Plant A Tea Garden For Mom!

Make a little extra room in your garden or a few flower pots and build your herbal tea garden with these easy tips.

How do you like your tea? Hot with milk and honey? Iced with a little bit of lemon and sugar? Made only with the infusing powers of the sun? Whichever way you like to drink your tea, having your favorite herbs on hand is a sure way to create a delightful drink any time of year. And what better way to ensure a storehouse of wholesome herbal teas than to grow your own? Make a little extra room in your garden or a few flower pots and build your herbal tea garden with these easy tips.

Chamomile

Chamomile, one of the most popular tea herbs, is simple to grow and looks beautiful in a garden or window box. Its pretty daisy-looking flowers have a sweet apple-like aroma that is good for attracting bees. There are two main kinds of chamomile that folks grow. German chamomile, an annual that can grow up to two feet tall, and Roman chamomile, a perennial that grows to be about 4–12 inches tall. Because Roman chamomile grows out, rather than up, it makes an attractive and effective ground cover. Both varieties can be used for tea.

Like many other herbs, chamomile loves full sunlight and prefers well-drained soil. Chamomile will grow just about anywhere but does not like very hot temperatures (above 98 degrees) for very long. If chamomile is prepared as an infusion, it can to help to calm the nerves and relieve stomach upsets. It can also be used to help relieve colic in small children. To use chamomile for tea, harvest the flowers early in the morning, when young and just opening. Deadhead often to promote constant blooms. If growing the perennial kind, cut it back in the fall to prevent woodiness next season and cover it with mulch to protect it from winter weather. To make tea, steep about 1 tablespoon of fresh flower heads — or 2 teaspoons, if dried — in one cup of boiling water. Steep the blossoms for five to ten minutes. Sip and relax!

Lemon Balm

Known as the “heart’s delight” in southern Europe, and used medicinally by the Greeks nearly 2,000 years ago, lemon balm makes a soothing hot tea or a cooling tea sweetened with honey. Lemon balm, like many other plants in the mint family, is easy to grow just about anywhere. Caution, though, lemon balm will spread! If you are planning to grow it in your own garden you may want to keep it contained in a small planter box or a pot buried in the ground. It can also grow in a pot aboveground. If growing in a pot, make sure to prune often so its leaf stock matches the rootstock.

Lemon balm prefers full sun with some midday shade and grows well in moist soil. Lemon balm leaves can be harvested anytime, but the flavor tends to be best right when flowers begin to open. For a tea, infuse a few leaves in boiling water and let steep for 2-5 minutes. Cool tea and honey for sweetener (add honey when the tea is still hot). Similarly to chamomile, lemon balm helps calm the nerves and uplift the spirit. It is also used to provide relief from bronchial systems, colds, and headaches.

Lavender

An herb with a beautiful and fresh scent, lavender has a number of uses beyond herbal tea. It can be used an insect-repellent, added to bathwater, stitched into pillows and spread throughout a garden to create a lovely purple haze across the landscape. There are many varieties of lavender to choose from, the most popular being lavender officinalis and lavender spica. All lavender prefer similar growing conditions. A sunny open area for growing helps to discourage fungus and lets lavender grow tall freely. Your soil will need to be very well drained, perhaps even bordering on sandy. Some lime content also helps.

To Grow Lavender:

Lavender can be grown in containers but tends to do better in a garden space. Seeds should be sown in late summer or autumn. You can divide and plant in the autumn, as well. To harvest, gather flowering stems just as the flowers begin to open. Leaves can be picked at any time. To make a tea, infuse about 2 tablespoons of fresh flowers —or 4 teaspoons dried—into boiling water and steep 2- 5minutes. Lavender tea is helpful for soothing headaches, calming nerves, and for preventing fainting and dizziness.

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Best Immune Booster Tea

What is immune-booster tea?

When it comes to staying healthy, supporting your immune system is a wise move. At all times of the year, viruses and germs can quickly lead to the cold, flu, or a host of other illnesses. In addition to common best practices (such as hand washing and physical distancing), immune-boosting teas proactively prevent sickness with all-natural ingredients.

Knowing which immune booster tea has the best ingredients and flavor can save time and money, and deliver the best results. Yogi Echinacea Immune Support is our top pick because it has a pleasant mint flavor, it is USDA-certified organic and it uses a powerful blend of herbs to boost the immune system.

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What to know before you buy an immune-booster tea

Ingredients

No two immune-boosting drinks are made the same. This is also true when it comes to immune-booster tea. Common ingredients include elderberry, peppermint leaf, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), echinacea, yarrow flower, ginger, and lemon. Each tea can have a varying list of ingredients, so read the label before purchasing. Those who have sensitivities, allergies, or who are taking medication should be extra mindful of what is in their chosen immune-boosting tea.

Taste

It is fairly common for immune-boosting teas to contain flavors that are relatively strong. Peppermint, spearmint, ginger, and other potent herbs can be off-putting to some individuals. However, there are quite a few teas created to have mild flavors. When looking for a go-to tea, ensure the taste profile sounds appealing to you.

