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Tea for Living Well

Think tea is boring?

Think again.  Your health is dependent on many things, and not just the food you eat.  What you drink is also extremely important to provide your body with essential nutrients that work to assist your body to get healthy and stay healthy.

Here's a list of the BEST Teas

~Green Tea for Weight Loss~

The Best ratio is 1 tsp of leaves for every 1 cup of tea.  Boil the water and try to keep the temperature at the ideal 80°C to 85°C.  A temperature of more than 90°C will make the tea a little bitter.

Steep your tea in a pot, or place the leaves on a small strainer and steep for 3 minutes.  Remove the strainer or pour from the pot.  You may choose to add 1 tsp of honey for flavour.

~Peppermint Tea for Tension Headaches & Migraines~

Boil 2 cups of water and gather 15-20 fresh peppermint leaves.  Rub the leaves together on your hands to release some of the leaf extracts.  Once the water is boiling, turn off the burner and add the leaves - let steep for about 10-15 minutes.  Strain.  You can serve with honey, or a bit of lemon.

~Chamomile Tea for Mild Skin Conditions, such as mild Eczema~

Boil 1 cup of water and steep 1 x Tablespoon of loose chamomile leaves for about 5 minutes.  Strain and serve while still warm.

{You can serve this cold too!}

~Jasmine Tea to Slow Down Skin Aging~

Happy Days!  I'll add this one to my daily tea regime!

Simply use 2 grams of leaves for every 1 cup of water.

Boil your water to a temperature of between 72°C and 82°C.  Too hot will make your tea bitter.  Steep the leaves from 30 seconds to around 3 minutes - depending on how strong you want the flavour to be.  Cover the cup while you steep. Strain the leaves and serve.

~Rose Tea to Alleviate Stress~

This tea is fabulous!  Put 2 Tablespoons of rose petals in a small saucepan.  Cover with 2 cups of water and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes - or until rose petals change colour.  Remove from the heat and strain off the leaves.

You can also serve this tea with honey.

~Chrysanthemum Tea for Liver Detoxification~

Heat water to around 38°C.  Add 3-6 dried Chrysanthemum flowers to 1 cup of water.

Steep for 3-5 minutes or until the tea turns a shade of golden yellow. Strain and serve.

~Lavender Tea for Stomach Cramps~

Surprisingly, Lavender Tea tastes delicious!  Boil 1 cup of water and add 4 Teaspoons of fresh lavender buds in a strainer.  Steep for 10 minutes, strain and enjoy!

~Calendula Tea for Inflamed Gums and Canker Sores~

Calendula, well known for it's beneficial properties for your skin, is also fantastic for enflamed gums.  Simply add either 1 Tablespoon of Fresh, or 2 Teaspoons of Dried, Calendula Flowers to 1 cup of water in a saucepan.  Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  Strain the flowers out and enjoy.  You can also use this tea (when it's cooled down) to wash your face, scalp, skin or feet and can be refrigerated for up to a week.

~Rose Hip Tea for an Immunity Booster~

Fresh rose hips are around right now!  First, wash & rinse the rose hips to remove any dirt.  In a cup of hot water, place 4-8 cleaned rose hips.  Steep for 10-15 minutes.  Remove rose hips from the tea and serve.

{For dried rose hips - place 1-2 Teaspoons in a strainer or muslin bag. Put the bag in a cup of boiled water and steep for 10-15 minutes.  Remove and serve warm.}
You can add honey for taste if you prefer.

~Ginger Tea for Motion Sickness~

Slice an inch of fresh ginger and place into a pan and add 1 cup of water. Bring to boil on high heat and reduce to simmer for 5-10 minutes (depending on how strong you want the taste to be).  Remove the ginger particles by straining.  Served best with a slice of lemon or orange.  You can also add honey for extra sweetness.

~Hibiscus Tea for Constipation~

Boil 1 cup of water to 98°C and add 1 1/2 Teaspoons of loose hibiscus and steep for 5 minutes. Strain and serve warm.

{For cold Hibiscus Tea, in 1 cup of cold water, ad 1 1/2 Teaspoons of loose hibiscus and steep for 12 hours. Strain and serve warm}

~Lemon Balm Tea for a Natural Antibiotic~

Clean and chop 1/4 cup of fresh lemon balm leaves. Heat 1 cup of water over medium-high heat.  Put the leaves in a mug and add the hot water.  Steep for 10 minutes, strain and serve. Can also be served with honey or maple syrup.

