Trim and Slim

Trim and Slim
 During the next month I will be blogging about herbal teas.  I will also post articles on smoothie recipes and the health benefits of fresh juice. As well as the health benefits of fruit and veggies. The last section will be about old folk remedies.
 Herbal Teas
Herbal tea is an infusion of leaves, seeds, or roots. In drinking herbal tea daily, we get all the plants benefits.  Herbal teas contain an amazing amount of powerful vitamins and minerals. Some herbal teas can lift depression, improve your skin, relief asthma protect your heart,  clean your liver, help with diabetes, protect you against cancer, promote weight loss, prevent morning sickness.
Oh yes, there’s even an herbal tea to help with fertility. Read which herbal tea you should drink daily, should you have a health problem, or to protect you from developing one. Herbal teas can help to detoxify your body thereby aiding you in losing excess weight. By drinking herbal teas daily it will help you get all the nutrients and antioxidants your body needs. You may vary the herbal tea every week. In this way you will get the benefits of the different teas.
Herbal Teas
Alfalfa Herbal Tea
Alfalfa Tea has been used in folk medicine, like most of the other herbal teas.  It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties. Alfalfa contains vitamin E, C and vitamin K as well as potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium and chlorine. This tea stimulates the appetite and promotes weight gain. Use this tea to treat arthritis, urinary problems, asthma and diabetes. It relieves water retention. This tea also purifies the blood. It may be safely given to children.
How to make Alfalfa Tea
Place a teaspoon of dried alfalfa leaves in a cup. Add hot water. Cover. Steep for five minutes.You can make this tea from the leaves or seeds.
Bilberry Tea
Bilberry is rich in antioxidants. It is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal. It inhibits the growth of funguses and strengthens the immune system. Bilberry improves vision, prevents cataracts and slows down muscular degeneration. Bilberry Tea protects you from stroke and atherosclerosis. It also protects diabetics by lowering blood sugar levels and treating urinary tract infections. What an amazing tea. Bilberry has been used for centuries in folk remedies and is one of the best teas for weight lose
How to make Bilberry Tea
Place a tablespoon of bilberry fruit and leaves into a cup. Add hot water to the tea Cover. Leave for five minutes.
Borage Tea
This herb contains vitamin A and vitamin C, which are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants remove harmful free radicals from the body. This protects your body from heart disease, cancer, arthritis. Borage also contain vitamin B3 which assist with lowering cholesterol levels in the body. In addition it has folic acid, riboflavin and thiamin.  The leaves contain minerals like calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium, copper and zinc. Borage strengthens the heart, may be used to treat insomnia, rheumatism and menstrual problems. Borage detoxifies your system. Potassium helps in keeping the heart rate regular. Borage contains gamma-linolenic acid which is an omega 6 fatty acid that assists in joint health, and is an anti-ager.  Borage contains anti-inflammatory properties and help with arthritis. Borage tea assists with diabetes, depression and relieves menstrual symptoms and eczema.
How to make Borage Tea
Place handful of borage leaves in teapot. Pour over two cups of boiling water.Cover. Let stand for five or ten minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey.
Burdock Root Tea
Burdock root tea is anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. This tea protects you against cancer. It detoxifies your body.  Burdock root tea purifies your blood. This tea helps reduce cholesterol and inflammation and improves blood circulation. Burdock is used to treat diabetes. It also strengthens the immune system.
 Cardamom Tea
The dried white cardamom flowers and the seeds are used in making the herbal tea.  It has a sweet and aromatic flavor. The seed of this herbal tea contain antioxidant properties and it fights free radicals in your body. It is rich in vitamin A, B and C. and riboflavin. This herbal tea detoxifies your body. Cardamom tea is used as a bladder and kidney remedy. Cardamom herbal tea has been used as an aphrodisiac in old folk remedies.                                       This herbal tea is good for women to prevent mood swings during their menstrual period. The tea is also used for indigestion. It increases the blood circulation to the skin, giving you a lovely skin. It regulates high blood pressure. Protect you against cancer, heart disease, and many other diseases. Also used as a remedy for asthma. Kids love herbal tea as well.
How to make Cardamom Tea
four cups of water. two teaspoons of tea leaves
two cardamom pods
cup of milk
sugar as required
Boil water in kettle
Pour the boiled water in saucepan.
Add tea leaves, seeds, milk and sugar.
Boil again. Remove from stove and let stand for five minutes.
