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Peach & Pineapple Passion

Step 1

In a cocktail shaker add Cointreau, lime juice and Red Seal Peach & Pineapple cold brew tea and shake vigorously.

Step 2

Add ice and egg white and shake very well.

Step 3

Double strain (tea strainer will do) into a chilled coupette glass.

Step 4

Garnish with star anise pod.

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Blood Orange Rumba

Step 1

Add Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, lime juice, sugar syrup and vanilla essence into a catalina/or similar glass packed with ice.

Step 2

Fill the rest of the glass with Red Seal Blood Orange cold brew tea.

Step 3

Stir very well.

Step 4

Garnish with orange and serve immediately.

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Apple & Elderflower refresher

Step 1

Pour water over tea bags, and leave to steep for 5 minutes in a 2 litre container.

Step 2

Add sparkling water, steep for another 5 minutes and then remove the tea bags.

Step 3

Add the grated ginger, agave and apple juice and stir well.

Step 4

Pour into glasses and add ice before serving.

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Let’s give thanks

Give thanks

Appreciating what we have, rather than despairing over what we don’t, is one of the keys to a happy and healthy life. We take a look at a few things for which to be grateful.


HEALTH IN A TEA CUP

Here’s to a pick-me-up that’s truly good for you. Sitting down for a cup of tea can be a tiny oasis of calm in the middle of a stressful day. And when you fill your mug with Red Seal Green Tea or Red Bush Tea you get an extra shot of antioxidants – just three cups a day are enough to yield a therapeutic dose. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which can damage the body and lead to illness, hence a diet full of antioxidants is one of the best ways to improve your health. Bonus: if you drink both teas (Green and Red Bush), that’s even better as you are getting a mix of different antioxidants. Let’s be grateful for such an easy and delicious health boost.

Health in a teacup


AN EASY RESET BUTTONActivated Charcoal

We’re fortunate to live in a country where good food is plentiful – but sometimes we’re guilty of overdoing it. For those times when your digestion needs some TLC, we’re lucky there’s Red Seal Activated Charcoal to the rescue. It’s made from medicinal-grade carbonised coconut shell which acts as a sponge to absorb substances (such as toxins and bacteria) in the large and small intestines before passing harmlessly through the body. This simple treatment can be your go-to first-aid treatment for upset stomachs and it’s also a lifesaver for irregular bowels and even food poisoning.


THE POWER TO CHANGE

While big health issues may have the power to overwhelm us, the good news is that we have the ability to fight back. Winter is not far away and with the change of seasons often comes unwellness. But it’s possible to strengthen your own immunity. As well as eating an optimal diet and staying in shape, there are some simple products that can help your body resist illness. Olive Leaf, Vitamin C and Zinc, B6 & Magnesium are Red Seal’s special trio of resistance builders. It’s so easy to start the family on these at the first sign of a sniffle – or, better yet, before it even happens!


A NAME YOU CAN TRUST

At Red Seal we’re thankful for our history and legacy. The company was founded in 1923 by English naturopath William Anderton, who operated from a small shop in Symonds Street, Auckland. Today we are still family owned and operated. We love being a New Zealand company and making products such as toothpaste, which was formulated right here by one


WRITE DOWN YOUR THANKS

One simple way to be happier is to start a gratitude journal. Every day take a note of the big and small things you appreciated. Soon it will become second nature to look on the bright side and get a well-being boost.


By Julie Fergusson, Red Seal Naturopath

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Credit: Life & Leisure

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Energy Injection

Fruit Teas

Even when we eat a balanced diet, sleep well and stay active, the stresses of modern life sometimes leave us feeling depleted. But there’s help at hand. Here are some simple, safe and proven ways to help restore your vitality.


 

HYDRATION IS KEY

It sounds so simple, but often the reason we’re burned out is because we’re too busy to drink enough water. Headaches, tiredness, cramps, racing heart and loss of skin elasticity are all signs of dehydration. Summer days mean you need to up your H20 intake. Listen to your body. Feeling thirsty and a dry mouth or throat are sure signs that you need to replenish your water supply. Some studies suggest that even mild dehydration can slow your metabolism and sap your energy.

FIND WATER UNAPPEALING?

