Dandelion helps prevents acne and promotes weight loss. Did you know that our urine consists of up to 4% fat? Therefore the more we urinate, the more water and fats are lost from the body. Dandelions are diuretic in nature and help in losing the dreaded “water weight” without causing any side effects. So, it's good for bloating.
The health benefits of cranberry juice include relief from urinary tract infection, respiratory disorders, kidney stones, cancer and heart disease. It is also beneficial in preventing many stomach ailments and diabetes, as well as gum diseases.
We you put these two things together, you have a great way to get rid of bloating and that extra water weight.
Make iced tea with dandelion flowers and lime juice for a refreshing summer drink.
Now that your dandelion tea made, all you have to do is add a few more ingredients.
Mix it all together and serve hot or over ice. I prefer my tea unsweetened, but if you need it sweeter, you can add honey to taste.
Recently I've been challenged to learn more about Adrenal Dysfunction and what is known as Adrenal Fatigue so that I could help a my best friend possible feel better. You are not alone if you have never heard of these two conditions. Adrenal Insufficiency/Dysfunction is a condition in which the adrenal glands do not produce adequate amounts of steroid hormones, primarily cortisol; but may also include impaired production of aldosterone (a mineralocorticoid), which regulates sodium conservation, potassium secretion, and water retention. It is a medical condition that is diagnosed by your physician. Adrenal fatigue is a term that's used by some to say that fatigue and other symptoms are caused by a poorly working adrenal gland in people who are under mental, emotional, or physical stress. But it's not a proven medical condition. Your adrenal glands make hormones and if it is malfunctioning, your entire body can be affect.
Symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction and Adrenal Fatigue are:
Diet plays a very important role in helping your adrenal glands return to normal. As you know, I believe in the healing power of teas and I believe this recipe is great for those who may need some help restoring adrenal glands. This particular tea is anti-inflammatory and it is anti-viral. It will also help to rehydrate you as well because it has electrolyte qualities. I made it this week and I really enjoy the task and it seemed to give me a boost.
I have found that this tea can be enjoyed hot, room temperature or cold. You can add two slices of ginseng, turmeric, and/or ginger if you find you need a bigger boost to your energy or immune system.
These are two great websites that can give you more information.
I drink tea throughout the day. Iced tea & hot tea. I love it, and it is good for me. One of the best things about tea is that you can share it with someone. Sadie and I made tea that will help us rest.
Two of my favorite herbs are lemon balm and peppermint. Both herbs benefit the body, smell great, and taste delicious. Look at some of their benefits.
Lemon Balm & Peppermint Tea Indregients:
Combine equal parts of peppermint and lemon balm, about 2 tablespoons of each herb per cup of water. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes.
Strain and enjoy!
Hint: Covering your tea while it steeps helps to keep the essential oils so the tea tastes smoother, smell nicer, and allows the tea to be more effective in healing.
During this season of flu and other viruses, it is important to help support our immune systems. An herb that was used in 1995 to treat the flu epidemic in Panama was elderberry. Throughout history, elderberry has been used for its antioxidant activity to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health as well as for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis.
It is an amazing herb with many benefits to our health, and drinking it in a tea is an easy & delicious way to boost many aspects of your health this season! I'm making this tea this week as our family fights off the viruses that have been passed around Austin.
Elderberry Tea Ingredients
2 cups water
1 rounded tablespoon of dried berries (or more to taste)
1 cinnamon stick
2 cardamom pods
2 whole cloves
Honey (optional to taste)
Place all ingredients except for honey in a sauce pan. Bring mixture to simmer and allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes. Strain through strainer into tea cup.
Sweeten with local honey if you wish. The syrup is slightly sweet already so this drink really doesn’t need much more sweetener.
One of my favorite herbal teas is Hibiscus Mint. Organicfacts.net says that ,There are many health benefits of hibiscus mint tea including "relief from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems." The mint adds to the ability to "improve digestion, reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, relax the body and mind, cure bad breath, aids in weight loss and boosts the immune system. It helps to cure liver disease and reduces the risk of cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in healthy, gradual weight loss."
It's easy to make and very tasty!
This recipe makes 2 Quarts and should be used within 24 hours.
1.5 Tablespoons of organic Mint
2 Tablespoons of organic Hibiscus
1 Tablespoon of organic local Honey (or to your taste)