Posts tagged 'health'

Honey Ginger Tea & DIY Recipe

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About a month ago, my mom bought a jar of Assi Honey Ginger Tea and told me that my aunt raved about the health and beauty benefits of ginger tea. I’m a big fan of tea in general but I’m not always consistent about drinking tea everyday. I really like the flavor of this tea and there has been some noticeable difference. This tea comes in a jar and it looks like a jam. Basically, you add a tablespoon of the tea to hot water and mix it well. It tastes the best when it’s warm. My mom and I finished this big jar in about 2 weeks. Now we’ve switched to making this tea on our own using fresh ginger and honey.

Here’s a little bit of background info on the benefits of ginger tea:

  • Lower the chances of indigestion
  • Soothes pain, menstrual cramps, headache, and inflammation
  • Prevents nausea, cold, and flu
  • Clears the skin using its Vitamin C and antibacterial properties
  • Contains antioxidants to prevent aging

You can read more about it here.

Obviously, some of these benefits are long-term effects and don’t show immediately results. But I have noticed a difference in reducing menstrual cramps and preventing nausea. Last week, I was sick with a nasty virus and it left me stuck in bed for a couple of days. I experienced nausea, dizziness, and excessive sweating. But drinking this tea has helped me to recover quite quickly.

To make this tea at home, simply boil a pot of water and add some chopped ginger and a bit of honey so that the tea doesn’t taste too spicy. I usually make some concentrated tea and put it in a large jar. You can store it in the fridge for a few days. When I want to drink it, I would dilute the concentrated tea and heat it up in the microwave. It is best to consume ginger tea in the morning since the spice can really wake you up and the tea helps with digestion throughout the rest of the day.

I hope you’ll give this a try!

-Karen

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Ginseng Green Tea Recipe

During the summer time, one of the favorite beverages is the green tea. Today I’ll show you how I like to make my tea.

A little bit of scientific background: Green tea comes from the plant Camellia sinensis, which is rich in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant. Antioxidants neutralizes free radicals and help to prevent cell and tissue damage (anti-aging). The flavonoids in green tea are natural anti-inflammatory compounds that have shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Personally, I prefer using loose leaf tea. I recently started adding another ingredient, ginseng. Ginseng is a root that has many health benefits, including:

  • physical/mental health stimulant
  • weight control (appetite suppressant)
  • relieving menstrual cramps.

It’s important to use ginseng in moderation. For tea, chop up the ginseng and use 1 tbsp of ginseng per 1 cup of water. I’d suggest purchasing ginseng in the form of small pre-cut pieces or powder. It’s really difficult to cut ginseng roots so it’s better to leave the cutting up to the manufacturer.

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Instructions:

  • boil the water
  • add green tea and ginseng into a cup/teapot
  • add hot water into the cup
  • let the tea and ginseng steep
  • remove the ginseng after a few minutes
  • lastly and this is optional, serve the tea over ice

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I hope you enjoyed this simple recipe! This is a really easy way to flush out the toxins in our bodies and improve the overall skin complexion. I usually make a pot of tea in the morning so I can drink it throughout the day. I’m not the best when it comes to drinking lots of water, but making this tea helps. In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting a few different DIY green tea mask recipes using the tea leaves from this beverage. Be on the lookout for these effective and affordable beauty masks!

-Karen

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One of the best explanations of the acidic nature of human skin and how to find products or oils to take care of it.

Watch it everyone!  Seriously.  The more we can learn about how to take care of our skin, the more time we will save from worrying about its condition.  Then we can just go and save the world instead.

Also, I am obsessed with coconut oil, and it is better than any synthetic lotion or moisturizer out there.   

I even have this exact post on my personal blog because that’s how much this information has changed my view of skincare.  Instead of battling my skin, I’ve learned to collaborate with it.

-Christine