High Tea, Afternoon Tea & Elevenses!

High Tea, Afternoon Tea & Elevenses

High Tea, Afternoon Tea, Elevenses: English Tea Times For Dummies

Afternoon Tea, 1886. Chromolithograph after Kate Greenaway. If you’re looking for finger sandwiches, dainty desserts and formality, afternoon tea is your cup.

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You’re an American in London. You’ve visited Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Tower of London, but there’s one more thing you want to check off your to-do list: tea.

No, not just any tea. We’re talking a good, old-fashioned English tea time, with finger sandwiches, dainty china cups and all the formality a Downton Abbey lover could wish for.

But wait, you know nothing about taking tea in Britain. Should you raise your pinky while sipping? And, more importantly, what time do the Brits take tea, anyway? Not to worry. The Salt is here to explain British social tea times.

First up is elevenses, which you might have heard of as a hobbit’s third meal of the day. Outside of Middle Earth, this late-morning work break involves a light snack — think muffins, scones or biscuits — and a hot tea or coffee. It occurs, as the name implies, at 11 in the morning.

What about Elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper?

The tradition of elevenses actually isn’t that old, says Bruce Richardson, a historian who specializes in British tea. He speculates that the custom popped up in the 20th century, because there’s no reference to the term in 1800s literature. Even so, elevenses is strongly engrained in today’s British culture — a 2009 article in The Telegraph called it a “vital element of our traditional way of life.”

“People always want to know about that genesis moment: when God said, ‘Let there be tea,’ ” Richardson says. “But the truth is that things came about slowly over time in Britain.”

As we’ve reported, Portugal’s Catherine of Braganza is credited with introducing tea to England after marrying King Charles II in 1662. That got people curious about this new brew, but it wasn’t until the 1800s, when tea prices dropped dramatically and it became affordable for everyone, that the culture of tea really took root.

Afternoon tea — the kind of fancy-schmancy affair where we might spot Lady Mary of Downton Abbey — emerged as a social event sometime around the 1830s or 1840s, Richardson writes in A Social History of Tea. And Anna Maria Russell, duchess of Bedford, led the pack.

Anna Russell, duchess of Bedford. According to the accepted legend, the duchess — and her hunger pangs — created the afternoon tea tradition.

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Back then, lunch for the upper crust was generally a light repast served at noon, and dinner occurred no earlier than 7:30 p.m. As legend has it, during one long, food-less afternoon, the duchess felt hunger pangs and ordered tea and snacks to her bedroom chamber. The refreshments did the trick, and Russell soon made this tea break a habit.

The duchess’ well-heeled friends began joining her in this post-lunch tea ritual, the story goes, and the practice spread in aristocratic circles. Though some historical references call this ritual “low tea” — because the ladies would sit in low armchairs while sipping — afternoon tea was hardly a humble affair then. Nor is it today.

Here’s where you’ll find those crustless finger sandwiches and an array of dainty scones, cakes, macaroons and other tempting nibbles. Afternoon tea is generally served around 3 or 4 p.m. these days. Richardson says it’s a time to mind your manners. Place your napkin on your lap and stir gently. Splashing tea, clinking cups and spoons and finger licking will make you appear beastly.

And definitely don’t devour everything in front of you. Richardson recalls advice that international etiquette expert (and Liv Tyler’s grandmother) Dorothea Johnson once gave him: You don’t actually want to appear hungry at this meal — propriety calls for restraint.

If you think that’s rough, tea etiquette was stricter back in the day.

“Women could tell a lot about a man by how he handled a tea cup back then,” Richardson says. In the 1800s, he says, “a suitable mate could be easily dropped if you saw him mishandling how he put his spoon on his saucer after he stirred his cup.”

Fortunately, the pressure is off when it comes to high tea.

Despite its name, high tea actually originated with the lower classes. Dinner was served midday in the 1800s, but in practice, working stiffs didn’t have the luxury of an afternoon lunch break, so they took tea right after work with heartier fare — like pies, meats and cheeses — to sate their hunger.

Richardson says the name high tea probably evolved from the fact that this evening meal was served at proper dinner tables, rather than on couches or settees. Using the term “high tea” when you really mean “afternoon tea” is a dead giveaway you’re American.

“The Ritz-Carlton staff in London always can tell it’s an American when they call for high tea at 2 in the afternoon,” Richardson says.

Five O’Clock Tea, by the American painter Mary Cassatt: Pinkies down, ladies!

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But no matter what you request, Richardson stresses, “Keep those pinkies down!”

“Americans in the Ritz’s tea room stand out because they work so hard to keep their pinkies extended while holding their teacup,” he says while laughing. “It makes you look pretentious.”

Despite all these rules, don’t get too hung up on proper behavior and not making a fool of yourself. British tea time is meant to be relaxing.

Richardson explains, “If you pay attention to your manners, put the napkin in your lap and keep your feet off the table, you’ll probably be OK.”

