Herbs For a Healthy Life - Health Tea Box

October 29, 2019


Is that true?

With the increase in popularity of tea in the last few years, there has also been an increase of tea options hit the market. Some promise to be the healthiest beverage you consume, others to help your liver and others still to be the answer to your slim-down desires. But which of these claims are actually true and which is a myth? We’re here to tell you all about it!



Myth 1: Tea will dehydrate me
Tea will dehydrate me

Truth: You may have heard that coffee is a diuretic, and therefore, dehydrating for the body. This is true. Tea however, does not necessarily fall under the same category.

If you are consuming a tea made with natural ingredients that contains no caffeine, tea can actually be hydrating! Steeped in water, you can think of tea as simply flavoured water – just like you would add lemon or fresh mint to your iced water. In fact, if you struggle to drink enough water every day, tea can be the perfect way to help you drink increased amounts of water and reach your daily required intake.

Water is essential in our body for adequate digestion, brain function, helping improve blood flow and energy and for aiding the immune system in optimized function. Without enough, you may find yourself with constipation, headaches, feeling sluggish or unable to think well. Likewise, a simple change, like drinking an additional 500mL of water per day, will help you sleep better, be more alert, have more energy and enhance your digestion.


Myth 2: Tea will help me lose weight

Truth: There are a lot of teas advertising to help you “lose weight” or “slim down,” or claiming to contain the magic ingredient that will help you shed those last few pounds. Its important to understand the nuances of these statements however and recognize that tea is not a weight loss miracle drug.

It is true that tea can contain certain ingredients – such as senna – that will promote digestive movement and reduce fluid retention, but in essence, these teas are allowing your body to have an express line to emptying waste, not taking pounds off your waist.

If you are looking to lose weight, the best thing to do is adopt a healthy sustainable lifestyle, consuming a high volume of fruits and vegetables, and lots of complex carbohydrates, as well as regular exercise. In addition, drinking water is critical, and this is where tea can come in. as mentioned above, in addition to plain water, you can drink herbal and caffeine free tea to help meet your daily water requirements. One idea is to have 500mL of water (sound familiar?) every time you have a tea. This doubles your water intake, while still letting you have some of it as the delicious tasting tea!



Myth 3: Tea doesn’t taste very good
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Truth: If the first thought you have when it comes to tea is the dark coloured black stuff your grandma used to drink, that you drowned in sugar, good news: there is more than one type of tea. Over the last several years, the types of teas, their flavour, nutrient profile and ingredients have shifted dramatically, and tea can now not only steer away from tasting bad, but actually be incredibly delicious!

Ingredients such as licorice, ginger, naturally dried fruit, antioxidant rich berriesand cinnamon are all examples of ingredients which not only add incredible flavour to tea, but which also have impressive health properties. Ginger and licorice or example are great for improving digestion and reducing stomach distress, not to mention, licorice tastes sweet, without having any sugar. Likewise, cinnamon and fruit add a natural sweetness, while cinnamon has also been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels.

Many berries, such as goji berries, blueberries, juniper berries and strawberries make regular appearances in tea. When immersed in hot water, they allow extraction of magnificent colours, lending the beautiful purples, reds and burgundies to teas. More than just for looks however, berries are a potent source of antioxidants, compounds that help fight free radicals in the body and work to optimize cell function.

Collectively, with the right combination of ingredients, not only can tea taste good, but it can be healthy for you too! Just hold off on the sugar and fill it with natural sweetening ingredients.


Myth 4: Detox teas are healthier than other teas

Truth: In simple terms, not necessarily. Words like “detox,” “clean,” and “slimming,” are a common sight on tea boxes. And you aren’t alone if you assume that those teas are the healthiest option and the one to go for if you are looking to tea to offer you health guidance. In reality though, it’s all about what’s in the tea that determines how healthy it is.

In many cases other teas without the fancy detox label have the same or similar ingredients – and often a lower price tag! Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and a common ingredient when it comes to detoxifying due to its ability to help reduce inflammation within the body. Hibiscus is a potent source of antioxidants, an essential compound to have circulating through the body when it comes to reducing potential cancer-causing oxidative compounds.

Not only are some of these ingredients similar, but teas without the attention-grabbing detox label, might in fact have ingredients that are even morenutritionally advantageous. Rhodiola and ginseng for example, are adaptogenic plants that help the body adapt to stress, and which also improve cognitive function. They are just two examples of the many, nutritionally opportune ingredients included in our teas.

