Health Benefits of Tea

Health benefits of herbal tea

Health benefits of herbal tea 

Many people can’t imagine going a single morning without their habitual cup of coffee. There is something unbeatable about a hot cup of luscious liquid carrying caffeine and sugar to you first thing in the morning. 

What many don’t realize is that their dependency on bean juice can lead to excruciating headaches and a whole laundry list of other health problems. For those who don’t want to give up their vice but also want to lead a healthier life, tea is a great option. It might not be quite as delicious, but that’s where honey comes in! You might also find that your tea has 2-3X the caffeine. I say, BRING IT ON!

Tea has been consumed around the world for thousands of years. Records show tea has been specifically drunk for its medicinal properties, and since 300 AD. There are many myths of how tea was first discovered. Some people believe that random leaves were blown into boiling water, while others think that tea was first consumed by the Gods. As such, tea may have been the official, celebratory beverage at We Created The Universe Party. GO GODS!

Regardless of the origins of tea, the beverage has become a staple in many cultures around the world. People are fascinated by the complexities of taste and doctors are bewildered by its healing properties.

 

 

Types of Tea

Technically, tea is any dried leaf that is steeped within hot water. However, many enthusiasts consider only green, black, white, Pu-erh, and oolong teas to be true teas. All of these teas have natural antioxidants and flavonoids that promote wellbeing. Studies have also shown that drinking teas can help with some forms of cancer, diabetes, clogged arteries, and heart disease.

Teas are also wonderful when you want to get to know someone from the U.K. Tea time!

 

Green:

Healing, Longevity, Libido, Energy, and Love

Made with steamed leaves, green tea is one of the most widely studied teas of them all. Green tea has a high concentration of Epigallocatechin gallate EGCG, a compound known to prevent growth in cancerous tissues. Green tea may also help individuals burn fat, prevent calcification of arterial walls, improve cholesterol, and even reduce the risk of stroke.

 

Black:

Courage, Alertness, Mental Clarity, Strength

This tea uses fermented leaves and boasts the highest caffeine of any other tea. Its strong flavors are the backbone to many popular teas: iced tea, chai, and instant. Studies show drinking black teas can help protect the respiratory tract from cigarette smoke.

For many, black tea is the obvious and most treasured choice to replace your daily injection of coffee. The bitter taste and high caffeine mimic its java brother. The higher level of caffeine is one of the reasons this tea is known to bolster courage. The tea causes an increase of blood flow that leaves the drinker awake and aware.  

White:

Happiness, Protection, New Beginnings, Cleansing

Unfermented and uncured, white tea is a minimally processed tea. While some teas are aged to bring out varieties of flavors, and others are allowed to decay, white tea leaves echo the purity of their properties. Drinking this tea helps prepare your body and spirit for change, upleveling, and transformation. It’s a wonderful tea for ceremonies, especially those where you are surrounded by forests, embedded in the bosom of a wilderness. 

The lighter notes of flavor brighten your taste buds and improve your mood. Many report feeling happier or more relaxed after a cup of white tea. This color of tea is helpful to drink when you feel like you need to re-center, regroup, or peacefully plan your takeover of the world.

 

Pu-erh:

Reflection, Psychic Development, Divination

Fermented and aged, pu-erh is one of the rarer teas. It is technically a black tea, but the leaves are processed in a different way.

Pu-erh is aged under pressure. Processors compress the leaves to create a cake. While compressed, the tea ferments more effectively than in normal black teas. The result of the process is a complex tea that connoisseurs prefer and highly recommend, and one for which you might go wild!

This tea is known to help those tune into the world around them. Psychics, clairsentients, and empaths drink the tea and enjoy how it enhances their abilities to look and focus within themselves. This is a great tea to use before, during, and after meditation. It’s also the perfect tea for scrying, you know, piercing the walls of reality and sourcing information from the beyond!

Pu-erh isn’t just great for those trying to tone their spiritual bodies, Scientists have discovered that Pu-erh causes weight loss and better cholesterol in animal studies.

 

Oolong:

Relationships, Concentration, Romance

Oolong tea is partially fermented. It’s known for its ability to improve mental clarity. Many claim Oolong can help with eczema, tooth decay, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Although all tea has been proven to have some antimicrobial effects, studies are still being conducted to prove Oolong’s bone-restorative traits.