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How to Do a Juice Cleanse




Doing a juice cleanse has been said to help unleash the natural healing power of your body by ridding built up toxins. Juicing floods your system with powerful nutrients and antioxidants. It may be the first step toward a long-lasting lifestyle change, or jumpstarting a weight-loss regimen by helping to retrain your taste buds as well as psychological connection to food. Urban Remedy’s colorful juice cleansesare packed with so much delicious goodness, you’ll never believe something so healthy can be so satisfying.

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Drink 8 glasses of water per day

Eliminate the bad


Start your day with a glass of water with lemon

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Day 1: Add in Fruits, Greens, 8 glasses of water

Day 2: Add in Nuts, Gluten-free grains

Day 3: Add in Organic meats, Fish, Gluten grains

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Upholding a healthy, light diet 3 days before your juice cleanse will ease the hunger cravings during the juice cleansing. Only eat organic fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and eggs and drink 8 glasses of water a day. Our egg taco recipe is a great pre-juice cleanse meal. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, sugar, processed foods, dairy, red meat and gluten.


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We recommend a 100% juice cleanse because eating slows down the juice cleansing process. If you need to eat during your juice cleanse, choose organic fruits, vegetables or soaked nuts and seeds. Try the Urban Remedy meal replacement smoothiesand Nosh snacks, which are raw, gluten-free and very nutritious.


Limit yourself to light exercise, such as walks, yoga, and stretching. Your energy levels will change when you’re on a juice cleanse, so pay attention to what your body needs before exercising.


We suggest doing introspective activities while juice cleansing such as writing in a journal, meditation, walks in nature and listening to gentle music. Avoid places with loud noise and a lot of activity; you might be more sensitive during your juice cleanse than usual. Make sure you have a lot of free time to take care of yourself.



Return gradually to eating solid foods after your juice cleanse. During the three days after completing your juice cleanse, follow a diet similar to the pre-cleanse diet. You can eat organic fruits and green vegetables the first day after your juice cleanse. On the second day, add brown rice, eggs and yogurt. Add chicken, fish or meat to the diet 5 to 6 days after the fast. Use your juice cleanse experience to create new, healthy eating habits!

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Don’t jump into anything strenuous or exhausting right after your juice cleanse. Continue to take time to relax and integrate your juice cleanse experience back into your life.

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Getting Rid of Facial Hair Naturally

How to Get Rid of Facial Hair Naturally and Permanently

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Facial hair is the major problem, especially for women. Every year women spend thousands of dollars on beauty products to get rid of facial hair. There are several brands available in the market which offer effective and fast results for removal of facial hairs in fastest ways. Facial hairs can be embarrassing. Smooth clear skin seems the most flawless beauty feature for any woman. Some cures offer short term methods to remove hairs and some methods are the permanent and long term. Short-term methods such as waxing, hair removal gadgets, creams, and lotions are cheaper ways to get rid of facial hairs as compared to long term and permanent ways for hair removal. Laser, permanent waxing, and electrolysis are long terms and expensive way for a hairless, clean and smooth skin. These all short and long term ways for removal of hairs are expensive and time taking. If you are worried for the excess growth of hairs and are looking for convenient, inexpensive and easy ways to remove facial hairs you should try following home remedies at home. It will not only save you hundreds of dollars and time but will give you the long lasting appearance of smooth and clear skin.

1. Use Raw Papaya to get rid of Get Rid of Facial Hair

Papaya has enzymes which helps in weakening of hair follicle and inhibit hair growth. The home remedy for hair removal by using papaya is as follows

Things you need

  1. Papaya powder ¼ tablespoon
  2. Turmeric powder ¼ tablespoon
  3. Gram flour ¼ tablespoon
  4. Aloe Vera gels 4 tablespoons
  5. Mustard oil 2 tablespoons
  6. Essential oil 2 drops

How to use

  1. Combine all ingredients and mixture well to get a thick glue.
  2. Apply this glue to your face in the inverse direction of hair development.
  3. Leave it for 15-20 minutes or till it gets dry.
  4. Take a clean cloth and rub the other way of hair development.
  5. When the majority of the glue has been evacuated from the skin, wash off with water and pat dry.
  6. Take few drops of olive oil, cream or baby oil and back rub the skin with them
  7. Repeat this thrice a week and proceed for no less than 3 months

Read: How to Get Long Hair Fast at Home

2. Get Rid of Facial Hair with Turmeric

Turmeric has a calming nature which helps in clean and gleaming skin. It has properties and synthetic nature which stop hair development and support. It can be utilized to dispose of hairs at home easily

Things you need

  1. Turmeric 1-2 tsp
  2. Water or milk (enough to make glue).

How to use

  1. Soak turmeric powder in water or milk to make a glue which is not too tight the but rather which can remain focused on the face.
  2. Apply this to your face.
  3. Leave for 15-20 minutes or till it goes away.
  4. Wash off with warm water.

