September TeasSep 16, 2022
Leaving room to be open - As we get older, people have a tendency to become more rigid in their thinking. As we age, we solidify our preferences for things and can become less flexible about how we take in situations or new circumstances. Take time to reflect this week over a cup of tea on how you may be rigid about something and how you might soften or loosen that thinking to be open to new experiences.
Ginger Tea - Ginger tea is a popular beverage made by steeping fresh ginger in boiling water. Ginger tea has a long history of being used for both medicinal and culinary purposes in various parts of Asia. Some historians believe ginger tea was created as early as the Tang dynasty in seventh century China, when ginger was added to tea as a flavor enhancer. Ginger tea is believed to be effective in treating nausea, pain, inflammation, high blood pressure, and weight management. You can purchase ginger-flavored tea bags or prepared teas at the supermarket or health food store. These are made with flavored tea leaves, not actual pieces of fresh ginger. If you want to make your own ginger tea, you can start by boiling water and then adding a piece of fresh ginger to it. Allow the ginger to steep in the water for several minutes before drinking. You can also add honey or lemon to taste. Ginger tea is a refreshing and healthy beverage that can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Eucalyptus Tea - Eucalyptus Tea is an herbal tea made from the leaves of the Australian eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) tree. This hot tea is commonly used to treat symptoms of cold and flu and can be combined with other teas as a soothing tonic. Eucalyptus tea should be made from crushed leaves of the tree, not from the oil that is extracted from the leaves. So the warm drink is sometimes called eucalyptus leaves tea, to avoid confusion. There are different varieties of the eucalyptus tree but the one used for the preparation of eucalyptus tea and eucalyptus oil is commonly called the blue gum tree or the Australian fever tree. This fast-growing tree produces long, leathery grey-greenish leaves. The leaf glands contain a volatile oil (also called an essential oil) known as eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia but can now be found in many parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, and North America. Eucalyptus tea has a refreshing minty taste and can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Fennel Tea - Fennel is a tall herb with a hollow stem and yellow flowers. Fennel tea has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant and can be purchased at any supermarket or health food store. Fennel tea tastes like licorice and has a relaxing scent with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Fennel seeds can be dried to make this potent tea. Fennel is known to strengthen your eyesight, regulate hormones, improve your digestion, and help memory. When Fennel tea is consumed it acts as a relaxant due to the anethole found in the Fennel herb. Fennel has a long lineage of being used medicinally and continues to be consumed today for its many benefits. Fennel tea is enjoyed by many people all over the world and can be easily made at home with just a few simple ingredients.
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