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Use rooibos tea to get a little glow.......

Our lovely Miss Rooibos is truly a Glowing Mama......

She adores our Glowing Mama Luxury Well Being Tea. It brings a glow to her dewy cheeks. Filled with goodies like echinacea, dandelion, elderflowers and of course rooibos, it is a stunning tea. It is also a wonderful beauty product.

Give it a go and give yourself a little glow!

Holistic Well-Being

WELL-BEING

Mama Tea is all about well-being. We understand the power of herbs to make a difference in your overall health and beauty. We also care about using natural ingredients and herbs in our herbal teas.

 

HOLISTIC WELL-BEING

Over the month of April, with spring in the air, we will be looking at the holistic aspect of well-being. How can you integrate well-being into your food and drink and health and beauty routines? 

WELL-BEING AND HERBAL TEAS

In particular, we will be investigating which herbs and herbal teas you can use to boost your overall well-being.

4 reasons to Drink New Mama Breastfeeding Tea! Available in the UK and Worldwide

4 great reasons to use New Mama as your breastfeeding tea!

Number 1. – breast milk production and flow

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New Mama contains three herbs which are known as  “galactagogues” – they are all natural and are nettle, fennel and fenugreek. All of these natural herbs have been used for years for women trying to aid breast milk production and are responsible for working with a breastfeeding woman’s hormones to create breast milk and get flow going.

 

Number 2 - Mastitis relief

Anna, the Mama of Mama Tea, who created the Mama Tea range not only wanted to help women with breastfeeding but Anna has Mastitis whilst she was breastfeeding, therefore Anna really wanted to include Red Clover in New Mama breastfeeding herbal tea. This lovely herb not only tastes lovely but will also help women relieve the symptoms of mastitis.

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Reason 3 – Help with the “baby blues”

Most new mamas suffer from the “baby blues” due to hormonal changes after childbirth. Some go on to experience post-natal depression in various forms. Anna is open about her experience with post-natal depression and wanted to specifically include a herb to help naturally lift the mood. This is why she included Lemon Balm in our breastfeeding tea. Perfectly safe for baby whilst breastfeeding and also helps mama.

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Reason 4 - Anna has made breastfeeding tea taste lovely!

Anna wanted this breastfeeding tea to taste great! She was sick of herbal teas that tasted bland.Therefore, Anna created this breastfeeding herbal tea with taste in mind, therefore she added some liquorice root to make it taste lovely as well as being natural and caffeine-free!

 

All of our teas are available in the UK and internationally through our website - www.mamatea.com

Drink Mama Tea and be happy!

Morning Mama - Ginger Herbal Tea

Morning Sickness

If you are one of the unlucky ones like Anna (founder of Mama Tea), you thought that your daily “morning” sickness would subside after week 12 and you would be wrong. Anna suffered with morning sickness until week 24 with her first pregnancy and week 20 with her second baby. She recalls how it felt:
“I would wake up and feel sick, so I would have a teeny tiny slice of toast and it would subside for all of…..2 minutes. I then tried NOT eating and it became much worse. I tried eating more and the same. It was delicate balancing act with food to ensure you were eating the right foods and just the right balance of food. Awful! I remember my husband buying ginger nut biscuits but the smell was too overpowering, so the only person that ate ginger nut biscuits to help with morning sickness in our household was my husband!”

When Anna decided to create a natural range of teas to help with pregnancy and breastfeeding, she was very careful to blend the ginger morning sickness tea so that it was not too overpowering and was a subtle taste and smell.

Morning Mama Ginger and Chamomile Herbal Tea


Morning Mama ginger tea is a delicious ginger tea blend that is completely natural and caffeine-free. Morning Mama has some lovely goodies blended in, all to help combat morning sickness.

Anna blended in whole chamomile heads, lemon peel and orange peel. She also added a touch of lemon balm. The reason for including all of these extra herbs is that ALL of them help with nausea and sickness, so Morning Mama is a powerful morning sickness remedy!


Morning Mama Review


We received this testimonial only last week – have a read – Morning Mama helped this customer to keep working at the early stages of her pregnancy….

“I started using Morning Mama Tea when I was 6 weeks pregnant. I was sceptical about the tea helping,but the nausea and sickness was unbearable. I can honestly say that the tea has helped me cope with the nausea and helped me to manage working whilst not feeling my best. This is my third pregnancy and the nausea has stayed with me until I was 23 weeks. I found brewing the tea in a thermos cup great as I could sip the tea throughout the day and the tea stayed hot”.

Melanie, 27 weeks pregnant and mother of two beautiful girls.


If you are suffering with morning sickness, give Morning Mama a go and please let us know if it has helped you too!

All the best

Anna

Mama Tea

Drink Mama Tea Challenge!

Struggling with those January New Year's Resolutions? Try the DRINK MAMA TEA CHALLENGE today!

Our Bumper Pack will give you 80 teabags, so there is more than enough Mama Tea to replace one of your caffeinated drinks – your fav coffee or another cup of caffeinated tea with a caffeine-free, delicious Mama Tea!

Caffeine

A little caffeine every day is probably quite good for you (unless you are a pregnant or breastfeeding woman). However, more than a few cups is detrimental to our health in lots of ways. Over the next few weeks we are going to examine this high-street drug in more detail to really look at it’s effect on the body.

However, as we all know, it is one thing knowing that something is not good for you in large doses and trying to cut that down, particularly something as addictive as caffeine. To do so, it is worthwhile to take baby steps, which is why we have come up with the Drink Mama Tea challenge.

Break the Caffeine Habit

We have all heard that it takes 28 days to break a habit. Well, the bad news is that research shows that it actually takes a little longer – more like 66 days actually. However, the good news is that our bumper packs have 80 teabags in them, so that’s enough to help you break the caffeine habit and have some to share with friends!

