How to Maximize Lemon Water Health Benefits?

Lemon water is one of the most popular healthy drinks in the world.  People use lemon water as a natural de-toxic drink, remedies for cold and flu-like symptoms, aid digestion or other usages. For centuries lemon water has been known for it amazing health benefits. But at the beginning I did not know how to use lemon water effectively, when can I have it and what are side effects when drink too much lemon water. As a result I got a little trouble when I drank too much. Today I want to share with you my story and my questions about lemon water, how I use it and what trouble I had with this lemon water. 
1.     What is nutrient in a glass of lemon water?
One lemon yields (3 tsp.) lemon raw juice contains 21,6mg of vitamin C (36%), 1 % of Thiamin, 1% of vitamin B6, 6.1 mcg  Folate (2%), 9.4 IU of vitamin A, 0,2 gram of fiber and 1.1 gram of sugar. A reason why lemon water is often used in weight loss process is one glass of lemon water contains less than 25 calories.
2.    How to make lemon water?
All you need is glass of lukewarm water and not scalding hot. Warm water will help your body process lemon juice easily and with less energy than making it with cold water.

Squeeze ½ a fresh lemons organic if possible for a glass of lukewarm water. Remember do not bottle lemon juice.
3.     How many cups of lemon water I can have in a day?
If you weigh less than 150 pounds, you can squeeze half a lemon for a glass of water. If you are over 150 pounds, you can use an entire lemon into water and drink it twice time in a day. If you tend to drink more than one glass of lemon water, you should increase the lemon water slowly and gradually. But remember that an amount of daily intake vitamin C, recommended by World Health Organization, is 45mg/day (about 2 lemon yields or 6 tablespoon of lemon juice) for healthy adult. 

With me, I weight around 55 kg, I usually use 1/4 of lemon to make warm lemon water every morning 30 minutes before breakfast. As I eat lot of vegetable and fruits so this amount is enough with me. Consider carefully before using lemon water everyday. Remember to calculate the vitamin C you can intake from lemon and other sources as it lead to vitamin C surplus. The surplus vitamin C can cause the dental de-calcification and lost of calcium. If you want to take more lemon water or vitamin C, you can ask your doctor for the best result.
4.    When can I drink it?
You can have a cup of lemon water in the morning before breakfast as a detoxification drink. The lemon water can clean your liver, kidney and de-toxic your body. If you drink lemon water in a daily time, remember to drink it 30 minutes before meal to help your body get most of nutrient and energy from a food.
5.    What are side effects of drinking too much lemon water?
Normally lemon is safe to all of us but when you drink too much lemon water means intake too much vitamin C to your body. After that you might have some uncomfortable detoxification symptoms such as headaches, fatigue or these negative effects:
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Possible dental decalcification (i.e. softening of the teeth).
  • Increase estrogen levels
  • Renal colic (i.e. kidney stones)
  • An infant born to women taking high doses, rebound scurvy ( when the child was exposed to too much vitamin C from the mother before birth, and the child might not have enough vitamin C after born.)
  • Further, vitamin C can interfere with some drug treatments, like cancer treatment. 

I didn’t have detoxification symptoms but de-calcification because of drinking too much lemon water. When I drank more than 3 cups of lemon water in a day for 2 weeks, my teeth started to be softened and my gum was in very bad condition. I did not recognize the problem until I visited dentist. My dentist said my teeth problem was caused by drinking too much lemon water in a short time. For not falling into that mistake, you should consider before increasing the amount of lemon water in a day. And ask your doctor for your suitable amount of lemon water you can have in a day.
With me the best amount of lemon water is 2 cups per day. But sometimes I only drink one cup of lemon water in the morning and skip a daily time. I usually eat a lot vegetable which is a rich source of vitamin C too. For that reason, in someday I will not drink too much lemon water to keep my vitamin C intake about 45 mg per day or a little bit higher.    

In most cases, I still love lemon water for its taste and many health benefits. I try to keep drinking lemon water in my diet and especially in the morning for good health and better skin.  As my experience, the more you know about lemon water, the more benefits this drink can bring to you. In some case, you can ask your doctor for the good advice. Do you drink lemon water daily? Do you have any trouble when you drink it too much like me? Share with me your story and your experience; I would love to learn more about this amazing drink.  

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How to make Lemon Honey Tea and Lemon Ginger Tea


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.  


  • 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. 

