5 healthy spring flower and herbal leaf teas

Hello, spring is coming. Maybe not yet in Finland, spring in Finland usually starts in May. In Vietnam we calculate spring from January so now is spring time with me. Today I will share with you 5 healthy spring teas and some important notice about these teas. You can find these leaf and flowers in the forest or the dried tea bag in the supermarket but not blueberry flower. You can add these leaf tea in your healthy drink routines. You might know all the leaf already but I can list all the leaf in here if you miss something. Here we go!



Blueberry flower is a very exotic tea and I love a fresh and fruity smell of the flower. This tea is might be difficult to find in your home countries. Even in Finland, I have to go to the forest to find it. Don’t collect so much blueberry flowers and young leaves if you want blueberries in the autumn.


The first picture in this post is wild European bilberry flowers. And this is blueberry or highbush blueberry flowers.



Both of them are beautiful and look different.  About the taste highbush blueberry flower has a stronger taste than bilberry. But, I like bilberry fruit more than highbush blueberry.

Blueberry flowers tea has a fresh taste, vitamin C, and some catechins ingredients. In the Europe, we have the bilberry or the European blueberries. Bilberry leaves contain active constituents including tannins, polyphenolic acids, flavonoids, arbutin, catechins, iridoids, and quercetin.


It is very easy to make blueberry flower tea. Clean young leave and flowers with water. Let’s it dries little bit then boil it with boiling water. Wait for 5-8 minutes then you have a very fresh, rich anthocyanin, and healthy exotic spring tea. The tea has a light taste of blueberries, very light sour and a super fresh taste.


2. Artichoke tea



Don’t forget to make artichoke tea when you buy artichoke in this spring. What is artichoke tea? Artichoke tea is the artichoke water when you boil artichoke. Don’t  throw away artichoke water when you cook the artichoke. Believe me, this water tastes very nice and healthy too.


When I buy artichoke I will discard the thorny leaves. I don’t throw them away but keep it in a fridge for 2 or 3 days. You can also dry the artichoke for tea later. Remember to dry the artichoke leaves before you dry it. Separate the leaves clean it with water and dry leave with clean cloth or paper. Dry the artichoke for 2-3 days in the room temperature.  One time I had thrown all my dried artichoke tea because it got mold because I didn’t clean it before drying it.


You can boil the thorny leaves with 3 cups of water with 12-15 leaves. Boil it for 10-15 minutes. This tea has a sweet taste of it own but you can add some honey if you like a sweeter taste.


Separate the leaves, stalk, and roots, and wash them. Add about 100 grams of this in 1 liter of water and bring it to a boil. Once it starts boiling, put off the flame and let it stand for 10 minutes. Strain and store the light-green liquid in another container.



Springtime is a great time to collect dandelion for the tea. You should try this healthy, detox tea with a rich source of antioxidant properties. Many researches have proved the power of dandelion in anti inflammatory, obesity, and cancer.


Springtime is the best time to collect dandelion. Don’t forget to collect the dandelion root. Dandelion roots contain minerals, Phytosterols including sitosterol, stigmasterol, and taraxasterol. It’s quite difficult to collect the dandelion root if you don’t have a tool. You should prepare a knife or something that can dig 5-10 centimeter (2-4 inches) into the ground.


Don’t collect dandelion in the roadsides or in a fertilized garden. Many studies show that dandelion absorbs heavy metal or in the agricultural land. Do not pick dandelion grown in recreational parks. Dandelion grows off the side of roads and backyards where people used herbicide, are not good too. Dandelion can absorb lead in high pollution area. In Finland, they recommend collecting the wild leaf 50 meters (164 feet) away from the road.


If you can’t find the fresh dandelion leaf you can also buy the organic dandelion tea in the supermarket. This healthy tea is a great tea to add in your healthy drinks routines.


The dandelion doses for adults are 4-10 g of the drug or as an infusion, three times daily  2-5 ml of tincture (1:5, ethanol 25% V/V), and  5-10 ml of juice from the fresh leaf, twice daily.


There is no restriction on the duration of dandelion’s usage. In the EMA report recommends limiting the duration of use to 2 weeks as the clinical safety studies are lacking.




Nettle leaf is yummy, and healthy leaf even it’s very dangerous plant in the forest or the field. Springtime is the best time to collect nettle leaf tea too. You should collect the nettle leaf before it has the flower. You can boil nettle leaf as a green leaf and use it as a tonic herbal tea.The nettle tea is tasty, fresh and healthy. You can add some lemon juice and honey in your nettle leaf tea. The lemon will enhance absorption of minerals.


You can boil the nettle in the saucepan or brew the nettle leave with boiling water for 7-10 minutes.


I use 50 grams of fresh nettle for one person in cooking and brew 2-4 gram of dried nettle leaf and root for 1 cups of tea.
You should ask your doctors for advice before using nettle leaf extract or other extracted products.


In Finland, it is not difficult to find nettle leaf. If I couldn’t find it in the forest I can buy the fresh leave from the supermarket. They sell the young nettle leaf like a salad or herbal leaf.  You can check in your city supermarket if they have the fresh leaf. 100% sure the big supermarket has dried organic nettle tea.


This is the last leaf tea I review for you in the springtime. You can find raspberry leaf tea quite easy in your garden. Raspberry leaf contains a lot of vitamin C, E, A, B, manganese, magnesium, and many minerals like phosphorous and potassium. People use the raspberry leaf tea as a tonic water, flu and swine flu, heart problem, fever and vitamin deficiency and sore throat.


Cut 2 gram of raspberry fresh leaves it into small pieces and put them into the strainer. Boil water until fully boiling and pour the water into the cup. Put the lid on and wait for 8- 10 minutes then you can enjoy your tea with a light sweet taste and smell like raspberry. If you like sweet, you can put some sugar or honey as you like. I would prefer to drink this herb tea without sugar. If you need to enhance the berry smell, you can put some fresh raspberry in the tea.
I like raspberry leaf tea because it’s tasty, lots of healing benefits and can strengthen the immune system. But I recommend you find the advice from a doctor before using raspberry leaf tea or at least educate yourself before using it. If you are pregnant, remember to only use the red raspberry leaf tea under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider.  I don’t recommend you use this herbal tea if you are under some health conditions.
Raspberry leaf is not good for women who have endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or cancers of the breast, ovaries, or uterus because it can change the estrogen hormone.
Men who have prostate cancer should also avoid using it.
Raspberry leaf may affect infants and is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
Diabetics should be careful as it might lower the blood sugar levels.
The red raspberry leaves could change the way the body absorbs medications. The tannin in raspberry leaf could interfere with the absorption of non-prescription drugs and vitamins. So take the red raspberry at least two hours before or after taking non-prescription drugs by mouth.


According to the drug.com, the safety and typical doses of raspberry leaf tea are 1.5 to 2.4 g/day. It’s mean 1 to 2 cup of raspberry leaf tea per day. It is important to only take the raspberry leaf doses as you recommended. In high doses, the raspberry leaf can reduce your blood sugar, and cause muscles in the uterus to contract or relax. Therefore, a miscarriage could occur when pregnant time. Raspberry leaf tea can work as a hormone estrogen so in some cases, it might harm your health.


