Avoid buying items with corn or corn-based substances (corn oil, cornstarch, or corn syrup) as ingredients. According to the USDA, at least 85 percent of the corn grown in this country has been genetically modified, meaning the plants were altered to make them more pest resistant. The Food Alliance Certified seal means that a product […]
Black tea, green tea and white teas are a rich source of the antioxidant EGCG. White tea contains the most as it is the least processed, followed by green, then black tea. Emerging research suggests that consumption and topical application of EGCG can help protect the skin from UV damage and skin cancer. One may […]
LEMONY HERBAL TEAThis lovely, light tea is delicious as a warm after-dinner beverage. It’s also refreshing when iced — as is or combined with a fruity juice.4 cups boiling water 2 tablespoons peppermint leaf2 tablespoons raspberry leaf4 tablespoons lemongrasshoney to taste (optional)Place ingredients in pitcher and place in sun for 2-4 hours. Alternate method: Pour […]
A go-to herb for colds, this plant (Echinacea purpurea and E. angustifolia) may help support your immune system to fight viruses. The root, leaves, and flowers are all medicinal. How to use: Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of tincture (herbal extract) every two hours until symptoms are gone. Echinacea also comes in tea blends.
This member of the mint family is both calming and uplifting, making it useful for easing day-to-day stress, insomnia, and the winter blues. Lemon balm is delicious in tea form; pour boiling water over fresh or dried leaves, let steep for 20 minutes. Drink a few cups daily. Or combine lemon balm with oat tops.
Indulged in one too many servings of ambrosia salad? Unburden your belly by drinking a cup of chamomile tea (iced if you prefer) or chewing on fennel seeds. Both natural remedies act as carminatives to aid digestion and dispel gas from the stomach.
For nourishing refreshment, nothing quenches better—or is easier to prepare—than herbal iced tea. Make your own with the help of the sun. Use your favorite herbs alone or in combination. Drink them plain or sweetened, or mixed with juices, sparkling waters, or natural sodas. Citrus Hibiscus – This colorful beverage brings a vacation on the beach to mind.1 […]
Research suggests that people with mild eczema who drink oolong tea three times a day may show improvement in itching and other symptoms. Compounds in the tea called polyphenols appear to be responsible.
Ease occasional indigestion by sipping a cup of peppermint tea after your meal. Peppermint improves the flow of bile, which moves food through the digestive tract more quickly. Use peppermint with caution if you have acid reflux; it can make that problem worse.
Life this time of year can feel like a marathon of family gatherings, shopping, and general overdoing. Instead of relying on vast amounts of caffeine to keep up the pace, try a homemade herbal chai to build your body’s reserves. This energy-enhancing blend stars eleuthero (also known as Siberian ginseng), which helps the body adapt […]