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It’s that time of the year when we celebrate women and raise a toast to their strength, skills and resilience. The theme for International Women’s Day this year is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, which places innovation by women and girls at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality. There are many ways to acknowledge and honour the women in your life on this special day, but there is nothing quite as nice as a special gift to show them how much they mean to you. And, one of the best gifts you can give this year is the Tea Chest from the Sublime House of Tea.

The Tea Chest, which is a miniature model of the traditional tea chests of the past, is beautiful in craftsmanship and rich in the variety of teas that are within the box. When you gift a Tea Chest to someone you love, you are also giving them a lifetime of health and happiness as tea has been regarded as the key to well-being for thousands of years. Studies have shown that tea can combat a number of diseases like heart disease and diabetes and also, help in weight loss and improving mental prowess.

The Tea Chest has a lacquered finish and as it is made of fine dark wood, it looks like a work of art. It would look spectacular in any setting. It would find pride of place on your dining table in your home.

The Tea Chest contains an assortment of teas to suit a woman’s every mood. If she is feeling stressed, the gentle fragrance and flavour of Rose in Bloom tea would calm her instantly. For a shot of energy, a cup of Rooibos Vanilla Spice would be perfect, and if one is depressed, the warm scent of Earl Grey is like a tonic for the soul.

Women’s Day was first launched on February 28, 1909 in New York and it was suggested that a Women’s Day should be held annually. But it became a part of our calendar, only after it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations. In some countries, it is a national holiday but across the globe, it is the day marked by conferences, talks and award- functions and a day of recognition of the work done by women. Across offices and homes, women are given a special status for the day and they often receive gifts and tokens of honour as a part of the celebrations.

The flavours of tea in the Tea Chest includes Rooibos Vanilla Spice, Seventh Heaven, Jasmine Mandarin, Moroccan Mint, Earl Grey and Rose in Bloom. Each of these teas has special properties to improve one’s life and get healthy too. Rooibos Vanilla Spice tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients that can protect against many diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Moroccan Tea, on the other hand, can help in digestion and respiratory problems, while Earl Grey can boost energy and immunity and help in weight loss.

The Rose in Bloom tea contains rose petals, liquorice, fennel and aniseed, all of which blends together to create a lovely aromatic beverage. In the Jasmine Mandarin Tea, jasmine flowers are picked during the early hours of the day and infused with green tea after dark. In the Moroccan Mint tea, green tea leaves are mixed with Moroccan mint while Seventh Heaven tea is an in-house blend of black Nilgiri tea.

The Tea Chest contains six slots and each of the teas come in luxurious pyramid teabags. The beauty of the box offsets the eclectic assortment of tea flavours that are within.

So, this Women’s Day, invest in a Tea Chest and gift it to a friend, a parent or a relative. If you are a woman, buy one for yourself. This wonderful Tea chest can enrich life in more ways than you can imagine.

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You’d think that with a name like English Breakfast Tea, the tea blend would be strictly made to accompany breakfast. While it is true that this tea would complement a complete breakfast layout beautifully, there’s no compulsion to stick to drinking it with breakfast. The blend is a real ‘wake me up’, which is useful for when you’re starting your day, but you can sip on a cup of this beverage at any time you require a quick refresh of your mental state.

We love our tea with food, usually during tea time, but have you tried a cup of tea with a full meal?
If you haven’t, it can be quite life changing.

What kind of foods can you pair English Breakfast Tea with?

Since this blend is essentially black tea, it has a more pronounced flavour and aroma. This works like a dream with foods that are similar in terms of flavour. Rich meaty meals are great to down with English Breakfast Tea. Indian dishes, so full of life with the variety of spices and rich ingredients, or even the traditional English breakfast go very well with this blend.

It’s not necessary to pair your tea with only a full meal or high tea nibbles. Desserts and even cheese are a highly recommended option with black tea.

Milk or No Milk?

This is probably the best part about English Breakfast Tea. Since it’s a black tea, it can be had with or without milk. Either way, it’ll still retain its rich and robust flavour. If tea is your beverage with something to eat, especially at tea time, adding a splash of milk to your tea would make it more enjoyable. But if it’s going to be your morning tea, we’d say it’s better to be healthy, wealthy and wise, and go for a nice cup of black tea with a dash or a spoon of organic honey.

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We’re not always up to the mark when it comes to taking care of ourselves. Even when we think we’re getting it all right, there’s something we miss out on, or we take our own little “holidays” from our routines, and we’re back to square one. What if there was something that we could do, something simple, to take care of this. After all, they do say that good health has a lot to do with what we digest.

The answer to all of this is quite simple – a cup of tea. Not just any cup of tea, but a cup of earl grey tea. Sounds like bogus, but maybe just give this mildly citrusy beverage a chance, and you’d know what we’re talking about.

Here are some of the goodies you’re going to get from this tea that you’d never have guessed.

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1. Better Teeth

Ah! That woke you up, didn’t it? Who wouldn’t want a pretty set of pearls? If you’re someone who eats a lot of chocolates, then pay heed to this: tea contains fluoride, an ingredient your toothpaste contains, which fights cavities and spares you that dreaded visit to the dentist. Also, it contains catechin, an ingredient that keeps away oral infections. Keep in mind that taking care of oral infection is one half of getting rid of bad breath.

Quite a bit for just one cup of tea a day, right.