This cure is for the individuals who have almost no hair on the face or other areas. In the event that you have denser hair, turmeric must be utilized with some different fixings like gram flour, rice flour or ground oats along with milk.

3. Get Rid of Facial Hair with Chickpea Flour Mask

Chickpea flour has been utilized as hair anticipation home item since hundreds of years. Moms use Chickpea flour for their babies to evacuating their undesirable hairs amid right on time years in India.

Things you need

  1. Chickpea flour ½ dish
  2. Milk ½ dish
  3. Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon
  4. Fresh cream 1 teaspoon

How to use

  1. Take the chickpea flour in a dish.
  2. Add turmeric, milk and fresh cream to this and mixture well to make a smooth glue.
  3. Apply this glue all over toward your hair development.
  4. Ensure you have all your hair secured.
  5. Leave it for 60 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes, begin rubbing the flour cover with a tender hand.
  7. If the glue has dried, you may wet your fingers a little to rub your face.
  8. Afterward, wash off your face with luck warm water.

Read: 9 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Lice Fast

4.Get rid of  facial hair with Sugar-Lemon Mixture

Sugar and Lemon are best exfoliating agents which prevent facial hair growth due to its granular nature. Lemon is citric in nature and plays a role of astringent. It is a natural bleach and gradually lightens the skin color.

Things you need

  1. Sugar 2 tablespoons
  2. Fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons
  3. Water 10 tablespoons

How to use

  1. Mix sugar, lemon squeeze, and water.
  2. Sugar will break down, however not completely, in the water. There will be the granular impact of sugar.
  3. Apply this to your face toward hair development.
  4. Leave for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Wash off with water while rubbing delicately.
  6. Do this twice or thrice a week. Following a couple of weeks, you will see a perceptible decrease in hair all over.

read also: How to Get Rid of Sagging Skin

5. Get Rid of Facial Hair with the Sugar-Lemon-Honey Mixture

Lemon and sugar when mixed together work best due to the sticky nature to remove hairs. In case honey is mixed with lemon and sugar, it becomes a granular mixture which remove hairs for a long time.

Things you need

  1. Sugar 1 tablespoon
  2. Honey 1 tsp
  3. Lemon juice 1 tsp
  4. Corn flour or plain flour 1-2 teaspoon
  5. Strip of material OR Waxing strip
  6. Vessel 1
  7. Waxing spatula or a margarine blade
  8. Water if necessary to make the glue a bit denser

How to use

  1. Add the lemon juice with sugar and place them in the vessel.
  2. Heat the mixture to get a smooth glue. You might likewise utilize microwave broiler for the reason. In the case of utilizing microwave, heat it for around 3 minutes.
  3. If you see that the glue is getting too thick, utilize a little water as well.
  4. Now let the mixture heat up to a certain temperature where it is still a bit warm.
  5. Dust your face having undesirable hair with some cornstarch or plain flour.
  6. Using the waxing spatula or spread blade, spread a layer of this warm mixture on your face. Do this toward the hair development.
  7. Now promptly, cover the zone with the material strip or waxing strip, press to stick it to the glue and draw the other way of the hair development.

This is an agonizing procedure to evacuate undesirable hair yet is a characteristic one. In the event that you need an easy cure, use chickpea flour solution for facial hairs.

6. Get Rid of Facial Hair with Egg Mask

Egg white is as sticky as sugar and lemon mixture. It works best like an astringent and remove facial hairseffectively.

Things you need

  1. Egg white 1 egg
  2. Sugar 1 tablespoon
  3. Corn flour½ tablespoon

How to use

  1. Add sugar and corn flour with egg white.
  2. Beat till you get a smooth glue.
  3. Apply this egg veil to your face and let it dry.
  4. Once dried, it will turn into a dense layer connected to your face.
  5. Pull this egg cover with firm hand so that the hair too falls off with it.

7. Get Rid of Facial Hair with Banana- Oatmeal Scrub

Banana and oatmeal scrub is best for removing hairs and help in softening of the skin. Banana alone has less impact but when mixed with oatmeal or any other suitable agent, it works perfectly well for smoothening of skin after complete hair removal.

Things you need

  1. Ripe banana 1
  2. Oatmeal 1-2 teaspoon

How to use

  1. Mash the banana.
  2. Add oatmeal to it.
  3. Apply this paste to face rubbing in circular motion.
  4. Do this for about 15 minutes.
  5. Wash off with water.
  6. Repeat this twice a week.


The face is a delicate part of the body, it requires deliberate care to choose any suitable remedy for skin face skin problem. All above-mentioned home remedies are effective for getting rid of facial unwanted fairs. In case you have a sensitive skin, chose natural products according to you skin nature which may not give rise to any skin allergy and acne issues. Follow the remedies according to the prescribed way and enjoy a smooth and clear facial skin.

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