Herbal-tea

5 Ways To Get A Better Night’s Sleep

While it might feel impossible to get a good night’s sleep nowadays, there are a few ways to switch-off your body and relax before bedtime. Beauty sleep is certainly no myth – after all, a woman needs her eight hours per-night, right?

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Herbal tea

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5 Ways To Get A Better Night's Sleep

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Log off

Make sure all phones, tablets and laptops are turned off at least two hours before you hop into bed. The constant light could be harming your eyes and be a big reason why you can’t fall asleep naturally. Instead, read a relaxing book which is the perfect way to relax.

Exercise

Sometimes not enough physical activity is the reason you can’t get to sleep at night – your body simply isn’t tired enough! Why not choose a local yoga class, or even take your dog for an evening walk to the park?

Diet

Could your diet be the main culprit when it comes to bad sleep cycles? All those refined sugars and trans-fats could actually be keeping you up at night and risking your long-term health. Make small switches to your diet and remember to drink lots of water to flush out those toxins.

No-caffeine zone

Keep away from energy drinks which are packed with caffeine and really bad for your heart. These drinks might give you a burst of energy in the late afternoon, but your body will crash soon afterwards. Try something like fruit-infused water which is a natural way to fuel the body.

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August 8, 2015

What’s The Difference Between Tea and Tisanes?

Who doesn’t like to unwind with a nice cup of warm tea after a long day at work? Tisanes or herbal teas are becoming increasingly popular since they are packed with antioxidants and actually contain less caffeine than your standard cup of tea.

Pronounced tea-zahn, they are easily available at the supermarket or can even be infused at home or as part of a detox! For more information, have a read through our guide about tisanes below.

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Types of tisanes

There are several types of tisanes available depending upon your personal preference and taste. Some of the most popular tisanes include:

Leaf – mint, lemongrass, lemon balm

Bark – cinnamon, slippery elm, black cherry bark

Flower – hibiscus, chamomile, lavender, rose

Root – chicory, echinacea, ginger

These tisanes are actually more concentrated than your standard cup of tea, and therefore their flavour is much stronger. Any teas which are made with the ingredients about are classified as herbal teas, and can be used to treat a variety of different conditions.

How to prepare tisanes?

Tisanes are actually really quick and easy to prepare if you have the correct techniques. There are essentially two ways to prepare the perfect tisane: decoction and infusion. Decoction is most popular with root and bark tisanes which just involves boiling the water and herbs for a longer period of time.

On the other hand, infusion which is most popular follows a similar step, but then requires you to strain the tea leaves before drinking.

Where can I buy tisanes?

Most tisanes are readily available in the supermarket, but if you want to mix and match to create your own, there are a variety of blends available straight from the internet.

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May 28, 2015

The Tea Guide: Benefits Of Different Teas

Are you a coffee or a tea person? I’m both. Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon. And while I love coffee a little bit more, I have to admit that tea is much better for me, or anyone.

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Not all teas are the same, of course  some have more health benefits than others, but it seems as if there is a tea for every problem you may have. Here is a little tea guide:

Green Tea: This common and popular tea can lower cholesterol and help to burn fat. It can even prevent the clogging of arteries!

Lemon Ginger Tea: Lemon combined with ginger are said to be natural immune-boosters and can even help to fight bacteria. This tea can therefore support your body during cold and flu season. Ginger is also recommended when feeling nauseous.

Peppermint Tea: This tea is not only very refreshing (especially when cold), but it also helps you when you feel bloated as it relieves muscles.

Chamomile Tea: The flowers of the chamomile plant have a calming effect, which is why chamomile tea is recommended before going to bed or if you are struggling with insomnia.

Rooibos Tea: Listen up, ladies! This tea will make your skin glow as it is full of antioxidants. Moreover, it contains Vitamin C; the perfect health-kick-tea!

Dandelion Tea: This one’s not as common, but you might want to look out for it during your next visit to a health store as dandelion tea has detoxifying qualities and supports a healthy liver function.

White Tea: White tea contains the least amount of caffeine and can boost your metabolism.

The bottom line is that your body will benefit from any kind of tea, but knowing the effects of different teas will make it easier to make a smart choice when it’s tea time.

April 19, 2015

A Beginner’s Guide To Tea

In some cultures, tea is central to religious ceremonies and events. For others, it can be the center of a social gathering. But for most, sitting alone with a cup of tea is the best therapy on offer. Not only is tea tasty and relaxing, it is also extremely beneficial to our health. Tea is high in antioxidants which help cleanse our body of bad toxins. It is also said to help combat illness, ease headaches, delay aging, boost immunity, and prevent cancer. To discover the benefits of varying teas, use this helpful list.

Black tea
The most popular tea, black tea comprises 80 per cent of all tea consumed. It is high in caffeine, but offers an energy boost without overstimulation, often experienced by coffee drinkers. Black tea is great for reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Green tea
Green tea is the second most enjoyed tea worldwide. It is high in antioxidants, is great for digestion, helps lift depression, lower blood pressure and is great for the skin. The benefits are endless.

White tea
White tea has the least caffeine and the most antioxidants. It can only be harvested during certain times of the year, and is thus considered quite exclusive. It shares many qualities with its green sibling, but has a lighter, sweeter taste.

Rooibos tea
One of Rooibos’ greatest assets is it is naturally caffeine free, and can thus be consumed by children and pregnant women. Also very rich in antioxidants, it can improve circulation, aid in the absorption of iron and, help skin conditions.

Peppermint tea
Popular in the Netherlands, you can make peppermint tea at home by adding fresh mint leaves to hot water. Peppermint tea has relaxing properties and is also good for aiding digestion and reducing bloating. Some believe that it can relieve symptoms of cold sores.

Ginger tea
Also easy to make at home, ginger tea is often consumed with lemon and honey to make it a bit sweeter on the taste buds. Ginger is anti-bacterial and is therefore great at boosting your immunity and combatting cold and flu. It is also said to aid nausea and morning sickness.

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August 4, 2014

4 Great Herbs for Health

Spicy Mustard Seed:

In Chinese medicine this is often used in digestion. It’s called a yang tonic, which means it stimulates and invigorates the body.Sage:

This not only adds to flavouring stuffing’s and meat dishes, sage has long been used as a digestive aid, especially with fatty meals.

Lavender:

Has soothing properties that help relax and calm. Tie dried lavender leaves into a sachet to tuck under your pillow for a refreshing night’s sleep.

Lemon Balm:

Grow this for its citrus scent and flavour. A recent study shows that it has 10 times more antioxidant activity than Vitamin C or E.

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