 

Herbal:

Varies Depending on Herbs

In the beginning, I shared that tea enthusiasts have a very rigid opinion of what a Tea is and should be. Though many herbal teas are not fermented or steamed like a traditional black or Pu-erh blend, the varieties of herbal teas are only limited by your imagination.

Many people drink chamomile to help them fall asleep. Others enjoy honeysuckle, lavender, or jasmine teas to awaken and soothe their senses. Because the flower changes from tea to tea, there are no catch-all properties to this blend. Simply pick flowers that are connected to your current emotional wellbeing, then breathe deeply and enjoy.

No matter which color tea calls to you at any given moment, there is a tea for every occasion. If you are struggling to stop drinking coffee or just trying to live a healthier life, drinking tea can be a great way to improve your mood, emotional stability, and physical health.

If you’re like me, you might consider rotating triple espressos with a nice green tea once in a while. I love noticing the difference in how each of these lovely beverages affects my intuition, perception, and creative flow. 

Tune into your muse and ask her, “What beverage, my dear, should I consume today so that I may merge more abundantly and congruently with you?” I bet she’ll answer you!

How to Grow a Healing Garden at Home

Growing a healing herb garden at home
Growing a healing herb garden at home
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Whether you cook at home, create your own incense, or look to nature to solve most of your problems, there is one fact you can’t deny: when it comes to plants, fresher is always better. 

For many of us, it can be difficult to find unusual and healing herbs in grocery stores or within new-age supply chains. Luckily, the internet has made growing your own garden at home easier than ever.

Hook it up! Let’s grow a garden! Wooohooo!

 

Finding the Right Location

Once you’ve decided to build your magic garden, the first thing you need to do is choose the location. Do you want to plant outside or inside? How about both! Each of these locations has benefits and drawbacks that affect growth and the ability to keep plants safe, healthy, and productive.

Regardless of location, plants, like all things, live best in balance with the elements. This includes plenty of sunlight to promote new growth, water for nourishment and to remain upright, soil to draw nutrients from, and carbon dioxide to produce energy. When you are choosing where you want to set up your garden, keep the elements in mind!

 

Indoors

Depending on where you live, the only place you can grow plants might be inside. There are plenty of planters available that not only allow adequate drainage but double as beautiful centerpieces in any room.

Place the planter near a window or skylight. Most plants require 4-10 hours of light, but the type of light can differ.

Bright Light

Use southern/western facing windows, or north/east if you live in the southern hemisphere. Bright light means direct light. If you look at the sky from the height of the leaves, you should see the sun. If you don’t have a window with direct light, you might have to add a synthetic source. Luckily, LEDs have made growing lamps cheaper, and they won’t jack up your electric bill.

Indirect Light

Use northern/eastern facing windows, opposite for the southern hemisphere. If you want the garden in a room with direct light, move the garden further away from the window or find another way to restrict light. You can use sheer curtains or add tint to windows to help control the amount of light plants will receive.

Low Light

Most houses have low levels of light. A good rule to follow is to try and read a book. If you keep thinking you want to turn a light on, the room has low light. Move plants away from windows or choose to plant in front of a northern window, southern for south of the equator.

 

Outdoors

When planting outdoors, it is a lot easier to judge how much light the garden will get. Shade is indirect light. If the area is in shade most of the day, it is a location with low light. 

Wild, untempered animals and humans should be kept out of garden beds and directed away from areas where they might step on plants and prevent new growth. If you have kids, dogs, ferrets, dragons, or large, careless humans in your tribe, you might consider installing a fence to manage them all. This will keep your garden safe and productive.

Remember, any changes to the perimeter could alter how the sun hits the plants. Consider opting for wireframe fences or barriers made from material that lets light through – a trellis for instance.

 

Before You Plant

Now that you’ve selected the ideal location to start your garden, you’re ready to till the soil and add a fertilizing agent.

There are many commercially available fertilizers out there, but keeping it to old fashion manure is the cheapest and safest way to add nutrients to the soil. The purpose of fertilization is to add nitrates to the growth medium. Over time, soil can become infertile, sapped of all its nutrients, and barely usable. By adding fertilizer, you can be sure that the plant foliage will have everything it needs to grow bountifully. This is especially true if you are growing vegetables and fruits in the same garden.