Here are my 5 lovely flowers and leaf tea you can use in the springtime. All the tea are good for your health but you need to check it more carefully before using leaf tea or any kind of herb. I strongly recommend you to seek advice from your doctor before using red raspberry leaf tea or any kind of herbal tea. Keep in your mind that herbal and leaf tea is to be used only as a food supplement and must not be used to treat, mitigate or cure any symptom, illness or disease. I recommend you to check more information about these spring tea in my old posts. Let’s me know about you and favorite tea in this spring. See you soon.

Dandelion’s Key Components, Health Benefits, Side Effects and Cautions

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) has a long history of using as a folk medicine in Europe, Asia, and American. Dandelion  grows in nature like weeds in everywhere from Asia, Europe, and America. You can find dandelion tea and supplements in many supermarkets as a dietary supplement. People use dandelions as a diuretic supplement, foods, and tonic drinks. Recent studies pay more attention to dandelion’s antioxidant activity. and its possible effects on obesity. cancer, and some cardiovascular risks. In many Vivo and Vitro research dandelion’s extracts have possible effects on obesity. Dandelion also supports the immune system, inflammation, and support cancer treatment.  Dandelion makes me surprised with tons of health benefits and potential. So that, today I will discuss dandelion’s key components, benefits, side effects, and cautions.

Dandelion’s key components

All part of dandelion are edible and contains different polyphenol compounds.  Polyphenol contents in the flowers and leaves are much higher than in the roots. The dandelion’s phytochemical composition depends on the season, time of harvesting, and ecological factors.

  • Dandelion has the rich sources potassium. One gram of dandelion leaves contains 29.68 mg of potassium. When you infuse dandelion leaf, potassium accounts for 67% of dandelion’s solubility. In a Spanish test, people found 519 mg/l of potassium after brewing 5g  of dandelion leaves at 70°C during 2 hrs.  
  • Major compounds in dandelion are chicoric acid, monoaffeoyltartaric acid, caffeic acid, and luteolin 7- diglucoside. Many studies found that chicoric acid has potential immunostimulatory activities. Other dandelion’s chemical ingredients are sterine, nicotine acid, choline, various resins, and waxes.
  • Dandelion also contains several phenylpropanoids, terpenoids, and polysaccharides. These compounds play an important role in immune regulation, hepatoprotective effects, and antitumoral activity.(González-Castejón et al., 2012)
  • Dandelion roots and leaves contain sesquiterpene lactones. The sesquiterpene lactones bring the bitter test. This compound contributes dandelion’s anti-inflammatory and anticancer effect. The dandelion leaves have a higher amount of sesquiterpene lactones than the root.  In the spring, dandelion roots have higher sesquiterpene lactones than other time.

Leaf and flower:

– Main phenolic compounds in the leaves and the flowers are derivatives of hydroxycinnamic acid. Dandelion flowers main carotenoid pigment is a diester of taraxanthin (González-Castejón et al., 2012). Meanwhile,  sitosterol is the most abundant sterol in the leaves.

Dandelion root

– Carbohydrates such as inulin (ranging from 2% in spring to 40% in the fall).
– Carotenoids such as lutein, fatty acids.
– Flavonoids: apigenin and luteolin,
– Minerals such as potassium (up to 5%), phenolic acids (caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid)
– Phytosterols including sitosterol, stigmasterol, and taraxasterol, sugars, vitamin A, choline, mucilage and pectin.
– Selsesquiterpene lactones, triterpenes (b-amyrin, taraxol, and taraxerol)

Traditional usage

Traditional Chinese Medicine considered dandelion is sweet, drying, and cooling. Chinese people believe dandelion can clear the heat from the liver and support the stomach and lungs.
In Europe, since the 13th-century people has used dandelion as fresh juice or tonic to support the digestive and urinary systems. In America, various Native American tribes considered dandelion to be edible, a cleansing alternative, and a helpful healing poultice or compress.
Nowadays, people use dandelion as an herbal tea, juice or hydroalcoholic extract. People use dandelion to relieve mild digestive disorders and a temporary loss of appetite. The main usage of dandelion is a diuretic to increase the amount of urine and eliminate fluid in your body. However,  there are not so many studies on using dandelion as a diuretic in human.
Dandelion contains 5% of caffeine; people roast dandelion root to make coffee substitute beverage. We can steam the young leaves like spinach or just use it as fresh herbs. The young dandelion fresh leaves and flower are good in salads. Dandelion goes along with nutmeg, garlic, onion or lemon peel. My favorite side dish from dandelion is boiling young flowers for 1 or 2 minutes. Then I put flowers into olive oil with some fresh garlic for 24 hours or more. This dandelion flowers can use along with salad or pasta.  

The Health Evidences

Both in vitro and vivo studies are now supporting the long history of this plant as a folk medicine.  But, most scientific studies of dandelion come from animals research, not human. A few animal studies suggested that dandelion might help to fight inflammation, obesity, and cancer.

Antioxidant resources

We can use dandelion flowers, leaf, and root as the great source of natural antioxidant. Dandelion flowers have a high amount of phenolic compounds as flavonoids and coumaric acids. Dandelion’s  polyphenol and flavonoid might protect us from free-radical formations. Flavonoids in dandelion tea can protect V79-4 cells from free-radical included toxicity.
A research on the mice provided evidence that dandelion’s antioxidant and antiproliferative activities have good effects on hepatic cells and gallbladder disorders.

Anti-inflammatory

Vitro studies show that dandelion root methanol extracts and leaf extract influences inflammatory mediators. Korean vivo studies showed that ethanol, aqueous and methanol in dandelion’s extracts inhibit the production of inflammatory cytokines in rats.
A test in human found the anti-inflammatory activity when combined dandelion with six other herbs. The study found less rectal bleeding and anti-inflammatory activity in inflammatory bowel disease.
A recent study reveals that dandelion seems to have anti-inflammatory effects on an acute lung injury in mice induced by lipopolysaccharide (González-Castejón et al., 2012).

Anti-obesity

In 2010, Korean scientists found that dandelion extract had positively changed plasma antioxidant enzyme activities and lipid profiles in cholesterol-fed rabbits (Choi et al., 2010). However, the scientists recommended the further research on the anti-obesity effects of dandelion.


Natural alternative cancer treatment

Dandelion leaves contain flavonoids such as luteolin might exert pancreatic lipase inhibitory activity (González-Castejón et al.,2012). Pancreatic cancer has a 100% mortality rate. In 2012,  Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Windsor, Canada did a research to test the efficacy of dandelion root extract (DRE) in inducing apoptosis and autophagy in aggressive and resistant pancreatic cancer cells. The result showed that DRE caused the collapse of the mitochondrial membrane potential, leading to pro-death autophagy. Meanwhile, normal human fibroblasts were resistant at similar doses. In the December 2015, the Windsor university started a trial test in human. In the test, they used dandelion root extract as a treatment for patients with terminal cancer.
Dandelion’s biological properties could be beneficial for hyperglycemia, hyperglycemia, and protect against liver damage.

