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.

6 Easy Homemade Syrup Recipes

 
 
A syrup is sweet, tasty, easy to make, and convenience to use for the tea, dessert or cakes. You can make many different types of syrup from all the ingredient you have at home. It might take from 5 minutes to 1h to make tasty syrup depend on your favorite ingredient. Remember the key recipe to make syrup is 1 sugar: 1 water : ½ herbs or 1 tsp spices. Today I will share with you how to make 6 simple homemade syrup from ready ingredients in your kitchen.
– Simple sugar syrup
– Vanilla syrup
–  Ginger syrup
– Citrus syrup with lemon, lime or orange zest
– Spice syrup with cinnamon or clove
– Herbal syrup with mint, basil, rosemary, or thyme
  1. Simple Sugar syrup

Let’s start with simple sugar syrup. All ingredients you need are sugar and water.
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup water
– Boil 1 cup of water in a small saucepan and bring the water to a boil.
– Remove the pan from the heat and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cook until mixture thickens slightly about 3 minutes.
– When the syrup is finished you can remove the pan from the heat and let it cool down.
– When the syrup is cool completely. Pour into a clean glass jar and cap tightly. Store in the fridge and use as need. You can  store the simple sugar syrup up to two or three weeks.

2. Vanilla syrup

 
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla beans
– We can split the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds while you are boiling the water.
– Split the vanilla bean down its length with the sharp knife on your cutting board.Use the dull side of your knife to scrape out the vanilla beans from the tip of the pod.
– Boil the water in the saucepan, When the water is ready, remove the pan from the heat and add sugar.
– Stir the sugar until it is completely dissolved and add vanilla beans and pods.
– Stir vanilla beans and pods for 1 minute and leave it cool down for 30 minutes.

3.  Ginger syrup

You can reduce or add more ginger into a syrup  as your taste. There are many different recipes about the amount of ginger you can use in making syrup. The biggest amount of ginger is 1 cup of fresh ginger slice and the smallest is 1 or 2 inch of ginger. In here I use 50gr of fresh ginger and my ginger syrup has a quite strong ginger’s taste. I also pressed all the fresh ginger. If you don’t like so strong ginger taste you can reduce ginger to 30gr or just cut ginger into slices not press it. Depend on your taste you can add or reduce the ginger. Remember the key ratio to make syrup is 1 cup water: 1 cup sugar.
  • 1 cup water (250  ml)
  • 50 gr fresh ginger
  • 1 cup of sugar
 
– Boil the water in a small saucepan. When the water is ready you can put the ginger into a pan. Lower the heat and stir the ginger for 1 minute.
– Cover the pan with the lid and remove it from the heat. Let it cool down for 1 hour until  the ginger water have the desired flavor intensity.
– Strain the mixture into another saucepan. Bring the ginger water to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove the pan from the heat and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
 
– Cool completely. Pour into a clean glass jar and cap tightly. Store in a fridge and used as need.

4. Citrus syrup with lemon, lime or orange peels

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup lemon, lime or orange zest (Peels of 3-4 oranges)
  • 1 cup of sugar
– Boil the water until the water is boiling. When the water is ready we can lower the heat and add lemon/lime/ orange zest.
– Remove the pan from the heat. Cover the pan with the lid and let it stand for 1 hour.
– Strain the citrus zest water by the mesh strainer. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat.
– Remove the pan from the heat and add sugar. Stir sugar until it is completely dissolved.
– Cool down the syrup completely. Pour into a clean glass jar and cap tightly. – Store in a fridge and used as need.
 

5. Spice syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon or 1 small cinnamon stick (9gr), 1 tsp ground clove
  • 1 cup of sugar
 
– Boil the water and steep the cinnamon/ glove for 1 hour
– Strain the mixture recook the cinnamon water in another saucepan or a pot. Boil the water over the high-heat temperature.
– Remove the pan from the heat and add sugar. Stir the sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved.   
– Cool down the syrup and store syrup in the tight jar for 2-3 weeks in the fridge.

