Britain is increasingly falling out of love with its beloved traditional cuppa and falling head over heels for a mugful of healthy, herbal love. With women preferring a cup of herbal tea over both traditional tea and coffee.1 Herbal teas used to be for the shelves of niche health food stores only but these days you can walk down the tea aisle of your local supermarket to find it adorned with bright and colourful boxes of various herbal treats.
Natur Boutique put ethics, quality, and the environment first before money, with this affordable range of organic teas that every holistic health enthusiast should keep at the ready in their tea cupboard. Teas that are good for you, good for farmers, good for the planet, and good for trade – what more could you want?
So – what sets all of these brands apart?
Well, Natur Boutique’s range of herbal teas are all focused on health and well-being not just taste, containing only the finest 100% natural and organic ingredients. And most importantly they’re an ethical company too – having developed a special relationship with their farmers in Vietnam, paying 30% above the market price for their produce to ensure that their farmers always get a fair deal.
About Natur Boutique
Natur Boutique is the brand of Fito Ltd., a Vietnamese based, family ran company who are the supplier of natural and organic health products. They also hold offices within London. The company was founded in 2008 and has excelled greatly over the years – Fito manages the full supply chain from farms to factory, and distribution. Their production, processing, and import activities have all been certified organic by both Ecocert and the Soil Association.
Natur Boutique’s Organic Teas
When I first heard the name of this tea I was reluctant to even review it – “Diet Tea” just screams fad in my opinion but when I looked at the ingredients on the box I drew a sigh of relief – just organic green tea, organic java tea, organic pineapple, and organic hibiscus – phew. Besides back in the day I used to chug down protein shakes and fat burners so how bad could this 100% natural tea be?
Natur Boutique’s Diet Tea blend combines green tea for its rather obvious weight loss and metabolism boosting benefits, pineapple due to its high content of the enzyme bromelain which has shown promise in slowing down the growth and multiplication of fat cells themselves, hibiscus tea due to its ability to block the uptake of carbohydrates, and java tea which recent research has shown evidence that it may help to reduce appetite and fat levels.
Now, I am a regular green tea drinker – more specifically matcha green tea – so I already get my daily dose of metabolism boosting antioxidants. I was pretty skeptical about drinking this tea and finding any actual weight loss benefits. Although I did lose a few pounds I think this had more to do with the loss of water weight (I was rushing to the loo sooner than expected) and not so much body fat. I’m not saying however that this tea can’t help you to lose body fat, it likely can, but in my case I think I already reap enough benefits through regular matcha drinking.
What I loved about this tea was its earthy taste – a subtle green tea flavour that was enhanced by a sweet, fruity and caramel like taste – it must definitely have been the pineapple. Unlike other flavoured green tea tea bags there wasn’t any of that metallic, tin-like bitter taste that you get. You can definitely tell that this is a high quality green tea. The bitterness was definitely subdued by the fruity sweetness – so if you don’t like green tea in tea bag form please don’t let that deter you from giving Natur Boutique’s Diet Tea a go.
The directions for use are so simple that even the most useless of wannabe chefs couldn’t mess this up. Simply use one tea bag per cup, leave to brew for 3-4 minutes in freshly boiled water, remove the bag, et voilà – a scrumptious cuppa.
You’re probably more aware of artichoke as being enjoyed by those living on the continent and within other European countries (usually eaten as an antipasti) but it has vastly been gaining popularity within the UK foodie scene due to its boasted health benefits and of course, great flavour.
Artichokes are naturally potent in antioxidants and phytonutrients such as anthocyanins, rutin, and quercetin all of which boast incredible health benefits ranging from cancer prevention to supporting the immune system and protecting against heart disease – with just 1 cup of artichoke hearts being more antioxidant rich than 1 cup of blueberries!2
But one benefit that is least talked about is its ability to support the digestive system – artichokes are naturally high in fibre and artichoke leaf extract has been used as a remedy for upset stomachs and those suffering from indigestion for hundreds of years. The high fibre content is thought to reduce inflammation and nourish the gut lining and liver, making Natur Boutique’s Organic Artichoke Tea a brilliant tea to help those suffering from symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and bloating.2
It is also high in folic acid and so a great addition to any pregnant or nursing mother’s diet – just check with a qualified health professional before consuming.