Dosage

According to the report of European Medicines Agency an average daily dose for dandelion:
  • ‘‘3-4 g of cut or powdered drug three times (decoction in 150 ml of water) (Gehrmann B et al. 2005
  • 1 tablespoon full of drug (infusion in 150 ml of water) 0.75-1.0 g of native dry extract 4:1 m/m 3-4 ml fluid extract 1:1 (g/ml) (Blumenthal M et al. 1998).
  • 5-10 ml of tincture (1:5 in 45% ethanol), three times (British Herbal Pharmacopoeia 1996).
  • Adults: 4-10 g of the drug or as an infusion, three times daily. 2-5 ml of tincture (1:5, ethanol 25% V/V), three times daily. 5-10 ml of juice from the fresh leaf, twice daily (Bradley PR 1992).’’

There is no restriction on the duration of dandelion’s usage because of lacking information. However, the EMA report recommends limiting the duration of use to 2 weeks as the clinical safety studies are lacking.  

Side Effect and PRECAUTIONS

There are no clinical safety data on extracts of dandelion.  In the EU traditional medicinal, no serious adverse effects have been reported.
  • Ask your doctor before using herbal products if you are pregnant, nursing, or using any medications.
  • The data on using dandelion for children or adolescents are not available. Do not use dandelion for children under 12 years old, during pregnancy and lactation.
  • Do not use dandelion extracts in cases of active peptic ulcer or biliary diseases except under expert professional supervision.
  • Not recommended in patients with renal failure or heart failure due to potential hyperkalemia.
  • Do not use this plant in case of obstructions of bile ducts, cholangitis, liver diseases, and gallstones.
  • There is an evidence on dandelion can reduce fertility in male rats but no human studies have confirmed this. But in Jordan people use dandelion as a male fertility enhancer.
  • Interactions: dandelion might alter the absorption of ciprofloxacin, based on an animal study.

Note

Many studies show that dandelion absorbs heavy metal in phytoremediation of agricultural land. Do not pick dandelion grown in recreational parks. Dandelion grows off the side of roads and backyards where people used herbicide, are not good too. Dandelion can absorb lead in high pollution area.
This is some main information about dandelion actually it is quite long already. I hope you can find some information you need. Maybe I need a second post for deeper information about dandelion health benefits. How it works and support cancer prevention. Do not hesitate to let me know what do you think about my works. Share with me what do you know about dandelions and see you soon.

References

  • Gonzalez-Castejon, M., Visioli, F., & Rodriguez-Casado, A. (2012). Diverse biological activities of dandelion. Nutr Rev, 70(9), 534-547. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2012.00509.x
  •  Jeon, Hye-Jin, Kang, Hyun-Jung, Jung, Hyun-Joo, Kang, Young-Sook, Lim, Chang-Jin, Kim, Young-Myeong, & Park, Eun-Hee. (2008). Anti-inflammatory activity of Taraxacum officinale. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 115(1), 82-88. doi:

6 Blueberries’ Key Health Benefits and Healthy Evidence

Blueberries are naturally colored blue. Like other colorful fruits and vegetables, blueberries have the ability to subdue oxygen free radicals. A 2010 study by the US Department of Agriculture’s Center for Aging found that blueberries contain the highest levels of antioxidant in comparison with 40 fruits and vegetables. Scientists found that several blueberries phytochemical compounds may play combat chronic disease. Let’s have a look at the blueberries’ key health benefits and the healthy evidence. In this post, I also mention some research of bilberries, European blueberries.

Blueberries have the excellent source of vitamins C and K, manganese and high levels of various antioxidants. The main phenolic compounds in blueberries are:

  • Flavonoids: Anthocyanins, Flavonols, Flavanols (catechin)
  • Phenolic acids: Cinnamic acids, Benzoic acids
  • Complex phenolic polymers (polymeric tannins): Ellagitannins, Proanthocyanidins

Each of main phenolic compounds in blueberries has contributed to the different health benefits.

1.    Powerful Antioxidant benefits

A 100 gram of blueberries contains 2400 ORAC units. ORAC is the oxygen radical absorbency capacity to quantify the antioxidant capacity of foods. The antioxidant capacity in 100 grams of fresh blueberries  equals with five fruit and vegetable servings. Antioxidants are the active component for Anti-inflammation, (arthritis, osteoarthritis) and Metabolic syndrome (obesity). The key antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in blueberries are Anthocyanins. This flavonoid phenolic compound gives blueberries blue color.
Blueberries are also rich in phenolic compounds. The phenolic compounds can capture free radicals, deactivating or eliminating them from the body.
A research of the University of California found that blueberries may reduce the “bad” cholesterol, which contributes to cardiovascular disease and stroke.

2.  Natural Anti-aging properties

Blueberry antioxidants are thought to delay aging by their natural cleansing properties. Vitamins and minerals in blueberry might clean the blood. The USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) lab have discovered that feeding blueberries to laboratory rats can slow  age-related loss in their mental capacity. The high antioxidant activity of blueberries may play a role.

3. Support the cancer prevention

Bioactive compounds in blueberries support the prevention of many cancers including breast, colon, esophageal, liver, ovarian, and prostate. Here are how blueberries phenolic compounds support the cancer prevention.
  • Anthocyanins, blueberries main flavonoids acts as an antioxidant.  Flavonoids affect cell proliferation and help regulate cancer signal transduction pathways.
  • Kaempferol (flavonoid phytonutrient) in blueberry can lower 40 percent the risk of developing ovarian in women. Others Kaempferol-rich foods are non-herbal tea, onions, kale, and spinach.
  • Blueberries also contain moderate quantities of Resveratrol. Resveratrol influences cancer at the initiation, promotion, and progression stages during the development of cancer. It can induce apoptosis in various cancer cells without killing normal cells. Resveratrol also aids in the reduction of inflammatory diseases.
  • Black raspberry, red raspberry, blueberry, and cranberry seed flours inhibit the proliferation of human HT29 colon cancer cell line.
  • Blueberry flavonoids have also inhibited the activities of enzymes such as matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). The enzymes play a significant role in cancer metastasis. A 2006 study found that anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin-enriched blueberry fractions down- regulate MMP activity in DU145 human prostate cancer cells. They found that  decreases in MMP are possible involvement of protein kinase-C and mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways in the flavonoid.  The research concluded that the down-regulation of MMP activities by the blueberry flavonoids might occur through many mechanisms.

4. Support colon and combats Urinary Tract Infections.

Blueberries are rich in dietary fiber (both soluble and insoluble). Both fibers may help to reduce constipation and aid in digestive health. Tannins in blueberries also help to “cleanse” the colon because tannins have an astringent effect.
Like cranberries, blueberries have the compounds that prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). These compound can fight against the bacteria that causes most UTIs and  from gaining a hold on the bladder wall. A research of Rutgers University in New Jersey has identified a compound in blueberries that promote urinary tract health and reduces the risk of infection. Blueberry’s compound prevent bacteria from adhering to the cells that line the walls of the urinary tract.

