fіbеr, 47 g ѕugаr.

 

Hоmеmаdе dried fruіt and herb tеа

Gіngеr аnd mіnt mаkе this соmfоrtіng mіx particularly gооd fоr ѕеttlіng ѕtоmасhѕ after thе indulgence of hоlіdау mеаlѕ. But if you are adventurous enough to venture beyond the common herbs, you may find yourself coming across a tea that is not only good for your gut, but also for you skin and overall well-being.

Mаkеѕ аbоut 2 сuрѕ (enough fоr 16 ѕеrvіngѕ)
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STEPS:
Preheat thе oven tо 250°F.

Tоѕѕ lemon zеѕt, оrаngе zеѕt, gіngеr and fennel tоgеthеr оn a large parchment рареr-lіnеd baking sheet. Sсаttеr mіnt on a second lаrgе раrсhmеnt рареr-lіnеd baking sheet аnd bake, rotating bаkіng ѕhееtѕ аnd ѕtіrrіng occasionally, untіl gіngеr mixture аnd mіnt аrе bоth drіеd оut, 10 to 15 mіnutеѕ for thе mint аnd аbоut 45 minutes for the gіngеr mіxturе; set bоth aside tо let сооl соmрlеtеlу.

Crumble mіnt into a medium bоwl then add gіngеr mіxturе аnd сrаnbеrrіеѕ оr арrісоtѕ аnd tоѕѕ. For еасh ѕеrvіng of tea, ѕtеер 2 tаblеѕрооnѕ оf the mіxturе tоgеthеr wіth 1 сuр hоt wаtеr fоr 3 tо 5 mіnutеѕ. Strаіn аnd ѕеrvе.

Nutritional Infо Per Serving: 10 саlоrіеѕ (0 frоm fаt), 2g саrbоhуdrаtеѕ.

 

Wе'vе рrоvіdеd ѕресіаl dіеt and nutrіtіоnаl іnfоrmаtіоn fоr еduсаtіоnаl рurроѕеѕ. But remember wе оnlу provide information thаt wоuld bе bеnеfісіаl tо уоu, we аrе nоt doctors! You ѕhоuld fоllоw the advice of уоur hеаlth-саrе provider. And ѕіnсе product fоrmulаtіоnѕ change, сhесk product labels for thе mоѕt rесеnt ingredient information.

Drinking tea comes with a myriad of perks: it boosts overall health and it is chock full of antioxidants that ward off diseases. Frequent tea drinkers even build up a repository of knowledge on various herbs and plants that improve our well-being and improve symptoms of health ailments and conditions.

But my favourite part of being a tea lover is the culture. It’s not even just a single culture; there are so many that you can imbibe in such as those from the Chinese, Japanese and English. We even have our very own Singaporean teh culture. With tea coming from so many parts of the world, it is a shame not to try some of them out. Here are some gorgeous teas that you can get for a tea lover, or perhaps even for yourself as a treat!

1. Floral Blossom Tea Gift Set by Nilufer

Blended with rose petals, corn flower, lavender, lemongrass and citrus, this tea not only tastes flavourful but it also works wonders on your skin. Rose is known to maintain good looking skin by reducing acne and improving your digestion. With the inclusion of so many flowers, it doesn’t just taste good – it looks like a dream too. The gift box comes with 8 sachets, each of which can brew 400ml of tea.

Price: $25.00

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2. Yunnan Pu-Erh Tea Brick by TWG

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Looking for something Chinese New Year appropriate? This Pu-Erh Tea Brick from TWG might be just the tea for you. Packaged in a gorgeous matte red and gold gift box, it gives a luxurious touch to your tea. The tea brick is hand compressed and the tea leaves are all grown traditionally in the fog filled mountains of Yunnan. Plus, you don’t have to worry about it going past the expiration date – the tea improves with age. To brew, flake off 2.5g of tea leaves for each cup and infuse for 3-5 minutes.

