White Cotton Peonies

There comes a certain age, ahem three zero, when you realise that you’re no longer a teenager and probably need to start taking better care of yourself if you ever want to make it to MILF status in the future. I can honestly say I think I’m healthier and fitter than I ever was in my 20s.


Most recently, I’ve changed milk for unsweetened almond milk, I only choose organic and I make food from scratch wherever possible. I kept hearing people talk of the benefits of green tea, but I had a slight problem with giving it a go. The reason? To me, tea had always been like drinking a cup of old lady. You see, old ladies drink tea. I associate tea with old ladies. Therefore, it’s essentially drinking an old lady. Maybe it’s just me.

However, on a quest to become healthier, I took it upon myself to train my pallet. I didn’t like olives when I was young but I adore them now, it’s just a case of adapting, right?!? Having persisted with green tea for a while, I started to get used to the taste and then somebody shared the well kept secret that’s white tea.


White tea is like an antioxidant powerhouse. Because the leaves only go under minimal processing, they keep all of their goodness tightly packed in. Everybody knows the benefits of antioxidants, but just as a reminder, they protect us from free radicals, fight harmful inflammation, improve cardiovascular health, reduce our risk of chronic disease (like cancer and diabetes), encourage a healthy immune system, and much more. Good stuff huh?


Not only that, it’s great for anti-ageing. Now you’re listening! Time, too much sun exposure, stress, and poor dietary choices can damage our skin, causing it to age – sometimes prematurely. White tea’s antioxidants and anti-ageing properties protect and help reverse this damage to skin, and can even help skin build resistance to stress. 

My favourite brand is Dragonfly’s Swirling Mist organic white tea. Simply add boiling water for 2-3 minutes to create a gorgeous cup of delicate tea that isn’t over-powering and definitely doesn’t taste of old lady. You can buy Dragonfly from most supermarkets, definitely worth adding to the list for your next shop!


Melanie Kentish

Hi! My name's Mel and I'm a 30 something blogger living in Windsor, UK with my two ginger cats and a rather handsome husband. White Cotton Peonies is the place where you'll find my ramblings on health, fashion, beauty, food and my random adventures as a soon-to-be mum. Enjoy.