5. Help night vision and eyesight problems

Anthocyanin in blueberries can aid vision especially at night, ease pain in the eyes, and promote sharper vision.  Anthocyanins boost the production of rhodopsin, a pigment that improves night vision and helps the eye adapt to light changes.
Scientists in Europe have documented the relationship between bilberries( European blueberries) and improved eyesight. Studies found that bilberry extract taken in combination with 20 mg of beta-carotene a day may improve an adaption to light and night vision. Researchers thought this result occurred because of the Anthocyanins in the blue pigment.
A 2001 study in Japan documented that blueberries helped ease eye fatigue. In the study, 50 patients with senile cataracts used a combination of bilberry extract with 25% anthocyanosisdes and vitamin E twice daily for four months. The extract stopped the progression of cataracts in 96% of the patients treated compared to 76% in the control group.
The consumption of bilberry extract may also protect us against the development of glaucoma, or damage to the optic nerve. In a Thorne Research Inc study, eight patients with glaucoma used a dose of 200mg Vaccinium myrtillus anthocyanosides. The patient conditions had the improvement due to bilberries’ collagen enhancing and antioxidant properties.

6. Promote cognitive function

Blueberry-rich diets also improve motor skills and the learning capacity of animals and human. Researchers found that  people who used a cup of blueberries a day have performed 5–6% better on motor skills tests than who didn’t use.  For that reason, adding blueberries to our daily diets help preserve cognitive function and improve working memory.
In a study of USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) fed mice blueberry extractions—the equal of a human eating one cup of blueberries a day. The study found the blueberry-fed mice performed better in motor behavioral learning and memory than normal mice.  The scientists also noticed an increase in exploratory behavior.  When examined mice brains they found a marked decrease in oxidative stress in two regions of the brain. The mice better retention of signal-transmitting neurons compared with the control mice. So that the blueberries’ antioxidants offer protection of brain cells from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can exacerbate the effects of age-related cognitive decline.
These are 6 blueberries’ key health benefits and Healthy evidence. I hope you do not get bored with dry information. For better living, we can add blueberries into our daily diet. Blueberries will support and protect us from cancer, antioxidant, and other chronic diseases.

5 Questions You should Ask before using Stinging Nettle

Urtica dioica L., of the Urticaceae family, is commonly known as a stinging nettle or burn nettle. Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica L.) has a long history of usage since the ancient’s time. Currently, this leaf has received attention as a source of fiber and alternative medicine. In many cultures, nettle is also eaten as a leafy vegetable. People use nettle for a wide variety of ailments, both in traditional and modern medicine. The nettle plant is used for bladder and kidney disorders, various allergies, anemia, internal bleeding, osteoarthritis, and musculoskeletal aches.  In this post, I will share with you 5 things you need to know about ingredients, traditional usages, the dose and how to use nettle at home. As the information about nettle is enormous I will discuss more in coming post. The post will discuss the health benefits with clinical evidence support and side effects of nettle. Now let’s look at some questions you might have about nettle.

1. What are key ingredients in Nettle?

The nettle’s key components are vitamin A, calcium, carotene, beta-sitosterol, quercetin, rutin, and kaempferol. Both raw and cooked nettle have the rich sources of mineral, vitamins, minerals and protein. Using 100 gram of cooked or blanched nettle supplies you 100% of Vitamin A (including vitamin A as β-carotene), 40% of Calcium, 10% of Iron, and 20% of dietary fiber.
Besides, this leaf is rich in fatty acid, carotenoid, and Omega-3. Researchers find fatty acid and carotenoid content in leaf, stem, root, and seed of nettle. The amount of amino acid in nettle is higher than most other leafy vegetables. The Amino acid in nettle is higher than almond (dry), common bean and chicken. Nettle leaves are rich in α-linolenic acid, the predominant fatty acid, and seeds are richer in linoleic acid. The Omega-3 fatty in nettle is the same with treated frozen spinach. The total carbohydrate in fresh and cooked nettle (4.2%–16.5%) is lower than spinach (66.6%–78.9%).
Nettle leaf contains nine carotenoids. This leaf has high levels of lutein, lutein isomers, β-carotene and β-carotene isomers. Nettle leaf at maturity stages also contains Neoxanthin, violaxanthin, and lycopene.

Modern science has found many of the key elements in the stinging nettle that make it useful as a medicine. Nettle plant has approximately fifty active chemical compounds. These are including simple phenols, triterpene acids, lignans, hydroxyl fatty acids. Most of the medicinal uses of nettle come from chemicals located in the stinging hairs of the plant and the root.
2. What are the benefits of nettle?

  • Mineral and nutrient-rich food:  You can use nettle as a fresh vegetable in soups, pizza or cakes. Nettle is easy growing and it can be mineral-rich diets for poor and undernourished populations.
  • Healthy Drink: Making fresh or dry nettle tea for tonic water and healthy drinks. Nettle tea can work as spring tonic water as the leaf contains the high amount of antioxidant. Nettle tea is used for disorders of the kidneys, urinary tract, and gastrointestinal tract. The nettle tea also can support your skin, cardiovascular system, hemorrhage, flu, rheumatism, and gout.
  • Medical application: Currently researchers have focused on using nettle as the alternative medicine and fiber. In 1980’s, clinical trials have confirmed the effectiveness of nettle root and saw palmetto fruit extracts to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Dried nettle leaf preparations are also known to reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis or asthma.
  • Technology for granulating lipophilic leaf extracts for medicine has been developed. As many valuable nettle’s chemicals are located in the stinging hairs of the plant. Nettle leaf extract contains active compounds that reduce TNF-α and other inflammatory cytokines.
  • Textile fiber: scientists in Italy have confirmed the potential of using nettle as a sustainable source of textile fiber.

3. How to harvest and store the nettle for winter time?

The best time for you to pick up nettle shoots is before flowering. You can use young nettle shoots as a potherb or spinach alternative. The nettle leaves on stems are tender enough to eat when the nettle grow up to 25 cm from the growing point. But the stems will become woody about 4 cm away from the growing point (29 cm). You will need to separate the tender tip (approx. 4 cm and leaves) from the woody stem before cooking.
First, you can boil the leave in water to remove the stinging chemicals for 7-10 minutes. Nettle has an intense grass-like taste and you can add it to soups and pies as in Finland. You can also combine it with others greens (spinach, sorrel, onions, and spices). In Greece, people will fry nettles, eggs with butter or fried it with olive oil and garlic.  
Freeze the nettle you need to boil them in water, pack and store them in the freezer to keep them fresh.
If you want to dry nettle for winter time, try to collect the nettle roots. Nettle roots grow on the surface of the land not so deep but it grows in a group and around under the stem. Use plastic gloves to collect nettle and its roots; it will help you from the stinging hairs. After harvesting, you can dry them in a cool place away from the sun and store them in tight jars for winter time.

You can also use nettle water as a shampoo to control dandruff and make hair glossier.

4. How to brew fresh & dried nettle leaf tea?

You can boil nettle leaf as a green leaf and also can use the boiling water as a tonic herbal tea.The nettle tea is tasty, fresh and healthy. You can add some lemon juice and honey in your nettle leaf tea. The lemon will enhance absorption of minerals.

