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8 Herbal Teas You Should Know About

Herbal teas are known for their refreshing flavour and calming properties. They are prepared either by mixing herbs with tea or by simply brewing the herbs. Besides being gentle and readily available, they are also associated with number medicinal and therapeutic properties. Here is a list of top 8 herbal teas with great health benefits you can brew and enjoy.


Peppermint tea

Peppermint tea is mild and is very refreshing. The main component of the tea is peppermint oil which contributes to all the therapeutic effects. The tea is rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium and contains very low calories. It is best known for its properties to soothe the stomach and promote digestion. A warm glass of peppermint tea can also help to effectively relieve nausea [1]. You can easily find dried peppermint leaves in ayurvedic stores and even in some drug store.

Steps to brew – For 1 cup peppermint tea:
In boiling water, put 2 tablespoons of dried peppermint leaves
Let it steep for 15-20 minutes and then strain
You can add some sweetener according to your taste and enjoy your hot cup of tea


Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea is mild and reviving. It is found very powerful to treat a number of maladies. It has sedative properties that can relieve both sleeplessness and anxiety. Here’s how you can deal with anxiety disorders. It has also been shown to be helpful in relieving skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema[2]. Dried chamomile flowers can be found in most grocery stores.
Steps to brew – For 1 cup chamomile tea:
In a cup of hot water, put 2-3 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers
Allow it to infuse for a few minutes
With the help of a strainer, strain the liquid into another cup
You can add some honey or lemon juice according to your taste


Lemon balm tea

This herb belongs to the mint family and has been used for centuries to treat indigestion, anxiety and sleep disorders. This herb is good for the digestive system and is helpful in reducing flatulence and indigestion. Being antispasmodic in nature, it is also effective in easing menstrual cramps. Lemon balm is a medicinal plant and can be found in any ayurvedic store and or healthy supermarkets like Wholefoods or Choices.
Steps to brew – For 1 cup lemon balm tea:
Add a teaspoon of the dried herb into boiling water
Now steep it for 10-15 minutes and remove the leaves using a strainer
You can sweeten the tea with honey


Ginger tea

Ginger tea is known for its prized medicinal benefits. It is best known for its ability to fight nausea. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to relieve muscle soreness after exercise. Drinking ginger tea during periods can also be helpful in reducing menstrual pain.
Steps to brew – For 1 cup ginger tea:
Slice ginger into thin pieces
Now bring a cup of water to boil and add the ginger slices
Let it steep for 10 minutes, then strain the water to remove the ginger
Add honey or fresh lemon juice, as per preference
Alternately, you can also add some ginger to your tea leaves, steep for a few minutes and then strain.


Lavender tea

Lavender is known for its bright purple flowers and pleasant aroma. Lavender is an antidepressant, expectorant analgesic and an antiseptic. Lavender tea is primarily used to ease anxiety, insomnia, stress and depression. The tea is also good for relieving indigestion and nausea [3]. You can find Lavender tea in most health food stores like Finlandia or Wholefoods.

Steps to brew – For 1 cup lavender tea:
Bring a cup of water to boil and put 2 tablespoons of dried lavender flowers
Now allow it to steep for good 4-5 minutes
Strain and serve the lavender tea with honey or sliced lemon
Lavender tea bags are also a convenient way to enjoy lavender tea.


Lemongrass tea

Lemongrass tea has a strong lemony fragrance. Lemongrass contains a lot of volatile oils that are rich in antioxidants and can protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to reduce pain in conditions such as arthritis. Lemongrass tea leaves are easily available at grocery stores. Dried lemongrass can also be found in ready-to-use tea bags from stores.
How to brew – For 1 cup lemongrass tea:
Add 2 tablespoons of tea leaves in boiling water
Steep it for 10 minutes until the tea becomes golden-brown in colour
Strain and add honey to the tea if you have a sweet tooth


Rosehip Tea
Rosehip is the fruit of rose plant that is typically red or orange in colour. It not only has beauty benefits, but it can also ward off many diseases. Being rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, rosehip tea has good antioxidant properties. Antioxidants can play a role in preventing arthritis, heart diseases and cancer. It is also a rich source of vitamin A which is an immune system booster [4]. You can find rosehip fruit in stores. You can also directly brew the Lipton rosehip tea if you can’t find the fruit.
Steps to brew – For 1 cup rosehip tea:
Boil a cup of water in a bowl and place a handful of dried rosehips in the bowl of boiling water
Leave the rosehips in the boiled water and let it steep for 10-15 minutes
Strain the water and drink the tea immediately before it gets cold


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Feng Shui matters for pets!

Feng Shui and Animals
(Reiki Energy & Crystal Healing can help!)

Have you ever been curious as to why your cat or dog insists on sitting, laying, or sleeping in a certain or what seems to be a strange part of your home? Feng shui is yet another way to help explain why your pets choose the places they do.

There are two ways to describe the instinctual differences between cats and dogs. Cats by nature are what we call “ray seekers”, or go to the most negative parts of a home, and dogs by nature are what we call “ray fleers or avoiders”, meaning they are attracted to the most positive parts of a home.

What is it that classifies an area as negative you might wonder. Well, a negative area, also known as a disturbance zone, includes:

Anyplace electrical devices are plugged in (also known as electromagnetic frequencies)Where microwaves are located (cats are often found on kitchen counters for this very reason), A room, bed, or couch where someone has been sick or ill, Where there are hidden electrical wires, Where ever there is concealed synthetic insulation in older buildings or homes that still contains asbestos or remnants of it.

The effects from living or sleeping in such negative areas can include, (to name a few, as new research is continually being conducted):

Allergies
Insomnia
Fatigue
Depression
Cancer

It is believed that cats seek out the negative areas because they can detect these disturbance zones biologically. They absorb the negative energy whether it is from electric sources, radiation, sickness, disease, or pain, to help shield others from its harmful effects. When a cat rubs up against a certain part of your body you should take notice, because often times they are picking up on an “energy disturbance” or undetected ailment.

Dogs are also capable of this biological honing device. However, unlike cats, they don’t absorb the “rays” or negative energy. In a sense, they recycle it. The negative energy is absorbed through them, transformed, and then sent out as positive. Cats on the other hand, hold the negative energy and end up having to clean themselves often.

We can learn so much through observing our pets behavior in our environments and through this observation, maintain our health. It has been clinically proven that spending time with animals greatly decreases blood pressure, stress levels, and aids in healing and transforming negative thought patterns, which is my belief, are the seeds of all sickness and “dis-ease.”

Animals are an amazing, if not necessary part of positive feng shui for any home. Their unconditional love, their natural healing abilities, and their vulnerability, allow us to learn from them and grow within ourselves. (Excerpts from: fengshuitao.com)

If you have some time, take a moment to assess the environment for your pet.  Make some changes and observe the effects that simple changes and practice can do for both you and your pet.  Negative energies can be blocked, causing an overall imbalance from external to internal factors.

Reiki energy healing in combination with crystal healing can really make a difference to bring that harmony back. 

Want to help your pet release that negative energy?

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