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Mütea

Today is International Tea Day, so what better way to celebrate than with a fabulous local tea brand that is taking this to a whole new level!

If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.
-William Ewart Gladstone

I am a huge tea fan, and working from home means I am indulging in many more pots of tea than usual, as well as trying interesting flavours and brews.  So when I saw Mütea I was intrigued – in case you didn’t know, Muti is a term for traditional medicine in Southern Africa. It is derived from the Zulu word umuthi, and is now a colloquial word for medicine in general.  I loved this play on words, and also the fact that herbal teas are jam-packed with antioxidants and goodness – a natural muti indeed.


Your name: Melissa and Byron Denizen

Business name: Mütea

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Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram and Website

Tell me a bit more about your business: mütea is derived from the word ‘muti’, a term for traditional medicine in Southern Africa. mütea medicinal loose leaf tea was created to encourage and maintain a more sustainable approach to overall health and well-being.

How the idea to start this come about: I was drinking herbal tea for health reasons versus resorting to noncritical medication, which I was unprepared to take with its long list of side effects. After 2 months of drinking herbal tea I had resolved my health issue entirely. Byron joked (as my maiden name is Melissa Oosthuizen, emphasis on the double ‘o’ in Oosthuizen) that we should start a tea company calle mootea. We settled on mütea instead.

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What makes your tea so special: All the ingredients used are locally, organically and ethically sourced. Our blends make use of a health shotgun effect incorporating numerous herbs with similar health benefits and properties into each blend. Everybody is different, and because our teas are designed for a slow sustainable approach to health and wellness they are gentle enough for daily use to encourage lasting long term health habits. Our teas are also plastic free products making use of a corn starch environmentally friendly plastic alternative for our packaging.

Why do you recommend loose tea leaves: We recommend loose tea leaves for environmental and meditative reasons. Most tea bags have been chemically treated and is an unnecessary manufacturing process which has a negative effect on the environment. It is also a more intentional process to brew loose leaf tea, encouraging a slower more meditative lifestyle.

What are your different flavours: We use various mints, buchu, rooibos and other herbs that enhance the fresh botanical flavour profile of our teas.

Which is your personal favourite: Our detox tea is awesome, rooibos and buchu are two of the eight herbs in that blend giving it an amazing flavour and our sleep tea is also fantastic and works a treat.

What makes your honey different to that you can get in the shops: Our honey is infused with CBD.

I see you have extra & standard strength honey – please explain more: Our honey is meant to be taken daily as part of one’s dietary plan, the extra strength has a bit more CBD in it so it can also be used for more immediate pain management assistance. It is also a richer honey flavour being the fynbos.

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Quote you live by: Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

Anything else you want to add: We intend on expanding into other ethically sourced food and beverage products, which we are looking forward to launching hopefully early next year.


I am all for more natural health treatments, and if it is included in a comforting cup of tea what could be better?  I also adore the fact that Melissa encourages us all to slow down – lockdown has shown me that so often we are rushing around doing 10 million things for other people, and not truly taking care of ourselves.

So why not pour yourself a lovely cup of tea, sit outside (before it gets too cold!) and just BE.

There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.
-Lin Yutang


Timola

Recently I was lucky enough to win a prize from The Refillery which consisted of a bag filled with goodies from Timola.  I have been hunting for a skin care range that is natural & organic, gentle on my skin, & is friendly to the environment.  When I opened the brown paper bag of goodies, & saw that there was no plastic (!) but only glass bottles & labels stuck straight onto the soaps I was enthralled.  I immediately had to test them out.  The scent was gentle & natural, & didn’t scare me off with over-the-top fragrances.  There was no reaction & my skin felt moisturised & oh so happy!

I hadn’t heard of this amazing skincare brand before, & I feel like I have been missing out.  This is when I decided I had to reach out to them & I immediately felt like I was chatting to a friend. This business is filled with kindness, honesty & love.