Ginger Health Benefits and Side Effects

Ginger is one of the most popular spices and herbal medicine in all over the world. For thousand years ago, ginger has been used to treat the common cold, flu-like symptoms, headaches, aid digestion and painful menstrual periods. Besides ginger can help reduce nausea, vomiting, relieve nausea in cancer patients who are having chemotherapy. It is also promoted for arthritis or joint and muscle pain. With me, ginger is one of my favorite spice and drink’s ingredients. I love cooking fish, chicken, beef with ginger and make some ginger drinks in cold days to keep me warm or reduce cold’s symptoms. Today I would love to share with you what I know about health benefits of ginger; side effects and how I use it in my daily life.


Home remedy for cold and flu-like symptoms

Ginger is a great ideal for treating cold and flu-like symptoms. This spice can make your body warmer and reduce the cold symptoms. I always keep some fresh ginger in a fridge in case I got a cold suddenly. Ginger also gets on well with lemon, honey, and mint leaves. And here the way I usually make a ginger honey drink when I got a cold.
All you need is 2 gram of fresh ginger and honey. You can press or chop ginger into small pieces. But with me, I prefer pressing ginger more than cutting it into small pieces. By pressing ginger we can take more water and nutrient from ginger than cutting. After that, you can put pressed ginger or cut ginger into a cup with 1 or 2 tsp. of honey. Depend on your taste, you can put more or reduce the honey. Pour 150-200 ml of fresh boiling water over it. Wait for 5 -7 minutes you can enjoy your ginger honey tea.
Having 2 cups of ginger honey tea in a day can reduce the cold symptom and support the cold medicine. Besides, the ginger honey drink also can help to reduce muscle pain caused by exercises.

Natural remedies for muscle pain

Several types of research of the University of Georgia have found that daily ginger consumption can also reduce muscle pain caused by exercise. In a research, 30-40 volunteers consume 2 gram of raw ginger or heated ginger for 11 consecutive days. On the eight days of research, volunteers performed 18 extensions of the elbow flexors with heavy weight to induce moderate muscle injury to the arm. Three days after the exercise, doctors assessed prior volunteer’s arm functions, inflammation, pain and a biochemical involved in pain. The research found that ginger supplementation reduced the exercise-induced pain by 25 percent. Besides, the research also found that the heat-treating ginger like cooking ginger could not reduce the pain as the raw ginger. So that is a good new that you can use ginger as natural remedies for releasing the pain in exercise. You can eat or drink 2 gram of fresh ginger in 11 continuous days to reduce the pain in exercise.

Natural remedies for nausea and vomiting

Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for nausea and vomiting for a thousand years ago. This ginger’s health benefit has been proved in some recent clinical studies of using ginger to reduce nausea associated with pregnancy. According to these research, ginger has proved the help to reduce morning nausea if pregnant women use 1g daily of ginger in short period no longer than 4 days. If you want to use ginger as a home remedy for nausea and vomiting during your pregnancy, you should ask your doctor before taking it. Pregnant women do not take more than 1 gram of ginger per day.
A few studies also suggest that ginger reduces the severity and duration of nausea – but not vomiting during chemotherapy. However, there is some disagreement in published studies about the likelihood of this side effect. It is too early to say whether ginger really can reduce nausea during chemotherapy in cancer treatment. People who have cancer should talk to their doctors before taking ginger because ginger has the potential to interfere with blood clotting and prolong bleeding time.

Other applications

Ginger has a long history as an herbal remedy for upset stomach, motion sickness, and loss of appetite and as a pungent spice for cooking. In Asia, ginger has been used to help digestion and treat stomach upset, diarrhea, and nausea for more than 2,000 years. Ginger has also been used to help treat arthritis, colic, diarrhea, and heart conditions.


Is ginger good to everybody? The answer is yes but if you use too much ginger it might cause mild heartburn, diarrhea, and irritation of the mouth. And here are some situation people should pay attention when using ginger.
      Don’t use ginger with children under 2-year-olds. Children over 2 may take ginger to treat nausea, stomach cramping, and headaches. But you should ask your doctor to help you find the right dose for the children.

–  Pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with heart conditions, cancer, diabetes, and gallstones should not take ginger without asking doctors.

–  Ginger may interfere with blood clotting and prolong bleeding time like Chamomile. There is a risk of serious bleeding if a person takes blood-thinning medications such as warfarin or medicine which can reduce the level of platelets (blood cells that help the blood to clot) or interfere with platelet function. So do not take ginger if you have the bleeding disorder or using blood-thinning medication and even aspirin. Make sure to tell your doctor if you are taking ginger before surgery or being placed under anesthesia for any reason.