As a research in the International Journal of Food Science in 2013, the best time to boil the nettle is between 7-9 minutes. In the research, scientists found that after different acid and amino acid in nettle leaves will reach a peak at 6.7-10 minutes. After 11 minutes of cooking, all amino acid in nettle goes to 0. I did experiments by cooking nettle for 2 minutes, 5 minutes, and 12 minutes. After 2 minutes nettle looked lively, scary with full of hairs. With 5 minutes the nettle tea still drinkable, but there were small hairs in the water. These hairs made a bit itchy in my lips and mouth when you drink it. At 12 minutes the water is thicker than normal water with full of medical or drug smell. So that I will cook my nettle around 7 minutes next time to keep the antioxidant and amino acid in the tea.  
5. What are dosages for nettle?

There is no formal dosage for nettle, and here is the nettles dosages information I collected. In Germany Commission E people recommend 4-6 g/day cut root for symptoms of BPH, doses up to 18 g/day. In some researches people use the daily dosages are 360 mg aqueous extract, 460 mg dried extract, and 600 mg freeze-dried nettle. Here are some more detail dosages

DOSAGES FOR THE NETTLE LEAF

  • In one research, people used 50 g stewed nettle leaf daily for rheumatic conditions.
  • Dry extract: 0.6-2.1 g/day in divided doses
  • Liquid extracts (1:2): 2-6 mL/day.
  • People also use 1 tablespoon nettle juice (15 mL) in 4-6 oz water three times daily.
  • Tincture of the leaf or root with a dose of 1/2-1 tsp (2-5 mL) three times daily, or as part of a formula with other herbs.

DOSAGES FOR NETTLE’S ROOT

  • German Commission E recommend 4-6 g/day cut root for symptoms of BPH. Some research uses doses up to 18 g/day for BPH.

I use 50 grams of fresh nettle for one person in cooking and brew 2-4 gram of dried nettle leaf and root for 1 cups of tea. If you use the nettle leaf extract or other extracted products, ask your doctors for advice before using it.
Nettle has been used as a food for many thousand years. Fresh and processed nettle have high-protein, low-calorie source of essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. The fresh nettle has formic acid, mucilage, mineral salts, ammonia, carbonic acid and water. The nettle works as high nutrient and vitamin foods. But nowadays scientists focus more on medical and fiber applications. I like the fresh taste of nettle and its huge health benefits. But when using this leaf you should pay attention to the dosages. Ask your doctors for advice before using this leave. I will discuss more the health benefits and side effects of nettle in my coming post. I hope you are not getting bored with this long and too much information post. Let’s me know what do you think about the nettle leaf. See you soon in my next post about health benefits and side effects of nettle leaf.

If you like to read more about nettle here are quite interesting links more about it:

Mineral Properties and Dietary Value of Raw and Processed Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica L.)


4 Easy Rosemary Tea Recipes and How to Make


Rosemary is a member of the mint family. This herb has a good source of fiber, iron and contains antioxidants: carnosic acid and carnosol. Rosemary also contains many phytochemicals like rosmarinic acid, camphor, caffeic acid, ursolic acid, and betulinic acid. Rosemary’s natural chemicals act as stimulants to support your memory. You can use rosemary tea as an herbal remedy to support the brain. The rosemary is also mood enhancing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and stimulating. We will discuss the health benefits and the side effect of rosemary later. But today I want to share with you 4 healthy rosemary tea recipes I have collected. These recipes are delicious, easy and take short time to brew within five to ten minutes.

Rosemary Tea with Honey


This is the easiest rosemary tea recipes and takes a short time to make. Ingredients you need are for 2 cups of tea:
  • 1 to 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary or 1- 1,5 tsp. of dried rosemary.
  • 3 tsp. of honey
  • 2 cups of boiling water or 500ml of cold tap water if you brew tea in a saucepan.

You need to break the rosemary into small pieces and then you can make rosemary tea with honey in two simple ways. The first way is brewing rosemary as the normal tea. You can put rosemary pieces into boiling water for 8 minutes. As other herbs, rosemary needs a long time steeping. Then you can add some honey and decorate it with some fresh rosemary.

The second ways are boiling or simmering rosemary in the sauce pan for a stronger rosemary taste. You can boil rosemary small pieces with water and honey to slowly boiling. Then when it boiled, reduce the heat and simmer for five minutes. Your rosemary tea is ready after five minutes. If you want stronger rosemary taste you can press the rosemary against the side of the pan to extract the juices.

Rosemary milk tea

Rosemary tea with milk looks nice and tastes very good and refreshing. So what do you need to make one cup of this tea? 
  • 1 cup of milk (250 ml)
  • 1 sprigs of fresh rosemary or 1 tsp. of dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. of honey
  • And little patience

Break the rosemary into four pieces then put three of the pieces into a saucepan and add the milk. Bring slowly to the boil and reduce the heat to simmer rosemary for five minutes. Simmering the tea will need your patience as you have to stir the milk continuously in five minutes. If you don’t stir the and check it carefully, the heat can burn the milk easily and your rosemary tea will have the smoky taste.

Before serving it you can press the rosemary against the side for stronger tea taste. Then strain the drink and discard the rosemary and decorated with the reserved rosemary floating on top. The rosemary tea with milk can bring you lots of energy and refresh you after a hard working day. You can also make it in the morning too but maybe I do not do that. Instead of that, I would love to have a cup of hot milk with 1 or 2 tsp. of honey. Hot milk with honey also can energize and wake up you. This hot drink might be better than a cup of coffee if you have sleepless or bad sleeping night.   

Rosemary, ginger, and lemon peels

  • 1 small bunch of rosemary
  • 1 inch of ginger, you can slice ginger into small pieces or press it if you like a stronger ginger taste.
  • Peels of ½ lemon (I zest the yellow part of lemon peel to make tea as it contains many antioxidant ingredients.)
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 2 tsp. of honey


With teapot, you can put all ingredients in the same time and brew with boiling water 8 minutes. If you need stronger taste you also can boil it in a sauce pan and simmer it for 6 minutes as it is an ideal time to brew ginger. Strain the tea and add more honey if you like sweeter herbal tea.This herbal tea formula is good as all ingredients contain rich sources of antioxidant and vital minerals. The tea also can release cold, flu-like symptoms, bronchitis and clear phlegm.


Mediterranean Rosemary tea with thyme, sage, cinnamon and honey

This original recipe is the Mediterranean wine recipe but I change it into the nonalcoholic recipe. I hope you like it as I do. Ingredients for a cup of rosemary tea are:
  • 500 ml of cold tap water (2 cups)
  • 2 large sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp. of sage
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 cinnamon bark or ½ tsp. of cinnamon ground
  • 2 tsp. of honey

Boil the water until boiling and put all ingredients into a saucepan. Then simmer all ingredients over low heat for 8 minutes. The ingredients in this Mediterranean herbal tea recipe contain rich sources of antioxidant and minerals. This tea can help you to fight with cold, flu or keep you warm. Moreover, this herbal rosemary tea also can reduce the pain as ginger and rosemary work well with reducing the pain. Daily ginger consumption can reduce muscle pain caused by exercise. Besides it provides you many antioxidants and boosts your immune systems. 

In the picture, I used cinnamon ground which creates the red color. The tea color might change into brown when you use cinnamon bark. The tea color will look alike the hot fig tea with herbs. The recipe will have a quite strong cinnamon taste. You can reduce the cinnamon to 1/3 of tsp. or ½ barks if you like stronger rosemary taste. 

