10 Day Joy Challenge!

Tea + Simple Pleasures = JOY!

10 Day Joy Challenge!
There are 352 days left in 2019! How’s it going so far? If you’re like me, you aren’t quite sure. You have real intentions of making lifestyle changes that will bring you joy, yet somehow you haven’t figured out how to start.


Getting Started
What if starting was as easy as blocking out time for a cup of tea? Could you rearrange your planner to find time in your day for lunch and two mini tea breaks?

I’m Booked!
We have all heard the suggestion to schedule less. The idea is that if you schedule less, you will have more time for what you want to do vs. what you have to do. Sadly, extra time seems to magically disappear when it’s not booked. Instead of scheduling less could you book time with yourself for a few mini tea breaks?

Tea + Simple Pleasures = Joy!
Join our journey! For the next 10 days, I will share tips about how to use tea and simple pleasures to create moments of JOY in your everyday life. Invite anyone who would like to take this journey with you.

These tips will …
– Give you something to look forward to everyday!
– Help you live intentionally.
– Help you embrace the season of winter.
– Give you tools for more a restful sleep.
– Help you make healthy choices!
– Help you choose…JOY!

The Good News…
1. It’s Free
2. It’s Easy
3. It’s going to be empowering, rewarding, and fun…(we promise)!

Join me on our official Facebook page each day starting Monday, January 14. I can’t wait to share this journey with you!

Green Tea’s many benefits may make it your perfect iced drink!

Did you know that green tea may just be the IDEAL summertime drink?

Green Tea isn’t just for a healthy cup of tea to warm you up. Did you know that chilled green tea makes for a delicious spring and summer beverage? Another reason to make the switch from lemonade and other chilled drinks is because green tea contains many health benefits.

 

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Cherry Berry Tart is just one of many Tealightful green tea blends.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

1. Green Tea contains an abundance of antioxidants.

Think of the term “antioxidant” as a shield against harmful flying objects. In reality, these “flying objects” are free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that cause tissue damage and aging. These could be things such as cigarette smoke, radiation, UV rays, pesticides, various drugs, smog, and other forms of environmental pollution.

Picture these harmful microscopic contaminants swirling around you. Antioxidants will help shield you from harm, essentially. Think of them as superheroes! They are special molecules that can help stop those free radicals — they are able to neutralize their effects.

2. Green Tea can help you feel relaxed.

 

Green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which was discovered in green tea back in the late 1940’s. L-theanine is believed to help enhance brain chemistry and may help reduce the symptoms of anxiety. In fact, there have been many scientific studies on this amino acid, which has been shown to possibly help reduce stress, help with sleep disturbances, and promote a sense of rejuvenation and calm.

3. Green Tea may boost your metabolism.

Multiple scientific studies suggest that green tea may increase fat burning as a metabolism booster. This is because of a catechin called EGCG that is present in green tea. EGCG may help increase the calorie burn rate in the body, although studies are not yet 100% proven.

4. Green Tea may help you concentrate a bit better.

The caffeine in green tea is believed to have a positive cognitive effect. Multiple studies show that everything from mood to memory and reaction time can be improved by caffeine. We mentioned L-theanine earlier. That also has an impact on the brain. L-theanine is believed to work in synergy with caffeine to increase alpha waves and dopamine in the brain. Study subjects have reported improved concentration and productivity after consuming green tea.

Go ahead – make yourself a cup (or a pitcher) of chilled green tea. We have so many new varieties from which to choose and enjoy! Let us know how you feel after adding more green tea to your day!

Winter, Warmth and Tea

The impending snow storm here in Rochester NY is making me dream about spring and brighter days. I have always resisted this time of year. In January I start counting the days until the official day of spring. Spring is a joyful time of year. I love watching the first crocuses and daffodils peak out from the mulch in our front yard. The best part is watching our tree lined street bloom into a gorgeous green halo.

During my practice of meditation and mindfulness, I’ve learned that the downside of resisting the here and now, is it that we miss the here and now.
Instead of wishing for spring or an island vacation, I’ve started practicing a new tea ritual for wellness. This ritual has made winter feel a bit more charming, cozy and colorful. It has also given me a new sense of winter joy I have never felt before. I hope it does the same for you!

Tea & Warmth
Tea Tip: At the end of a long work week, take a tea bath, light a candle and sip a cup of Tumeric Tulsi to soothe tired muscles and joints.

Turmeric Tulsi
This soothing blend is made with certified organic tumeric root, certified organic green rooibos, tulsi(holy basil), unsulphured apple, orange peel, certified organic ginger root, cardamom, cinnamon and Brazilian rose pepper.

Light a Candle
Light a candle and run the water for a tea bath! During the bath, sip your tea. Breath slowly and deeply. Use this time for silence, meditation and introspection. When anxious thoughts creep into your mind, focus on your breath and continue to sip your tea.

Try this lovely candle from The Serendipitous Soul

DIY Bath Tea Sachet
In the early days of Tealightful we had a gorgeous line of bath tea. We were a bit ahead of our time, DIY bath tea recipes are currently all the rage. Enjoy our simple recipe and DO try this at home.