You can use fresh or dried ginger root in cooking and in preparing herbal remedies. Remember that a maximum amount of ginger adult can take is only 5 gram per day including food sources. And always ask your doctor to help you find the right dose for you.
·        If you use ginger for the treatment of nausea, you can use 250 milligrams to 1 gram of powdered ginger taken with liquid several times per day.
·        For pregnancy-induced vomiting, some studies have used 650 mg to 1 g per day. Pregnant women should not take more than 1g per day. Don’t take ginger without first talking to your doctor.
·        For arthritis pain: You can use 2 gram of ginger daily for 11 continuous days to reduce the pain.

With me, ginger is my favorite home remedy for cold and flu-like symptoms. One cup of ginger honey is not a bad choice to reduce the cold and support the cold medicine. Besides, you can combine ginger with the mint leaves, lemon and honey to make tasty and healthy drinks for cold days. In the coming posts, I will discuss more fresh ginger mint tea and how to mix ginger with other ingredients. 


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American Cancer Society, ‘‘Ginger’’,, 15th May, 2010

Chamomile tea: Health Benefits, Side Effects and Uses

Chamomile is a daisy-like flower, a member of the family Asteraceae. Chamomile tea is often used to fight fevers, colds, anxiety, insomnia, and anti-inflammatory. This herbal tea has palliative effects on the intestine, uterus, stomach’s muscles and support digestion. I like chamomile tea and wanted to know more about this healthy drink. But I surprised with what I found about this tea. The truth is chamomile tea is not safe to everyone. And the biggest surprised is there are few researches on the effectiveness of chamomile and whether it works or not in human. Most research’s evidence we have comes from animal studies, not studies with people. For this reason in this post I’d love to share with you what I found and learnt about benefits and side effects of chamomile tea.

Chamomile Tea Benefits

Home Remedy for Fevers and Cold

Chamomile tea is ideal for treating fevers, and colds. This tea can ease cold and flu’s symptoms by reducing fever, relieving headaches and mucus. You can combine chamomile tea with some honey to reduce sore throats. This combination can make you feel relax and breathe easier.  

Natural Anti-inflammatory tea

Chamomile tea is rich anti-inflammatory ingredients. The tea helps the body to heal the wounds and sooth inflammation. Animal studies have shown that chamomile reduces inflammation; speeds wound healing, reduce muscle spasms. But there are very few studies to see if the tea works as though in human. In another test tube, studies have shown that chamomile can kill bacteria, fungus, and viruses.

Herbal Remedy for Anxiety and Natural Sleep remedy

Chamomile is used to relieve restlessness, tension, anxiety, headache and insomnia for a long time ago. The tea can serve as a mild sedative to help with sleep and relaxes. You can find chamomile tea in the ingredient of almost sleeping herbal teas. But, so far there has been only one clinical trial using chamomile to treat anxiety in people. The scientists found that chamomile capsules can reduce anxiety in generalized anxiety disorder patients. In other animal studies, low dose of chamomile was proved to relieve anxiety, while higher dose helps you to sleep well. With me, I often have one cup of chamomile tea before sleeping for better and deeper sleep. 

Add Digestion

Chamomile tea can treat stomach cramps, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, diarrhea, gas, and colic. Chamomile tea helps to ease stomach and intestinal disturbances.This tea can relax muscle contractions, particularly in the smooth intestine’s muscle. You can combine the herb iberis, peppermint, and chamomile to make drink to relieve indigestion.

Chamomile Skin Benefits 

Chamomile is often used in a cream or ointment to soothe irritated skin. Chamomile compresses are touted for backache and treatment of the skin against dryness. Inhaling the vapors from a chamomile infusion it clears the bronchi and acts against acne of the face. Chamomile also can soothe eczema. In two studies in people found that a chamomile cream helped relieve symptoms of eczema.

Side Effects of Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is generally considered safe and nontoxic. But allergic reactions to chamomile are fairly common. Be careful when using chamomile tea if you have allergy to ragweed, purple cone flower, sunflowers, dandelions, marigolds, sagebrush or other members of the Asteraceae family. The chamomile allergy can lead to stomach cramps, itching, skin rashes and throat swelling. It also can cause serious problem with breathing, and even dead. Before using chamomile you should ask your physicians and read the instruction label carefully. Stop using chamomile tea when you got any allergic symptoms.

Using a small amount of chamomile tea can relieve nausea. But a large amounts of  highly concentrated chamomile tea may cause vomiting. And here are some notices you should consider before using chamomile tea.