Catnip Herbal Tea also known as Catmint Tea
Catnip leaves and flowering tops are used. Catnip has anti-bacterial properties. It’s anti-flatulent, which relieves indigestion, colic and nausea, arthritis and rheumatism.  Catnip is soothing for bedwetting children.  Catnip works by assisting the expulsion of intestinal gas and relaxing muscles.Catnip contains vitamin A, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12 as well as choline and inositol. Choline protects the liver and can aid in the reversal of liver already damaged. Inositol helps to prevent panic attacks. Research indicates that inositol may have cancer fighting properties.  Minerals in catnip tea, is sodium, manganese, phosphorus and magnesium.  Catnip acts as a sedative and stomach tonic.
How to make Catnip Tea
1 tsp dried catnip leaves. Cup of boiling water
Pour the boiling water over the catnip.
Let stand for five minutes.
Add honey to taste.
Cayenne Pepper with Lemon Juice
Cayenne pepper opens up the arteries to restore normal blood flow to the heart and may help to prevent a heart attack. It also regulates your blood pressure. Cayenne Pepper tea and lemon boost your metabolism and thereby help you to lose weight. Cayenne Pepper and lemon juice both have anti-fungal and immune boosting properties.
How to make Cayenne Pepper Tea with Lemon
Place a teaspoon of dried cayenne pepper into a cup of hot water.
Add the juice of half a lemon.
Cover and let stand for three minutes. Drink.
Celery Tea
Celery contains vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B1, B2, and B6.  As well as the minerals, calcium, manganese, iron, folic acid, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and fiber. The antioxidants in celery tea assist in fighting the free radicals in your body. This protects your body from diseases. The potassium keeps your heart beat regular.  Celery also helps regulate the fluid in your body. Celery seeds make this a wonderful tea to detoxify your body. It assists with kidney and bladder ailments, helps with kidney stones as well as kidney diseases. Celery tea is a great help with arthritic and rheumatic aches and pains. Also helps to maintain healthy eyesight. Celery tea is also a useful aid in losing weight.
 How to make Celery Tea
Place one teaspoon of fresh celery seed, in a cup. Add hot water.
Let stand for ten minutes, covered. Strain the tea. Drink.
 Chamomile Tea
Chamomile Tea contains vitamin C and B1, as well as the minerals, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, copper, iron and zinc. Potassium keeps the heart beat regular. Chamomile tea contains anti-inflammatory properties. This herbal tea is good for rheumatism and arthritis. It also relieves depression, insomnia, panic attacks, eczema, menstrual cramps, headaches, stomach flu, nausea, asthma and for treating stress. Chamomile tea strengthens your immune system, and protects you from illnesses. Do not drink chamomile tea if you are pregnant.
 How to make Chamomile Tea
Place dried chamomile flowers in a cup. Add hot water. Let it steep for five minutes. Cover and strain the tea with a tea strainer to remove the flowers.
Chicory Herbal Tea
Chicory Tea is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It is high in antioxidants and protects the heart. It contains vitamin A. C. B and K. Chicory Tea has the ability to aid the body to absorb calcium, which maintains strong bones. It protects the body from inflammation. It keeps the liver and gall bladder healthy. Chicory Tea raises your metabolism and detoxifies your body.
 How to make Chicory Tea
Place two teaspoons of roasted chicory root in a cup. Add hot water. Cover. Let steep for five minutes. Add honey. Drink.
Cilantro Herbal Tea
Cilantro Herbal Tea contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties. This herb contains dietary fiber, iron, magnesium and flavonoids. Its anti-inflammatory properties bring relief to those with arthritis. It removes toxins from the body and helps the liver to function properly. It is also used to treat urinary tract infections. It strengthens the immune system. This tea helps diabetics by controlling blood sugar. Cilantro tea should not be used by pregnant women.
 How to make Cilantro Tea
Place two tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves. Place in two cups hot water. Cover. Let steep for ten minutes. Drink.
Cinnamon Tea
Cinnamon is filled with antioxidants, which protect us from free radicals, which has been linked to many diseases, such as heart disease, Osteoporosis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, arthritis, infertility, asthma, and many others. Cinnamon tea has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Cinnamon tea fights viruses and inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria. Cinnamon tea also improves circulation, and is a digestive remedy.  It is anti-aging, helps with menopausal symptoms. Do not take this herbal tea during pregnancy, as it is a uterine stimulant. The antioxidants in cinnamon tea increase your metabolism. This herbal tea has been used successfully to help in weight loss. It also stabilizes the blood sugar levels.
How to make cinnamon tea
Place two cups of water into pot and place on stove.
Add one cinnamon stick, broken into small pieces.
Slowly bring water to boil.
Remove from heat and let steep for fifteen minutes.
Strain the tea through strainer and add sugar and milk as required.
Reheat and drink.
Method Two
Put cinnamon stick, broken into pieces, in a cup.
Add boiling water. Add teabag. Leave for fifteen minutes.