And that’s why we want you to have some! We’re not making false promises or filling them with unsavoury ingredients. just real tea, real ingredients and the science behind them to show that they can effectively do what we say they can do.



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



October 1, 2019


Why it’s time to go outside!

If the winter weather had you stuck indoors, huddled under a blanket (with a cup of hot tea!), don’t worry – you weren’t alone. But with the warmer weather now peaking in, it’s time to take advantage of the sun, light and all the fresh air, as you reap the benefits of being outside!
Spring cup of tea

The warm days that have been teasing us off and on these past few weeks are the perfect glimpse into the new spring season that is upon us. More than that though, they are the ideal time to be outside. Winter doesn’t usually lend itself to being outdoors, and in the process of spending all that time inside, we lose the natural benefits of the sun, fresh air, interaction with plants and the natural endorphin release that comes from breathing it all in and being in nature. It’s time to put the winter blues aside and step outside into spring.



Benefits of Being Outdoors

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Aside from the bright skies and pretty flowers, you’ll be happy to know there are a few additional reasons why the great outdoors is so great:

  • Japanese researchers have shown that “stressful states can be relieved by forest therapy.” The Japanese regularly walk forest trails and researchers are finding evidence to support that it offers decreases in cortisol, sympathetic nerve activity, and blood pressure.
  • Natural settings reduce directed-attention fatigue, an issue caused by the brain having to constantly manage competing stimuli
  • Recent research looked at the connection between soil and the gut microbiome, concluding that the soil biodiversity we are exposed to is decreasing and our rate of microbiome related lifestyle diseases is increasing
  • Natural light exposure is required for adequate vitamin D, and also helps regulate your sleep schedule. The brain is cued by light changes for when to produce melatonin and elicit sleep.

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Outdoor Activities.

Here’s the good news: getting the benefits of going outside doesn’t require you to spend hours on a hike or commit to devoting Saturday to Mother Nature:  just 30 minutes of time outdoors can be enough to give you incredible physical and mental benefits. If you’re not sure what to do or where to start however, here are some outdoor activity ideas which are perfect for spring:

  • Go for a walk – down the street, on a local trail, around your backyard. It doesn’t have to be long or to a destination, just incorporating movement is enough!
  • Forage flowers – The next time you drive by a spot in nature that has nice flowers, stop and pick a few! Go for a walk around the area and see if you can forage a nature-made bouquet for your home. Not only will you get the benefits of being outdoors, but you will also be able to go home and bring the outdoors in!
  • Move the Meet – Whether it is a meeting with colleagues or a meet-up with friends, take it outside. For a work meeting, opt to sit outside for coffee instead of in, or suggest a walking meeting. If you are meeting up with friends, think of an outdoor activity, such as a walk along the beach, frisbee in the park, or a walk through the local gardens.
  • Choose Outside – Sometimes getting outside is as simple as choosing to do so. Choose to walk to places when you can; get up from your desk at work and go for a walk outdoors; shop at outdoor farmer’s markets instead of the store; exercise outside instead of at the gym or in your garage.

Use the change in season to change the way you think about the outdoors – a place to be in and visit, not a place to ignore or walk away from. Plus, there are so many great additional benefits to getting outside, that really, you have nothing to lose!


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Plants for Purpose.

More than just soaking up the sunshine and getting a dose of those feel-good hormones though, being outside surrounded by plants lets you get an appreciation for the large diversity of plants found growing in abundance in our own backyard. Better yet, did you know that a lot of these plants are edible and have impressive health benefits? In fact, many of them could be considered nature’s superfoods given their nutrient profile. And this is a big reason behind why they are included in some of the teas we offer as part of the Health Tea Box:

  • Hibiscus – While beautiful in nature, hibiscus is that much better in the body: it helps reduce  blood pressure. Whether you suffer from hypertension or stress, the hypotensive properties of hibiscus are the perfect solution. Combined with its antioxidant benefits, it’s a clear winner and found in several of our teas.
  • Rose Petals – Not only are roses beautiful to look at in nature but the petals adds a refined sweetness to desserts and tea, while also providing anti-inflammatory benefits. The red blood-like colour of roses is also symbolic of their ability to act as a blood tonic.
  • Lemon Balm – An Australian native plant, lemon balm adds a subtle lemon flavour to teas and you can use it in your cooking in the same way. In addition, it is rich in antioxidants and can act as a sedative, aiding in sleep and de-stressing.
  • Fennel – A pleasant smell and a delicious flavour, this liquorice like plant has anti-inflammatory effects and is a great digestive aid. Drink the digestive tea after a meal or when you are feeling bloated, nauseas or suffering from unwanted gut distress.
  • Peppermint – Peppermint tea is soothing and comforting, and this is not an accident. Peppermint is great for helping elicit calmness and reduce tension, as well as is a beneficial digestive aid, helping in both chronic and acute gut symptoms.