Interact with blood medicines

Chamomile might increase the risk of bleeding when taking with blood-thinners medicines. These medicines include 
– Warfarin (Coumadin)
– Clopidogrel (Plavix) 
– Aspirin. 
Do not use chamomile tea with  other substances that possess anticoagulant action. As it can interfere with blood clotting.  Besides, taking chamomile tea with drugs for high blood pressure could cause blood pressure to drop too low.

Chamomile may also lower blood sugar too. People who have diabetes should take chamomile tea carefully. When using it with diabetes drugs, it could raise the risk of low blood sugar.

Stop drinking chamomile tea at least 2 weeks before having surgery or dental surgery.

Chamomile and women: Chamomile may act like estrogen in the women body. Ask doctor’s advice before using chamomile tea if woman has a history of hormone-sensitive cancers, breast or uterine cancer.

Pregnant women should avoid chamomile because of the risk of miscarriage during pregnancy. The tea can lead to early uterine contractions and miscarriage. During pregnancy women also should not use tincture or essential chamomile oil version. These products may increase the anticoagulant effects in pregnant women.

Chamomile and children: 

Chamomile tea is strongly not recommended to the newborns by both herbalist and physicians. Chamomile’s sedative effects may be too strong for a young baby because the risk of botulism poisoning.  

Children under 5 should not take more than half a cup of tea per day.

You should always ask your doctor before giving chamomile tea to children. Children might have serious and severe allergic reaction, breathing’s difficulty, skin hives, unconsciousness, etc.

Risks of drowsiness: You should avoid taking the tea if you are driving or operating machinery. Because the tea has mildly sedative and anti-anxiety properties and it may cause you drowsiness.  It is unwise to drive shortly after having a cup of chamomile tea.

Medication Interactions:  

Avoid taking Chamomile in conjunction with alcohol and sedative medications.  Our liver break chamomile down in the same way with other drugs. If we drink chamomile tea and drug in the same time they may interact each others. These drugs are: 
–  Fexofenadine (Seldane)
–  Statins (drugs that can lower cholesterol)
–  Birth control pills and some anti fungal drugs
–  And other blood medication drugs

How to use chamomile tea?

It is easy to make a cup of chamomile tea from a dried flower or tea bad. All you need is one tea bag or 1,5 gram – 3 gram of chamomile tea (about 1 -3 teaspoonful’s).
Then boiling water and pour 5 ounces (about one-half cup) of fresh boiling water over it. Wait 6-10 minutes for the tea is totally infused. I usually steep chamomile tea in 6 minutes for 1 teaspoon of Chamomile. Depend on your taste and amount of tea you can increase the steeping time. The longer the tea is steeped, the stronger flavor it will be.
Having two or three cups of chamomile tea a day is recommended for muscle relaxation and antispasmodic effects. When I have a cough, I will have 2 cups of chamomile tea before sleeping. The inflammation ingredients in chamomile tea can treat the cough well and fast. But remember not to drink too much more than 4 cups chamomile tea in the day because it can cause vomiting.
On the whole, I love drinking chamomile to relax and sleep easily. A cup of chamomile tea is a great home remedy for colds and flu, natural anti-inflammatory, and natural skin cares. But before using it you should notice some side effects of the Chamomile. Ask your doctors if you use medicine which might conflict with chamomile tea. Stop using it if you have any symptoms of allergic. And now it’s time to boil water and enjoy your time with a cup of chamomile tea.

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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.


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. 


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Green Tea’s Benefits and Side Effects

People in Asia have used green tea for thousand years ago. Nowadays, people around the world use green tea daily as it has enormous health benefits. The health benefits of green tea come from high amount of mineral and vitamins. Besides, green tea contains rich sources of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG in green tea has anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. The herbalist use green tea and tea extracts to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels and to blockage blood vessels in the hearts. Many researches have indicated that green tea may have ability to prevent some types of cancers like skin, colon, prostate and breast cancer. In this post we will have a closer look at 5 health benefits of green tea and how to use it effectively.

5 Health Benefits of Green Tea

1. Healthy heart

Green tea and extracts of its leaves contain rich sources of Flavonoid. Flavonoid in green tea can reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease, and modify blood lipid levels. Green tea also helps to regulate carbohydrate and glucose metabolism. It can reduce oxidative stress and related signaling pathways in blood vessel cells. In fact, researchers estimate that the rate of heart attack decreases by 11% with consumption of 3 cups of tea per day.

