Tea with Ainee
Teatime with ainee presents Aveda and Kiehl skin care products that do the skin and body good.
Tea Thoughts—while pondering what to do? How to be? Why things happened? Why must there be pain? It is good to know that cup of tea never falters’ to rendering that much needed release from despair and ponderance. Suffice to say; tea does the trick and often times more than just once.—unperfected
I completed a Beauty Care course this past year and when I received this diploma I had promised myself to find ways to include this in my blog somehow. As I find beauty products to do with tea or having tea as ingredients, I will make mention of this. Even if not to do specifically with tea; taking better care of ourselves, I think is of interest to us all.
Aveda, combines art and science of pure flower and plant essences to give us the finest products. http://www.aveda.com/
Aveda’s mission is to care for the world lived in from the products they make to the ways in which they give back to society. They strive to set example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty but all around the world.
There is an Aveda Salon in Leominster and I had frequented this shop a while back and I had viewed that they carried tea. I have since added some of the Aveda tea brand as a wish list of sort. They have this calming blend boxed in 20 teabag counts. This is something that I would one day like to try as it promises to be: A soothing caffeine-free herbal infusion- with licorice root and peppermint-calms you senses, promoting a sense of well-being.
I like to deep clean my skin at all times; too much some might say. I use cleanser, toner and I mask ritualistically every few days. Of late the mask of choice is made by Alba Botanical: www.AlbaBotanica.com
Alba Botanica Even Advanced, Deep Sea Facial Mask, 4 Ounce
About the Product
Powerful Marine Complex stimulates cell regeneration for a more balanced, uniform, even complexion
Rich mask with kaolin clay draws out dulling impurities and stimulates cell regeneration.
I like that this product is all natural and when applied on the skin it feels smooth and to remove it simply use a damp towel with warm water; it has a melting effect and leaves the skin dewy and plump. This is my go to mask when my skin feels tight and stressed.
If money was not an issue, I might try some of these masks suggested by
www.cupofjo.com 6 Face Masks That Really Deliver
The World of Kiehls began as an old world apothecary and is today one of the finest sellers of skincare products around the world. http://www.kiehls.com/
Laci Le Beau Super Dieter’s Tea Lemon Mint; whose motto is: Your diet is in the bag!
Supports weight loss efforts, help eliminate impurities and is naturally caffeine free
It’s Tea Time with Laci’s Super Dieter’s Tea blend which is made of nature’s finest botanicals to create a tea with inspiring aromas and all natural ingredients. This Lemon Mint Herbal tea combines spearmint with tangy orange, lemon and sweet papaya, licorice root and chrysanthemum with a touch of honeysuckle. They have also added senna leaf which helps cleanse the body of impurities and support weight loss efforts.
Directions: Pour 12 oz. boiling water over tea bag and let steep for 2 minutes. Do not over steep! Press tea bag and gently remove. Drink one 6 oz. cup after your evening meal, saving the rest for the following day after your evening meal (may be enjoyed hot or cold). Three or four days later you may increase the strength and flavor of your tea-if you wish-by brewing with 6 oz. of water. It is important not to have more than 1 cup in a 24 hour time frame.
This tea is good for all that it is worth. It tastes absolutely like a regular cup of tea made with lemon and licorice. I tried this tea just once a day after my evening meal. I did not notice anything in particular different with this tea after trying it for a few days. For now it is in the cupboard with my other teas that are not used daily. I like the taste and would recommend it solely for its taste. I purchased this at a health food vitamin shop near where we do our grocery shopping. This is the brand that they housed for dieter’s tea.
Organic Matcha Green Tea; Cermonial Grade Matcha Green Tea Drink
Premium – Whole leaf – Nutritious; organically grown and hand-picked in its native Japan, their premium Matcha leaves are specifically cultivated for consistency in the greenest of color, softness in texture, mild flavor and sweet aroma. By using the entirety of each leaf, Matcha Green Tea contains 10 to 15 times the overall nutrients and 100 times more antioxidants compared to traditional green, white, black, rooibos and yerba mate teas.