Here are how I make 4 lovely and healthy rosemary tea recipes in this spring. They are easy to brew with normal and available herbs and ingredients. Within 5 to 10 minutes you will have tasty and healthy herbal tea. You can use these herbal recipes if you don’t know what to do with your rosemary left after cooking. You will be surprised of refreshing taste of rosemary and their health benefits. Share with me what do your ideal rosemary tea recipe and how you brew your favorite tea.   

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3 basic and simple Blueberry smoothie recipes


Blueberry is one of the richest food sources of natural antioxidants. This fruit has high amount of oxygen radical absorption capacity (ORAC). Orac is a measure of food’s ability to neutralize free radicals and protect the body from ageing. The ORAC level in 100 gram of blueberries is 4669 Mol Te. Our body need about 5000 Mol Te ORAC per day. A glass of fresh blueberries smoothie can provide you ORAC level that your body needs in a day. Besides, the protective antioxidants in blueberry do not change when we frozen the fruits. So we can use fresh or frozen blueberry to make smoothie in all year round. In this post I list my 3 simple and fast blueberry smoothy recipes. These recipes are easy to make and good to your health.

Blueberry and yogurt

Serves for 2

  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberry (150 g)
  • 1 cup of vanilla or plain yogurt or 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • ½ cup of ice

How to do it?

Blend at high speed. Serve immediately with mint leaves. Yogurt contain high amount of calcium and live bacteria that are beneficial to the digestion. Live bacteria in yogurt can protect against harmful gut bacterial which cause food poisoning. 

Blueberry and Strawberry smoothie

Serves 1-2

  • 1 cup of blueberry fresh or frozen (150 gr)
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries (75 g)
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1 whole strawberry for decoration
  • Fresh mint leaves

How to do it

  • Place strawberry and milk in blender
  • Cover and process for 10-15 seconds
  • Add frozen yogurt and vanilla to blender process 10-15 seconds
  • Garnish with whole strawberry and mint leaves

Blueberry and raspberry crush


Blueberry and raspberry smoothie is tasty and can protect you from the ravages of free radicals.

Serves 1-2

  • 1 cup of blueberries (150 gr)
  • 1 cup of raspberries (120gr)
  • 1 cup of plain or vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup of ice
  • 1 tsp. of honey

How to do it

  • Wash and hull the fruits
  • Put them both into a blender and blend until smooth.

As blueberry and raspberry contain lots small and hard seeds, the smoothie can be quite dry and hard. You can add or reduce amount of yogurt and honey as your taste too. Garnish with fresh raspberry and mint leaves.

Here are three simple and healthy blueberry smoothie recipes that you can make it everyday within 5 minutes. I hope you find something interesting in this post. And let me know what do you think about these simple recipes? What is your favorite blueberry smoothie recipes? I would love to know your favorite blueberry smoothie recipes too. 

5 Key Oolong tea Benefits and Side Effects You should Know


Oolong tea is well-known for its unique taste and enormous health benefits to our body. As green tea, oolong has high amount of polyphenols, alkaloids, saponins, polysaccharides and L-theanines. These polyphenols contribute to oolong’s antioxidant activity and free radical scavenging abilities. Besides, caffeine and polyphenols are bioactive component to anti-obesity properties of oolong tea. It is also used to prevent tooth decay, osteoporosis, relax your mind. In this post I would like to sketch 5 main health benefits, side effects and some tips for choosing and brewing oolong tea.

5 Oolong Tea Health Benefits

  1. Natural anti-oxidant properties

Free radicals are the natural byproduct of the process of oxidation. If free radicals are not neutralized it can cause damage to human proteins, lipid, DNA and lead to fatal diseases. To protect our self, our body uses an inherent antioxidant defense to scavenge and treat free radicals. However this system cannot prevent all the damage caused by free radical. We can strengthen our antioxidant defense by using food with rich sources of organic polyphenols. Polyphenols like vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, flavonoids, catechins have antioxidant activity.   

Oolong tea has rich sources of polyphenols as epigallocatechin (EGC), epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and epicatechin -3-gallate (ECG). EGC and EGCG have been proved to play an important role in the scavenging ability of oolong tea. EGC and EGCG might against the diphenyl-2- picrylhydrazyl hydrate (DPPH) and superoxide radicals. Moreover other low molecular weight polyphenols in oolong tea also support DPPH scavenging activity

2. Natural weight loss  supplement

In the early of 1990’s scientist found that oolong tea can support and reduce body weight. Scientists have proved that polyphenols and caffeine in oolong tea can block lipid absorption and promoted fat oxidation.  As that oolong tea is used widely as natural supplement to treat obesity hardening and high cholesterol. In my other post I will spend more time to discuss about anti-obesity benefit of oolong tea. 

3. Natural Remedy to Clear Acne

Oolong tea is proved to enhance and give you a dramatic skin effect. This benefit might come from the anti-allergic properties of the oolong tea polyphenols. In 2001, Shiga University of Medical Science in Japan found that oolong tea can enhance the skin treatment in patients with recalcitrant atopic (AD). In a study, 118 patients with AD drank oolong tea for 6 months. The patients were asked to maintain their dermatological treatment during the study.  Patients were instructed to drink 10 gram of dried oolong tea steeped in 5 minutes with 1000 ml of boiling water. The tea amount is divided in 3 equal serving and was drunk daily after 3 regular meals. In first weeks, the beneficial effect was first notice after 1 or 2 weeks of treatment. A good respond to treatment was still observed in 64 patients of 6 months. Base on this research daily drinking oolong tea might help us to prevent acne. Oolong tea might clear acne and gives us brighter skin too.

4. Oolong Tea support Healthy Teeth

You can easy find some toothpaste or oral care products which contain green tea or tea inside. Experimental evidence suggests that EGCG, ECG and other catechins can be anti-plaque agents. Catechins in tea can prevent our teeth from the attachment of oral streptococcal pathogens. ECG and EGCG bind bacterial cellular proteins and decrease its hydrophobicity. And then prevent their further development. According to a study of the Dept. of Dentistry at Japan’s Osaka University regular consumption of oolong tea can help to reduce plaque deposit and tooth decay. 

5. Natural anxiety remedies

Fragrant compounds in plant, forest have been proved to be able enhance the GABAA response receptors in our brain. People using fragrant for treating anxiety disorders, sleep disturbances, muscle spasms and seizure disorders. Oolong tea contains the fragrant compounds such as geraniol, linalool and benzyl alcohol. In the research of Yamaguchi University, Japanese scientists used oolong fragrant to regulate the GABAA levels in the brain. Oolong tea is proved to sharpen thinking skills by improve mental alertness by increasing GABAAlevel in brain. Besides, oolong tea fragrant might be able to handle the stress and reduce the headache. As that having a fresh cup of oolong tea can help us relax and keep our mind balance.

Tips for brewing oolong tea

The leaves of oolong tea should not be damaged and look reasonably whole once they are infused and unfold. After making the tea, the leaves should be tender, pliable and look fresh. The leaves should not be chewy, old and thick. If it looks like that it might be picked lately.