2. Natural Detox cleanse

Green tea’s vitamins and minerals to nourish your body, reduce stress, skin damage and boost the immune system. EGCG in green tea can protect our body against cell damage and slow the aging process. EGCG help to breakdown cellular membranes caused by smoke, pollution, and viruses. Moreover, the B-complex vitamins in green tea benefits and alert the central nervous system. This vitamin supports the circulatory system and aids the absorption of carbohydrates for energy.

3. Green tea and Skin care

Green tea nourishes our skin with vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin B2, Folic acid, vitamin E and many other minerals. Scientific studies suggested that EGCG in green tea may prevent the development and growth of skin tumors. As having a cup of green tea you can supply your skin many essential nutrients. 

4. Green tea and Weight loss

The scientist has proved that green tea can lower total cholesterol and raises HDL (“good”) cholesterol in both animals and people. Green tea stimulates your digestive system and blocks cholesterol absorption. It helps to remove excess body fat all while adding essential nutrients for health and energy. In another small study, the researchers found that green tea can reduce harmful LDL cholesterol in male smokers.

5. Natural anti-cancer remedy

Many people believe that green tea can inhibit the growth of cancer cells and protects your digestive system from esophageal, colon and stomach cancers. With me, I do believe that green tea can boosts immunity, and its antioxidants fight damaging free radicals in the body. So what is the evidence of these believe?

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 may cause certain types of cancer cells to die in much the same way that normal cells do. This effect is important because cancer cells do not die as normal cells but they continue to grow and spread.

Several population-based clinical studies have shown that both green and black teas may help to protect against cancer. Cancer rates tend to be low in countries such as Japan where people regularly consume green tea. But, it is not possible to know for sure whether green tea actually prevents cancer in people. The researchers did not be sure the lower cancer rate is a result of drinking green Tea or other healthy living habits.

As the website ‘‘While the results of laboratory studies have been promising, at this time the available scientific evidence does not support claims that green tea can help prevent or treat any specific type of cancer in humans. Purified extracts have shown some promise in limited areas. Controlled, randomized clinical trials are needed to learn about the effects of green tea and more about those of its extracts. Several studies are under way.’’

How much green tea should I drink daily?

The typical amount of green tea consumed varies widely, and it is not clear how much might be needed for beneficial effects. Two or three cups of green tea (for a total of 240 – 320 mg polyphenols) are typically taken in Asian countries.
The most common amount of dried green tea for brewing 1 cup of hot water is 1 to 2 teaspoons. You can find more information about the amount of green tea and water temperature in my post ‘‘Do and don’t when brewing green tea’’.
If you use the green tea extract product, 100 – 750 mg per day a day of standardized green tea extract is recommended.


Green tea has been used for thousands of years in Asia with few dangerous side effects. However, some people may have allergic with green tea. If you have any reactions with green tea you should stop drinking it.
If you drink a large amount of green tea you can have some problem too. Polyphenols in green tea can make your body to be harder to absorb certain medicines and iron supplements. Remember to tell your doctor and pharmacist about any herbs and supplements you are taking when you are using medicines.
When you drink too much green tea you might have irritability, nervousness, nausea, and trouble sleeping. Caffeine in green tea acts as a stimulant, people with irregular heartbeats or who have anxiety attacks should use it cautiously.
Pregnant women or breast-feeding women should not drink green tea in large amounts. Caffeine can cross the placenta and affect the fetus and can also be passed along in breast milk.
People with heart problems or high blood pressure, kidney problems, liver problems, stomach ulcers, and psychological disorders should not take green tea. Always check with your health care provider before drinking or taking green tea.
In conclusion, green tea is very powerful herbal drink and you can use it to enhance, nourish and protect our body. However, if you have any kind of sickness symptoms or concern about your health you should go to doctor immediately. Relying on this type of treatment alone and avoiding or delaying conventional medical care for sickness may have serious health consequences.

Latest updated: 22/10/2014 


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Mint Leaf Tea: Health Benefits and Side Effects

Mint leaves have been used as a digestive aid thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, Greek, and Romans. More recently Mint leaves, mint tea and menthol products like mint oil, mint capsule have been used as a folk remedy or food supplements for vomiting, respiratory infections, menstrual problems and natural remedy for insomnia. The power of Mint leaves come from it precious Mint leaves elements with 3% of Dietary fiber, 9% Vitamin A, 2% Vitamin C, 7% Iron, 2% Calcium, 2% Magnesium, 3% Folate, 1% Copper and 6% Manganese. Mint also has the great source of protein, Thiamin, and Niacin.