This tea has three characteristics that are well sought after for wellness minded folks: High concentration of amino acid, L-theanine help to improve cognition and mood while reducing physical and mental stress. Alkaline & Detoxify with powerful and renowned catechin EGCG and chlorophyll help to alkalize and detoxify the blood. Strengthen & Protect potent antioxidants help to strengthen the immune system by protecting against free radicals.
Suggested use: Mix 5g (approximate 2 teaspoons) into 6 to 8oz. of cold or hot water to enjoy a delicious and nutritious beverage. You can make matcha latte, smoothie, iced tea, ice cream and pudding from this matcha green tea.
I have enjoyed it as a smoothie blend with fruits like banana and blueberries with one teaspoon of matcha mix in blender with ice and half bottle of water. I have also enjoyed simply with hot water stirred until frothy as my morning cup of tea.
I have not had matcha tea in a long while so when I first made this drink the tannins tingle my palette straight away; that ‘umami’ taste was certainly there in that first cup of tea I had. I find the more I enjoy the drink the less noticeable is the ‘umami’. This matcha when first tasted made me think of sea weeds because I certainly tasted saltiness and fish…kelp even. Again the more I have this drink the less is the memory of the ocean-saline taste and aroma. It is still very nice for a cup of good matcha ceremonial graded tea.
Blithewold Mansion Gardens & Arboretum http://www.blithewold.org/
This is one of those newsletters that I receive every so often and at times I do find something relevant to make mention of. I have toured the mansion and the gardens and found the grounds to be a true gem. I would love to be able take tea in the mansion but I don’t see the finance for this. I am happy to make mention of this event with the hope that it will be well attended and much success.
Valentine Teddy Bear Tea Sunday, February 14 11:00am – 1:00pm
Sweeten your family’s Valentine celebration at Blithewold Mansion! Bring your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal along to this special par-“tea” in the Mansion’s elegant dining room. Enjoy teddy bear treats and drink tea & cocoa from our dainty tea cups with your “beary” special friends! Play dress-up with your teddy bears, because after our delicious tea, each guest will have a photo session with their cuddly friend and enjoy a Valentine craft activity.
Advance registration is required. Limited seating, $22 Children, $32 Adult.
Daisy Doll Tea Party Monday, February 15 (Presidents’ Day) 11:00am – 1:00pm
Blithewold Mansion cordially invites you to a special Daisy Doll tea party in honor of Marjorie Van Wickle Lyon’s collection of over 150 dolls from around the world! Guests are invited to bring their favorite doll for a special tea party. Attendees will view some of the dolls in Blithewold’s collection. Enjoy tea, scones, tea sandwiches, and other dainty delights in the Mansion’s beautiful Dining Room. Guests will also make adorable clothespin dolls to take home and enjoy other fun surprises! Advance registration is required. Limited seating, $22 Children, $32 Adult.
Their motto is to: revolve your home. I found this shop last year and I wrote about the many tea items that they housed. I was happy to stop in again this year to have another look at this shop. I found more teapots, teacups and accessories; too many to make mention of. I did purchase this Distressed Tea Table to be used as holder for the plants that I wish to someday have. Anyhow, during one of the many visits at this shop, this year, I took some images of their tea accessories area to share.
Other tea images to share:
This image found on Facebook is lovely for teatime and good reading is all. Enjoy!
Teawithainee continues to be at that crossroad with no fork in the road since it is a path not necessarily chosen but rather a place that one is idled at being. Sojourn onward I must with not much hope for success or kinship with surroundings. I have opened myself to the world of tea folks and at times many doors were shut; shunned even for being a novice or how dare you…, Anyhow, I blended for myself the organic matcha tea that I mentioned of last as having, and I enjoyed it again as a smoothie with a pear added to some water and ice, all mixed in the blender and enjoyed tremendously after a short walk today. It was a reward of sort and to help up-lift the mood/spirit which is most frail. May your cup of tea, be made as liken only by you. Enjoy!
Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!