You can brew oolong tea for three to five times with the same leaves. The best tea should be able to keep its rich flavor through multiple infusions. Besides, good oolong tea will not become bitter for a long aftertaste. With lots of people the third or fourth steeping oolong tea usually the best. With me my favorite is the second time brewing as the second brewing taste is not so strong or not so soft.

How to brew oolong tea?

In a traditional way, people will brew 3 grams of tea (2 teaspoons) per cup with 200 ml of water. The water temperature about 205°F (93 to 96°C) water (not boiling) and steeped 3–10 minutes. 

You can maximize the scavenging ability of oolong tea by changing brewing time and water temperature. A study of Guangzhou and Clemson University found that the best time to brew oolong tea is 3 minutes with boiling water (100°C). Oolong tea will have the highest activities of scavenging DPPH and superoxide radicals. 

Side effects of Oolong tea

The side effects of oolong tea mainly come from caffeine. Caffeine account only 5-7% of oolong tea. If you drink more than five cups per day, you might have some side effects because of the caffeine. These side effects range from mild to serious. Side effects include headache, nervousness, sleep problems, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, convulsions, and confusion. And in these conditions you should take more notices or ask your health provider advice before using oolong tea:
  • Oolong tea in small amounts is probably not harmful to pregnant or breast-feeding. But, do not drink more than 2 cups a day of oolong tea. Too much caffeine during pregnancy might harm to the baby. And over-dose caffeine might cause irritability and increase bowel movements in nursing infants.
  • The scientists found that caffeine might slow blood clotting and make bleeding disorders worse.
  • Caffeine in oolong tea can cause irregular heartbeat in some people.
  • If you have diabetes, talk with your doctor before using oolong tea.
  • Drinking oolong tea can flush out calcium in the urine. Consider if you need calcium supplements to make up for the calcium that is flushed out. If you have osteoporosis, don’t drink more than 3 cups of oolong tea per day.
  • Caffeine in oolong tea might increase blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. But, this side effect does not happen in people who often drink oolong tea or other caffeinated products.

Oolong tea has a unique taste and amazing effect on the body and also on mind. This tea supplies us the rich source of polyphenols is required for anti-oxidant process and the total good health. Besides oolong tea can enhance your skin, oral health and balance your mind. But you should notice the side effect you might have when having more than 5 cups of oolong tea in one day. Ask for doctor advice when you have concerns or special health condition. I do hope you can find the information you concern about oolong tea in my post. Let me knows what do you think and what I can add to make this post better.

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7 Benefits of Lemon Water to Health and Beauty

Having a glass of warm lemon water is a easy way to get vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, flavonoids, pectin and fiber.  Lemon water can promote immunity and fight bad infection from environment . Do you know that you can use lemon water as a cheap and powerful beauty weapons? This drink can support weigh loss with vitamin P, pectin and low calories (about 25 calories in one glass). Besides, lemon water can give you a brighter skin, detox your body and reduce stress. For these reasons, today I would like to share with you 7 amazing benefits of lemon water to your health and beauty.

1. LEMON WATER AND WEIGHT LOSS

You might know that lemon water supports your weight loss process. But how does it support your weight loss process? The power of lemon water come from it’s rich sources of pectin, and Flavonoid (vitamin P). 

– Vitamin P in lemons can aid the weight loss by modifying blood lipid levels. Besides, this vitamin can regulate carbohydrate and glucose metabolism in our body. Vitamin P in lemon also can support your healthy heart and enhance your immune system too.

– Lemons contain a high amount of pectin, a soluble fiber in lemon juice and 30% of lemon peels. Researchers have proved that pectin can reduce blood cholesterol. Pectin binds cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract. Then it slows down a glucose absorption by trapping carbohydrates. This process can reduce our body’s absorption of cholesterol from food. For this reason, to enhance your weight loss process, you should keep lemon peels when making lemon water. This is how I usually make hot lemon water with lemon peels.


2. NATURAL REMEDY COMBAT SKIN AGEING

Lemon water can combat skin ageing, a natural exfoliate, skin brightener and anti-ineffective. The high amount of vitamin C in lemon is vital for healthy glowing skin. As vitamin C support the synthesis of amino acids into collagen, which can protect and hold our skin tissues tight. Besides, other antioxidants contain in lemon helps decrease wrinkles and combat free radical damage. You can use lemon water as a natural exfoliate to gentle remove dead skin cells and bleach darkened or discolored areas in skin. Lemon water also purges toxins from your blood and keeps your skin clear of blemishes from the inside out.

3. REFRESH YOUR MIND AND THINKING

Lemon contains potassium which promotes clear thinking. This mineral works with sodium to regulate the body’s water balance. A high level of potassium in lemon water can also help brain and work with nerve function by reducing stress. Vitamin P in lemon can improve capillary permeability, normalize blood pressure and blood flow.

4. DETOX YOUR BODY

A cup of warm lemon water morning can help to detox your body and ease aches. By controlling and encouraging the production of bile lemon water can purify and stimulate the liver. Besides, lemon water decrease the phlegm, assist dissolve gallstones or other calcium build ups. Lemon water can strengthen or maximize the function of liver’s enzyme by providing energy when they are too dilute.  Lemon water also helps to balance the calcium and oxygen levels in liver.

5. INFLAMMATION AND HEALING BENEFITS

Lemon water promotes perspiration and helps block pain. When we heat lemon juice, salicylic acid – the chemical cursor of aspirin’s active ingredient is produced. For that reason drinking lemon water daily can help us to remove acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints. This acid primary causes of pain and inflammation.

Vitamin C in lemon water can protect our body from infectious agents, scavenge harmful and free radicals. Free radicals can interact with the healthy cell and damage cells membranes. At the same time it also cause a lot of inflammation or painful in the body. Vitamin C will travel through the body and neutralize any free radicals from both inside and outside cells.

 6. AID DIGESTION

Lemon water can support digestion because it has a similar structure with the digestive enzyme. After drinking, our body will degrade lemon water for pectin and liberate. These components are good to our digestion and our total health. Lemon water also cleanse the bowel by flushing out waste and release gastric. 

7. NATURAL REMEDIES FOR COLD AND FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS:

Lemon water is one of powerful traditional remedy for cold and flu-like symptom. With high amount of vitamin C (36% of lemon) and  Saponin lemon water helps to enhance our immune system. Lemon can also increase our body’s iron absorption too. If you have asthma and other respiratory symptom you can use lemon as complementary support.


The benefits of lemon water seem to be endless, but in this post I listed just 7 main benefits of lemon water to your health and beauty. Adding lemon water in your daily life can be one of the most simple and large changes to make your life better. Lemon water are good at supporting digestion, reducing the cold symptoms, detoxing your body and your skin. Besides, it can enhance weight loss process, anti-inflammatory and recovery from stress and injury. You can read more about lemon water effective using and side effects you might have when using too much lemon water in my previous post.

Do you use lemon water in daily life? If you have any others to add, let me know in the comments.


REFERENCES

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponin

How to make Lemon Honey Tea & Lemon Ginger Tea

Happy New Year 2014!

