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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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      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 August 15, 2018

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                      Video Summary

                      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                      One Exercise, multiple benefits

                      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                    How to hold a plank position

                                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                      • Prolapse
                                      • After prolapse surgery
                                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                      • Previous childbirth
                                      • Overweight

                                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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