Certifications

Immune booster teas can be awarded almost every kind of food and beverage certification available. This includes USDA organic certification, Non-GMO Project verification, and kosher certification. Teas also can be labeled as gluten-free, vegan, and sustainable. If there are specific certifications that are important to you, check for these on the box or in the product description.

What to look for in a quality immune-booster tea

All-natural ingredients

Highly-rated tea brands do not put artificial ingredients in their immune-boosting blends. Be aware that there are some companies that manufacture teas with artificial sweeteners and other chemicals. Teas containing artificial ingredients are often of lower quality and should be avoided.

Multiple immune-boosting ingredients

Top immune-booster teas combine a variety of ingredients shown to support the immune system. Blends that strategically combine herbs for this purpose often deliver the best results. Look for teas that list two or more primary immune-boosting ingredients.

Caffeine-free

For some individuals, caffeine can produce adverse effects in low quantities. According to MedlinePlus, excess caffeine consumption can lead to dehydration, headaches, dizziness, and insomnia. All of these side effects are counterproductive to boosting the immune system and preventing illness. This is why it is essential to purchase a tea blend that is caffeine-free.

Vitamin C

For decades, vitamin C has been recognized as a powerful ally of the immune system. Quality immune-booster teas often add vitamin C – or ingredients containing vitamin C – to further elevate the blend’s capabilities.

How much you can expect to spend on an immune-booster tea

One box of immune-boosting tea containing 16 bags typically costs $3-$6.

Immune booster tea FAQ

Does immune-boosting tea really work?

A. Highly-rated immune-boosting teas contain ingredients that have been proven to help the immune system ward off common illnesses such as the cold and flu.

Should you ask your doctor about drinking immune-boosting tea if you’re taking medication?

A. Yes. If you have any concerns about drug interactions, always consult with your doctor before consuming herbal tea.

Should you drink immune-boosting tea only if you’re sick?

A. No. While your immune system will certainly welcome the support when you’re feeling sick, drinking this tea proactively is a good idea.

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Sip on green tea throughout the day to help reduce belly fat.

Pass the matcha or cuppa green tea, please. “Tea’s antioxidants are credited for doing everything from helping to protect against heart disease and cancer to revving metabolism,” says Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT, The Nutrition Twins, founders of The 21-Day Body Reboot.

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“Green tea has been shown to increase fat loss by reducing food intake, increasing fat burning, and suppressing the formation of fat cells. To shrink belly fat, sip it throughout the day, aiming to drink 4-6 teacups daily (teacups are smaller than regular cups and hold 4-5 ounces),” they continue, adding that green tea contains caffeine, which may help with body fat reduction as well.

Check out our guide to green tea brands here.

By Perri O. Blumberg

Source: 6 Drinking Habits to Melt Belly Fat (msn.com)

This Popular Alcohol Is Being Pulled from Shelves Across the U.S.

Whether you’re planning a party or simply stocking up your at-home bar cart, alcohol is often a shopping list staple. The sale of beer, wine, and liquor has only increased since the pandemic started, with liquor store sales having climbed nearly 11 percent in almost every state, per CNN. But if you’ve gotten used to picking up a bottle of your go-to booze during grocery trips, you could be in for disappointment in the coming weeks. One popular type of alcohol is becoming harder to find in the U.S. as it’s being pulled from store shelves. Read on to find out what liquor has been banned in several states.

Some U.S. governors are ordering liquor stores to stop selling Russian vodka.

If you’re a vodka fan, you might have limited options soon. The governors of several U.S. states have just ordered government-run liquor stores to pull Russian-made vodka and other distilled spirits, Reuters reported on Feb. 27. According to the news outlet, this call has come as a show of solidarity for Ukrainian people amid the recent invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. Some of the Russian-based vodka brands being sold in the U.S. include Russian Standard and Green Mark, CNN reported.

At least four states have issued orders to ban the sale of alcohol from Russia.

Some of the states that have put a concrete ban on Russian alcohol so far include New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Utah.

The U.S. doesn’t actually import much vodka from Russia.

These protests are mostly just symbolic and unlikely to have any meaningful effect—especially when it comes to you finding vodka at your local liquor stores. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, only 1.2 percent of the country’s vodka imports actually came from Russia in the first half of 2021.

By Kali Coleman for Best Life©

Source:This Popular Alcohol Is Being Pulled from Shelves Across the U.S. (msn.com)

Tea: To Your Health

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Sorry, Kermit! As I sit here drinking my third cup of coffee, I’m wondering why most Americans don’t drink much tea. History gives us an answer to that question. Believe it or not, one historic American event caused tea-drinking colonial Americans to become life-long coffee drinkers. Read about it here:

The Boston Tea Party, of course. History to the rescue again.

Whatever your choice of beverage, keep drinking, keep learning, because life just keeps on teaching!