Mint is very good at curing dyspepsia, gasses, nausea, body aches and pain nervous, fatigue, tension and headaches, muscle soreness and pain, itching, sunburn, and clearing nasal congestion.  

What are the benefits of Mint leaf tea?

Nausea and headaches

A refreshing mint scent is a powerful medicine to treat nausea. Smell the aroma of mint oil or fresh mint leaves so nausea is reduced. Mint leaves also can reduce the vomiting of women at gestation periods and motion sickness.
The ancient Greek believed that mint could invigorate the mind and refresh the blood. Mint leaves can be used as a remedy for headaches when you applied topically by mint soothing effects.

Supporting Digestive system

Drinking herbal mint tea reduces irritated bowel syndromes, gallstone and cleanses the stomach. A teaspoon of honey in lukewarm fresh mint tea can check tummy aches/distension and stomach ulcers.

Respiratory disorders

The aroma of fresh mint is very effective relief of respiratory congestion by opening up the nose, throat, and lungs. Mint can also help to overcome a cough. The use of mint on a regular basis can help people with asthma by providing relaxation and helping to relieve breathing.

Natural remedy for insomnia

Mint leaves are also used as an old traditional way of natural cures for insomnia. According to the ehow website, we can brew¼ tsp. dried chamomile flower, ¼ tsp. dried peppermint dried leaves and ¼ tsp. dried strawberry leaf with 4 cups of boiling water in 20 minutes to cure insomnia. The mint leaves and chamomile are good for the respiratory system and also helps you to clear and calm your mind.

Clear the acne and improve skin problems

Mint has strong antiseptic qualities and menthol compresses were used in the past to cure inflammatory skin disease and herpes. Mint can be used to soothe and calm skin that’s itchy or infected and even use to heal bites from mosquitoes, wasps, and bees. Because Mint contains a high content of salicylic acid so it can act as antipruritic agent and prevent acne. The salicylic acid in mint leaves loosens up dead skin cells, allowing them to shed easier. Therefore clogged pores and you will have clear skin with fewer pimples. Besides Mint may strengthen skin tissues and help reduce oily skin with the high amount of Vitamin A (9%) in mint.

What are the side effects of Mint leaves?

Mint is considered safe when taken by non-allergic people in normal doses. But if you are sensitive to mint or its components you should stop using mint and avoiding mint in all forms to prevent recurrence. These are some allergic reactions to mint:

  • Skin hives and Eczema
  • Nasal Congestion and runny nose along with watering of eyes
  • Tingling around the mouth and lips and sudden numbness of area where the mint contacts the skin
  • Abdominal cramps and diarrhea
  • Headaches which can result in severe migraines
  • Clogging of the sinuses
Mint may increase symptoms of acid reflux disease and hiatal hernia; people with these conditions are advised to avoid the herb. People with gallstones or liver damage should also use caution when using Mint leaves.
When applied mint leaves or menthol product directly to the skin, it can cause irritation. Mint oil and menthol products should not be applied to the nose or face of an infant or small child since they could cause trouble breathing.
Acid-reducing medicines may allow enteric-coated mint to be released before it leaves the stomach, which may reduce its effect on an irritable bowel.
If you use Mint oil or any kind of menthol products, remember that they may interact with other medicines as well. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about all medicines and supplements that you are taking when buying menthol products.

How to use mint leaves and menthol products?

Mint leaves are best to pick during early morning hours in spring. If you need to dry it, first rinse it under cool, running water. Then place it in cool, dark place. To keep it fresh for 3-4 days, store it in the refrigerator. Mint or spearmint which is kept in sealed packages can maintain its aroma. Never buy it in bulk.

Common dosages are 1 to 2 capsules 3 times a day for irritable bowel syndrome; 1 tablespoon of leaves in a cup of boiling water for tea, 2 or 3 times a day; 3 to 4 drops in hot water for inhalation; 1% to 5% essential oil for nasal ointments; and 5% to 20% essential oil for other ointments applied to the skin.

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Making fresh and dry Raspberry Leaf Tea at home

Raspberry leaf tea is very good herbal tea with a lot of vitamin C, E, A, B, and minerals such as Phosphorous, Potassium and tanning. This amazing herbal tea can enhance the immune system, tonic body, skin and reducing the cough when you got a sore throat. In Finland’s summer raspberries grow everywhere and it is very easy to collect the fresh raspberry leaf. That’s why I use fresh raspberry leaf tea in the summer time and dried some raspberry leaf tea for winter time.  


