Our balanced babe today is truly one balanced and beautiful creature, managing a blooming organic herbal tea business while also completing a Bachelor of Health Science. Let me introduce you to Kate Dalton.
Kate and I shared a classroom last year but it wasn’t until I started searching around on Instagram that I realised she was also an amazing creator of unique herbal tea blends, and a budding businesswoman.
Mayde Tea, Kate’s tea brand, is stocked in a number of cafes around Sydney as well as being available for individual retail sale…and she does market stalls on weekends too!
Kate has been kind enough to answer a few questions about herself and share some tea, herb and health-related tips, plus a cool easy DIY snack idea!
Read on below for the interview and for more details on where you can find yourself some Mayde Tea…xx
1. Please tell us a little about yourself. What sparked your interest in natural therapies?
I’ve always loved nutrition, my mum told me that even when I was little I used to speak about helping sick people by helping them to eat right. I became quite sick a few years ago and completely healed myself by diet and herbs alone. So I chose to start studying and I absolutely love it. My love of health, nature and nutrition steered me toward a Bachelor of health science, majoring in Naturopathy and Nutrition. It’s the best choice I’ve ever made.
2. Tell us about Mayde Tea. How and why did you start your business? What are your top tips to other young entrepreneurs?
Mayde Tea came about when I decided to turn to natural therapies, including herbal medicine to help issues with digestion and a slight nervous system disorder. I figured out how much it influenced my well being and I wanted to pass this on. My advice is, if you’re passionate, go for it. Don’t have expectations and go into something purely for your love of it.
3. You’re clearly quite a tea connoisseur. What is your current favourite tea blend, and why?
I’m really enjoying my honey-ginger blend. It has ginger, honeybush, cinnamon and liquorice. Its sweet and spicy and the ingredients have been found to balance blood sugar levels and tame cravings for sweets. It also helps to calm and soothe the digestive system and improve circulation.
4. A nutrition issue I commonly encounter is poor digestion, with a feeling of uncomfortable “fullness” and bloating after eating. What herbs do you recommend for easing this feeling?
I have created a blend called ‘digest’ especially for this. Peppermint is a known herb great for soothing digestion, fennel is also a carminative, liquorice is a mucous membrane protective and calendula is a great anti-inflammatory. All of these actions help to relieve bloating and poor digestion.
5. What foods will be always find in your fridge?
Home made almond milk, plenty of greens, some berries and other low fructose foods, some nut butter and good quality organic red meat.
6. Please share with us a favourite recipe of yours.
I love to just throw coconut, cacao, nuts, coconut oil, nut butter, tahini and some flax into the blender. Then I roll them into little balls, cover them with desiccated coconut and pop them in the fridge for a yummy treat.
If you would like to get your hands on some Mayde Tea to try at home, jump on over to Kate’s website www.maydetea.com to view her product range. I’m loving Kate’s ‘Energise’ tea blend at the moment, the perfect pick-me-up when the 3pm slump hits at my work desk. It’s got a great gingery bite to it that snaps me back to attention!
As well as stocking a variety of pre-mixed blends, Kate can craft you a unique tea product suited to your particular requirements (simply click on the “personalised tea order” header), drawing on her knowledge of naturopathic and herbal healing principles.
Mayde Tea is also stocked at Henley’s Wholefoods (Bondi Junction), Ruby’s Diner (Queens Park) and Bootsdarling (Darlinghurst), if you would prefer to have someone make a cuppa for you!
Stay up to date on where you can find Mayde Tea by following Kate on Instagram @maydetea