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus Tea

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Here at Mama Tea, we take our herbs very seriously. We love the herb Hibiscus, which is a showy flowering plant, that is eaten dried as a delicacy in Mexico and has a long tradition in herbal infusions.

Hibiscus in Mama Tea

We have blended hibiscus into our Ready Mama tea, which is our fruity raspberry leaf and hibiscus birth preparation herbal tea. We included it in our birth preparation tea because it can help with uterine contractions, however it is also a great herb for period pain for the same reason.

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History

Hibiscus comes from the Greek word for marshmallow and is also known as rose mallow.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, an old species that was grown as an ornamental flower in China, is believed to have been cultivated there for thousands of years. Although it appears to have been in cultivation throughout much of the Asian continent, early reports of hibiscus rosa-sinensis flowering around temples in China imply a Chinese origin, hence the name "sinensis".

hibiscus mama tea

Benefits

  • Lower high blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Antioxidant
  • Infections
  • Flu
  • Colds
  • Stomach cramps (anti-spasmodic)
  • Menstrual cramps (anti-spasmodic)
  • Weight loss (There is an enzyme known as “amylase” in hibiscus, that breaks down starches and other complex sugars in the body)
  • Boost immune system
  • Constipation

Caffeine and Pregnancy – why you should go for caffeine-free

 

 

Why is Caffeine so bad for Pregnancy?

When I started Mama Tea, it came from an idea I had during my pregnancy. I had struggled to come “off the bean” and forgo caffeine before getting pregnant and in-between pregnancies but I managed it during my pregnancies by drinking lots of herbal teas. However, the problem was that a lot of herbal teas just didn’t taste very good, hence my business idea for Mama Tea.

Caffeine and Pregnancy

So, if you are pregnant, can you still drink coffee or not? Some of the evidence is a little contradictory or rather it doesn’t present the whole picture. Whilst the NHS advises pregnant women to limit caffeine during pregnancy, stating that  “You don’t need to cut caffeine out completely, but you should limit how much you have to no more than 200mg a day“.  The Food Standards Agency states “Pregnant women should limit caffeine intake to 200mg a day” and also states that tea and coffee manufacturers do not have to state the amount of caffeine in their products. Interestingly the British Coffee Association also has a section on Pregnancy . They quote the Royal College of Midwives – “There is no definitive evidence to show that caffeine in moderation has any adverse effects during pregnancy”.  They do list some studies OTHER than ones like the ones I have listed below, which seem to support this advice, which is fine but doesn’t seem to be the whole picture to me.

I think there are two main problems with this advice: first of all, it is what this advice DOESN’T tell you that is worrying.

Caffeine and Miscarriage

Miscarriage is one of the most devastating things that can happen. It is awful. If you are a pregnant women who has suffered previous miscarriages, you want to do everything and anything you can to prevent it happening again. The medical advice is often you cannot do anything to prevent it which I do believe. However, if I had known about the undernoted information before I suffered my miscarriages, then I would never have gone near caffeine the whole time I was trying to get pregnant. The advice above is FAILING the many women who sadly suffer such a sad event and loss. So little is known about miscarriage but if we know these facts, then we should act on them. These women need to know these facts and they are facts. These are all medical studies that have been proven and are listed in Stephen Cherniske’s brilliant book, “Caffeine Blues”:-

The simple fact is that the developing fetus cannot process caffeine in the same way that an adult can, which means that the caffeine is extremely toxic. It is simply not worth the risk. Much as I loved my cappuccinos, it simply wasn’t worth it but no-one warned me. The information simply wasn’t there.

Measuring consumption of caffeine during pregnancy

The second problem with this advice is that it is really hard to measure the amount of caffeine that you drink (and eat) in one day. What is “moderation” as indicated above? Is the 200mgs a day ok? If you have drunk a lot of caffeine BEFORE pregnancy, this amount seems to be below 163 mgs (see note above). Caffeine is present in coffee, tea, decaffeinated tea and coffee, green tea, cocoa, soft drinks, medications and chocolate. Most coffee shops automatically serve double shots of coffee in cappuccinos and lattes and as shown in this article by the Telegraph, some cups of coffee on the high street have as much as six times their rival chains! Those involved in the caffeine industry do NOT have to list the amount of caffeine in their products. Why not? It is a highly addictive drug that can be very harmful to pregnant women and their developing babies. I love the odd cappuccino like everyone else but at least force the industry to give us an informed choice.

Is it time to change the advice?

The summary seems to be that this is not as cut and dried as stick to the 200mgs a day and you will be ok. It is much more complicated than that, as we have seen above. If we now know that there is a definite link between caffeine and miscarriage then why do organizations like the British Coffee Association and the Royal College of Midwives not include this information as a “full picture”, so that a pregnant woman can make her up her own mind? If you go over the “2-3 cups” or if you have had miscarriages before, or indeed if you have drunk a lot of caffeine BEFORE pregnancy, the advice above is simply not correct and could be downright dangerous. Why can’t the advice be to avoid the caffeine if you are trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or have suffered a miscarriage and are trying again rather than take the risk? If I was having a Dan Brown moment, I would suspect that it might not be in the interests of the “caffeine industry” to do so…..

I fully recommend the following book to anyone who is interested in reading more about caffeine and its health implications: “Caffeine Blues” by Stephen Cherniske, M.S. .

If you have suffered a miscarriage or are threatening miscarriage, please go to The Miscarriage Association  for support and advice and a special prayer to you.

Take care

Anna Louise Simpson
CEO and Founder of Mama Tea