2. Stress Buster

Stress is the worst and we’re all undergoing it. The result of it doesn’t just take a toll on our mental health, but also our physical self, especially our skin. Earl Grey, as you might know, contains bergamot that has aromatherapy-like qualities and has a calming effect on people who use it. Keeping calm and stress-free is a good way to keep those lines and tired eyes at bay, simply because you sleep better and are happier. It also has an effect similar to that of coffee. So, if you’re not so much into coffee, you’ve got the perfect alternative in Earl Grey.

3. Stay Hydrated (No, we’re not talking about just water)

Tea contains potassium, a very important mineral and electrolyte that helps keep our bodily fluids balanced. There’s no need to give you too many details of the benefits of a well-hydrated body. It’s just the best thing you can do for yourself. It keeps you feeling light and can make losing weight easier, especially with the citrus content (bergamot) present in Earl Grey.

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Apart from all the tempting health benefits, Earl Grey is most known for its unique flavour and is among the flavours of tea that goes very well with a dash of milk. Just give it a try and see where it takes you. Oh, and, you’re welcome!

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It’s easy to enjoy a beverage like tea, actually, and even easier to enjoy a blend that’s been named after… well, a hero?! If you’re still wondering what blend we’re talking about, it’s Earl Grey Tea, which is essentially black tea, but with a squeeze of fresh bergamot.

According to the story, Earl Charles Grey, one of England’s Prime Ministers in the 1800s, had once saved a drowning boy in China, who happened to be the son of a local tea blender. To thank the Prime Minister, the man named one of his secret blends, what we call Earl Grey Tea today, after him. Heroic, you’d say, but it’s not really known if the story is entirely true. Honestly, it’s not even known if Earl Grey ever visited China in the first place.

However, even if the said story isn’t true, there’s more this man did that etched his name in history. During his term as Prime Minister, in 1833 to be more precise, Earl Grey became the man responsible for abolishing slavery in England. Considering the events of the time, it’s good enough reason to have his name fondly mentioned in history, and even have a tea blend named after him.

Makes you look at Earl Grey tea differently, doesn’t it? We bet you’re going to want to sip on this unique blend a lot more now, especially when you’ve got a fancy afternoon tea session planned.

Now that’s another “Did you know?” when it comes to Earl Grey tea. If you’re someone who loves tea time, then it’ll do you good to know that Earl Grey is often considered a blend best suited for afternoon tea or high tea. Just imagine it – little sandwiches, scones, petit fours, and cupcakes – all your mini loves with your favourite cup of tea!

So, now you know what you’re going to do for the next weekend. If we were you, we’d start sending our invitations for afternoon tea already.

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A great day begins with a fine cup a tea, so why not kick off the festive season with a beverage that is often called the ‘champagne of teas.’ This beautifully flavoured tea, that is sourced from the gentle heartland of Darjeeling has a unique aroma and taste, and is the pride of our country. Available as black, green, oolong and white teas, Darjeeling tea is famous for its fruity flavour and distinctive taste which comes from the growing conditions exclusive to this region.

This mild and subtle tea, with its spicy aftertaste is a great favourite among connoisseurs of tea, and people also love it also for its musky sweetness. But what makes this tea stand taller than any other beverage in the world? Read on to understand the tea better in this compilation of reasons as to why this tea should be on top of your must-have list this season…

It keeps you strong and healthy

Since Darjeeling tea contains several important anti-oxidants, you get more than just a delicious beverage when you drink this tea. It helps the body fight off free radicals and helps reduce oxidative stress, thereby reducing cellular damage. The anti-oxidants in this tea can also prevent cellular mutation which can lead to certain types of cancer. Black, oolong, green and white teas all possess powerful antioxidants which offer protective and curative properties.

It keeps you slim and sensational

Darjeeling tea can help you lose weight, mainly due to its caffeine component. This ingredient can stimulate the metabolism which will increase fat and calorie burn, that eventually leads to weight loss. Darjeeling green is known to block the absorption of fat and even helps you shed those extra pounds. Some years ago, Japanese researchers identified two tea compounds, theaflavins and thearubigins, that led to slow weight gain in rats fed a highfat. More studies on this tea by Chinese researchers revealed another compound in tea, called catechins, that also contributes to increased weight loss

It keeps you calm, but alert

Since Darjeeling tea contains caffeine, which can immediately give you an energy boost, and yet due to certain ingredients, this tea can also reduce the stress hormone, cortisol in the body. This acts like a natural stress reliever. It is also believed that this tea can reduce blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

It improves your gut health

Ever since scientists have discovered that our well being and happiness is primarily linked to our gut, the studies on tea improving gut health has increased by leaps and bounds.

Darjeeling black tea stimulates the proliferation of various good gut bacteria and fights off the bacteria that can cause infections in your stomach. A number of studies have shown that the risk of gastric ulcers is reduced when you drink this tea. It also helps in the process of digestion in the body.

How do you brew this tea?

Pre-heat your teapot and teacup with a little hot water. Pour pure cold water into the teapot and boil the water to 85 degrees centigrade. Steep the teabags for three to five minutes till you are satisfied with the intensity of the colour. Studies show that it is best to consume Darjeeling tea two hours before or after a meal for optimum benefits.

As cold December winds blow through our part of the world, let the beauty and goodness of Darjeeling tea warm your body and your heart. It is the best way to enjoy the season and look towards the new year with renewed energy and a dose of pure happiness.

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