Ginger Tulsi (Holy Basil) Tea

I finally have a plethora of Holy Basil (tulsi) growing in my garden. What a blessing! And it smells so good. I love the smell and Holy Basil.

Recipe of the Day – Holy Basil Ginger Tea

Ingredients:

4 c. water

1 handful holy basil leaves

1 1/2 ‘ slice ginger, depending on how strong you want it.

Directions: Add the water to your pot or teapot. Then add the basil leaves and ginger. Bring to almost a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and serve with a dash of stevia, honey and lemon juice.

Word of the Day – albahaca – basil

Tip of the Day – Tulsi benefits include: reducing anxiety, fighting acne, protecting against diabetes and cancer, balancing hormones, relieving fevers, improving respiratory problems, teeth care. It’s also a good source of Vitamin K.

Neem Tea

I have a neem tree on my land. – Neem leaf is used for leprosy, eye disorders, bloody nose, intestinal worms, stomach upset, loss of appetite, skin ulcers, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease), fever, diabetes, gum disease (gingivitis), and liver problems. The leaf is also used for birth control and to cause abortions.

The bark is used for stomach and intestinal ulcers, skin diseases, pain, fever and malaria.

The flower is used for reducing bile and phlegm, and treating intestinal worms.

The fruit is used for intestinal worms, urinary tract disorders, hemorroidd, bloody noses, diabetes, phlegm, eye disorders, wounds, and leprosy.

The twigs are used for intestinal worms, low  sperm levels, coughs, hemorroids, urinary disorders and diabetes. Some chew neem twigs instead of using a toothbrush, but this be careful because some have fungi.

The seeds and seed oil are used for leprosy and intestinal worms., birth control and abortions.

The stem, root bark, and fruit are used as a tonic and astringent.

Some people apply neem directly to the skin for skin lice, skin diseases, wounds, and skin ulcers; as a mosquito repellent; and as a skin softener. Neem is also used as an insecticide.

Recipe of the Day –Neem tea

Ingredients:

1 pot of water

handful of neem

Directions: Bring the water to almost a boil. Then turn it off and throw in the neem. Let it steep, top on, for twenty minutes. Tastes good!

Word of the Day – te -tea

Tip of the Day – This is such a diverse herb. Look above and use it for what you need!

 

 

 

Saffron Rosewater Tea

My daughter in Montana writes, “You would be so glad you weren’t here today! It is 7° F. outside and the wind is blowing like ridiculously hard and it is a sheet of black ice out here! There’s something really beautiful about the silence when it’s this cold outside. The world gets quieter. Especially at where we are, and there’s no one else around. All you can hear it outside is the wind sweeping across the land and whispering through the trees… Howling on days like today.”

Recipe of the Day –
Saffron Rosewater Tea

Ingredients:
4 c. water
2  tea bags or tea-infuser with tsp. of your herbs
1 Tab.  rose-water
2 green cardamom
pinch of saffron
  • Honey or other sweetener, according to taste (optional)

Directions: Bring the  water to almost a aboil with the cardamom. Add any tea you desire: green, black, herbal.  Steep 5-7 minutes and remove teabags or strain. Add saffron and rosewater and sweetening, if desired. Serve hot or over ice.

Word of the Day – invierno – winter

Tip of the Day – Saffron is an aphrodisiac, diaphoretic- causes sweating, carminative – prevents gas and to bring on menstruation..

Chia Plum Jam

I finally drank turmeric tea as the end result of having gas all day. Tried buscapina, shoulder stands, mint, lemon and ginger, elevating the hips. All of them worked all day, but not completely. You know what took it away immediately? Turmeric in my tea.

Recipe of the Day – Chia Plum Jam

Ingredients:

1 T. chia seeds, soaked in 1/4 c. water

1 c. seeded plums, washed

1 T. honey or coconut syrup

Directions:

Soak chia seeds in water for 10 minutes. Mash plums Stir chia with water into plums. Add coconut, agave syrup or honey, if desired.

Word of the Day – estomago – stomach

Tip of the Day – The video uses agave syrup of honey, but I would use coconut syrup these days, or stevia – much less glycemic. Serve it on celery with peanut butter, yum!

