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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


La Vie En Rose

“But first, brunch…

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Recently I was invited to an event at KCC La Vie En Rose (see their Facebook & Instagram pages) for a Bloggers Brunch, & I immediately accepted!  In case you haven’t noticed, I absolutely love my food, & brunch is that in between meal that just makes me super happy.  With husband working Saturdays we don’t often get the chance to go out & experience new restaurants, so this was really special.

I arrived early on Saturday morning at Killarney Country Club, & drove through to the restaurant – it is on the property of KCC, & past where the gym is so don’t feel like you are getting lost!  I was immediately greeted by the friendliest staff, along with a glass of mimosa before I headed to the table of bloggers that were already seated & snapping pics of the gorgeous surroundings.

What a great group of people I got to meet!  From foodies, to tech babes, to YouTubers, to lifestyle bloggers – we were all there & I am so grateful for the friendliness & acceptance in the circle of Joburg “influencers”.  But, I digress…

We were treated to a table groaning under the weight of the lavish spread laid out for us.  From Nutella stuffed pancakes, to bagels with salmon, cream cheese & avocado – there was literally something for everyone.  My sweet tooth was in heaven & I couldn’t resist trying a little of everything, including the cannelloni which made the sounds around me fade into the background & my entire attention zoned in on what was entering my mouth.

My plate was filled to the brim, & I managed to scrape it clean before ordering a Chai Latte, which was the perfect ending to the most perfect morning.  The entire experience left me with a huge smile & desperate for any excuse to go back.  I rolled out of the restaurant to my car & immediately called my husband to say that we needed to make a plan to go back together (*cough cough* wedding anniversary?)

All in all, I have to say that I rate the entire experience a 10/10.  The ambience, food & drinks were all outstanding – the only problem I have is that there was no more room in my belly to try everything that was there.  It was such an honour to be invited to this event, & I will definitely be back as soon as possible.

La Via En Rose caters for events such as baby/bridal showers, birthdays & get-togethers.  You can request to be seated in the beautiful garden under umbrellas, or enjoy a cozy meal inside their restaurant with your loved ones.

Contact them today for your next morning out by calling 011 268 6144 or email info@lavieenrose.co.za. And ENJOY!

My perfect Match(a)!

About 2 weeks ago I received a parcel from Just Matcha that contained a tin of matcha & the sweetest handwritten note.

 

Matcha has so many amazing benefits, & I have been contemplating buying some for quite a while now.  I have really been battling with a lack of energy, & because I often battle to swallow I know that I am not getting my nutrition in that I need to gain some strength.


When I came across Just Matcha, something just spoke to me.  I loved the layout of their social media; their interaction with their customers & there were only positive reviews about them.  They are based in Harrismith in the Free State, but courier their product all over South Africa.  Plus they are currently running a special on their Matcha Essentials Kit at the moment (you can see the correct way to make Matcha here).  Tea for me is always my escape, & I have always said that a good cup of tea can fix any bad mood or any situation really.

 

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Just one cup of Matcha green tea a day and you could be enjoying these awesome benefits:

• Fight cancer cells

• Lower cholesterol

• Increase weight loss

• Kill free radicals

• Ward off bacterial infection and illness

• Prevent viral infections

• Moderate allergies

• Oral deodorant and sterilizer

• Prevent dental cavities

• Improve memory and concentration

• Enhance cognitive function

• Boost immune function

• Reduce blemishes, wrinkles and sun-damage

• Raise energy levels and alertness

• Alkalize the blood

• Regulate the heartbeat

• Build strong teeth and bones.

In fact, you’d have to be crazy not to drink it!

Matcha tea is unique because with any other tea, the leaves are steeped and some of the nutrients are drawn out, but the remaining good stuff is thrown out when you dispose of the leaves. The meaning of the word ‘matcha’ is literally ‘powdered tea’, because the rich, green leaves are ground to a fine powder and dissolved in to each little cuppa. So, when you drink a cup of Matcha tea, you are getting every bit of good stuff you can. Not a smidgen is wasted!  (this was taken directly from their website – but I agree with it 100%)


When I received my Matcha, I was so excited to try some.  My husband & I usually have a cup of tea/coffee in the morning when we wake up to just chat through the day & have a little bit of quality-time together.  It is so important to start your day off on the right foot to make sure that your day is a good one!

You add half a teaspoon into a mug, then add a little water & mix it to make a paste, before filling up the mug with boiling water.  Initially I added a little bit of honey with it as I didn’t want to feel like I was drinking grass!  But, I am now drinking it without adding anything & it is absolutely delicious.WhatsApp Image 2018-07-01 at 18.32.18


The change in energy is definitely something I noticed first.  I was no longer as sleepy throughout the day, & I just felt “clean” drinking something natural more than putting  chemicals in.  I had a fresh taste in my mouth & my skin is already looking softer & healthier.

I have been in hospital the past 3 days & forgot to take my tin of Matcha with me – & let me tell you that I can feel a huge difference.  I definitely don’t have as much energy & my body just feels pap.  I can’t wait to have a fresh cup of it first thing tomorrow!

If you haven’t tried this yet, I would really recommend it.  Matcha has changed my life & I won’t be without it ever again!  Special thanks to Jonathan & Courtney for spoiling me with my very first tin.  You guys rock.  Next time I am definitely ordering the full kit as I want the full experience!

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Have you tried Matcha before?  What are your thoughts?  Comment below xx

P.S. Cover image found on Etsy.com

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