~Dandelion Tea to Prevent Urinary Tract Infection~

Yes, the dandelion you find in your lawn!  Gather about 2 cups of dandelion flowers and leaves and wash thoroughly. Place the flowers and leaves in a saucepan and cover with 4 cups of water. Bring to boil.  Once boiled, cover the saucepan and remove from heat.  Let steep for around 3 hours (or overnight for the best result). Strain the flowers and leaves and serve.

~Rooibos Tea for Allergic Rhinitis & Asthma~

Not many people know about Rooibos, but it is quite popular and can be found in the 'Tea' aisle of most supermarkets or local grocery stores. {Tip:  you can buy Rooibos in a teabag, which is more convenient if drinking regularly}

Bring 1 cup of water to the boil.  The water temp should not be more than 100°C.  Pour hot water over tea leaves and steep for 5 to 7 minutes.  Run through sieve to remove loose leaves and serve warm.

~Lemongrass Tea to Increase Red Blood Cell Count~

Remove the outer skin of 1 fresh lemongrass stalk and wash thoroughly to remove dirt and any other impurities.  Fold the stalk several times and tie a knot in between by using the leaf of the stalk itself.

Put the folded and tied stalk in a saucepan and add 3 cups of water.  Bring to boil and let simmer for 15 minutes. Serve hot, with honey for taste if preferred.

~Rosemary Tea to Protect from Macular Degeneration~

Add 1 Teaspoon of dried Rosemary leaves to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for around 5 minutes (or longer, for a stronger taste). Run through a sieve to remove leaf particles and serve hot.

~Olive Leaf Tea to Manage Diabetes~

Pour 1 cup hot water over 20 dried olive leaves.  Steep for 10 minutes and strain afterward.  You can add 1 Teaspoon of honey or a slice of lemon for added flavour.

~Barley Tea to Prevent Tooth Decay~

Roast 2-3 Teaspoons of Barley in a pan for 5-10 minutes or until the barley turns dark brown.  Add the roasted barley to a small pot with 8 cups of water.  Bring to boil and cover.  Reduce to simmer for 20 minutes. Strain, serve and enjoy - this one is a ripper!

~Cinnamon Tea for Improved Heart Health~

For the Cinnamon lovers (like me!).  In a saucepan submerge 1 cinnamon stick in 1 cup of water. Bring to boil and cover.  Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove and strain.  You can add 2 Tablespoons of honey or a splash of lemon / lime juice when serving, for something different.

~Orange Peel Tea to Burn Fat~

Add just 1 Teaspoon of chopped orange peel to 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Let boil for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let sit for 3 minutes before straining.  Add cinnamon or honey for flavour.

~Sage Tea for Excessive Sweating~

2 Tablespoons of Fresh, or 1 Tablespoon of Dried Leaves. Put the leaves in a cup or mug and pour over with hot water. Let steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain particles and serve.

~Eucalyptus Tea for Muscle & Joint Pain~

All us Aussies can make this!  Simple prepare 4 medium sized Eucalyptus leaves. Make sure you have thoroughly cleaned!  Place in a pot with 2 cups of water.  Bring to the boil, reduce heat and steep for 15 minutes.  Pour your tea into a mug and enjoy~

{This also makes your house smell lovely~!}

~St John's Wort Tea for Depression, Anxiety and to Increase Appetite~

Boil 1 cup of water in a pot.  Add 2-3 Teaspoons of Fresh Flower and steep for 5 minutes.

You can steep this tea longer to maximise its nutritional benefits!  Strain and serve.  You can also add honey or sugar to taste.

~Tumeric Tea for Arthritis~

Now we all know the benefits of Tumeric - particularly when taken with Black Pepper, this one is easy!  Boil 4 cups of water in a saucepan. Add 2 Teaspoons of Powdered Tumeric with a pinch of Black Pepper.  Let simmer for 10 minutes.  The Tumeric and  Black Pepper should dissolve, but you can strain before serving.  Let stand for 5 minutes. Adding honey and lemon can calm the spiciness of the tea.

~Valerian Root Tea for Insomnia~

Bring to the boil 1 cup of water in a saucepan to around 90°C to 96°C.   Add 1 Teaspoon of dried Valerian Root and steep for 10 minutes.  Strain and drink the tea 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime for a restful sleep.

What a huge selection!  So, ditch those coffee's, coke's and beers before bed and switch to a naturally beneficial tea that will suit your mood, taste buds and needs.
With love, from the Farm
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