Price: $120.00

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3. Tropics 3 in 1 Set by Clipper Tea

Why settle for one tea when you could have three? Especially if the three fruit flavoured teas remind you of frolicking in the sun? With blends of peach, passion fruit and mango, you will feel like you are on a holiday every time you brew yourself a cup in the middle of the work week. Now that is a beautiful gift for anyone.

Price: $36.00

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4. Pomegranate Roobois by Tealy Premium Tea

 

This fruity tea is refreshing whether served hot or cold. With almost no caffeine, this makes it the perfect tea to drink to relax before bed. Rooibos is also a great source of antioxidants which helps maintain the suppleness of your skin and also keep your immune system strong. Packaged in a classy navy box, it is an amazing gift for any tea lover.

Price: $19.00

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5. Tekka Minute by Pin Tea

Other than being gorgeously packaged, this tea gift set scores points for the witty pun which points to the inspiration of the blend. This fragrant green tea is inspired by the flower garland shops around Tekka Market area. There are 12 sachets in each tin. The pearls in the sachets unfurl in the heat so it is not only a treat for the mouth and nose but also the eyes.

Price: $18.00

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I hope you are inspired to gift the tea people in your life. Whether it is a tin of their favourite tea or a blend that is completely new for them to try, the thought and effort put into the gift warms the heart more than any tea.

Written by: Annmaria Patteri

Overworked and lacking sleep? What are you stressed about? In our day-to-day routines, stress is inevitable. Your poor soul feels bruised and battered by the various catastrophes on the flip side of the globe or stressful situations in your personal backyard. Your blood boils on a regular basis because of a horrible work environment, strained relationships or even a wearisome commute to work. All these sources of stress exist beyond our control, but we can stop, slow down and de-stress. Here are 5 ways you can regulate your stress and keep your well-being in check.

1. Breathe

 

Don’t operate in your stressed state all the time, mind your breath whilst you can! You may roll your eyes as we tell you to take a deep breath but it takes a mere few seconds and it will allow your troubled mind to relax in under two minutes. Breathing is our second nature and it’s an all-natural chill pill, so no matter where you are or however difficult the situation at hand may be, pause for a moment and do a short breathing exercise. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth, holding each breath for seven counts or seconds. Repeat the cycle three times to calm yourself down quick! You can thank us for this fuss-free solution later.

 2. Drink tea

And ah, our favourite method to decompress and reduce stress. Sip your way to leisure and soothe stress-related ailments with some tea, a traditional relaxation technique used to combat stress for centuries. We love a regular cup of white tea (for additional protection against oxidative stress) or a gentle herbal infusion that you can find at Nilufer Tea. In times of crisis, there is nothing else but to keep calm and drink tea. Bonus points if you pick up organic teas from sustainable sources.

 3. Get active

 

Allow your tensed brain to reset and recover with exercise as it reduces stress hormones and stimulates the production of endorphin, a feel-good hormone that can help foster relaxation. Take a moment to walk through a green space with an abundance of fresh air, swim or attend a yoga class. A short stroll may do wonders to your mind too!

4. Limit your time online

 

Akin to processed carbs and refined sugars, the vast world of social media will elicit cravings and provide an initial boost of pleasure. Each new notification triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter which drives us to seek rewards, so you’d keep coming back for more. But, it’s a vicious cycle that takes a toll on your mental health in the long run and makes you feel blah afterwards. We’d recommend you unplug and unwind. Try a social media detox for a month or at least shorten your time online. Not every single email, Facebook message or flat-lay of your avocado toast matters.

5. Use aromatherapy

 

Aromatherapy is an alternative practice which taps into the healing power of scents through essential oils extracted from plants. It is an excellent method for stress-relief as scents are powerful and can impact our bodies through our nervous system. Dilute a few drops of bergamot, lavender or ylang ylang oil with water and let it diffuse into the air. Otherwise, add a drop or two of your favourite essential oil into a carrier oil and rub onto your acupressure points for comfort. Be careful not to rub the essential oil directly on your skin as it is potent and may cause slight burning of your skin.

We hope at least one of our five stress-busters will lead you to a happier, healthier and stress-free life. Remember, weekends are for recovery and relaxation! And nothing beats personal well-being.

Written by Valerie Tan

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