6. Herbal syrups- Mint syrup

We can use rosemary, mint, basil, and lavender to make aromatic syrup
 
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup of basil, mint, or rosemary
  • 1 cup of sugar
– Boil the water until the boiling in a small saucepan. Add the mint/basil/ rosemary and simmer for 1 minutes.
– Add the sugar and stir until sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat and let syrup steep, about 30 minutes.
 
– Remove the herbs from the syrup. Pour syrup into a tight and  you can keep the syrup for 2-3 weeks in the fridge.
Now you know how to make 6 simple syrup recipes for this winter. Let’s me know what is your favorite syrup recipes. Share with me what syrup you will make? Hope to hear from you and see you again in my next post.

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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Hot Figs Drink Recipes with Herbs for Winter


Figs are sweet, tasty, with 5 health benefits with long history. The Mediterranean has used figs in their daily life since ancient times. This fruit is beneficial to your liver functions; relieve cough, asthma and pharyngitis. We can eat fresh figs, mixing it with salad or served it with dessert. We can also make smoothies and cocktails with fresh figs. But have you ever tried to make hot and non-alcohol drink with figs in winter time? For long time ago, people in Mediterranean and Middle East use figs to make a sweet drink in their holiday season. During the period of Ramadan in the Middle East people make fig drinks rimmed with walnut, cinnamon and almond. In Mediterranean, people stew figs with cinnamon, thyme, honey and gloves to make sweet and tasty hot drink. This healthy Mediterranean drink recipe is a good idea for winter and holiday season.

All ingredients you need are:

–        200 gr fresh figs (4 fresh figs) or 100g of dried figs
–        2 small sticks of cinnamon
–        3 tsp. of honey
–        3 or 4 tsp. of dried thyme
–        Some cloves
–        1 l of water

How to do it?

Chop figs into small pieces and put all ingredients into a bowl. First cook all ingredients till boiling then reduce the heat. Then you simmered the drink with low heat for 30 minutes. After that you can serve this hot drink right after finishing.


This herb drink has a warm taste from cinnamon, thyme, cloves and sweet taste of honey and figs. You can use both fresh and dried figs to make this drink. Depend on your taste you can reduce or put more honey to sweeten the drink. But notice that dried figs are sweeter than fresh figs. 100 gram of fresh figs contain 16.3 gram of sugar meanwhile 46 gram of sugar in 100 gram of dried figs. And this is how my drink looks like.


This healthy Mediterranean drink is rich in Calcium, Folate, sugar and minerals. In this post I used fresh figs to make this drink but dried figs are better than the fresh one. Dried figs are not losing their vitamin and mineral when stewing. Besides the amount of Calcium and Potassium in stewed dried figs are higher than in fresh and dried figs. These are minerals you can receive when you stew 100g of dried figs.

Vitamin C 11.4mg (19%DV)
Vitamin K 17.4 mcg (22% DV)
Potassium
761 mg (22%DV)
Calcium 181mg (18%DV)
Magnesium
75.1 mg  (19%DV)
You can try to make fig hot drinks with a Kuwait recipe too. The Kuwait figs hot drink’s ingredients are almonds, walnuts, figs and ground cinnamon. All you have to do is chopping the dried figs into little pieces. Simmered figs with almonds, walnuts and ground cinnamon for 30 minutes. Then you can serve it when it cold. I will try this recipe soon and let you know the exact amount of ingredients you need.

I will make Mediterranean fig hot drink in cold winter days and of course Christmas time too. Do you think about making hot fig drinks in this holiday season? You will be surprised how tasty and healthy it is. Don’t hesitate to let me know your idea about these recipes.  

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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. 

Easy Ice Mint Strawberry Juice Recipe


Last week I came to strawberry farm and collected strawberry. I got around 4 kg of fresh strawberry and I think it is too much. The fact is I have done all recipes to consume my strawberries. I did strawberry jam, strawberry smoothies and eat fresh strawberry too. But somehow I could not drink smoothies for 3 days continuously meanwhile my strawberries can get bad very fast. 

