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10 Amazing Tea Blends To Boost Your Health

10 Amazing Tea Blends To Boost Your Health

Tea blends give you the opportunity to not only achieve the best possible flavor, but to also take advantage of the numerous health benefits associated with these tasty beverages. With this in mind, it makes sense to either purchase pre-blended teas or to take the time to put your own blends together with the following recipes.

1. Herbal Digestive Blend

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    If you are having digestive issues, an herbal digestive tea blend could provide you with the relief you need.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 part dried lemongrass
    • 1 part dried goldenrod flowers and leaves
    • 1 part whole Hawthorne berries
    • ½ part dried licorice root (can substitute honey or stevia leaf if desired)
    • ½ part dried ginger root

    Directions:

    Combine all of your ingredients together and use one heaping tablespoon of the resulting mixture for every 8 ounces of water. Cover the mix of your tea blend and water and allow it to steep for 5 to 15 minutes. Be sure to strain the tea before drinking.

    Credit: Learning HerbsPhoto by JJ Merelo.

    2. Soothing Lemon Tisane

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      At least 50 percent of Americans will cope with a highly stressful situation this year, and lower level stressors are a daily occurrence. To help calm your nerves, it is a good idea to indulge in a soothing lemon tisane tea blend.

      Ingredients:

      • 3 parts lemon grass
      • 1 part chamomile
      • 1 part lemon peel
      • 1 part lemon balm
      • 1/8 part cut stevia leaf

      Directions:

      Put all of the herbs together into a glass jar and shake it until everything is mixed. For every 8 ounces of water, add 1 teaspoon of the resulting lemon tisane mix. You can easily make this tea blend with a teapot or tea strainer. Cover the mixture with boiling water and allow it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes. If desired, add raw honey to boost the flavor.

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      Credit: Frugal GranolaPhoto by Aurelian Sandulescu.

      3. Vitamin C Herbal Tea Blend

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        Vitamin C is an immune booster, which makes this tea blend the perfect choice when you start to feel run down.

        Ingredients:

        • 4 tablespoons rose hips
        • 1 tablespoon cinnamon chips
        • 1 tablespoon lemongrass
        • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
        • 1 teaspoon hibiscus flowers
        • ½ teaspoon of lemon peels
        • 4 cups of filtered water
        • Ice (optional)
        • Fresh fruit juice or raw honey (optional)

        Directions:

        Combine all of the dry herb ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Next, fill a medium-sized tea kettle or saucepan with water and bring it to a boil. Put four tablespoons of your tea mix into the water and cover everything. Wait 45 minutes for the steeping process to finish, then strain the tea. You can sweeten the tea with raw honey or fresh fruit juice. Add ice if you prefer to get a cold infusion of vitamin C.

        Source: Recipes to Nourish Photo by Daniel Panev.

        4. Schisandra Five-Flavor Tea

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          If you have adrenal issues or are feeling highly stressed out, the Schisandra Five-Flavor Tea can provide you with some much-needed adaptogen support.

          Ingredients:

          • 2 tablespoons of Schisandra Berries
          • 2 tablespoons Elderberries (optional)
          • 6 small pieces of licorice root (break into tiny pieces; skip this ingredient if you have high blood pressure)
          • A palm full of dried eleuthero
          • Peeled and coarsely chopped 5- or 6-inch knob of ginger
          • 1 tablespoon of dried green stevia leaves
          • 1 crushed cinnamon stick

          Directions:

          Combine the entire mixture, except for the stevia, in a saucepan. Cover the tea blend with 4 cups of water. Cover the saucepan and bring the water to a boil. Add the stevia and replace the lid. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the tea, put the results into a large pitcher and add 8 more cups of water. This makes 12 servings.

          Credit: Divine HealthPhoto by Wendy Cutler.

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          5. Brioche Tea Latte Recipe

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            Sometimes, the best way to boost your health is by taking care of your emotional needs. Brioche Tea Latte is definitely a comfort tea, and it gives you a sweet flavor without being as unhealthy for you as actually eating brioche.