Once you have fertilized the soil, spread it or pour it out evenly. If you are adding fertilizer after laying your soul, till the ground to mix everything together. It’s important to make sure your dirt is packed tightly enough to support the weight of the plant, but not so tight so as to restrict the growth patterns of root systems and the flow of chi. 

After the earth is prepared and the ideal location has been selected, it’s time for the best part, selecting the plants for your new super awesome garden.

 

Picking your Plants

Being the root of all medicine, each plant has some medicinal property or another. There are many encyclopedias that aim to list every plant and their properties. These are just a few of the easiest to come by,

 

Aloe Vera

Light — Full, Part Sun

Soil —   Sandy

Bloom — Summer

Folknames— Medicine Plant, Burn Plant, Saqal, Zabila

Uses —

Aloe Vera is thought to protect the people and locations that are in contact with it. Planting it outside can ward off unwanted energy. In some parts of Africa and Mexico, cuttings are hung on doors to prevent evil spirits from entering.

It’s no secret that aloe is used to heal burns, which is good because this plant thrives in tropical environments. If you have naturally sandy soil and live in a coastal region, chances are there is already some of this plant living near to you. Aloe is a hardy plant that is forgiving to even the newest gardener.

 

Gotu-Kola

Light — Full, Part Sun

Soil —   Moist

Folknames— Indian Pennywort, Hydrocotyle

Uses —

Popular in meditation, Gotu-Kola is dried and burnt prior to meditation to help users relax and deepen their attention. Although the plant is known to love water, be careful not to drown the roots. Add enough water to moisten the soil, but don’t allow puddles to form. Indoors, be sure the plant has plenty of space to drain.

 

Mint

Light — Full Sun

Soil —   Loamy (Sand, Silt, and a little Clay)

Folknames — Garden Mint

Uses —

Mint is celebrated for its ability to heal. Used in teas or topically as salves, mint has been used for centuries to alleviate headaches, upset stomachs, and many other aches and pains. When growing, you can’t ask for an easier plant. Mint grows in direct sun and spreads rapidly. As an added bonus, the scent will help keep away mosquitos.

 

Chives

Light — Full Sun

Soil —   Loamy to Sandy

Bloom — Summer

Flower Color — Pink, Purple, Red, White

Folknames— Rush Leek

Uses —

Can be used fresh or dried in cooking or teas. Green onions have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The herb is thought to increase fertility in men and heal those that come in contact with it. Some cultures believe the strong scent scares away evil spirits. When added to the garden, green onions can attract butterflies and other wonderful Light-Beings!

 

Basil

Light — Full Sun

Soil —   Loamy

Bloom — Summer

Flower Color — Pink, Purple, White

Folknames— American Dittany, St. Joseph’s Wort, Njilika

Uses —

Love, wealth, protection, and controlling emotions. The scent of fresh basil is thought to ignite empathy. Through understanding, this magical herb helps build relationships and brings love into the lives of those it touches. Some users also report improvements in depression.

 

Thyme

Light — Full, Part Sun

Soil —   Loamy, Sandy

Uses —

Thyme has several uses. Its smell provides courage and energy to those who wear it. The herb is burned to promote good health and speedy recoveries. Like Sage, Thyme can also be used to smudge areas you are trying to cleanse.

 

Hot Peppers

Light — Full, Part Sun

Soil —   Loamy

Bloom — Summer

Flower Color —White

Uses —

Peppers are actually fruit; as such, they require more nutrients than other plants on this list. The plant itself is very hardy, but the pepper will grow proportionally to the quality of the care that is afforded them. Peppers are used throughout the world to treat pain. The chemical that makes them spicy helps boost metabolism and decreases inflammation.

These are just a few of the easiest plants to grow if you are starting a garden for the first time. There is an almost unlimited list of plants to choose from, but the benefits reaped from tending the garden can be just as beneficial as the plants themselves.

When we take time to care for others, including plants, we begin to understand our connection to the world around us. For many, gardening is a kind of meditation, a moment of peace away from distractions. Whether it be for cooking, spiritual growth, or healing, growing plants can help improve your life. 

When gardening or tilling your soil, communicate with all the elements. Tell your seeds, plants, soil, and microbes that you love them. Sing to them. Tell them how grateful you are that they are alive and in the process of nurturing and nourishing you and your family. 

You are a Light-Being and so are all the plants and minerals in your garden. You are one big happy family. Love each other and enjoy each other. Remember that you are the leader of this massive tribe. Share your love often!