Natur Boutique’s Organic Artichoke Tea contains only one single ingredient – 100% organic Vietnamese artichoke flower heads. The artichokes that Fito uses are grown at high altitude meaning that whilst the artichokes can thrives insects can’t which eliminates the need for pesticides or other chemicals.
As with the Diet Tea you simply brew the bag for 3-4 minutes using freshly boiled water then remove the bag and enjoy. This pretty much tastes exactly like I thought it would – like artichoke. It carries a sort of mild vegetable like taste (almost akin to asparagus) with a distinct nuttiness to it. It is very earthy but it is still sweet enough to be enjoyable on the palate.
I can’t vouch fully for this tea’s touted health benefits as I don’t tend to suffer from digestive issues but I did find it to be very mild on the stomach first thing in the morning and overall a relaxing alternative to caffeinated teas meaning I was able to enjoy it multiple times on a daily basis.
For those that can’t be bothered with the faff of prepping and cooking artichokes this tea is the perfect way to reap the antioxidant and healing digestive properties of artichokes.
Disclaimer: Artichoke leaf extract should not be taken in the presence of gallstones or other bile duct occlusion, due to its bile stimulating effects.
Another infused green tea – this time, simply with lemon grass – the ingredients are how I like them, just organic green tea and organic lemongrass.
The green tea harvested for Natur Boutique is farmed organically and only harvested from wild trees rather than from cultivated tea bushes. You will find their beautiful tea being handpicked in remote areas at the border between Vietnam and China. Only the best buds and young leaves are picked for optimum antioxidant benefit and richness in taste. The tea is grown by the local Hmong people whom use a synergistic way of organic farming by growing Neem plants alongside the tea in order to act as a natural pest repellent.
Tea containing lemongrass is commonly drank in parts of Asia, where it is consumed as an aid to relaxation as well as for its great taste. Lemongrass has a high content of a chemical compound known as citral. According to Natur Boutique, studies have shown that citral is capable of helping certain muscles to relax.
Natur Boutiques Organic Green Tea & Lemongrass has an ever so slightly more bitter taste than its Diet Tea counterpart, however the lemongrass brings out a refreshing taste that rounds the overall flavour of the tea. I love lemongrass and cook with it regularly (who doesn’t love a good Thai curry) so I knew that this was going to be a hit before I even opened up the packet. Again this was simple to make using the same technique as the other 2 teas and also yielded a non-metallic tasting green tea.
Disclaimer: Please note that if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, using specific medication, or suffering from a medical condition you must always consult a doctor before the use and consumption of any herbal teas, remedies, or medicines.
Fito’s Natur Boutique tea range is certainly delicious, there’s no doubt about that, but what I loved the most about the Natur Boutique experience was the fact that I knew whilst I was drinking this tea I was helping to support the indigenous Hmong people and their sustainable way of farming. I was also safe in the knowledge that no pesticides or chemicals had been used to harm the environment and I could recycle all of my packaging after I had finished my drink. Not only is the box recyclable but each tea bag is wrapped in a recyclable paper envelope which not only protects the environment but also helps to keep the tea fresh and the taste exceptional. At £2.99 for 20 sachets of tea this tea is one of the more affordable organic teas currently available on the market.
I’ll definitely be tempted to try some other tea combinations from Fito in the future – they currently stock the following teas; Diet Tea with Garcinia, Garcinia Cambogia, Organic Green Tea & Cinnamon, Organic Green Tea & Ginger, Organic Lemongrass Tea, and Organic Ginger Tea. Fito also stock a range of organic freeze dried exotic fruits which are perfect for making raw and vegan Paleo desserts.
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- (Anonymous). (n.d.). 12 Unexpected Artichoke Health Benefits. In Ocean Mist Farms. Retrieved from http://www.oceanmist.com/artichokes/12-unexpected-artichoke-health-benefits/
Natur Boutique put ethics, quality, and the environment first before money, with this affordable range of organic teas that every holistic health enthusiast should keep at the ready in their tea cupboard. Teas that are good for you, good for farmers, good for the planet, and good for trade - what more could you want?