This is my very first post for 2014 and I do want to make a healthy drink which is very easy to make, healthy and taste really good. For that reason today I will make 2 types of simple tea: lemon honey tea and lemon ginger tea. These teas are very healthy and you can use it every day to boost your immune system, reduce the colds, wrinkles and support your total health.

The main ingredient of tea is lemon with a high amount of vitamin C. Lemon helps to protect your body against immune system deficiencies, reduces colds, de-toxic your body too. In my drinks I used slice of fresh lemon instead of only fresh lemon juice so that my drinks have a light bitter taste. Do you know that lemon peel is very good to your health?

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference in every 100 gram of lemon peel has 134 milligrams of calcium, 160 milligrams of potassium, 129 milligrams of vitamin C and 10,6 milligram of fiber. Lemon peel can improve the bone health with a high amount of calcium, decrease cholesterol level and boots immunity and digestion too. Besides, the lemon peels contain 30% of pectin which helps our body to reduce the cholesterol. In human digestion, pectin binds to cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract and slow glucose absorption by trapping carbohydrates. That why I keep lemon peels in my drink. At the beginning you might not like the lemon’s peel bitter taste, but you will like it when you get used to it.

Gingerin lemon honey tea can treat the common cold, flu-like symptoms, headaches and aid digestion. You can use this tea for reduce nausea, and reduce muscle pain too.  


Ingredient:

  • Some slice of fresh lemon: You can cut lemon into thin slice. The thinner the lemon is the better flavor the drinks will be.
  • 2 gram of fresh pressed ginger
  • Honey or salt

First, I will make lemon honey tea:

  • I put some slice of lemon into a cup with 2 tsp. of honey. If you don’t want to use honey, you can put about 0,5gram salt into the drink.
  • Then pour 150-200 ml fresh boiling water into a cup.
  • Wait for 3-5 minutes and now you have very healthy drinks to start a new day.

You can use this tea in every morning to de-toxic your body. Besides, lemon honey tea is very good to your colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial.

And now we start to make lemon ginger tea. You can use honey or sugar to sweeten your drink according to your hobby. But you can also make this hot drink with only lemon and ginger.

  • Put 2 gram of fresh ginger and some slice of lemon into a cup.
  • Put 2 tsp. of honey or sugar if you like sweet drink.
  • Pour 150-200 ml of fresh boiling water and wait for 5 minutes.

Honey ginger tea supports your body immune systems, reduces the cold symptoms, flu-like symptoms and cough too. My teas have a bitter taste of lemon’s peels, slight sweet of honey, a lot vitamin C and warm smell of ginger.

Here are my products after 5 minutes. 


Lemon is my favorite fruit and you can find it everywhere in the world, which is not expensive, very good and healthy. You can use lemon in daily life and lemon can improve your total health day by day. Why don’t you kick-start a new a new habit for a new year by making a cup of lemon honey tea or lemon ginger tea in every morning. Do you drink lemon honey tea and lemon ginger tea every morning? What are your favorite recipes?

My favorite quote about life and lemon: ‘‘When fate hands you a lemon, make 
lemonade’’. I do hope all of you have a great new year with a lot of happiness and healthiness. And no matter what happen be strong and be positive like a fresh lemon.  

5 Health Benefits of Green Mint Tea

Green mint tea is a great combination between green tea and mint leaves. Green tea is packed with many antioxidants, vitamins, minerals. Besides, green tea contains a most important polyphenol Catechin or epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG which have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. A cup of green mint tea is added value with high amount of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals in mint leaves. A daily cup of green mint tea will give you lot of antioxidants, lowering your risk for cancer, cardiovascular diseases, support weight-loss management, boosts immunity to fight damage from the environment, and fight skin damage.

Lowering cancer risks

Having one or two of green mint tea per day you can reduce the cancer risks. Green tea is thought to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and protect digestive systems. Early clinical studies suggest that the polyphenols in tea, especially green tea, may play an important role in the prevention of cancer. EGCG in green tea have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. This polyphenols may cause certain types of cancer cells to die in much the same way that normal cells die. Besides, green tea also boosts immunity, and its antioxidants fight damaging free radicals in the body.

Healthy heart

Green tea supports the heart system, activates circulation. Green tea may lower your risks of having stroke when they are part of your diet. According to a research of Japan’s National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, people who drank two or three cups of green tea daily had a 14 percent lower risk of stroke and those who had at least four cups a day had a 20 percent lower risk than who rarely drank green tea.

Until now it is unclear how the green can reduce the stroke in the people. Compound Catechins in green tea might increase plasma antioxidant capacity and anti-thrombogenic effects.

Weight loss

Green tea in this drink can stimulate your digestive system, blocks cholesterol absorption and removes excess body fat while adding essential nutrients for health and energy. In some researches, Green tea was proved to lower total cholesterol and raises HDL (“good”) cholesterol in both animals and people. And always remember: do not drink green mint tea when you are hungry, you might have nausea or anxiety attacks.

Detoxification

Both mint and green tea contain a lot of iron, vitamin and minerals to protect and enhance your body immune system. Green tea’s vitamins and minerals nourish your body, reduce stress, lower blood sugar, fight skin damage and boost the immune system. The B-complex vitamins in green tea can support the circulatory system and aid in the absorption of carbohydrates for energy. Vitamin E in both green tea and mint leaves work as an antioxidant, promotes healthy muscles and red blood cells, offers skin benefits and prevents aging. The high amount of vitamin C in green tea also support skin, muscles, bone and blood while offering strong antioxidant and immune defense.

Moreover, mint leaves will refresh and calm your mind, support your digestion and clean your stomach. In the ancient time, mint leaf was believed that it can clean the blood and refresh your mind. When combining green mint tea with honey you will have a super power drink to clean your stomach.

Fight skin damages

A cup of green mint tea is rich in Vitamins and mineral. Green tea is packed with antioxidants and vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Folic acid, Vitamin E. The polyphenols EGCG in green tea may help prevent the development and growth of skin tumors.
Besides Mint leaves have a high content of salicylic acid, strong antiseptic qualities and menthol compresses. These ingredients can act as anti-pruritic agent and prevent acne. The salicylic acid loosens up dead skin cells, allowing them to shed easier. Therefore clogged pores and you will have clear skin with fewer pimples. Besides the high amount of Vitamin A (9%) in mint leaves may strengthen skin tissues and help reduce oily skin.

Consider drinking a cup of green tea instead of your morning coffee will bring you more health benefits than you expect. This traditional healthy drink will strengthen, hydrate and immune the body with more antioxidant and vitamin C supplement than any kind of tea. The mint leaves will refresh help to clear and calm your mind. Besides you can have brighter skin, weight loss and a healthy heart too. 

References:

Ito en, ‘‘Major component and Healthbenefits of Green Tea’’, itoen.c.jp, 7th October 7, 2013

Cancer.org, ‘‘Green Tea’’, cancer.org, 2nd April 2012

ST. Luke’s hospital at the vintage, ‘‘Green Tea’’, stukesvintage.adam.com, 14th October 2011

American Heart Associations, ‘Green tea coffee may helplower stroke risk‘, newsroom.heart.org, 14th March 2013

Cancer.org,‘‘Peppermint’’, cancer.org, 28 November 2008