Tea Time

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Tea is a beverage that enhances our beautiful journey through life and toward great health.

Think of tea as your modern-day natural herbal medicine cabinet. These are the basics of your teas, and a good place to start sipping and savoring medicinal teas.

Digestive aid: teas containing ginger, fennel, peppermint, licorice, cardamon, cinnamon, clove, dandelion, raspberry, blackberry, violet, and watercress.

Relaxation/stress aid: teas with kava-kava, chamomile, St. Johns Wort, Catnip, lavender, lemon balm, valerian, and yarrow.

Energy boost: green tea, ginseng, and black tea.

Immunity enhancer: teas with echinacea, green teas, and goldenseal.

Cold and flu teas: with angelica, elderberry, ginger, and marshmallow.

Pain relievers: black currant, blueberry, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, evening primrose, ginger, lavender, licorice root,  and rose 

petal.

Women’s cycle teas with dandelion root and raspberry leaf.

Green tea is popular in China and other Asian countries for thousand of years. Green tea has many health benefits. It is an anti-inflammatory, lowers blood cholesterol levels, has a beneficial effect on the circulation and liver, protects against tooth decay, detoxifies the blood, an excellent immune system booster. Recognized for its medicinal aspects for more than 4000 years, even the ancient Greeks used tea to treat the common cold. For maximum benefit, drink green tea strong, letting it brew for at least five minutes. Some teas need to steep for over 10 minutes to gain their full effect, others need just a few minutes, so look on the box for ideal times. Organic loose tea is the optimum choice; although tea bags are quite convenient. White tea is delicately flavored tea, with anti-inflammatory and germ-killing properties.

Winter or summer I like my tea warm, even in a very hot summer day I enjoy hot lavender green tea. However, cold green tea is an ideal thirst-quencher. Whether you take you tea hot or cold, have some quiet and quality time for yourself every day to relish your favorite tea.  Create a feeling of calm and equilibrium. 

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