There are lots of benefits from getting outside, but the only way to reap them is to try it yourself. What are you waiting for? Get outdoors!



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



September 22, 2019
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Bring along your lunch and indulge in sampling a selection of tasty and healthy Health Tea Boxinfusions.

Unlock your potential with the Health Tea Box. Packed with over 30 herbs & nutrients, Heath Tea Box Infusions are specially formulated to reduce stress and anxiety, encourage better sleep, boost energy, enhance focus and working memory, and promote healthy hydration.

Our special guest speaker Holistic Nutritionist Laura Peill shares her holistic perspective and understanding of Health and Well-being.

This is a FREE event, Reserve your place now. Only 24 places available. 

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More information on the Health Tea Box at https://healthteabox.com.au/individual-wellness/


August 27, 2019


What are Wellness Teas and why should you try them


Herbal medicine has been used for over 60,000 years and still manages to produce results today. Although we have more advanced pharmaceuticals to help with complex issues, and modern medicine has advanced human society as a whole, we cannot deny this one thing: the old tricks are the best tricks. If nothing else, falling back on some herbal or wellness teas doesn’t hurt so long as you know what the ingredients are for and any possible side-effects if they aren’t consumed as prescribed. In tea form, though, most dosages of the herbs are totally harmless.


Enjoy a cup of wellness tea

What Are Wellness and Herbal Teas?

So, what exactly are wellness and herbal teas? Truthfully, both teas are pretty much the same, however there are some slight differences.

An herbal tea is a beverage infused with spices and herbs in hot water, sometimes including other plant materials like tree bark. The essessences from these materials mix with the water to promote health in many different ways, depending on the ingredient. Therefore, if you’re dealing with high blood pressure, a gruesome cold, digestive issues, or loss of energy, then herbal teas might do the trick for you.

A wellness tea, on the other hand, is the same as an herbal tea except it focuses more on daily health. Wellness teas are perfect to drink for any time, some of them suggesting that you drink them at different times of the day to be at peak performance. For instance, if you have an upcoming work presentation or preparing for an exam, then gingko might be the perfect tea for improved brain function. Meanwhile, teas like chamomile, lemon balm, and passion fruit are all sedatives that can help you relax at night.


Herbal Teas

Benefits of Wellness Teas

The main benefit of any wellness tea is to promote better health even when you aren’t sick. You want to get the whole body in harmony to reinforce preventative measures before you get sick. Herbal teas aren’t a cure-all and certainly can’t replace prescription drugs but they can help when used correctly and regularly. Whatever you’re problem is, there’s a tea for that.

Maybe you’re already health conscious enough to have explored nutritious drinks or medicinal elixirs. The usual problem with these are their taste. Wellness teas don’t just work better than most of their counterparts but are also delicious. If you don’t like something in your tea, there are millions of combinations to find something that you’ll enjoy. There are even several services that allow you to build your own tea blends from scratch. The thing is, if you enjoy what you’re doing, then you’re likely to keep doing it. This is the key to developing healthy habits.


Prevention is Better than Cure

All-In-One Options

A prime example of the herbal teas and the wellness system is the Health Tea Box. This box is formulated to provide you with five different teas made with over 30 spices and herbs. Each of the five blends is created specifically for different times of the day to combat different needs. Every blend has a specific purpose and they all work together to help you get through almost anything.

The morning blend, which is made with white tea, is designed to give energy and boost physical performance. The usual tea for the day is meant to assist with cognitive memory with ginkgo, allowing you to maintain attention and improve learning and memory. We all could use a little of that!

The afternoon blend, made with turmeric, is to promote digestive health. They say every illness can somehow be attributed to your gut health, so this tea is great for encouraging positive digestive function.

Tired of counting sheep at night to get your mind to stop racing? The night blend, with chamomile, is relaxing and tension reducing to help you sleep and manage stress.

