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Food for Beauty - Herbs and Teas

Posted by Magic of Spice

Herbs and Teas
Glowing Skin Tea
Rooibos tea leaves
Orange zest or dried peel
Red clover flower
Chamomile flower
Hibiscus flower
*Burock (root)
*Cinnamon stick
(Try it iced)
Use about 1 1/2 teaspoons per cup of boiling water 
Placing in a strainer basket or infuser
Pour the hot water in your teapot and steep for at least 5 minutes
Note: For more delicate plants, flowers, leaves and stalks
Boiling the water and then steeping them for about 5 minutes or longer will do well to bring out the flavors
But if you are using any of the sturdier types of roots, barks or seeds
You should allow these to simmer directly in the water for up to 30 minutes, and then strain
Add to steeping remaining ingredients

You can also create teas for use in your bath
This is a wonderful way to relax and get a great night’s sleep
Try adding powdered milk, Epsom salts or baking soda

Herbs to aid sleep
Lavender   Chamomile  Passionflower 
  Catnip   Lemon Balm   Skullcap
Hops   Valerian Root   Blue Valerian
  Lady's Slipper    Lilly

Herbs to aid in stress relief
St John's Wort Skullcap  Cedar Berries 
  Black Root   Wild Yam Chamomile   Peppermint   
 Passion Flower   Valerian   Lobelia
Passion Flower   Mistletoe  Wood Betony  
 Blue Cohosh   Cayenne

Herbs to aid the immunity system
Echinacea Astragalus   Pau d' arco   ginseng  Goldenseal   Reishi
Plantain   Kelp   Lobelia   Cayenne

Herbs to aid concentration/memory
Ginkgo   Rosemary Sage Scullcap   
Yerba Mate   Gotu Kola
Lady's Slipper Blue Vervain

Herbs to aid in strengthening/healing
Comfrey Root  Slippery Elm Horsetail Grass
Calendula Oak Bark  Comfrey leaf
Note: Please use caution when trying herbs for the first time, especially
if you are on any medication

Healthful properties of tea

White Tea
Has a smooth and delicate flavor, and is less processed than other teas
It is said that white tea is the first tea to have been consumed
High in antioxidants and said to have higher cancer fighting abilities than green tea
Also believed to boost the immune system and help in fighting viruses
The primary difference of white tea is the part of the plant that is processed
Most teas come from the upper leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant
While white tea uses the leaves and buds of the plant
White Tea Antioxidants
Antioxidants aid in the fight against free radicals
 Free radicals go around wreaking havoc on your body,
 damaging DNA and accelerating aging
Antioxidants are beneficial in the neutralization of these free radicals
White tea is used in association with
 prevention of cancer
Flavonoids, a class of antioxidants, detour the growth of cancer cells
 and prevent the development of new ones
High Blood Pressure
Studies have shown that white tea can assist artery function
White tea can thin the blood, helping to maintain lower blood pressure
Also said to aid in the prevention of stroke and lowering cholesterol
Strengthening of bones and healthy teeth and gums

Green Tea
Is also associated with the prevention of certain types of cancer
As well as helping to maintain a balance between good and bad cholesterol
The benefits of green tea have also been linked to 
Prevention or delay of dementia
It is used to raise the metabolism and increase fat oxidation
 Green tea is recognized around the world for its therapeutic properties, 
contains powerful flavonoids called catechins
And is linked to longevity

Black Tea
Black tea has been used throughout history for medical purposes 
Also linked to lowering cholesterol and improving circulation
Aiding in the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure
Preventing tooth decay 
Used widely for intestinal illnesses 
Helps in reducing inflammation 

Red tea- Rooibos
Is not actually a tea, but an herb
However is showing a great deal of healthful benefits 
Studies conducted in South Africa and Japan, Rooibos 
has been shown to aid in many health problems
Is said to promote restful sleep, and provide stress or tension relief
It has been known to aid with allergies, such as hay fever
 A good load of anti - oxidants which can help slow the aging process
As well as boost the immune system
Helps promote healthy and glowing skin

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