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Your name:  Tani

Business name:  Timola

Social media handles:  FacebookInstagram & Website

Tell me a bit more about your products:  Timola is a sePedi (Northern Sotho) word that means “to soothe”. The word is also used to explain the action of putting out a fire. This is the perfect word to explain the action of the Bulbine extract on the skin.

Timola Skin Care Productas showcases the many exceptional characteristics and daily uses of Bulbine Frutescens. Our Bulbine range of products uses the power of organic Bulbine Frutescens Leaf Juice to restore skin barrier function, reduce sensitisation and improve moisture retention. We use only the finest quality ingredients. None of our products contain chemical irritants.

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Africa has a long lived tradition of creating skin and hair care formulations from the natural ingredients provided by its abundant and varied flora. Extracted from the heart of Africa, TIMOLA® Oil products use only natural and 100% pure oils. Timola Oil products are safe and proven to be highly effective as cosmetic products as they do not contain harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances or artificial colours and are great for even the most sensitive skin types.

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Timola Powder range includes a variety of powders, from superfood to clay, that have been utilised by indigenous people for thousands of years. Our superfood products are extremely dense in vital nutrients, antioxidants, anti-carcinogens, and cell-repairing vitamins & minerals. Our green clay & kaolin clay are valued for their highly absorbent properties and high content in minerals and are particularly beneficial as a therapeutic treatment for a variety of health concerns.

How did the idea for this range come from:  A few years ago one of our founding shareholders, a French gentleman with many years experience in the cosmetic industry was looking for an indigenous South African plant with exceptional skin care characteristics. His search lead him to our partners farm now organically certified and carbon neutral. Here he found your skin’s BF and the local knowledge of Bulbine Frutescens that soothe your skin birthed the name TIMOLA: “to soothe”.

What makes your products stand out in comparison to others:  We have a saying, “Bulbine Frutescens, Your Skin’s New Best Friend”! And this slogan is all thanks to Conny from the Cosmetics Chef 😄

We take pride in the quality and purity of our products. We strive to provide our customers products that are beneficial to their skin, hair & body and that install a healthy, daily ritual of simple self-care.

We source and select our ingredients directly from producers and small scale farmers through our mutual interest with our partners.

We select our ingredients for their unique qualities and commit to using only the finest natural and organic ingredients. This means that each TIMOLA® product is gentle on your skin & hair as well as healthy to your body.

What skin types do you recommend these for:  Our range of products will suit all skin types and is of great benefit to sensitive skin.

What is the benefit of bulbine:  Bulbine Frutescens is a unique plant with incredible healing, soothing and moisturising qualities.

Bulbine Frutescens protects dry and sensitive skin and helps increase skin hydration and elasticity; as well as restoring barrier function, reducing sensitisation and improving moisture retention.

Where can people purchase your products from:  Our online store.

Our Timola Concept Store in Cape Connection Lifestyle Village, 59 Garsfontein Road, Maroelana.

Wellness Warehouse Lifestyle on Kloof and online.

Faithful To Nature.

Holistic Relieve – Growgreen in Durban.

And of course, The Refillery.

Why do you encourage people to support local:  Local is lekker!

I once had a client asking me with all the Moringa products on the market, why must she buy our brand? My answer, because our partner cultivates the organic Bulbine and organic Moringa, it is easy for me to show you were our products come from. If you have a query, and being locally produced, we can trace it very easy.

She was convinced.

Quote you live by:  People with a teachable spirit approach each day as an opportunity for another learning experience.

Anything else you want to add:  Because we as Timola founders use Timola ourselves, we can confidently say, Timola is your skin’s New BF!

We are at the Beauty Fair at Woodlands Boulevard Shopping Centre Pretoria East this weekend. If you are in the area, let me know and come say hi.

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If you have been battling to find a product that suits your skin, & takes care of your sensitive skin whilst making a change, then give Timola a try.

Even my husband, who I have been trying to get to take care of his skin since we met over 8 years ago, has decided that he loves this product & has been using it every day since I brought it home!


 

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