But what else I can do? I have no space in fridge for frozen strawberry and don’t want more strawberry smoothies. Suddenly I remembered that my mom used to make fruit juice with sugar but she does it with apricots not strawberries. However, I tried my luck with strawberry in the same way my mom does fruit juices. And here is product my tasty strawberry juice with ice mint leaves.

Ingredients:

  • One big jar with tight cover I used my 1,5l glass jar to make juice. Strawberry contains water inside and sugar will melt and it’s hard to know how much juice you can have.
  • 300 gram of sugar
  • 500 gram of fresh strawberry
  • Fresh ice mint leaves
  • Fresh strawberries


First of all, I put strawberry into a jar then slowly pour sugar into it. I tried to keep sugar cover all strawberries if not strawberries might turn into bad. I keep a whole strawberry and cut it into small pieces. If you like soft and not so much sugar in strawberry you can keep a whole strawberry. Small strawberry pieces will have more sugar inside and easy broken when you make a juice.

I keep my jar for more than 15 hours. After 4 hours you can check if the sugar does not cover the strawberry, you can put a little sugar to cover it. If you see all sugar has melt as my picture, you can use it to make juice. 


In my juice I used old and ripe strawberries with lot of seeds. Old strawberries have sweeter and stronger taste than the normal strawberry in supermarket. If you go to the strawberry farm, try to taste the old strawberry you will see the difference. With me the old strawberry is the best choice to eat and make jam. One time per year I try to go to the strawberry farm to collect old strawberry for making strawberry jam. I will share with you my low sugar, no pectin strawberry jam in another post. But now let me finish my strawberry juice first.

The second stage of making strawberry juice is mixing it with water. You can add cold water, mineral water, sparkling until it meets your taste. In here I used half of my juice mixed with 400 ml of cold water. I kept it a little bit sweet then I can put the ice later. To make strawberry juice perfect I put some ice cube, ice mint and some fresh strawberries into it. The juice will have sweet taste and lovely smell of strawberry and little bit sour taste of fresh strawberries too.


Having this drink with ice in hot summer day is an interesting choice. You can mix it with some vodka if you want something news. I like this drink as it is tasty and so convenience. Sugar helps me to keep this juice for 3 or 4 days later. But remember to keep strawberry jar in the fridge to keep it cool. If you like to try something different, try to make this juice. I bet you will love it. Let me know what you think about this simple strawberry juice. 

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.  

Fresh Ginger Mint Tea: Benefits and How to make it


Ginger is one traditional spice for treating colds and flu-like symptoms but many people do not love ginger’s smell. If you love ginger’s health benefits but you do not like the ginger smell, you should try the fresh ginger mint tea. Fresh ginger mint tea is very healthy, tasty with the smell of fresh mint leaves and easy to make. Moreover, this tea also can de-toxic and improve the skin by the precious nutrients in mint leaves and honey. So let check what are the health benefits of fresh ginger mint tea and how to make it.

What are the health benefits of fresh ginger mint tea? 

      Home remedy for cold and cough: Fresh ginger mint tea can be used as home remedy for treating cold, cough and flu-like symptoms. Ginger in the tea can help you to reduce cold and flu-like symptoms. Besides, the fresh mint leaves help to overcome a cough and relief of respiratory congestion by opening up the nose, throat, and lung.

Support digestion: In Asia ginger has been used as digestion aid for thousand years. This function of ginger has been proved in many clinic types of research. Besides mint leaves and honey in this tea can check tummy aches and stomach ulcers.

Reduce nausea and vomiting. Ginger and mint leaves can reduce nausea and vomiting.

Reduce the pain and refresh your mind: Fresh ginger has been proved to reduce the pain in exercise if you use it daily for 11 continuous days.

De-toxic your body and improve skin condition: If you want to use this drink as a natural de-toxic drink, you can put more the mint leaves to enhance this benefits. Mint leaves can reduce irritated bowel syndromes and cleanses the stomach. Moreover, mint leaves contain a high amount of antiseptic qualities and menthol which can make your skin brighter.