Lastly, we have an all day blend made with licorice to help boost the antibacterial and antiviral properties you already have.

Plenty of wellness teas can be found at a local supermarket and many companies sell sampler boxes online to promote different aspects of health. The Health Tea Box, though, is a comprehensive, proven system to treat specific problems most people encounter throughout their daily life. For people looking to get into wellness teas and are unsure where to start, this is an excellent system to start out with.


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Finding What You Need

Whether you’re trying to find a specific tea to combat a condition or just looking around for something you like, the best thing you can do is to just get started. Different ingredients can do different things to the body in surprisingly strong ways. Some can even pose a health risk, especially during pregnancy, so doing a little research and treating herbal teas like you would any medication is a great place to begin. From there, just go with what tastes good to you and enjoy your cup of tea.


Herbal Cup of Tea






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July 24, 2019


A cup of tea is so much more than just a beverage . . .

Warming you up, facilitating social interaction and boosting your cognitive function, tea may also be the answer to your unwanted winter blahs and blues!
Bad mood

The colder winter weather, limited sunshine and shorter days can sometimes have us feeling a little bit gloomier during the winter months. Add to that the dark mornings and lack of natural light in the evening, and it’s no wonder we go searching for a little bit of positivity during this time.

Search no more! Today we are bringing you Positivi-TEA!

We want to tell you how drinking tea helps improve your mood, as well as three other action-oriented steps you can take to build up our endorphins and fill your brain with feel-good chemicals to heighten your mental and emotional wellbeing.



Let’s start with tea!

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One of the main reasons we offer a health tea box is because it means you get the benefits of healthy teas every single day! From helping you relax and get to sleep to helping you become more energized in the morning, there are a lot of benefits that can come from a cup of tea. We have carefully selected the ingredients for each tea blend to target a particular area of health and wellbeing, and a few of them are particularly good for helping improve mood and mental and emotional wellbeing.

Ginseng – This ancient Chinese herb is well-known for enhancing cognitive function, and is part of our cognitive assist tea. It  enhances mental clarity, and improves the brain’s operating ability, allowing it to more effectively manage hormones and mood.

Lemon Balm – That fresh citrus burst is just what your brain needs to give it a renewed burst of energy. Found in our tension taming tea, in addition to helping you destress, Lemon Balm is rejuvenating and plays a role in helping you feel more energized, and mentally engaged.

Turmeric – An anti-inflammatory, inflammation in the body causes stress for our systems. This can have a short-term and long-term, cumulative, negative impact on our mental and emotional functioning. Consume our digestion boosting, gut health tea for your daily turmeric intake.

ChamomileStudies with chamomile have found that this plant can play a role in helping manage depression and anxiety. Found in our night time tea, it is also a sedative, meaning ig can help you sleep, should your emotional instability be keeping you awake.


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What else can I do?

Endorphins are the natural “feel-good” hormones released in your brain and while tea helps elicit some of them, there are several other things you can do to be the master of your own high!

Get Moving – If you’re heard of the runner’s high, it’s a real thing. Research has shown that physical activity encourages an endorphin response in the brain, releasing dopamine and other feel good chemicals. Not only are these beneficial during your workout to help you get through, but they last in the period following your workout as well. And no it doesn’t have to be running! Go for a walk or hike outside, enrol in a new fitness class, or try out Pilates, Yoga or Barre.

Get Social – Put down your phone and go talk to someone in person! The human to human interaction is crucial for our wellbeing and the body craves this natural human connection. Technology, working remotely and online shopping have meant this is often decreased during the day and this can have negative effects on our mood. Better yet, why not invite a friend or family member over to share a cup of tea! Tea is a great way to get social and you benefit from the amazing health properties – such as improved immunity and increased antioxidant consumption – at the same time.

Get Some Sleep – Your low affect, may just be because your brain is tired and overwhelmed and doesn’t have the capacity to make you feel good right now! The brain works hard every day, not only cognitively processing, but also in all of our other bodily functions including movement, hormone regulation, stress response, digestion regulation and so much more. Sometimes it gets overworked and needs appropriate sleep for a full reset to be able to perform its tasks. Tonight, have your night time tea early and then crawl into bed for a restful night’s sleep.



Putting it all together

Nobody likes to feel down or depressed, but sometimes it happens. it is totally fine to feel this way, and normal to have off days or days when you are feeling a lttle lower than your usual positive self.