A great way to increase your consumption is with delicious herbal teas. Try them iced this Spring and coming Summer. Red Seal’s new fruit teas are a great way to add flavour to water without adding any calories. Enjoy them as a traditional hot tea or brew them cold. Just steep for three to five minutes in tap water, then add ice. Throw in some fruit garnish for extra zing – sliced strawberries, lemons or limes are ideal. Keep a jug of fresh fruit tea in your fridge and you’ll be less tempted to reach for sweetened juices, fizzy or energy drinks. Try Red Seal Hot & Cold Brew in Strawberry & Rhubarb, Peach & Pineapple, Apple & Elderflower, Lemon & Ginger, Blood Orange or Exotic Fruits for a calorie-free treat that hydrates your body deliciously.


DO YOU NEED A SUPPLEMENT?Floradix

If you feel constantly tired, it’s worth considering your intake of B vitamins and iron as these are key to energy levels. (If you’re seriously concerned about your lack of energy, you should see your doctor.) Vitamin supplements such as Red Seal Vitamin B Complex are a good way to kick-start the engine. Women in particular can suffer from lack of energy due to low iron levels. A simple blood test can determine whether you have an iron deficiency. If you don’t fancy red meat or mountains of spinach, Red Seal Floradix is a natural iron tonic with all the co-factors needed to ensure it is absorbed for maximum effectiveness.


DEAL WITH DIGESTION

Eliminating the rubbish and having “clean insides” is also critical for energy and vitality. Good health starts in the gut. As Christmas approaches we often overdo the treats, resulting in a slow digestive system. A diet high in fibre and rich in fruits and vegetables is the best way to get your digestive system back on track.

TIP: Red Seal Alpine Tea is a simple way to gently cleanse the digestive system and help solve problems with bowel irregularity


By Julie Fergusson, Red Seal Naturopath

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Credit: Life & Leisure

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The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have it

Good eye health is a vital part of our well-being, yet we often take it for granted or assume we can do little to improve it. In fact there are many factors that can have a positive (or negative) impact on eye health – and diet is the first place to start.


NOT JUST CARROTS

While it’s true that the beta-carotene found in carrots is beneficial to your eyes, there are many other nutrients that are also essential. The two star players are lutein and zeaxanthin. Termed “macular pigments”, they are most prominent in the lens and macula regions of the eye and have been shown to play a prominent role in maintaining eye health. Lutein effectively controls free-radical generation and the resulting oxidative damage through its ability to filter out blue wavelengths of light (such as UV rays) which cause damage to the eyes as well as to the skin.

Where can you find lutein and zeaxanthin? They are most abundant in yellow, orange and green plant foods. Goji berries, kiwifruit, tangerines, persimons, red and yellow peppers, spinach, pumpkin and kale are all great sources, as are egg yolks. Marigold flower petals are an amazing source of lutein and zeaxanthin – branch out and add these to salads.

TIP: An extra-potent way to maximize the eye-health benefits of carrots is to drink their juice followed by a shot of cod liver oil.


WINTER WARNING

Open fires, windy days, seasonal allergies and central heating can make our eyes feel drier in winter. If this affects you, try upping your intake of vitamin B, essential fatty acids and potassium.

Star picks:

Red Seal Fish OilVitaminBComplex


Chamomile tea & Raspberry Leaf teaTEA AND SYMPATHY

The proverbial “cup of tea and a lie down” cures many ills, but did you know that teabags themselves could benefit your eyes?

Both Red Seal Raspberry Leaf teabags and Red Seal Chamomile teabags can be moistened with warm water and used as compresses several times a day. These kitchen-cupboard wonders can help with eyes that are swollen, bloodshot, itchy and irritated. 

Simply pour hot water over one or two teabags and steep them for three to five minutes. Squeeze out the moisture and pop them into the fridge for 20 minutes for a cool compress (much less for a warm compress).
Then lie down, place them over your eyes and relax. Bonus: you also get to drink and enjoy the tea!


WHAT CAUSES TWITCHING EYE?

Eye strain, high stress levels and lack of sleep can cause these infuriating tics and spasms. Magnesium, which works on relaxing muscles, is the most popular remedy for this ailment – try Red Seal Magnesium which also contains potassium.


EYE UP THESE SUPPLEMENTS

Even the best diet won’t always cover all the bases, so consider the following extra ammunition to support eye health:

Red Seal Zinc B6 and Magnesium – supports eye health and blood circulation to the eyes and can assist with dry eyes
Red Seal Selenium Plus – antioxidant protection plus vitamins A, C and E
Red Seal Cod Liver Oil, Red Krill Oil and Fish Oil – these supply plenty of omega-3 fatty acids essential for eye health
Red Seal Vitamin B complex – a great all-round supplement for those who are stressed, as stress affects eye health


By Julie Fergusson, Red Seal Naturopath

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Credit: Life & Leisure

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