I was recently given the opportunity to do some product photography for a local brand and along with this came the opportunity to sample some of their products which was exciting for me as I often see so many in store and online tea options but I am so afraid to try them. I’m a born and raised Rooibos tea kinda girl.
I was sent the following teas that make up the Setsong Teas range:
- Orange Spiced Fusion
- Diya Detox Tea
- Lemon, ginger and cinnamon Fusion
- Chai Tea Fusion
- Vanilla Spiced Fusion
My first thought when I saw them, on the heels of my fitness and weight loss journey, was that I had to try the Detox tea. For me, Detoxing is a very important part of my life as I am so often binge eating and drinking things that I shouldn’t be. Doughnuts and milkshakes mostly. So it’s normal for me to do regular detoxes, generally with plain and infused water.
When I opened the detox tea, the first thing I noticed was the amazing aroma. This owing to the fact that berries are one of the main ingredients. If you’re reading this and you know me, you will know that I live for berries. Any kind of berries, aside from the poisonous ones, are good in my books.
I started the detox tea 5 days ago, I’ve had a cup a day since. What I like about this, over other detox and slimming teas that I’ve tried is that it actually has a pleasant taste and does not make you feel like you have soaked cardboard in hot water for 3 days before drinking it. Since starting with the detox tea, my stomach has become more regular and I feel alot less bloted. Especially considering that my Easter bloat was still hanging around as of the beginning of this week.
Out of the range I was sent I also tried the Vanilla Spiced fusion and the chai tea fusion. These also have great tastes and leave you feeling refreshed. The chai tea is by far the best chai I have tasted and just like a great tea should, there is no need for milk, honey or sugar. The teas all have a pleasant aroma and taste and don’t leave you with a bitter after taste.
Setsong Tea – Indigenous Tea from Limpopo Filled with History & Heritage
Setsong tea is a locally made brand featuring indigenous teas. The teas are harvested in rural Limpopo which helps develop the economy and create jobs within rural South Africa.
Over 5 decades and multiple generations have consumed these teas. They have passed down the knowledge, heritage and history.
Every purchase of the tea contributes to social upliftment. Which is obviously incredible!
I purchased three of the teas a while ago and have loved them. My favourites have been the Indigenous Detox Tea and the Indigenous Flu Tea. I also purchased the Indigenous Tepane Chai Spiced Fusion.
Indigenous Tepane Chai Spiced Fusion
This tea is packed with flavour, featuring ingredients like Tepane tea, ginger, peppercorns, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander and fennel. This tea has all the same benefits as the Flu Tea.
Indigenous Detox Tea
The detox tea is made up of Diya tea leaves, cinnamon, dried ginger and cardamom. It has detoxification benefits as well as boosting zinc levels, improving digestion and has anti-fatigue benefits.
Indigenous Flu Tea
The flu tea is made up of Tepane tea, ginger, lemon extract and cinnamon chips. This tea also has detoxification benefits and boasts a massive vitamin boost with A, C and E vitamins. It helps fight flu, has anti-fatigue qualities and boosts zinc levels.
How to use it
These teas are not like normal loose leaf teas. They are made up of barks and powders so it would be ideal to use a double straining system.
Use a loose leaf teapot, it has a cylinder in the centre, which is specifically designed to hold your tea leaves. Place the leaves in the cylinder along with some honey and lemon. Let it steep for a few minutes and then pour the liquid through a mesh kitchen strainer to catch any bits of tea that escaped the cylinder.
I tend to drink the detox tea when I am feeling a little off and bloated. It helps to settle any stomach issues and tastes pretty great.
The flu tea comes out when I start to feel a little flu-ish or if there is flu spreading around the office. It is also a great tea, very tasty and with its anti-fatigue qualities, it really helps during the winter months to kick those “out of bed blues”.
When drinking this tea, you are guaranteed to taste the beauty of South Africa. It is full of flavour and so deliciously fragrant. The tea itself is different from anything I have brewed before but the chunks of tea and spices hold all the flavour. These teas are perfect served black with lemon and honey.
A journey of discoveries
Introducing the phenomenon of Tepane Tea
Setšong Tea Crafters is passionate about exposing indigenous produce. Why is that?
The products exposed by Setšong are the result of a 14 year mission towards socio-economic development within the rural areas of Southern African.
Furthermore, the last few years of the 14 year journey embarked include discoveries made in the rural areas of Limpopo. One of these discoveries being the phenomenon of Tepane Tea!
This tea has been consumed for centuries by the Bapedi people - one of the major Sotho groups of South Africa. The Pedi area, or heartland, is known as Sekhukhuneland, and is situated between the Olifants and Steelpoort Rivers, which are also known as the Lepelle and the Tubatse. The area is named after Sekhukhune I, the son of Sekwati.
Most of all, this exciting new tea has been tested to contain high levels of Anti-oxidants, Vitamin A, C, E and Zinc, providing the following health benefits which improve the overall quality of life :
1. Vitamin A: plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision, neurological function, healthy skin, and more. Vitamin A - like all antioxidants- is involved in reducing inflammation through fighting free radical damage. Consuming a diet high in antioxidants is a way to naturally slow aging. Antioxidants like Vitamin A are also responsible for building strong bones, regulating gene regulation, and maintaining healthy clear skin.
2. Vitamin C: provides protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and skin wrinkling.
3. Vitamin E: balances cholesterol, fights free radicals, prevents disease development, repairs damaged skin, thickens hair, balances hormones, and helps PMS symptoms
4. Zinc: enables hormone repair; improves immunity and facilitates digestion. Furthermore, zinc benefits also include its ability to act as an anti-inflammatory agent. It has significant therapeutic benefits for common, chronic diseases like fighting cancer or reversing heart disease.