The good news is however that you can also be in control of creating your own positive energy and using it to bring you up and improve how you feel. From drinking tea, to exercise, to simply having a reliable friend you can call on in these times, figure out which option works best for you and then establish a positivity building routine around that. When you feel yourself having a little bit of a low day, start your routine. Or at the very least, wrap your hands around a cup of warm tea and feel your soul warm up from the inside out. Because sometimes on a cold winter’s day, that’s all that it takes!



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



July 18, 2019
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This Wednesday, over 30 residents attended our wellness event at Barwarre Gardens – Retirement Village, where our resident Naturopath – Kimberlee Ashanti shared information about the role that herbs and herbal supplements can play in promoting healthy aging. It was a very interactive session with lots of questions and answers shared over multiple cups of Health Tea Box natural teas.

One thing is for sure, everybody left hydrated and with a bunch of practical tips to kick start their individual wellness routines.

Learn more about our natural herbal wellness program.


July 8, 2019


When it comes to providing optimized health services to aged clients, doing so with the highest standards of quality and benefit is of utmost importance. The goal is to help these individualsage with dignity and to continue to feel their best, despite their age.

While there are a lot of products on the market that can do this for the general population, few meet the demands and cater to the needs of the aging individual. Their needs are different: the nutrient demands are altered, the brain and mental health requirements change, and the goals surrounding preventative health are different as well.

And while other health products may not work, we know the health tea box does: it has been shown to improve cognitive function, support improved gut health, increase energy and reduce stress.

Specially formulated teas, designed with a target purpose and their own unique nutrition profile, these teas are an ideal addition to the daily routine of individuals in aged care living. In fact, in many cases, they are a great alternative to other products which individuals do not enjoy consuming and therefore resist as part of their regular schedule.

Each tea has carefully researched ingredients, all of which serve a specific purpose in being part of the recipe. With this high degree of research behind each one, we are confident that these teas and their contents can help satisfy the requirements of Quality Control Agency Checks:



Healthy Hydration Alternative

Hydration at any age is crucial for overall health and wellbeing. In aged care however, it is particularly important because this age group is more susceptible to dehydration:

  • Dehydration has shown a decrease in cognitive performance, particularly relevant for the aged population who are typically already suffering cognitive declines
  • Adequate hydration can have a positive effect on patient quality of life, including reducing incidence of urinary tract infections, emotional outbursts, and kidney degradation.

The tea is a great way to encourage individuals to stay adequately hydrated, as it is more flavourful than water, is warming and can be part of a ritual and social routine with other facility clients.


Nutritional Properties

The teas as part of the Health Tea Box are designed to be nutritionally rich. They offer a variety of nutrients and health properties which are particularly relevant for the aging population:

  • Antioxidants– present in the matcha, turmeric, coconut, and fruit in the teas and important for reducing oxidative stress in the body.
  • Anti-inflammatories – turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory which helps reduce inflammation at the cellular level
  • Vitamins and Minerals – Vitamin C, found in our teas in the orange zest and kiwi, is an important vitamin for immunity. The immune system in the aging population is sometimes compromised and needs additional nutritional support whenever possible.
  • Anti-Cancer – containing licorice, ginseng and turmeric, throughout the blends, all of these ingredients have been shown to have anti-cancer properties, an important consideration for the aging population
  • Digestion Enhancement – A healthy gut is at the root of a healthy mind, disease prevention and emotional stability. The tea blends contain several functional digestion promoting ingredients, including fennel, peppermint and rose petals.

Preventative Health

Much of the work with the elderly population is in preventative care, working to offer them the appropriate lifestyle choices, such that they can prevent any further decline in their bodies physically and mentally. There are many areas of preventative health which are important to address:

    • Sleep– Increased age facilitates a natural decline in sleep requirements. Sleep is still essential however, and our tea contains sleep boosting ingredients, such as Valerian, Chamomile and Lemon Balm.
    • Immunity– With a tea designed specifically for immunity, containing antioxidant rich ingredients like orange zest and peppermint, targeting immunity in the elderly is essential for reducing the chance of fatal illness. Other teas include immune boosting benefits from licorice, pomegranate and chamomile.
    • Type 2 Diabetes– Many individuals in aged care have pre-existing conditions such as Diabetes. Our teas contain antioxidants and ingredients such as Turmeric, Ginseng and Coconut which help address these diseases at the root cause and mitigate their negative effects. The antioxidant properties from licorice, and adaptogen benefits from rhodiola are also critical players in addressing chronic illnesses such as diabetes.
    • Cardiovascular Distress– A prominent concern amongst the elderly population, our tea contains ingredients which have been shown to improve cardiovascular function, including Ginseng, Gingko Biloba, Rhodiola and salvia miltorrhiza.

