The Tea Life

Have you ever wanted a tea that tasted great, with lots of health benefits, and not ridiculously expensive? I have the perfect tea for you. Propolis Tea!

First off, what is Propolis?

Propolis, in simple terms, is essentially bee glue. Honeybees collect resin from flowers and sap flows, tree buds, etc. and mix with waxes, saliva, pollen, and balsams. Sounds a little gross but hey, we eat weirder things right? Well, with everything that honeybees produce, propolis is one of the most versatile and most beneficial to the maintenance of your health. Propolis comes with a whole host of properties that can help to boost your immune system. These properties include anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and much more. Seriously, propolis is extremely cool and if you have the time, do a little research and find out what it can do for you!

Okay, now what does that have to do with tea?

Well, my friends, I was given the opportunity to try out some of this fabulous tea before the company, Propolis Tea Co. was officially launched. An old friend of mine, Jonathan Piechnik, started this company to incorporate propolis and its health benefits with something that is easily consumed, tea. All over Asia and slowly being introduced in North America, propolis has been finding its way into various beauty and wellness markets such as in cosmetics, personal hygiene products, and overall health. He wanted to give the audience a product that can be easily consumed without the chore of downing pills every day. Tea was a great idea because the market for tea is huge, however, propolis in tea is a whole other story! You can reap the benefits of propolis just by brewing yourself a cup of tea, something that many people do on a regular basis.

I was so excited when I got my first bag of Propolis Tea. I had received Gunpowder Green Tea back in the summer and let me tell you one thing: the smell of propolis is delicious and amazing. It never really goes away once you open the tea bag, but you won’t even be mad. It is packaged as loose leaf tea, making it incredibly flexible to however much tea you want to make. The gunpowder green tea is quite bitter if over steeped so do be careful if you are not a fan of strong tea. I was not a fan of green tea before but this has really changed my mind. Honestly, I am pretty hooked on green tea now, especially this one with its hint of propolis.
Smells amazing: 10/10

Propolis doesn’t have a strong flavour despite its smell. It doesn’t take away from the tea’s original flavour, nor does it change it in any noticeable way. I have sensitive taste buds so there is hint of propolis in the tea. I personally believe it enhances the tea’s flavour and adds a smidge of sweetness. Typically, green tea has some bitterness to it, but the tea is such great quality and mixed with propolis, the bitterness is savoury and not at all a turn off for those like my boyfriend who don’t enjoy tea. As mentioned before, steeping time and amount of leaves used are very important in making sure the tea turns out perfectly and not too bitter. I am pretty lazy and forgetful so I tend to leave my tea for too long. Despite that, I have never disliked a cup of tea I have made with these tea leaves.
Tastes great: 9/10

In January, my boyfriend and I alternated being sick for most of the month. He is a huge anti-medication type of person and refuses to take meds of any sort unless it was absolutely necessary. About two days into him being sick, I suddenly remembered that I had this bag of tea still sitting around. How I hadn’t finished it before then is a wonder to me! I made him a cup of propolis tea and was surprised I didn’t have to force him to drink it. Even as someone who doesn’t like tea, he drank it all and even asked for seconds. The next day, his throat hurt a lot less and his cough was a much less severe. Between the two of us being sick all month, this tea was a lifesaver and made the entire time more bearable. Whether or not you believe in propolis’ health benefits, I have to say that they work and they work like a gem. Imagine if propolis tea was in your daily routine. I bet that in no time, you would see an improvement in your overall health. So head over to Propolis Tea Co. to grab a bag and see what it can do for you!
Health benefits: 9.5/10

To find out more about propolis and the company itself, check out their website!

 


Header photo courtesy of Propolis Tea Co.

Twenty things…

I recently celebrated my twentieth birthday. My little brother, along with my family, sent me a birthday card. He had written that he was “still trying to comprehend [me] being 20 years old because that’s insane”. I agree. It is insane. While it felt no different than any other day (besides for the unusual number of notifications lighting up my phone),  I thought it would be nice to sit down and reflect on what I had learned in the past two decades of my life. So here it is. Twenty things I learned by the age of twenty.

  1. While your family may be annoying, cherish them because once you move out, you realize how much they really love you. Even if they have a weird way of showing it.
  2. It is never too late to strengthen connections with those around you. It wasn’t until recently that I started talking to my brother rather than only dropping in to say hi when I went home for the holidays. While it is still strange, it is nice to really try to connect in some ways as siblings.
  3. Having a disorder is not something that you should be ashamed of. Being able to wake up and go about your day, even while wearing a mask, shows that you are so incredibly strong.
  4. Never be afraid to ask for help. Whether it be searching for ketchup in the grocery store or seeking medical attention for physical or psychological problems.
  5. It will take some time to move on from the past. It might hurt and it might be frustrating but it won’t last forever.
  6. Get rid of people in your life who are toxic. It may seem frightening, having to make new friends or cut long-term ties, but it is worth it for your happiness.
  7. Do not let your parents dictate your future. Respect them and their opinions but you are free to pave your own path and choose your own career. They will come around eventually because, in the end, they love you and just want what is best for you.
  8. Being comfortable in your own skin is being free. Be confident in yourself and don’t let your insecurities keep you from enjoying life.
  9. You can be comfortable in your own skin and still wear makeup or dress up. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise.
  10. You don’t have to be the best at school or your job. As long as you work hard in all you do, you can be proud of yourself.
  11. Harmful coping methods are never the answers to your problems. They are merely temporary solutions to your current situation.
  12. What people think of you and your work should not matter so much. Unless it is constructive criticism. Then you should take that into consideration and learn from it.
  13. Take responsibility for your actions. It may not be fun to do but to take responsibility is to learn from your mistakes.
  14. Keep striving to be a better version of yourself. You are only so many years old. Don’t cut your life short because you are not who you envisioned yourself to be.
  15. Take control of your future. Work hard to make it happen. Don’t give up when a door closes in front of you because you will never be stuck, boxed in, with no options to turn to.
  16. Do not assume your common sense is the same as everyone else in the world.
  17. Some days you will feel 10 years older than you really are, and other days you will feel like a 5-year-old again. Embrace it.
  18. Procrastination is inevitable. Learn to accommodate for that to avoid the last minute panic attacks.
  19. Look up from your phone once in a while. The world is so interesting and you’ll miss it if you never look away from your phone. Don’t let your phone take you away from meaningful conversations and building relationships. Those connections last longer than the satisfaction you get from the likes on your latest profile picture.
  20. Take care of yourself. Keep yourself healthy: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. There is only one of you. There is no replacement.

I could go on, but I’m only twenty years old.

tiffany sign off

P.S. I hope this was interesting and offered some helpful advice. Thank you to my family, friends, and wonderful boyfriend for being there for me and sending love and well wishes on my birthday. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the people who always loved me and believed in me. I love you all ♥

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