The Art of Making Tea-Beginner

16265627_1317595031654592_6083181443600359016_nI’ve always been a coffee lover but, I have to admit, the health and wellness benefits of tea are appealing. There is something sweet and romantic about tea that I find intriguing.  A couple of weeks ago I saw an ad that a local yoga studio was hosting a workshop on the ‘Art of Tea Making’ so I was excited to satisfy my curiosity.

Herbologist and Yoga Instructor, Brandy Manguno, led the half yoga and half tea making workshop.  It was magnificent!  I left feeling relaxed and empowered to begin my tea adventure!

Brandy began by sharing how Earth gives healing to us by way of her plantlife.  king-pigeonIt’s so easy to pop a pill for our ailments, but if you want to give your body a chance to receive God-given organic methods for healing, tea making is a way to do that.

Whatever your issue there seems to be a tea remedy, i.e. cold–lemon balm; depression— skullcap; insect repellant–lavender; PMS–chamomile.

Here are some of the basics I learned from Brandy’s, “Art Of Tea Making Tea-Beginner” workshop:

Tea Basics 101

What you need:

  1. Make sure your tea is fresh and organic.  Here are websites that provide quality herbs: http://www.wildweeds.com http://www.jeansgreens.com http://www.mountainroseherbs.com
  2. The scoop on prepackaged tea bags: The downside of tea bags is that the plants become more oxidized so they lose a large portion of their flavor and medicinal value.  The positive side is the convenience.  Selecting organic brands will ensure fewer chemicals and pesticides will make their way into your hot cup.
  3. Begin with 2- 3 ingredients.  A general guide is that your daytime base should include green tea and a nighttime base a chamomile.
  4. Brandy provided mesh tea balls for everyone.  I have found it easy to use for a newbie like me. Here is a link for a small mesh tea bag infuser: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/catalog/teas/accessories#product-1698
  5. Tea should be stored in a sealed container as air tight as possible and in a cool, dark place.

How to steep your tea:

  1. Fill your mesh ball half to 3/4 full with herbs.  The herbs will expand in the water.
  2. Pour hot water, not boiling, over leaves, flowers and stems.  Pour boiling water over roots.
  3. Put a plate over your cup and let it steep for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Lick your plate! A lot of the nutrients are there;)
  5. Add honey, lemon, milk and enjoy!

Later on that week I shared with Brandy that I made tea from the herbs I mixed in class and it was nasty!😝  I gave it another shot and used less of my blend and it was much better.

Brandy said, give your tea a chance for your palatte to accept.  Treat tea making just like cooking.  You are learning to put a little more of this and a little less of that.

The Romantic Aspects of Tea:

The act of drinking tea can be a luxurious experience.  Savoring the smell and taking time to sip your tea is very soothing and relaxing. It’s a simple way for all of us busy folks to ground ourselves and have a bright spot in our day.

With Valentine’s Day almost here you might be wondering about a ‘modern day love potion.’

e70d0feb032d7941406e7510ac604c0aThere are many herbs that can boost libido for women and men.  A tea that Brandy mentioned for women is hops and for men, red clover, but there are many more!

When you live with many stresses in life it can take the passion out of your sails. Including tea time as a regular part of your day can recharge your batteries and provide a mental, physical and spiritual boost.  It’s a simple way to take control of your health.

If you would like more information on Brandy, her workshops, or a consultation her website is http://yoga-llc.com/about/

Her tea blends are sold at Cosmic Karma in Mandeville.

Tea making is more of an adventure that I ever realized!  I hope this inspires you to take a plunge into the world of tea.  Enjoy Your Tea Adventure!

 

 

May Fitness & Wellness Faves

IMG_2876I love to share so I’m excited to tell you about some of my favorite products!

1. Foam Roller  

You know that strangely relaxing feeling when you crack your fingers or toes?  LOL  Well this foam roller cracks my back in the perfect spot!  It’s heavenly-:)

Foam rolling is like a deep tissue massage and it helps loosen up the fascia that surrounds the muscles.  This relieves muscle tightness and helps me recover faster so I can continue having great workouts.

2.  Coconut Oil 

I put a lot of effort into eating healthy and exercising so I don’t want to then slather on body lotions that are laden with chemicals.  Our skin is our largest organ, and it absorbs everything.  I keep this jar of coconut oil in my bathroom and apply it just like lotion after my shower.

3.  Skin Brushing

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Skin brushing is a great way to help aid detoxification. It removes dead skin cells, improves circulation and helps eliminate toxins by stimulating the lymphatic system.

You can find skin brushes at most stores.  Look for ones with natural bristles.

Tip: Always skin brush before a bath or shower while the skin is still dry. In circular motions, brush toward your heart — up the arms, legs, and abdomen and down the shoulders and chest.

4.  Sombra

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This stuff is amazing!  I first got introduced to it when I was at a powerlifting meet.  I was minutes away from going up for my deadlift and a teammate put this on my lower back.  Talk about loosening up tightness!  I also apply it to my neck and traps after a day of working on my laptop.  It melts away the tension.

Tip:  make sure to wash your hands good after applying.

5.  Kindle

I can be a worry wart, so I have trouble turning down the volume of my thoughts so I can relax.  Reading positive books to start my day and having some good fiction books to read at night does wonders for me.  Here are some of the books I’m reading.  I just finished Goodkind and Hunter’s books so I recently started Dawn of Wonders and it’s been a good one.

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6.  Therapy Kitchen Hand Lotion in lemongrass, lime and bergamot 

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I have dry hands because I’m always cleaning something and washing my hands.  I have this lotion on the kitchen counter so I can easily use it after washing dishes and when I’m on my way out the door.  It smells so good!  I picked this up at TJ Max for $5! Love that store;)

7.  Essential Oil Diffuser by Deneve  

It’s truly my favorite thing for relaxing and cleaning the air in my home.  It is so easy to use and has a lovely bubbling sound that is soothing.  I have one on my nightstand that I put about 5 drops of lavender essential oil and a second one that I use in other areas of the house.  This is the link where I purchased mine: http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Oil-Diffuser-Deneve®-Aromatherapy/dp/B00L9NR672?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

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8.  Insanity Workouts

If you are getting bored with your workouts or have reached a plateau, this is a workout for you.  It’s challenging but doable.  I love how it combines athletic movements with good music and an overall total body workout.  Click here to find an Insanity Live class in your area: http://www.insanitycertification.com/about-insanity-classes  If you are in the Mandeville, Louisiana area, I teach this class at Anytime Fitness @5:30pm 😊

I would love to hear if you have tried any of these and what your thought are about them.

❤Healthy Justice