Mental Health

Memory, cognition, and mental health are all top priorities when it comes to bettering the life and wellbeing of the aging population. While genetics and life history play a large role in determining mental health outcomes for an individual, there are many lifestyle changes one can make that can influence these outcomes positively, and act as preventative measures towards further declines. Two of our blends in particular – Cognitive Assist and our Afternoon/Evening blend – target cognitive and mental health. They assist with stress adaptation, promotion of clarity of thought and strengthening of memory. They contain ingredients such as:

  • Red Ginseng – offers cognitive benefits to patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Gingko Biloba – effective and safe long-term for patients with dementia
  • Huperzia Serrata -– derived from Huperzine A, which helps improve behavioural disturbances and general cognitive function
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The ingredients used as part of the Health Tea Box are all natural and plant-derived and the teas contain no added sugar, artificial flavours or preservatives. In essence, these blends act as a non-pharmaceutical alternative to fighting and preventing health degradation and disease which commonly affects aging individuals.

Baby Boomers are filling an increasingly larger percentage of those looking for aged care, but members of this demographic are unique in that they enter aged care educated in natural health practices, and in many cases with the desire to help themselves through natural health solutions. The Health Tea Box is the answer to this, with research-backed ingredients and multiple health benefits behind it.

Aging is an inevitable part of the life trajectory. It doesn’t however, have to be an unpleasant and difficult one. Through proper nutrition and exercise, the use of health promoting products like a Health Tea Box, and through the care and commitment of the generous aged care workers, these individuals can maintain a high quality of life into their final days.



From the experts:

“The use of natural ingredients offers a holistic approach to helping aging individuals, allowing them to gain benefits across their whole body – from brain and memory to joints to inability to sleep. Natural alternatives encourage health issues to be targeted at the root cause, not simply through a band-aid solution that may stop working or have other negative consequences. Furthermore, drinking tea is a simple integration into the daily routine of most people, and it tastes delicious!”



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



June 26, 2019

A cup of Herbal tea could be the best solution for everyday wellness.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! It is a simple rhyme that has stuck with us from childhood in an attempt to keep us eating our fresh fruit and vegetables. A study has been conducted on the matter, and although not statistically relevant in keeping the doctor away, daily apples do manage to lower the need for prescription medicines.

So if a simple addition of one apple can really make the chance of a person needing prescription medicine decrease, what could the potential of consuming more than 30 scientifically effective herbs, spices and fruits be when infused into daily cups of herbal tea?

Can it really be as easy as a simple cup of tea for improved everyday wellness? I truly believe so. Let me share with you why.


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What our bodies need in the morning

Firstly, we need to drink something. More often than not we are dehydrated in the morning and we don’t even know it. Many of us immediately reach for a sugary coffee in order to pick us up, but this further exasperates the issue by increasing blood flow through our kidneys and making them work harder.

Starting the day in the best possible way not only sets you up with more energy to tackle life; it can also boost immunity and improve your mood which can have a positive flow on effect for the entire day.

So, in the morning, by drinking water that is infused with elements that can further enhance energy in a natural and complementary way, you are not only breaking your fast in a healthy manner, but giving you that good morning shake up as well.


Healthy Morning Hydration

What our bodies need during the day

As you settle into your day, you might be interacting with other people, you could be problem solving or perhaps you’re trying to close a deal or finish an assignment. Regardless what you’re doing, you are constantly learning and in order to succeed, you need to always be on your best game.

By utilizing the neuro-protective and memory enhancing compounds that certain herbs such as gingko biloba, ginseng and dong quai possess, blood pressure can be regulated and a harmonized flow can occur throughout your body. This can provide the mental stamina boost needed to power you through the productive part of your day.



What our bodies need in the afternoon

After lunch, we can fall into a slump which sees the rest of the day drag by in a haze. Delicious coconut is known to provide a quick energy boost that doesn’t drag you down.