Peace Potion

Lavender Peace Potion Bath Tea 
Ingredients:
2 cups Lavender Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Tealightful Peace Potion (Made with three certified organic herbs: Peppermint, Raspberry Leaf and Chamomile)

Directions:
Mix Epsom salt with dry tea. Fill extra large tea filter with 1/2 cup of bath tea. Tuck the flap so the tea does not leak or tie it with a small rubber band. Soak the tea filter in your bath. Inhale the beautiful herbal aroma while you sip Turmeric Tulsi or any Tealightful herbal tea.

Warming rituals have a unique perspective in the winter. It’s a time when sipping hot tea, in a hot bath by candle light might just be what the doctor ordered. I hope that you will take time to embrace tea, embrace warmth and find your own winter joy!

Chocolate and Spice Teas Please!

It’s tea-season and time for hand-warming cozy chocolate and spice teas at Tealightful!  I love flavoring and blending these beloved seasonal tea blends.   An added bonus is that our headquarters smells like a spice and chocolate factory!
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Chocolate Teas Please!
If you have been missing these small batch blended chocolate teas, your wait is over.  They are ready for shipping now!
Cherry Chocolate Truffle
Chocolate Chai
Cocoa Kisses

Fun Fact: 
We hand-grind certified organic whole spices to make our own secret spice blend!   This  blend is featured in four of our most popular fall/winter seasonal tea blends.  They are, Chocolate Chai, Spice is Nice Chai, Hey Pumpkin Rooibos, Masala Chai Matcha.  ChocolateChaiFBEverything that you will receive from us has been manufactured fresh within days (or weeks, in some instances) of shipping to you.  Fresh is best and while this may take a little more time, it will always be worth the wait.

Free Tea Friday!  
Would you like a free sample?  Place any retail order by Sunday, November 4.  Add the product number FREECHOCCHAI to your shopping cart and we will include a fresh,  complimentary sample of our Chocolate Chai tea for you.

If you do not have a Tealightful Tea Consultant, order here:  https://www.tealightfultea.net/201/shop/catalog.aspx
We will assign your order to an active consultant in your area.

Happy Sipping!

Apple Ginger Oat Scone Bites

Scone bites make life so much easier!  They are perfect for popping into your lunch bag, they make a quick energizing breakfast and they are a petite treat to enjoy with a cup of tea.  You won’t feel guilty about eating them or sharing them with your family.  They are full of wholesome ingredients.  This recipe starts with our all natural Scottish Oat scone mix.  We love this mix because it is so versatile.

Ingredients:
1 Tealightful Scottish Oat Scone Mix
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 cup finely diced apple
1 small ripe mashed banana (the more ripe the better).
3 tablespoons organic Ginger Syrup (Maple syrup can be used).
1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger (optional)
1 cup naturally sweetened vanilla or apple cinnamon yogurt
Note: applesauce can be used in place of yogurt if desired.

 Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup quick oats
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Ingredients
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a medium bowl melt butter.  Add yogurt, diced apple, banana, ginger syrup,
and crystallized ginger (if using).  Add scone mix.

Scone bites can be made one of two ways!
Method One:
Gently stir until you can form a ball with your hands.  Pat into an oval.  Mix
ingredients for streusal topping.   Pat topping onto scones.  Cut into 36 pieces.

Method Two: 
Scoop the dough from the bowl with a small cookie scoop.  Then roll each piece
into the streusel topping.  This method yields 72 scone bites.
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Put individual pieces onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
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Bake for 11 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy!  Scones are best consumed the same day
or you can freeze them.  Microwave frozen scone bites for 20 seconds.
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Enjoy with your favorite cup of Tealightful tea!

Is Purple the New Green?

Purple is a true and new cultivar of tea!

Tealightful’s new Perfectly Purple tea is grown in Nandi Hills, Kenya.  We are proud to support small-scale farmers who have invested years into the development and care of this new cultivar of tea.

How is it grown?
Purple tea bushes are grown organically, along the equator at 6000+ feet above sea level.  The high altitude and ultraviolet light produces intensely high levels of antioxidants.  The bushes start green then flush with purple leaves that are plucked by hand.  Only the top two leaves and a bud are harvested.

How does it taste?
Purple tea makes the most refreshing iced or hot tea.  Add a slice of lemon and it transforms into a lovely pinkish purple color.  The flavor is reminiscent of a plum with woodsy undertones.  It has an addicting soft sweet finish.  We adore this tea at Tealightful!

Why should I drink it?
Purple tea is the only tea that contains powerful Anthocyanins!  It also contains higher concentrations of the polyphenols that are naturally occurring in tea leaves.   It is ideal if you are looking for a tea with lower caffeine levels, it is minimally oxidized and prepared like green tea.

Anthocyanins have long been identified as important pigments responsible for many flower, fruit, and vegetable colorations, producing a complex variety of hues ranging from yellow–red–purple–blue. More recently, colorants are being studied, not only for their biochemical roles in plants, but also for their applications in human products and contributions to health. Works on anthocyanins, specifically, as well as epidemiological findings, further indicate these plant produced pigments to be beneficial in the reduction of chronic inflammatory diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Prof. Dr. M. Monica Giusti
Dr. Gregory T. Sigurdson
MDPI

Purple Tea is an amazing health-boosting beverage to incorporate into your daily beverage routine.

Get your bag today during our Perfectly Purple Flash Sale!  Your order will be assigned to an active Tealightful Tea consultant!

Perfectly Purple
A new cultivar of tea from Kenya!