Drinking Tea, Disney and Download


Hi there, Hope you are having a great Thursday!
I’ve been battling with tech all day today….grrr. At 5pm I got out of my pyjama to pick up my 10 year old from squash. Now I’m chilling with a cup of Dandelion, Burdock and Hawthorn tea. Great for cleansing the blood and liver and it also comes with anti-inflammatory properties.

I didn’t exactly achieve what I set out to do today.. but hey-ho tomorrow is a new day!

I love the below quote “Worry is a waste of imagination”. I completely and totally agree! Instead of fretting about what I didn’t manage to do today I’m envisioning  all the progress that will happen tomorrow.
Believing that things will work out resets the mind so it’s easier to see solutions to problems and to recognise new opportunities.

This is the cover to my “Guided Meditations for Morning and Evening” that I recorded last week. You can download it in the next couple of days. After my little tech problem has been solved.

Tulsi Tea ~ Queen of Herbs

Happy Friday everyone!
There is still time to enter the Estelle and Thild Healthy Glow Foundation Giveaway below. I will announce the winner here tomorrow.
My phone has decided to give in. The screen is lit up and blinking like a disco. Hence complete radio silence on the social media front from me for a few days.
I was asked on Youtube to explain more about Tulsi Tea and it’s health benefits. Here goes:
Tusli or Holy Basil as it’s sometimes called is a principle herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Made from the leaves and flowers of the holy basil or tulsi plant cultivated in Thailand and India.  I’ve found numerous clinical studies describing the therapeutic benefits it has on our bodies.
To name a few It has been proven to have an effect on type 2 diabetes as well as on immunity and inflammation. Basically you can say it assists with the bodys natural house-keeping.
Tulsi tea is also very good for combating stress and anxiety. Have a cup of freshly brewed tea before you go into that dreaded meeting. Or end the day with a relaxing cuppa.
I have heard the term “liquid Yoga” used to describe tulsi tea. Sums it up perfectly!
This tea is not only good for us, it tastes wonderful as well. You can get it in different flavours, but I prefer the bog-standard version.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

 

 

Kombucha for Beginners

Kombucha is a drink, where bacteria and yeast from the mushroom or scoby (symbiotic Culture of bacetria and yeast) work together with tea, sugar and water and ferments into the final health promoting kombucha drink.
It’s full of probiotic microorganisms, active enzymes, beneficial bacteria, C and B vitamins.
According to researchers it can have a positive effect on stomach ulcers and liver/kidney function.
The drink originally comes from China, but it’s also consumed in eastern europe and Russia, and is used for treatment of a whole host of disorders.

I love it that I can grow my own probiotics at home, It’s really empowering, easy and cheap, and it tastes so good as well!

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Kombucha for Beginners
Ingredients:

– Scoby medium size (mine was from here)

– 4 teabags

– 1 litre filtered water

– 90-100 grams sugar about 1/2 cup

– 1 tablespoon raw vinegar

Simple Steps:
Wash your glass container in the dishwasher on a high temperature or put it in the oven 150 C for 20 min to sterilize it.

Boil your filtered water and add tea and sugar, seep for around 20 min, remove tea bags and let it cool.

When luke warm add the scoby and vinegar.

Cover the container with a cheesecloth, muslim or thin kitchen towel. Place in warm dark place like an airing cupboard.

Leave it for 5 days, then with a wooden or plastic spoon taste it every fem days until it has the strength you like.

When it’s ready take the culture out together with some of the kombucha and start the next batch.

It’s now ready to drink!

(look out for my post about 2nd fermentation where you add flavourings! Coming soon)

♥L

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Healing Benefits: Pine Oil

I’m slightly obsessed with the healing powers of pine trees at the moment, but before I move on to another subject I just need to write about Pine Needle Oil, it’s so amazing!
It’s mainly a skin and lung remedy but it’s also full of germ killing properties and you can boost your intake of vitamin C and A by chewing on the needles or bring a bunch of needles home and make a super nutritious tea!
The pine needle oil is made through steam distillation of the needles, it has a sweet woody aroma, it smells clean and really fresh.
Hippocrates used pine to treat lung conditions and it’s recommended for respiratory problems but it’s also amazing for treating skin problems like psoriasis, itching, eczema and sunburn.
If you feel stressed or out of balance you can put a few drops of the oil in your bath for an energizing and invigorating lift.
Pine oil is really potent and can irritate the skin so use with caution and always dilute it with water or a base oil.
Pine Needle Tea:
Take a handful of very green needles, cut off any brown parts. Wash thoroughly. Chop them up.Simmer for about 20min. Strain and drink. Yum! err, well sort of.
♥L

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