Herbal Tea #bebetter52

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Fun Fact from National Geographic: “The world’s most consumed beverage--not counting water, which has no equal--is actually a dark horse, the kind you don’t suspect. It’s not coffee, as Brazilian kids learn at early age, nor Coca Cola, as I grew up hearing in America. It’s surprisingly not even beer.  It’s Tea.”

As the weather starts to change from hot summer days to brisk fall ones, nothing is nicer than sipping on a cup of something warm. But what we put in our warmed mug is a personal choice, often times the same old choice, day after day.

This week's #bebetter52 challenge is to fill up that cup with herbal tea.  A loose definition of tea is a hot drink made by infusing natural ingredients such as dried leaves, roots, flowers, fruits, spices, bark and more. Try replacing your morning mug of coffee with herbal tea or drinking a cup to help relax you at the end of the day. The benefits of herbal tea include hydrating your body with a great tasting beverage packed with natural vitamins and minerals. Best benefits come from steeping loose tea as long as 10-15 minutes and using high quality ingredients.

Research reveals tea holds myriad health properties. Here is a list of more benefits as outlined by Tea Association.

Peppermint Tea: Relieves symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating

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Ginger Tea: Curbs nausea, vomiting or upset stomach

Chamomile Tea: Calms, often used as a sleep aid

Rooibos Tea: Contains high amounts of vitamin C and other antioxidant properties

Lemon Tea: Energizes

Milk Thistle and dandelion tea: Gently cleanses the liver

This challenge encourages you to explore how ingredients can be infused into hot water and the health benefits that come from them. Hot water and lemon infusion is a favorite of ours. In order to make this drink, you need:

·       1 to 1 ½ cups of boiling water

·       Juice of ½ freshly squeezed lemon

·       ¼ teaspoon of turmeric

·       Pinch of red chili powder or cayenne

·       Pinch of coarse salt.

·       Pinch of raw cane sugar.

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Mix these ingredients together in a mug for a detoxifying beverage. This hot drink highlights the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric, while the hot water and lemon combination flushes out the liver and kidneys of toxins.

Tea not only has multiple health benefits but also is good for the soul. It helps calm your mind, soothe your muscles, and provide an aromatic scent that relaxes your body. Overall, tea can be a meditative experience.

We encourage you to try out different kinds of teas and infusions.  Share a photo and some ideas, even if it is simply 3 ounces of thinly-sliced ginger root in a cup of boiling water as a start.