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September 30, 2013

Astragalus – The HerbThat Will Get You Ready For Cold and Flu Season!

Filed under: herbals and fruit blends — Kwingert @ 10:04 am

 

If you have picked up any magazine or newspaper lately, you know what’s coming – the flu! Yes, it’s that time of the year again, but it does not mean you have to fall victim to this virus. There are many, easy things you can do to reduce your risk of catching a bug. The simplest of them are wash your hands frequently, refrain from touching your face, mouth and nose, get enough rest and load up on fruits and veggies.

If you want to go the extra mile and strengthen your immune system, herbs are definitely on your side. One of the best  immune boosting herbals is Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous). Native to north-east China it is one of the most valued medicinal herbs and frequently used in Chinese medicinal formulas. Research has shown  that astragalus root makes infection-fighting white blood cells more active and stimulates the production of interferon, a protein which  slows the multiplication of viruses.

Astragalus is a tonic herb, which means it can be safely taken over a long period of time. In fact, if you want to rev up your immune system by the time flu season is in full swing, now is the time to start taking astragalus daily.

Astragalus can be taken as a tear or a tincture.

For a decoction, take 2 teaspoons of dried root in 2 cups of boiling water. Turn down heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Strain and drink 1 cup three times a day.

To make your won tincture (standardized extract) use 1 part astragalus root and place in a glass container. Cover with 5 parts of clear grain alcohol (vodka works best). Close jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake. Let sit for 4-6 weeks, shaking it every day to prevent plant material from settling. After 6 weeks, strain into small tincture bottles. Take 2 dropper full  2 daily.’

 

 

September 23, 2013

Treat Yourself to a Little Paradise….

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:05 am

Souvia in Mexico

 

It is almost weekend again…..well maybe 5 more days …but who is counting!

Try this delicious tea blend and you will have your own personal island escape any time you need it:

4 parts  peppermint leaf (refreshing and relaxing)

2 parts  skullcap leaf (calms the nerves)

1 part  lemon balm (also to calm the nerves)

1 part oat straw (more nerve calming)

1 part hibiscus (vitamin C and good for healthy blood pressure levels)

Mix everything together in a large bowl until the ingredients are  evenly distributed. For a 32 oz glass of iced tea use 1tbs and steep it in  1 cup of hot water for 5 minutes before pouring it over ice. Add a little stevia for added sweetness and enjoy!

 

 

 

September 16, 2013

New Study Shows Positive Effects of Drinking Green and Hibiscus Tea

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:10 am

hibiscus

 The American Botanical Council has just recently published a report of a study conducted by The Yazd Diabetes Research Center in Yazd, Iran. The study shows that people with diabetes can benefit from drinking green tea or hibiscus daily.

In the study, 94 diabetics between the ages of 30 and 60 were randomly assigned to either a green tea drinking group or a hibiscus tea drinking group. Both groups were given similar samples of green tea and hibiscus tea to drink 3 times a day for 4 weeks.

The green tea drinking participants prepared the 3 gram tea sample in 150 mL of boiling water and steeped it for 5 minutes before drinking. The hibiscus drinking tea group prepared their tea under similar conditions, only steeping their tea for 10-15 minutes.

Each patient had their vital signs measured, including their systolic blood pressure and their diastolic blood pressure, before and after the study. After the study, blood pressure averages in the green tea drinking group decreased by over 39% in 4 weeks while the average blood pressure in the hibiscus drinking group decreased by 43%.

Attributing these blood pressure decreases to the polyphenol properties, the authors of the study have concluded that “mildly hypertensive type 2 diabetic individuals who drink three glasses of green or sour [hibiscus] tea daily for 4 weeks show significant decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressures.”

The authors recommend that individuals with diabetes increase their green or hibiscus tea consumption to combat high blood pressure.

Read the full report here.

SOURCE:  World Tea News and The American Botanical Council

September 6, 2013

Would You Like a Little Music with Your Tea?

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:10 am

tea for the tillerman

What do Cat Stevens, Emmylou Harris and The Who have in common?

You’ll never guess – but all three wrote songs about tea! In fact tea seems to be not just a hot item as far as healthy beverages are  concerned, but also rank quite high in the music industry. In a recent edition of TEA MAGAZINE, I found this list of musicians and their respective “tea treatises”:

Frank Turner                     A Decent Cup of Tea (folk punk, 2007)

Cat Stevens                         Tea for the Tillerman, (folk rock, 1970)

Paul McCartney                 English Tea (rock, 2005)

The Who                              Tea and Theatre (rock, 2006)

 

Sister Hazel                          Strange Cup of Tea (southern rock, 2000)

Emmylou Harris                Another Pot’o Tea (jazz,2007)

If you would like to listen to these songs or find more tea-music head on over to grooveshark.com

Happy sipping!