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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 October 15, 2018

                      Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                      Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                      “Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

                      While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

                      1. Dehydration

                      If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

                      If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

                      You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

                      2. Lack Of Exercise

                      A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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                      Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

                      3. A Poor Diet

                      The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

                      An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

                      Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

                      4. Skipping Breakfast

                      Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

                      Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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                      Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

                      Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

                      5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

                      We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

                      TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

                      Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

                      Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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                      6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

                      Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

                      Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

                      If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

                      7. Depression

                      Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

                      Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

                      Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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                      8. Hypothyroidism

                      If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

                      Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

                      9. Anemia

                      People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

                      However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

                      While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

                      10. Cancer

                      While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

                      Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

                      Featured photo credit: Lily Banse via unsplash.com

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