How to make fresh ginger mint tea?

Ingredient for one cup

  • 2 gram of ginger 
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • Fresh mint leaves (If you do not have fresh mint leaves you can also use the dried mint leaves too.)

And now here we go:

Step 1: You should prepare 2 gram of ginger first. You can cut or chop ginger into small pieces or press it. I always press ginger because we can exploit or take more ginger’s water and nutrient than cut it.


Step 2: Put ginger, mint leaves and 2 tsp. of honey into a cup or a glass like this.I used my homegrown winter mint leaves to make this drink so the leaves look a little bit small. 


Step 3: Pour 150-200 ml boiling water into a cup and wait for 6 minutes. But why do I need to wait 6 minutes for brewing this tea? Because the best time for brewing fresh mint leaves is 6 minutes and ginger is 5 minutes. So 6 minutes is the ideal time for both mint leaves and ginger to totally brewed.

This is my fresh brewing ginger mint tea. You can see a light yellow color from pressed ginger and green color of mint leaves. Fresh ginger mint tea has a slight smell of mint leaves and sweet and warm taste of ginger and honey. You can have 2 cups of fresh ginger mint tea in a day for reducing the cold symptoms or de-toxic. But do not drink more than 2 cups a day because our body can only consume maximum 5 gram of ginger a day.
Fresh ginger mint tea is my favorite ginger’s recipe and I will always make it if I have fresh mint leaves. If you love ginger or mint leaves you should try this delicious and very healthy drink. It is very easy to make and once you try it you will not regret with what you have. Besides fresh ginger mint tea can also reduce the cold, cough and detox your body too. If you need to know more about the benefits and how to use ginger and mint leaves you can read it more in my previous posts. I hope you like it and share with me what do you think about this healthy and tasty tea. 

Raspberry drink with Honey and Mint


         Today I will share with you my favorite healthy drink recipe made from with red raspberries, mint leaves and honey. This healthy drink is easy to prepare and very good to your body. Your body can absorb many antioxidant, mineral and vitamin C from red raspberries and honey in this healthy drink. As I mentioned in the post ‘‘Health benefits and usages of red raspberry’’, the red raspberry contains high amount of antioxidant that fight against cancer, heart circulatory disease and age-related decline. To make this drink you can use both fresh and frozen red raspberries to make it. 
       
       The mint leaves in the drink can eliminate toxins from your body, cleanses the stomach and clear up skin disorders. I don’t know about you but with me I always prefer the honey to the sugar. Besides the excellence health benefit, the honey has a very relaxing smell. When you combine red raspberries, mint leaves and honey you will have a very tasty healthy drink. Now let start to do this easy and healthy red raspberry drink: 

                                Ingredients:

      1 dl of fresh red raspberries or frozen un-sweetened
      2 tsp. of honey
      4 or 5 mint leaves

A cup of ice


Step 1: Mix 2 tsp. honey with water. You should put a little hot water into cup because it is very hard for honey mixed with cold water. When honey totally melted, you can put more cold water up to 150 ml or a half of cup like this. 



Step 2: Put red raspberries into a cup of honey water. Squeeze the red raspberries and then discard the red raspberry seeds.


Step 3: Cut 5 mint leaves and then put them into the cup with red raspberry. If you want more mint flavor in your drink, you can squeeze cut mint leaves but it might bring a little bitter feeling from squeezed mint leaves to the raspberry drink.

Step 4: Put some ice and enjoy the red raspberry healthy drink. It only takes you about 10 minute or less to prepare this healthy and tasty red raspberry drink. 


This healthy drink got a light sweet taste but not too sweet.  You can enjoy a relaxing flavor which is combined by honey, fresh mint leaves and red raspberry. If you are looking for easy and healthy drink recipe, this healthy drink recipe is a good choice. Try to make it if you like red raspberry, honey and mint leave. Let me know what you think about this easy healthy drink recipe or what your experience when you make it.