            Ingredients:

            • 4 teaspoons of Brioche Black Tea Blend
            • 14 ounces of water heated to 208 degrees Fahrenheit
            • 1 Diamond Sugar Stir
            • 1 teaspoon of sugar
            • 4 tablespoons of warmed and frothed half & half
            • Ground cinnamon (optional)
            • Whipped cream (optional)

            Directions:

            Put the Brioche Black Tea Blend into an infuser basket and secure the basket in a mug. Next, pour the heated water into the mug and cover it. The tea should steep for approximately 5 to 8 minutes. During the last minute of this step, you can warm and froth your half & half. Remove the infuser basket before you pour in the frothed half & half and add your sugar. Stir well. If desired, add the optional ground cinnamon and/or the whipped cream.

            Credit: IHeartTeasPhoto by A Girl with Tea.

            6. Vanilla Rooibos Tea Blend

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              This caffeine-free tea combines the mood enhancing benefits of vanilla with rooibos’ long list of perks, including relieving hadaches, insomnia, eczema, and hypertension.

              Ingredients:

              • 2 parts rooibos tea
              • 1 part calendula petals
              • 1 part safflower petals
              • 1 part rose hips
              • ½ part vanilla

              Directions:

              Put one heaping teaspoon of this tea blend into every 8 ounces of water. Cover everything and steep the tea for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain the tea before consuming.

              Credit: Learning HerbsPhoto by Rie H.

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              7. Autumn Tonic Tea

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                This tea has been designed specifically to provide a balance of necessary nutrients for the autumn and winter months, but it can be beneficial at any time. Nettle is the primary ingredient, and this offers several health benefits, such as preventing kidney stones, treating eczema, and acting as a natural pain reliever.

                Ingredients:

                • 4 parts nettle leaf
                • 3 parts lemon balm
                • 3 parts spearmint
                • 2 parts red clover blossoms
                • 2 parts of dandelion root and leaf combined
                • 1 part dried, cut, and sifted ginger root
                • 1 part rose hips

                Directions:

                Combine all of the ingredients. Boil 4 cups of water and pour it over your blend. Let this mixture steep for anywhere from 15 minutes to 8 hours. Strain the tea and then drink it while it is hot or cold.

                Credit: Natural Herbal LivingPhoto by Cosmin Dordea.

                8. Smokey Pu’erh Tea

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                  Pu’erh is sought after by tea enthusiasts for its taste and beneficial properties, including its ability to lower the drinker’s cholesterol.

                  Ingredients:

                  • 3 parts Pu’erh
                  • 2 parts chrysanthemum
                  • 1 part lapsong souchong

                  Directions:

                  Boil 8 ounces of water and add 1 heaping teaspoon of the tea blend. Steep for approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Strain and flavor with your choice of honey, milk, sugar, or cream.

                  Credit: Learning HerbsPhoto by Lali Masriera.

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                  9. Tummy Tamer Tea

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                    This tea was created to help soothe stomach problems, especially those that are caused by gluten intolerance.

                    Ingredients:

                    • 1 part calendula
                    • 1 part fennel
                    • 1 part marshmallow root
                    • 1 part chamomile

                    Directions:

                    Put your mixture together and add one tablespoon to 8 ounces of hot water. Steep for at least five minutes before straining.

                    Credit: Natural Living MammaPhoto by Ann Larie Valentine.

                    10. Jack Frost Tea

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                      During the summer months, nothing feels more refreshing than a hint of winter. The Jack Frost tea blend brings the winter spirit to life, and it also has a calming effect. Indigestion and headaches are other problems that this tea blend can help to resolve.

                      Ingredients:

                      • ¼ cup dried spearmint leaves
                      • ¼ cup dried peppermint leaves

                      Directions:

                      Put the herbs into a glass jar and shake until everything is thoroughly mixed. Add one teaspoon of the blend to every 8 ounces of water. Put the desired amount into a teapot or tea strainer before covering it with boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for 5 to 10 minutes before straining.

                      As you can see, there are many tea variations that can offer positive health benefits. Be sure to store any leftover dry herb mixes in airtight containers for future usage.

                      Featured photo credit: A Girl with Tea via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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