A good mix...

Updated: Apr 15, 2018

Today, mixologists are the rock stars of the bar scene, their ability to make wonderful concoctions draws audiences from far and wide. But this art has not always been limited to cocktails, and it is definitely not new.

As a matter of fact the concept is as old as time, with its origins being traced back to the practice of mixing teas to create blends for royalty and medicines. Even today, tea continues to be a serious business. I am sure by now you have your own favourite blend, whether its a spicy taste or leaning more towards a light, floral blend.

But what if I tell you that flavour and taste are not the only benefits that you can get from a well-mixed blend of tea.

Tea drinking in China and Japan dates back to the 3rd century BC, where skilful and renown herbalists prepared formula’s for patients, based on each practitioners knowledge of the medical benefits of a blend. Thousands of combinations of teas have been tested in different conditions, with tea mixologist's becoming well-respected members of medical science.

Herbs were grouped not only by flavour, taste, aroma and temperature, but also by health benefits. Some of these formulas still exist today and can be mixed at home using local herbs or those available from the supermarket, and some require a prescription from a fully trained and certified herbs practitioner.

Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London. She would be happy to help personalise a treatment plan for your condition, to read more about Eca click here.

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