A mouthwatering combination of coconut, lime, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and turmeric actually result in an immense overhaul for poor digestion and gut health as well as reducing our inflammatory responses.

Piperine, the active compound found in black pepper can help to improve the absorption of nutrients. Ginger is an age old remedy for poor digestion and works by stimulating processes in the body, such as saliva flow to aid digestion. Saliva is aided by lime to break down nutrients whilst cinnamon and turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties which support healthy digestion.


Afternoon Slump

What our bodies need before we sleep

So that we can sleep well and easy, it is important to take the time to relax. It is a good idea to spend time away from digital devices and to avoid eating and caffeinated products. There are a few well-known and scientifically proven herbs that soothe and calm the body and mind in consumable amounts.

Chamomile is a safe and effective choice to use due to the abundant presence of the compound, apigenin. Apigenin is a muscle relaxant and can reduce anxiety in low doses, whilst promoting mild sedation in higher doses.

Other effective herbs include passionflower, lemon balm and valerian. They are safe to combine when mixed by a professional and can have an immense effect on the body in a natural and safe way.


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An everyday solution

By drinking scientifically tested and effective herbal teas infused with the qualities of nutrients that our bodies demand during certain times of the day and not others, we can most definitely improve our everyday wellness by nurturing ourselves in the right way at the right time.

The Health Tea Box wellness programcan certainly help you stay healthy and improve your wellness. With over 30 scientifically tested and proven medicinal herbs, delicious tea leaves and an array fruits and spices, each combination has been artfully designed to satisfy both taste and the necessary requirements for different stages of the day.

From a kickstart in the morning filled with metabolism boosting matcha, rose and fragrant strawberries, through to a tension reducing night blend of calming herbs sweetened with vanilla.

There are a choice of 5 teas in total, including an all day blend with immunity boosting licorice, pomegranate and orange zest for those days you’re feeling a little low.

By offering their customers a cost-effective and uniquely presentable way to easily take action and improve their wellbeing, the team at Health Tea Box are dedicated to using holistic nutrition as a means of providing inspiration to leading happier and healthier lives.

Love yourself and enjoy your life by fusing professional health care with the enjoyment and great taste of a simple cup of tea. A few cups a day could even keep the doctor away!


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We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



May 27, 2019

Wondering why your employees are present, but lack presenteeism? Feeling like you are constantly finding covers for sick employees? Thinking about adopting a workplace wellness program, but not sure what to do? Here’s what you need to know about programs that work . . . and those that probably won’t!



Workplace wellness is a multi-million-dollar industry. When done right, those millions of dollars spent earn far more than that in return. When done wrong however, workplace wellness focuses around a reactive instead of proactive approach and leads to millions of dollars in workplace productivity loss, employee absenteeism and loss of company ROI.

If you want to find yourself in the latter category it’s time to stand up and get real about what your employees need and how you can get there.

What’s Wrong With my Workplace Wellness Program?
Here’s the thing: it might not be that there is anything outlandishly wrong about your program, as much as it is outdated. Heck, even something you started last year could be outdated by now with the rate of advancement of technology and wellness trends. And while some of it is indeed trends that will always be on again, off again, a lot of it is backed by science and research. And when it comes to that, there are a few areas of your program that researchers know are no longer best serving your employees:

  1. Symptoms over Cause
    Employees show up to work (or are absent from work) with symptoms of compromised wellness: fatigue, gut distress, poor concentration, no energy, lack of focus.But wellness programs that only address these symptoms instead of helping employees get to the cause of them will only go in a vicious circle of getting rid of symptoms temporarily, and then seeing them return.
  2. Trends over Sustainability
    Similar to addressing a symptom instead of a cause, programs that just jump on trends an don’t offer their employees the resources and education to make sustainable changes will never see long term progress. For example, encouraging employees to do a challenge of 3 weeks meat free is not as effective at promoting enhanced long term heart health and diabetes reduction as if employees are educated on what it looks like to adopt a plant based diet.
  3. Short-Term Over Long-Term
    Quick fixes and plans with a short turnaround are less effective than setting down a foundation that will allow your employees to adopt habits that they can maintain over the long-term.

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How can I fix it?

Let’s start with the hard part: you have to make a change. Change is indeed hard – logistically, financially, physically, and emotionally – and as a result is often avoided. In fact, the reality that things have to change is often the primary hurdle in the way, and why workplace wellness programs remain the same for so long. But now that you know you are going to have to make a change, let’s jump in and figure out what you need to change.