Remove teabag and use strainer to remove the pieces of cinnamon stick. Add sugar and milk.
Clove Tea
Cloves are anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-septic. They are packed with antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals and protect us from diseases like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and other serious illnesses. Cloves contain vitamins, such as folic acid, vitamin C and vitamin K, as well as minerals such as omega 3 fatty acids, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, iron, zinc and selenium. It is a mind stimulant. Cloves can be used as a pain killer and gives relief to toothache, as well as a sore throat. It has been used as an aphrodisiac in old folk remedies.
How to make Clove Tea
Grind one tablespoon of whole cloves for one cup of tea.Boil water and add a cup to the cloves.Cover. Let it stand for ten to twenty minutes.
Strain to filter out cloves
Add honey if needed.
 Cone Flower Tea also known as Echinacea
Cone Flower Tea contains anti-viral, antibiotic and anti-bacterial properties. It originated in North America and was first used by American Indians. Cornflower contains niacin, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc. Research has shown that Cone Flower stimulates your immune system. It fights viruses. It is a powerful blood purifier. Cone Flower has the power to get rid of all the toxins in the body. It protects you from malignant tumors. Cornflower also protects you against gangrene, kidney disease and heart disease. The leaves and flower buds are most commonly harvested for herbal tea.
 How to make Cone Flower Tea
Make tea by brewing one or two teaspoons of the dried cone flower in hot water.
Add hot water. Cover. Let steep for five minutes. Add honey.
Corn Silk Tea
Corn Silk Tea contains antioxidants, which neutralizes the free radicals in the body. This action protects your body from various diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and many other diseases.  Corn Silk Tea also has anti-inflammatory properties. This prevents bladder infections and relieves arthritis. Corn Silk Tea contain vitamin B, vitamin K, as well as calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It is rich in potassium, and keeps the urinary tract healthy, helps with prostate problems and   kidneys, prevents kidney stones. Also relieves incontinence and help children with bedwetting problems. Potassium keeps your heart beat regular.
 To make Corn Silk Tea
Place a handful of corn silk into a pot of boiling water. Let it stand for ten minutes. Remove corn silk. Drink.
 Dandelion Herbal Tea – Lose weight with Dandelion Tea
This herbal tea has many health benefits. Dandelion Tea detoxifies the liver, bladder and kidneys. It is an aid for losing weight and improves blood circulation. The potassium in dandelion regulates blood pressure. Dandelion helps to keep your body free from inflammation. It contains potassium, iron, calcium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and vitamin C and B. Also contains beta-carotene. Dandelion contains antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells. It protects your body against cancer and other illnesses. Dandelion is available from health shops.
 How to make Dandelion Tea
Place a few dried dandelion leaves in a cup. Add boiling water.
Cover. Steep the tea for five minutes. Strain. Add honey or lemon. Drink.
 Essiac Tea
Essiac tea is a combination of four herbs. Burduck root, sheep sorrel, and slippery elm bark. Essiac tea may prevent cancer, and has antiviral properties. Essiac tea contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, as well as beta-carotene, tannins and selenium. It may help in the treatment of the following. Aids, high cholesterol, heartburn, diarrhea, kidney and bladder problems, high blood pressure, sinus, liver, arthritis, diabetes, bronchitis. Essiac tea rids your body of harmful toxins. If harmful toxins are not removed from the digestive system, they will work their way into the blood system and vital organs. Essiac tea helps to rebuild a strong healthy immune system. This herbal remedy was used by a Canadian nurse to heal hundreds of cancer patients.  She also cured her mother of cancer. These herbs may be ordered from various suppliers on the internet.
 Fennel Herbal Tea
Fennel seeds are a powerful source of vitamins and minerals.
Fennel seeds contain vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C and vitamin B, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. Fennel seeds also contain minerals, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, selenium, copper, zinc and magnesium.Potassium keeps your heart rate regular. Iron is needed for the renewal of red blood cells. Fennel also contain antioxidants, which remove harmful free radicals from the body, thus giving protection from diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis, osteoarthritis,  Alzheimer’s and anti-aging.
Fennel herbal tea is also known for assisting with weight lose, fennel flushes the kidneys and helps with kidney stones.  It relieves bloating. Use for sore throat. Do not use this herbal tea if you are pregnant, as it is a uterine stimulant.
How to make fennel tea
Place one teaspoon of freshly crushed fennel seeds, in cup
Pour one cup of boiling water over the seeds. Cover.
Let stand for five minutes. Strain. Add honey to taste.
Fenugreek Tea
This herbal tea is a cleanser and detoxifier. It is anti-inflammatory and has an aphrodisiac effect. Fenugreek tea is effective in reducing fevers. Research has shown that fenugreek tea has the ability to stop the growth of cancer cells without damage to healthy cells. Fenugreek also removes fatty deposits from your arteries.
