As part of the lifestyle changes I’ve been trying to make this past month or so, I’ve been adding different teas into my diet to see if
they have any effects on me. I mostly drink water through the day at work (and the odd can of coke, don’t shoot me) but having read up on the effects of green tea, which supposedly speeds up your metabolism, and camomile tea, which soothes and relaxes you, I guessed it couldn’t hurt to make a brew once or twice a day.
After reading my Making Changes for a Healthy Life post, a company called Teagime reached out to tell me about their new personalised detox tea programme. The main gist of the concept is that you fill out a questionnaire about what troubles you’r having with your body, whether it be skin, weight, digestion, and the Teagime team create a personalised mix of hand-blended morning, afternoon and night time tea for you for two weeks.
I wanted to focus on two things – my skin and my sluggish digestion – so after answering a few simple questions, I got an email to say my order had been dispatched and within two days I had a box of goodies arrive at my desk. In the pack were three separate bags of blended teas, some literature all about my personalised recipes and two tea infusers.
My morning tea – Blueberry Bushes – was a mix of blueberries, basil and oolong, which is designed to stimulate memory, fight stresses and enhance metabolism. Although this wasn’t the tastiest of the three, it smelt delicious and was a nice kick- start to the morning.
My afternoon tea followed, which was a blend of nettle, honey red tea and raspberry called Right Bobby Dazzler. According to the literature sent in the pack, raspberry helps to maintain a clear complexion, while nettle clears acne and eczema and even encourages thicker, shiner hair. Now, I’m not sure if this is a coincidence but two people have commented recently how thick and shiny my hair looks. Is it down to the tea? I’m not sure but I’m always happy to take a compliment.
Finally, just before bed I had my Skin Magic brew, which comprised nettle, passion flower and rooibos. Again, designed to purify and clear the skin, it also relaxes and aids digestion. I’ve been really concentrating on giving my digestion system a good reboot recently, and I’ve seen quite a few after-effects from the toxins leaving my body. Even though at first my skin broke out, definitely had so much more energy on an evening, as opposed to getting home and flaking on the couch as soon as I stepped through the door. I kept finding myself doing odd jobs like cleaning and organising, just because I had this energy.
One thing, however, the Teagime team are clear on is that there are never any laxative effects to these tea blends, which is often the case with these kind of tea concepts. It imparts a false sense of weight loss, which is never healthy. It’s just a cool way of helping your body with a totally natural blend of tea leaves and herbs. The only slightly negative point I have is you need to watch for little bits of tea coming out of the diffuser. The way I found to remedy this was to run it under the cold tap first so the mix got wet and the loose bits dropped out before I put it into boiling water.
Would I continue with this tea regime? Yes, I would. You soon get used to the taste and if nothing more, I’m sleeping so much better after my night time mix than I did previously. Although I personally thought at first it was slightly expensive (£29.99 for two week programme), by the time I added up how much green and camomile tea I’ve bought from Holland & Barrett recently, it doesn’t seem like a raw deal, especially as it’s personalised for my own requirements.
The team over at Teagime have actually been kind enough to offer 50% per off your first order (and there’s no nasty subscription surprises, you just cancel when you want to cancel) with the code VICTORIAPE5.