  1. Answer the Why
    One of the biggest issues surrounding wellness programs is adherence and consistency: employees start a program, but fail to see it through or fail to engage in it consistently. You can help address this issue by relating the program to their real life: why what they are doing is important for their everyday functioning. For example, how drinking the energy tealets them be more productive at work, but also have more energy for their kids. How the night-time tea, which improves sleep, will allow them to more easily get up and exercise before work and help them have more patience for their family.
  2. Break Down Barriers
    In addition to answering the why, find out the why not. What are the hurdles in the way of your employees’ adherence or starting the program? What is holding them back from committing? Things such as lack of knowledge, feeling unsupported or uncomfortable, or not able to connect with other employees to form a network and feel part of a team can all be contributing factors.
  3. Cultivate a Community
    Addressing the issues surrounding making employees feel comfortable, supported and part of a team can largely be addressed by working to create a community. Make workplace wellbeing an integral part of weekly happenings at the office and something that everybody participates in. Cultivate a culture of positivity and encouragement and encourage employees to reach out to each other to aid in maintaining accountability and adherence.


If you’re ready to make a change and create a wellness program that works, we have just what you need to get started: a Health Tea Box! Complete with energy boosting teas made with science backed ingredients, it might be just the answer you are looking for!


Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

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April 26, 2019

6 Simple ways to help avoid catching a Cold or Flu!



Dont Get Sick

The cooler weather and decrease in sunshine are often precursors to a cold or the start of the symptoms of flu. The immune system works hard to keep us healthy and functioning optimally, but sometimes it can’t keep up!

This year, as winter slowly starts to descend, prepare ahead by strengthening your immune system and arming it with everything it needs to help you stay healthy and keep sickness away!

Maintain Sleep
Sleep is the foundation of a healthy body. During sleep, the body repairs itself, including cleaning out old cells, tackling viruses or bacteria and replenishing the cells of the immune system so they can be on guard and ready to fight. Lack of sleep means this doesn’t get done, and eventually that catches up to you in the form of cold or flu. If you have trouble getting to sleep, why not try a sleepy time tea?

Practice Stress Management
Whether you meditate regularly, engage in yoga and deep breathing or simply get out and exercise, reducing your stress is a key step in helping keep your immune system healthy. The body doesn’t differentiate between different types of stress: physical stress from exercise, family stress or that from work, the sympathetic nervous system enacts the same pathway to fight it. If this is enacted too often however, the immune system starts to break down because it can’t keep up. Regularly engage in your most efficient stress reduction techniques to stay healthy. And better yet, try some tension taming tea to help you out.

Tackle Lymphatics
The body has its own built-in detoxification system, that is manually pumped through our movement, exercise and breathing. Known as the lymphatic system, the body uses this system to get rid of toxins, clean out dead and unwanted cells, and help release viruses or invaders in the body. Having a healthy lymphatic system is key to having a healthy immune system. Tackle this by regular exercises, deep breathing exercises, drinking lots of water and avoiding long periods of sedentary behaviour.


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Become Adaptogenic
Adaptogenic ingredients, such as ashwaganda, rhodiola and certain varieties of mushrooms, have adaptogenic properties. This means they are able to help the body adapt to stressors and be better able to deal with the stress that is presented. Illness is a stress on the body, and it is important to arm your immune system with the proper tools to stay healthy before illness strikes.

Eat Plants
Leafy greens, broccoli, sweet potato, blueberries, beetroot and any other brightly coloured plants are your best friend when it comes to fighting disease and boosting immunity. All of these contain antioxidants, which help remove free radicals in the body. These free radicals can be at the root of illness – acute and chronic – so it is important to keep them in check. Aim to make the majority of your diet plant-based, with less coming from animals and minimizing processed foods and sugar.

Get Moving
Finally, don’t forget the importance of exercise! Not only can it be a valuable way to improve your lymphatic health, help you sleep better, and be a great way to reduce stress, but exercise also releases natural endorphins, which are beneficial to immunity. Furthermore, if you engage in your activity outside, you are exposed to environmental stimuli which can also strengthen your immune system by exposing it to additional stimulants which it has to develop antibodies against.


Keep Moving

Above all else, listen to your body! It will tell you when it is tired, when it needs more water or if it is time to press pause and take a rest. When you do this, it will reward you in return keeping you healthy all season long!



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au