Spruce up your Daily Green Tea! by Rickey Jones

Green tea undoubtedly has multiple health benefits for someone who drinks it daily.

However, not all green teas have a good taste. Few can be tannic and bitter and may leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth. At The Tea Trove, we provide different natural flavours of fruits, flowers, herbs, and spices that can be added to your tea to make it more interesting and tastier.

Here are few of the flavours that will work best with any of the green teas available: Marigold: Marigold, also known as Calendula, is a yellow or orange coloured flower used as a colouring and flavouring agent for foods as rice, cereals and soups. However, the Calendula tea made from the petals of the Calendula flower has been brewed as a natural medicine for thousands of years. As with most of the herbal teas, the Calendula tea also has a number of health benefits like reducing inflammation, promoting wound healing, and as an antiseptic. Rose: Simply the fragrance of this light herbal tea is enough to calm a tired mind! Light and fragrant like a delicate perfume, the infusion is soothing, soft and refreshing. These intensely fragrant and beautiful rose petals release an almost euphoric aroma and flavour. It helps in building a strong immune system, strengthening the digestive system and in detoxification.

Lemon Peel   Lemon peel is the outer skin of the citrus fruit, lemon. Because the peel is where the essential oils of the fruit reside, it retains its robust flavour, even when dried. It provides a refreshing, lemony flavour to the tea blends.

Orange Peel:

The orange peel is a perfect ingredient for a refreshing herbal blend. With undertones of grapefruit, the orange peel makes a rich, hearty, and tangy blend. It lends a deep aroma to your tea blend and adds a unique citrusy flavour.

 

Chamomile :

Chamomile tea is known to be a natural stress reducer. However, that’s not the only thing it does. Its vast healing properties will surprise you! It cures sleeping problems, is an antidepressant, an anti-inflammatory, and also deals with menstrual cramps You can also use chamomile tea bags to topically treat tired eyes, dark circles around eyes and treat bee stings, acne and burns. This caffeine free herbal infusion is delicious served with honey.

Lemongrass:

Lemongrass is a cooling, clear, and crisp herbal tea with a distinctive, spicy, lemony aroma. It has a zesty flavour reminiscent of lemon. Add it as a complementing flavour to your favourite tea blend, or drink it on its own. Either way, you can reap its medicinal properties and its various health benefits like stress reduction, better digestion, and to relieve fatigue. Peppermint: Our whole Peppermint leaf infusion is striking and strong, with a fantastically fresh and cleansing minty flavour. Great both as a hot and iced tea, peppermint helps soothe an upset stomach, and can also help clear out a cold. If you have dry or dull skin, drinking peppermint tea can help your skin to rid itself of dead skin cells and get you glowing.

Tulsi:

Tulsi also known as Holy Basil, an ancient Ayurvedic herb, is one of roughly 60 species of the Basil family. A Tulsi tea has a crisp flavour with slightly peppery notes and a grassy clean finish. It contains antioxidants and strengthens the body against fatigue and stress. With anti-viral properties, Tulsi also helps reduce inflammation, stomach illness, and headaches. This tea is completely organic, all natural, and contains no GMOs.

Cinnamon:

Cinnamon lends a delicious sweet flavour to any tea blend. It gives out a heady aroma that will instantly uplift our mood. Lower your cholesterol – and protect your heart health – with this cinnamon tea. It is filled with potent antioxidants, improves circulation, and reduces swelling and pains.

Ginger:

Ginger provides a warm, comforting taste to your tea. Milk, sugar, and even honey, blend well with a cup of ginger tea. Rich in digestive enzymes that help the body process and digest food, it also quells inflammation and reduces joint pain. It also helps calm motion sickness.

 

Yoga for Holistic Health

“Health”, “exercise” and Yoga are buzzwords today, but how many of us realize that they are connected?

While most people are aware of the interdependence of “health” and “exercise” “Yoga” invokes mixed feelings. Some consider it “fashionable” [with designer mats and designer clothes for Yoga!] while others consider it possible only for “yogis” and “swamis” [holy men]! However, once you know the basic facts, and fit Yoga into your daily schedule, the myths are debunked, and you start to experience the benefits.

Let us first define health, and see the role of exercise and Yoga in it.

Good health implies that all the organs of the body function effectively, and this can be achieved through regular exercise. Among the best forms of exercise are those in which the body moves naturally, as during daily activities. However, unless we make a conscious effort to move every part of the body, some joints and muscles may be neglected and even stop functioning. Basic exercises ensure that the entire body is worked.

Health also implies positive mental health, which is heightened by exercise.

One of the most effective ways of nurturing the mind and spirit, along with the body, is Yoga.

It is becoming popular world wide, but not every one has a clear understanding of what Yoga means.

Yoga is not just a philosophy but a way of life, as advocated in India from ancient times. The aim was healthy living, culminating in self-enlightenment. It has been recognized from ancient times that the mind and body need to be balanced to enjoy good health. This belief led to the practice of Yoga in India thousands of years ago. It is believed that its methods were first documented by a Sanskrit scholar as early as the second century B.C.

The five basic techniques of Yoga are (i) movement of joints, (ii) postures, (iii) deep breathing, (iv) relaxation and (v) meditation. There are benefits at every stage.

 

Exercises, in the form of slow and deliberate poses, are a key element of Yoga in helping the individual to focus on the body and become more attuned to it. These exercises are called “asanas.” A complete routine stretches and tones muscles, improves flexibility of joints, and in general, tones up every part of the body. Special techniques ensure the efficient working of all vital organs and systems: digestive, respiratory, circulatory, excretory, reproductive and nervous. Exercises are also adapted to deal with specific complaints, and this has given rise to “Yoga therapists.”

  It is interesting to note that joint movements are not mentioned in the traditional texts of Yoga. However, they are good warm up starters for an exercise routine, and have major benefits.

The physical poses or “asanas” are practiced to increase the flow of life energy through the body.

According to principles of Yoga, the breath is a manifestation of this life energy, or “prana.”. Therefore, deep breathing or “pranayama” is an essential feature of Yoga. The cycle of asanas and breathing leads to relaxation, and Meditation completes the process of harmonizing the mind and body.

The only requirements for practicing Yoga are: a quiet space, a suitable surface [even a plain sheet on the floor] comfortable, lightweight clothes, and of course, determination!

To get optimum results, persevere with a daily routine, notwithstanding any constraints [hectic schedules or plain laziness!]
A word of caution: it is important to receive instruction in the correct techniques from a Yoga expert.

The positive effects of Yoga are being realized by people all over the world, so why not try it, and enjoy good health and happiness!

 

About the author or the publisher   

Nita Mukherjee


I have a post graduate degree in teaching, a Masters [gold medalist] in English, and two diplomas in writing. I have over 20 years experience teaching at various levels, and am also a freelance writer. In the last 10 years, I have authored a number of educational books, written and
edited content on diverse topics and done online tutoring for American
students.

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