How to make Fenugreek Tea
Place a teaspoon of crushed seeds in a cup.
Add hot water. Cover.  Steep the tea for ten minutes. Strain and drink.
 Ginger Tea
Ginger tea contain vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals, which have been linked to the cause of serious diseases, like cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and many others. Ginger tea also contains magnesium and potassium. Ginger tea strengthens the immune system. It also lowers cholesterol. Drinking ginger tea prevents fatty deposits in the arteries and protects you from strokes. Ginger tea has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and is helpful in treating arthritis.  It aids circulation. Ginger tea is an energizer and a stimulator. Drinking ginger tea both stimulates and calms the digestive system. It is good for nausea, stomach aches, flu, indigestion, headaches, fever and aching muscles.
How to make Ginger Tea
Bring two cups of water to boil in saucepan.
Add two teaspoons grated ginger. Remove from heat.
Cover and let it steep for ten minutes.
Strain the water to remove the ginger.
Add lemon juice if required. Add honey to taste.
Ginkgo Biloba Tea
Ginkgo Biloba tea is known for aiding us with strength and longevity. It is also known as a tonic for the brain. It increases blood flow to the brain. It also improves your memory. Ginkgo Biloba contains a high level of antioxidants which protects us from illnesses. It opens the blood vessels and helps to control cholesterol from turning to plaque. Ginkgo Biloba also slows down the aging process.
How to make Gingko Biloba Tea
Place a sprig of gingko biloba into a cup
Pour hot water over leaves. Cover.
Steep the tea for five minutes. Add honey to taste.
Strain and drink. Add honey if required
Ginseng Tea has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, which strengthens the immune system and protects you from serious diseases. The root can be chewed or brewed as a tea. It regulates the metabolism and increases energy levels. Ginseng improves concentration and memory. Ginseng helps men with erectile dysfunction. It can be a help to diabetics to control their blood sugar levels. Pregnant women should avoid taking ginseng. Ginseng has anti-aging benefits as it has powerful antioxidant properties. Ginseng is said to increase strength and stamina and make a person feel young again. You can buy ginseng teabags as well as capsules.
How to make Ginseng Tea
Place about six slices in a cup. Add hot water. Cover. Let steep for five minutes. Strain and drink.
 Green Tea – Helps in weight lose.
Green tea contains vitamin C and minerals, potassium, niacin, manganese, folic acid and zinc. Green tea contains powerful antioxidants, which help fight free radicals. This lowers cancer risk. It helps to prevent flu, as well as gum diseases. Green tea lowers cholesterol thereby promoting heart health. It regulates blood sugar and blood pressure. Green tea controls inflammation, and can assist in the treatment of osteoporosis and arthritis. Green tea strengthens the immune system. It also raises metabolism, thereby assisting in weight lose. Green tea can be bought at supermarkets and health shops.
 Hawthorn Berry Tea
Hawthorn berry tea, is a traditional heart tonic. It contains antioxidants. It strengthens the blood vessel walls and heart function. It prevents hardening of the arteries. It has a beneficial effect on cholesterol and high blood pressure. Hawthorn berry tea helps the liver, cleanse the body of toxins. For those on heart or kidney medication, consult your doctor.
How to make Hawthorn Berry Tea
Place one cup of dried berries in saucepan
Five cups boiling water
Bring to boil and simmer for thirty minutes
Take off stove and let stand for five minutes while covered.
Remove berries.
Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea is full of antioxidants, which protect the body against cell damaging free radicals,  that have been linked to be the cause of  diseases like cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and other illnesses.  This tea is known to regulate blood pressure, reduce high cholesterol and strengthen the immune system. Hibiscus tea is a great aid to lose weight. It is rich in vitamin C.
How to make Hibiscus Tea
Place the dried flowers (petals) into a teapot.
Pour the boiling water into the teapot.
Leave to stand for ten minutes, covered.
Strain tea to remove flower petals.
Sweeten with honey.
Lavender Tea
Lavender tea contains vitamin C and vitamin A, which are antioxidants that fight the harmful effects of free radicals, which are the cause of various diseases. Lavender also contains calcium, which is needed for strong bones and iron for your red blood cells. Lavender tea is made out of the dried purple, pink, and white colored flowers. This tea soothes your mind and body. Place some lavender flowers in a vase. Lavender tea helps with depression and insomnia.  This tea may be used for the treatment of upset stomach and bowel infection.
How to make lavender tea
Place two teaspoons dried lavender buds in a cup.
Pour boiling water over the lavender buds. Cover.
Let stand for five minutes. Strain and add honey if needed.