The Therapeutic Teas You Need on Your 2016 Health Goals List
Camilla Franks’ bohemian kaftans and exotic printed homewares have long been objects of desire for anyone with a sense of wanderlust. The fashion designer is also known for her brand collaborations, having teamed up with a variety of partners over the years. (See: these incredible rugs.) The latest, and if you ask us most exciting, is a carefully considered range of therapeutic teas crafted with renowned naturopath and herbalist Anthia Koullouros of Ovvio in Sydney’s Paddington.
Keep scrolling to discover more about these gorgeous teas!
To create the range Koullouros met with Camilla and first had her sample some blends to get the ideas flowing. "I knew of Camilla’s history and her love of tea and quite aromatic flavours because of her travels, so I got her to try the teas I knew she would like from my range," says Koullouros. "We sat together and I really tuned into what she likes; fortunately she happens to enjoy similar blends to what I love." The next step was creating a unique formulation, but Koullouros ended up crafting three blends, all based around an element of spice.
Like the rest of the Ovvio range, these teas; Dawn Dew, The Open Fire and Wanderers Brew ($36 each), are all therapeutic grade. According to Koullouros that makes them very different from what you’d find in a regular supermarket tea bag. "Therapeutic grade means they’re blended for medicinal purposes; so they yield a therapeutic action. They are premium whole leaf teas—they’re what you don’t find in a regular tea bag," she says. Fun fact: what you will find in a regular tea bag is what teamakers call "dust". "It’s actually what’s left on the bottom of the floor when they bag up the whole leaves," she explains.
Now, for the fun bit: deciding which one to try. Dawn Dew has a fresh, herbal palette of peppermint, lemon myrtle and cardamom—it's a good pick for sipping on to start your day. Open Fire is spicier and slightly tart; you'll taste rosehip, juniper berry, cinnamon, nutmeg and rose buds. We love it brewed with honey as an afternoon treat. The perfect warming nightcap, Wanderers Brew is best described as sweet and zingy with ginger root, cinnamon, orange and red rooibos.
To get the most out of your tea, Koullouros advises drinking a minimum of three cups a day. When it comes to steeping your blend, Koullouros has a good rule of thumb: "If it’s got lots of roots, buds and seeds such as cardamom, cinnamon bark or star anise, steep for five to seven minutes. If it’s flowers and leaves; it’s a short infusion time of one to three minutes. Anything in-between—like English breakfast tea—is three to five minutes."
Have you tried a therapeutic tea before? What do you think of Camilla's new range with Ovvio? Sound off below.
Opening image: Camilla