The best time to collect raspberry leaves is before blossom time. Always remember to harvest only the green and healthier looking leaves.
If you harvest red raspberry leave for only fresh tea, pick only the amount of leaves you will use last for 5 – 6 days.  Raspberry leaves will lose their precious quantities of nutrition after 5 or 6 days.

After picking the leaves don’t put it nylon, plastic bags or closed spaces like in the trunk of your vehicle. Keep the picked leaves in open space such as the basket.  

And don’t:

Don’t pick the leaves with obvious damage.
Don’t harvest the red raspberry leaves growing on roadside or curbs. These leaves are not suitable for consumption.
Don’t put the picked leaves under direct sunlight too.


You can clean raspberry leaves by rinsing the leaves under cool and running water. Do not soak the leaves in water, they will lose many of their much-desired substances (particularly sugars, vitamins, and minerals)


Firstly, I will choose 3 fresh and healthy looking raspberry leaves to make tea. You can add more leaves or reduce the leaves depend on your taste. But with me, 3 red raspberry leaves are enough.
I used my favorite ceramic cup with lid and strainer to brew this herb tea.  As I mentioned before in the post of 5 main types of teapot, the ceramic is the best material for brewing herbal tea.

Then, I cut raspberry fresh leaves it into small pieces and put them into the strainer like this. If you do not cut it, the hot water cannot exploit all the benefits of raspberry leaves.
Boil water until fully boiling and pour the water into the cup. Put the lid on and wait for 8-10 minutes. 
The fresh raspberry leaf tea has a light sweet taste and the 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.


After rinsing the raspberry leaves under running water you can leave them dry by their own. The best way to dry raspberry leaves or other herbs is to make little bunches and rig them upside down on a line in a cool, dry and drafty place. Bunches should be thin so that the circulating air can dry the herbs to the core. Avoid humid areas. Make sure the temperature is steady and the air is dry. The ideal temperature is 20 – 31oC. The faster the drying of herbs is the better. Do not dry raspberry leaves under direct sunlight, or they will wither.

After 4 days, my raspberry leaves were totally dry.

 I plucked raspberry leaves and placed them in airtight jar and stored away in cool and dry place.

Remember to use dried herbs six months later, but not later since they tend to loose their aroma.

You can use one teaspoon of dried raspberry leaf tea for one cup of tea. Put the leaf tea into a strainer and pouring boiling water into the cup. Wait for 10-15 minutes then enjoy the raspberry leaf tea. 

It is not so difficult to make fresh raspberry leaf tea and dry raspberry leaf tea at home. Why don’t you make your own raspberry leaf tea if you can find the suitable leaves? Only after 4 days, you can have a jar of dried raspberry leaf which you can use for 6 months.  I strongly recommend you read more about Raspberry leaf: Benefits and Cautions before using this healthy leaf tea for better results.

Raspberry leaf tea: Benefits and Cautions

Like the raspberry fruit, raspberry leaf tea contains a lot of vitamin C, E, A, B, manganese, magnesium, and many minerals including phosphorous and potassium. Raspberry leaf tea is the most popular tonic for pregnancy and labor. Many women consume the raspberry leaf tea during their pregnancies in the belief that it shortens labor and makes labor “easier.” With me a new user raspberry leaf tea since this summer, I got a lot of concerning about this herbal tea like who can use raspberry leaf tea? Does the raspberry leaf tea is really good to the pregnant? Do I need to wait until pregnant to use the benefits of this wonderful leaf? What doses for using raspberry leaf tea?

For that reason, in this post, I want to discuss with you about raspberry leaf tea’s benefits and cautions when using this herbal tea. 

1. What are benefits of raspberry leaf tea?

The first benefit I like in raspberry leaf tea is its usage as a tonic herbal tea for the body and skin. With the high amount of vitamins and minerals, the raspberry leaf tea can enhance an immune system. The raspberry leaf tea promotes sweating, urination, and bile production. Besides, the raspberry leaf tea can enhance and purify the skin too. The raspberry leaf tea can act as an astringent on irritated skin and tighten the top layers of skin or mucous membranes effectively reducing secretions, relieving irritation, improving tissue firmness. I do not recommend you to drink too much raspberry leaf tea in a week because raspberry leaf tea can work as estrogen hormone and it can change your hormone. Normally, I drink 2 or 3 cups raspberry leaf tea in a week with the aim of improving my skin and strengthen the immune system.  

