Immunity and nervous system support series / part 01  ~

We put the health of people and the planet above all else, balanced with products that taste good, look good, and make you feel good.

So, how do our teas help you to invest in your health? We always use the highest quality ingredients, formulate products using naturopathic philosophy, and package by hand in small batches. Our two most popular blends currently are:

our immune supporting blend: restore,
and our nervous system support: serenity.

Mayde Tea Restore 
naturopathically formulated for immune support.

Echinacea: 
modulates and balances the immune system.
Lemon Myrtle: 
high in antioxidants, and has been traditionally used for respiratory infections.
Marshmallow leaf: 
traditionally used to strengthen the immune system by helping to remove toxins and raising resistance to disease.
Hibiscus:
Improves circulation and digestion. High in antioxidants which prevent cell damage and promote vibrant health
Rosehip:
a rich soure of vitamin C and flavonoids. Rosehip is immune-stimulating, preventing bacterial and viral infection.

For deep immune support, consume 2-3 cups of restore daily. 

  Immunity and nervous system support series / part 02  ~

Kombucha is an ancient tonic consumed by many cultures for its health benefits and unique, fresh flavour. This nutrient-rich beverage is high in probiotics; which are important for gut health and in particular- optimal digestion and absorption of vitamins and minerals. It is high in antioxidants and B vitamins, which play a role in nervous system function and liver detoxification. It also contains digestive enzymes, which help break down food for absorption.

Ingredients –

– 1 scoby. Scoby is an acronym for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. You can either purchase a scoby from health food stores, online here, or grab one off a friend! A new scoby is produced with each fermentation, so if you have a friend also making batches of kombucha you can take one from their last batch.

 Mayde Tea English Breakfast (you can also try using other blends, but the traditional way is with black tea. Herbs with antimicrobial properties may interrupt the fermentation process.)

– 1 cup white or raw sugar (this is used up in the fermentation process so do not worry about the starting sugar content)

– 1 cup kombucha liquid from previous batch, or store bought kombucha.

Method-

Follow Mayde Tea instructions to brew 3L of English breakfast tea, add in the sugar and allow to dissolve. Let cool.

Pour into a sterilised jar with the scoby and cover with paper towel, muslin or clean tea towel. Secure with a rubber band.

Store in a warm, dry place away from direct sunlight. Leave undisturbed for 10 days. The longer you leave it to ferment, the less sugar and more probiotic bacteria you will be left with in your kombucha.

Once the bitter flavour is achieved, strain it into glass jars to store in the fridge.

Drink as is, or flavour with cold-pressed pineapple, ginger or apple juice. Introduce kombucha into your diet slowly if consuming for the first time to allow your body to adapt to, and fully utilise the influx of beneficial bacteria.

 

The following basic lifestyle changes and rituals can support the nervous system to lower anxiety, improve sleep quality and in turn- support the immune system. With love, from our in house naturopath Kate Dalton.

 

Avoid dietary stimulants –

Remove things like coffee from your diet and replace with a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea, as this will help to promote a stable mood. Eat a nutrient dense breakfast before 9am, as this helps to normalise our cortisol levels. Eat intuitively- this means, regular meals, and when you are hungry.

Exercise –

Exercise has been found in numerous studies to improve brain function including promoting a stable mood. Aim for 30 minutes daily.

Prioritise sleep –

It’s true that sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health! Refrain from doing high intensity exercise within one hour of bed time. Turn off all devices such as phones and laptops at least 30 minutes before hopping into bed. Dim the lights and make a ritual of having a calming tea at as your wind-down routine.

Meditate –

Practice deep breathing and meditation twice a day, or when needed during times of stress.

Sun exposure –

Aim for 30 minutes of sunlight in the early morning to increase vitamin D. Low vitamin D status has been shown to disrupt brain function including altering mood.

Time out –

Schedule in time out for you, every single day. Take this time to walk in nature, take a bath, snuggle on the couch with a calming tea and good book- anything that helps to keep you relaxed, mindful and grounded.