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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 June 24, 2019

                      15 Easy-to-Make Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Nights

                      15 Easy-to-Make Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Nights

                      You work all day, and you come home exhausted and hungry. Naturally, the last thing you want to do is to spend hours in the kitchen cooking dinner. If you love cooking, but your busy schedule doesn’t allow you to cook every night, you can simplify your life by making crockpot freezer meals. These meals will allow you to still eat homemade, healthy, filling dinners without the countless hours and enormous effort spent in the kitchen. You can store the simple ingredients in freezer bags and put them in the crockpot when it is time for dinner, or you can cook over the weekend and stock your freezer with delicious ready meals that will make your life easier. Here are 15 easy-to-make recipes to make delicious dinners for busy nights!

                      1. Cheesy Tortellini With Ground Beef

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                        This is a perfect crockpot freezer meal that even your kids will love. The best thing of all is that it’s incredibly easy to prepare. All you have to do is crumble some ground beef and combine all the recipe’s ingredients in your crockpot. The other ingredients needed for this super delicious meal include tomatoes, herbs, and onions. Tortellini is one of the most commonly ordered meals when eating out, but this way you will get to eat a homemade, healthier version of the popular dish. Find the recipe here.

                        2. Cranberry Pork Roast

                        Cranberry pork roast

                          Cranberry pork roast is a gluten-free meal that everyone can make, regardless of their culinary skills. The dish requires only these few ingredients: onion, cranberry sauce, bone-in pork shoulder, and honey. To prepare this mouthwatering dish, simply combine all the ingredients together in the crockpot and let them cook. If you don’t like pork or if you prefer not to eat it, you can easily use beef as a substitute without impacting the flavor. Click here to see the recipe.

                          3. Greens and Beans

                          Greens and beans

                            Greens and beans are the ideal dishes if you want a dish that is both delicious and nutrient-dense. Combine vegetable broth with beans, garlic, kale, escalore, and Parmesan, and let cook. The result will be a dish with a soup-like consistency that will fill you up and provide you with a lot of vitamins and minerals.

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                            As a bonus, if you or someone else in your family suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or some other common types of arthritis, greens and beans can reduce the inflammation. That’s because kale and other veggies rich in Vitamin K are anti-inflammatory and are known for relieving arthritis. Click here and start cooking!

                            4. Chicken Curry

                            Chicken curry

                              That is yet another gluten-free recipe that you’ll love to make. Chicken curry requires basic ingredients such as tomato paste, coconut milk, honey, onions, and garlic, in addition to chicken and curry of course.The result is a sweet and spicy dish where different flavors are perfectly balanced. Find the recipe here.

                              5. Honey Sesame Chicken

                              Honey sesame chicken

                                Honey sesame chicken is a simple and effortless dish that delivers an amazing taste. To make this wonderful recipe, you have to combine all the ingredients except for the sesame seeds and green onions and let them cook. Use the sesame seeds and green onions for garnish when serving. Click here for the full recipe.

                                6. Mushroom Spinach Stroganoff

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                                  In this warm weather, many people opt to eat lighter food that is easy on the stomach. Mushroom spinach stroganoff fits the bill being a vegetable version of a famous comfort food that you and your family will love. The dish requires simple ingredients such as sour cream, onion, garlic, ketchup, vegetables, and mushrooms. This dish is very simple to make, and thanks to your crockpot, you won’t have much work to do. Find the recipe here.

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                                  7. Stuffed Peppers

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                                    If you’re looking for a healthy, simple, and delicious recipe, you’ll love this one! These crockpot stuffed peppers are easy to make, and they require only a few ingredients such as ground turkey or beef, onion, garlic, bell peppers, and pasta sauce. This meal will remind you of grandma’s kitchen. You can find the recipe here.

                                    8. Cilantro and Lime Chicken

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                                      Summer is the perfect season to experiment with more exotic flavors, and this meal can help you do just that. To make cilantro and lime chicken, you will need to combine some simple ingredients such as lime, jalapeno peppers, fresh cilantro, and salsa. The result is chicken that is super tender and that you’ll want to make over and over again, so get the recipe here.

                                      9. Beef Fajitas

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                                        This is an excellent meal for busy weeknights. The best thing about this recipe is that the required ingredients are probably already there in your kitchen. The recipe is also quite simple — combine all the items in a crockpot, cover, and let cook.

                                        The result will be beef and peppers that melt in your mouth. You can easily pair this beef fajita with rice and tortillas and get a meal that the entire family will love. You can find the recipe for this delicious beef fajita here.

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                                        10. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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                                          Asian chicken lettuce wraps are sweet, slightly salty and very easy to make. All you need to do is add the chicken, red bell pepper, carrots, soy sauce, honey, garlic and the other ingredients to your crockpot and let them cook. You can also replace the chicken with beef or turkey if you like. The presence of different flavors gives this meal a summer flavor you are sure to love. Learn how to make this meal here.

                                          11. Hawaiian Chicken

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                                            This dish enjoys phenomenal exotic tones due to pineapple and lemon flavors. To make this yummy crockpot freezer meal, you need skinless chicken breasts, peppers, ginger and corn starch, in addition to the iconic pineapple and lemon. Learn how to make this perfect summer dinner here.

                                            12. Beef and Barley Stew

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                                              Beef and barley stew is as healthy as it is delicious. Not to mention it’s incredibly easy to make. Besides the beef and barley, you’ll also need carrots, peppers, herbs and beef broth. The result will be a mouthwatering stew that you can serve alone or over white rice. Get the recipe here.

                                              13. Meatball Soup

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                                              Meatball soup

                                                This soup is very delicious, easy to make and quite versatile. You will be able to swap ingredients and experiment to find your perfect combination. To make this meatball soup, you will need to combine meatballs with pasta sauce, chicken broth, carrots, beans, zucchini, and onion. You can view the recipe here.

                                                14. Turkey Black Bean Chili

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                                                  Everybody loves chili and for good reason — it’s very delicious, and it’s a perfect combination of different flavors that balance each other out. To make this chili, you’ll need ground turkey, tomato sauce, black beans, paprika, frozen corns, and a few other ingredients. You can get the full recipe here and have this delicious dish ready when you come back from work on those busy nights.

                                                  15. Ham and Pinto Bean Soup

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                                                    What makes soups special is the fact they’re tasty, healthy and filling at the same time. This soup is no exception. The best quality of this ham and pinto bean soup, however, is its simplicity; it requires only five ingredients: ham, beans, ketchup, salt, and water. Learn how to make this soup here.

                                                    Conclusion

                                                    With a demanding work week and a busy schedule, it’s normal to have a low energy level by the time you get home. If you don’t feel like standing in the kitchen and cooking dinner due to this, you don’t have to resort to junk food. These freezer crockpot meals offer you the perfect solution for healthy meals that require minimal preparation. You can either combine each recipe’s ingredients in a freezer bag to be thawed and cooked in a few minutes, or you can cook your meal and freeze it to be used later, it’s up to you.

                                                    This article showed you 15 easy and simple recipes that you can make using your crockpot. All of these recipes contain anti-inflammatory foods whether it is in the form of vegetable, herbs or spices to improve your overall health and wellbeing.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Google via bettycrocker.com

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