The second benefit of raspberry leaf tea is the leaf can be used for sore respiratory system disorders including flu and swine flu, heart problem, fever and vitamin deficiency and sore throat. When I have a sore throat, using raspberry leaf tea is a good choice besides using lemon or cough medicines. With the high amount of tanning, the raspberry leaf tea can be used as a mouthwash to soothe mouth and throat irritations. You should cool the tea before using it as a gargle or apply it topically.

Raspberry leaf tea can regulate a menstrual period and decrease heavy periods. Astringent properties of this herb help to stop heavy bleeding. The high rate of iron which may help prevent anemia due to heavy menstrual bleeding.

Raspberry leaf tea for fertility issues: If you are thinking of trying to get pregnant, raspberry leaf tea can be a good food supplement to improve uterine health and boosting overall nutritional intake. The raspberry leaf tea can heal and improve uterine health where there is uterine weakness present. The raspberry leaf tea constituents the alkaloid that helps to tone the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus. Besides, this herb is very nutritive and may help to boost overall nutrition. It is also safe for men to use because it does not contain any hormone-like substances. If you are actively trying to conceive, you should be avoided after ovulation.
Raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy:  Raspberry leaf tea is a traditional herbal therapy and is recommended in pregnancy by some midwives. When searching information about raspberry leaf tea’s benefits I found millions of article and blog posts motivate pregnant women using raspberry leaf tea. But does raspberry leaf tea really work or not? I don’t know because I haven’t got a baby yet. With me, this issue is very controversial and I would like to discuss with you more detail in the question 3.
2.  How much raspberry leaf tea I can use?

According to the, 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.
3. Does Raspberry leaf tea’s benefits to pregnant women?

I haven’t got a baby yet and I cannot share with you experience about pregnancy. But I do interest in finding information about raspberry leaf tea with pregnancy. The first website I visited to find information is Wikipedia. On Wikipedia, I found that ‘‘Most of the evidence available are anecdotal, and a recent scholarly review stressed concern at the lack of evidence for safety and efficacy and called recommendations of its use “questionable”.’’

The result of Wikipedia made me wondering and I start to find more information based on Wikipedia references. The references led me to the website of US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health. In this website, I found some research on safety and efficacy of raspberry leaf in
pregnancy. All research do not recommend raspberry leaf tea in pregnancy because of the lack of evidence for safety and efficacy. And further research on this issue is suggested. The research of Center of Pharmacy, University of Bergen, Norway, showed that the efficacy of raspberry leaf is not convincing because the limited documentation exists. The research was conducted in the electronic databases including PubMed, ISI Web of Science, AMED, EMBASE, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database and Cochrane Library. Altogether there are only 12 original publications focus on safety or efficacy of raspberry leaf during pregnancy in 50 years or older. However, all the studies are small and cannot rule out negative effects on pregnancy outcome.

In the latest animal study of McMaster University, Canada in 2009, the study indicates an increased risk for the unborn child.

I know the using of raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy is a controversial issue. I do not against people who believe the benefits of raspberry leaf tea with the pregnancy. But, with all information found, I strongly
recommend you go to ask your doctor or health care before you using raspberry leaf tea in your pregnant time. Only use this herbal tea when you are noted by your doctor. If you need to read more about this issue you can find the detail information in my references.

4. What cautions should take when using raspberry leaf tea?

Raspberry leaf tea can work as a hormone estrogen so in some cases, it might harm your health. Before using this herb pay caution to the main DO and DON’T

A.   DO

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 raspberry 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.

It is important to only take the raspberry leaf doses as you recommended. In extremely high doses, the raspberry leaf can reduce your blood sugar or may cause muscles in the uterus to contract or relax, therefore, a miscarriage could occur when pregnant time.

The red raspberry leaves could change the way the body absorbs medications. The tannin in raspberry leaf tea could interfere with the absorption of non-prescription drugs such as vitamins. Take the red raspberry at least two hours before or after taking non-prescription drugs by mouth.

B.   DON’T

Do not combine herbal remedies with pharmaceutical drugs unless you have been consulted by your physician. Keep out of reach of children & pets,

Do not use raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy or lactation unless noted. Do not
take red raspberry leave tea on your own. Only use the red raspberry leave tea under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider.

Raspberry leaf is not also used by 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 drastically.

Here are the main benefits of raspberry leaf I collected and researched. I do hope you should pay attention and be careful before using raspberry leaf tea. I like raspberry leaf tea because it’s tasty, lots of healing benefits and can strengthen the immune system. But I strongly 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 leave tea under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider. With whom who prepare to have a baby, raspberry leaf tea can be a food supplement help you to fertility. And remember some cases that you cannot use the raspberry leaf tea too.  

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