Rosemary Tea

Rosemary has been used to ease muscle pain and spasm, support the circulatory and nervous systems, improve memory and stimulate hair growth. This herb contains two key ingredients — rosemarinic acid and caffeic acid — that are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents. which minimize damage to your body’s cells from free radicals. Thus preventing cancer. 

Recipe of the Day – Rosemary Tea

Ingredients:

1 pot of water

handful of rosemary

Directions: Bring the water to almost a boil. Then turn it off and throw in the rosemary. Let it steep, top on, for twenty minutes. Tastes good!

Word of the Day – romero – rosemary

Tip of the Day – Drink daily to improve your memory and ease muscle pain.

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Horsetail Tea

Here is my friend and yoga student, Lollie, with her new horse, Garañon, which she says means, “Mustang” here in Vilcabamba. The picture is so cool, I just had to show you.

Recipe of the Day – Horsetail Tea

Ingredients:

1-3 tsp.fresh or dried horsetail herb

1 pot water

Directions:

Us 1 to 3 tsps. of fresh or dried horsetail for every cup of water. Pour almost-boiling water over the herb, steep twenty minutes and strain the herbs before drinking or applying topically.

Tip of the Day – Horsetail, an ancient herb that goes back to the time of the dinosaur, is high in silica, which may help strengthen bones, hair and nails, fight fungal infections, relieve bloating and even cure black spots on your roses. It’s a diuretic, a hair rinse, and fights dungal infections in toes and roses!

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Iced Carob Tea

The wind is here. Last year it was every day throughout August. Or was that the year before. This year it started on July 1st. It doesn’t seem like an anxiety for me. Good. Just there, and blowing in the stories of things.

Recipe of the Day – Iced  Carob Tea

Ingredients:

2 tsp. carob powder

1 pot water, almost boiled

2 leaves mint

1 sprig lemongrass

Directions; Bring a pot of water almost to a boil. Turn off heat, and pour over the carob, mint and lemongrass. Let cool. Then refrigerate. Pour into glasses and add another leaf of fresh mint.

Word of the Day – algorroba – carob

Tip of the Day – There is a mention of carob in the Bible as ‘St. John’s bread’ or ‘locust bean’. It contains more calcium than milk, boosts the immune system, reduces the risk of cancer, improves digestion, slows down aging, prevents cardiovascular diseases, and helps prevent and manage diabetes. Carob tastes very similar to chocolate or cocoa powder. Add this tea with a frozen banana for a great smoothie!

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Herbal Tea for the Sick Tummy

It was so sweet. I went to market, and the Ecuatoriana friend of mine, who runs the first and biggest stand at market, asked me where my neighbors were. “Oh, their tummies are a little sick today, Gladys, so they’re staying home.” She immediately pushed a bag of her home-grown buscapina and chamomile on me, insisting I make them a big batch of tea. “I will do it! And Tiko and I will take a walk and bring it to them this morning!”

Recipe of the Day – Tummy Tea

Ingredients:

1 small handful chamomile, flowers and stems

a couple leaves buscapina

Directions: Bring a liter of water to a boil, turn off and add the leaves. Steep for twenty minutes. Drink throughout the day.

Word of the Day – lo hare – I will do it

Tip of the Day – Get the buscapina leaves, if you can, instead of the pills. They are fresh and potent, as they just had the life flowing through them from the bush. Plus, they’re a really good-tasting sweetener, better than stevia and full of vitamins.

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Immunity Shot

The Yaragua is out in full force here, huh? The beautiful purple-red plant that grows all over the mountains. Tiko and I travel right through it, it brushing our legs with it’s long feathery stems. Unfortunately I’ve read of at least one person who is allergic to it, so here is an immunity shot to boost your system. Keep it going!

Recipe of the Day – Immunity Shot

Ingredients:

juice of one lemon

1/4 ” ginger

juice of one orange

orange wedge

dash cayenne

Directions: Mix all together and down it, using the orange wedge as decoration.

Word of the Day – immunidad – immunity

Tip of the Day – Drink this daily, and boost your system daily by large doses of vitamin C, perhaps zinc, as well, just flooding the body with vitamins and minerals.

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