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Get your self in mint condition with mint teas…

Get Your Self in Mint Condition With Mint Teas…

History of Mint

Mint is an ancient herb and the use of mint tea dates back to medieval Europe. Mint’s distinct smell has made it one of the more popular herbs throughout history. From Europe to India to the Middle East, it has been used to clear the air. In ancient Greece, mint leaves were rubbed on dining tables to welcome guests, while in the Middle East, the host still traditionally offers mint tea to guests upon their arrival.

What is Mint?

There are about 25 different species of mints and peppermint is actually a natural hybrid cross between Mentha aquatica (water mint) and Mentha spicata (spearmint).

 Peppermint: Peppermint has greenish-purple lance-shaped leaves and has tastes of a cross between pepper and green chlorophyll. Where chamomile tea can be calming and soothing, peppermint tea is very refreshing and relaxing.

 Spearmint: Spearmint has crinkled leaves and pointed leaf tips shaped like spears and is more of a grayish green color than peppermint leaves and has a little more subtle and cool taste than peppermint.

 Other plants in mint family include:

·         apple mint

·         orange mint

·         water mint

·         curly mint

·         Corsican mint

Health Benefits of Mint

Mint has significant health benefits mainly focussed around the digestive system.

It has an anti-spasmodic action which helps with:

  • stomach cramps
  • wind
  • dyspepsia
  • diarrhoea
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • morning sickness 
  • nausea

It is also excellent for:

  • clearing a head when suffering from a cold or headaches
  • sweetens breath
  • baby colic
  • manage stress
  • asthma

Mint has an amazing power to cure cancer. Mint contains a phytonutrient called perillyl alcohol. This phytonutrient prevents the occurrence of colon, skin and lung cancer. Mint works by attacking the tumour’s blood vessels, starving cancer to death.

 With Spearmint teas, recent studies have found that drinking two cups a day can help with Hirsutism – this condition in women, where hair grows in areas such as the face, stomach and chest is thought to be caused by too many androgens (male hormones such as freely circulating testosterone).



 Chocolate Mint Tea

 Chocolate goes well with tea, not just coffee. You can brew up this recipe is a jiffy, using instant hot chocolate powder and bags of mint tea.

 Ingredients: 6 mint tea bags / 6 cups milk / 6 tablespoons hot chocolate mix

 Preparation: In a saucepan, heat milk with tea bags until almost boiling. Steep for a couple of minutes and strain out tea bags. Pour our 6 mugs of milk, and then stir in a tablespoon of chocolate powder in each mug.

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Learn how to host a delightful thanksgiving tea-party

Learn How To Host A Delightful Thanksgiving Tea-Party!

Have you ever wanted to host your own Thanksgiving Tea Party but don’t know how to go about doing it? Leftovers from your Thanksgiving festivities the night before will really make great additions in your own tea party menu list.

An afternoon or brunch tea event doesn’t need to be fancy or frilly but it can also just be just relaxed & comfortable. The mood will actually just depend on how you will set it up. So that’s where most of the hostess role comes into play.

Thanksgiving Brunch

A lot of people usually snack the whole day during Thanksgiving, and just when your turkeys finally done with its trimmings your guests are already full and now your efforts might not be appreciated by everyone. Does this sound a bit familiar?

This should be the year that you try another approach in setting those bowls with chips, nuts & some snack treats since everyone eats on the whole day. Use some trays of sandwiches perfect for tea, perhaps some tray full of fresh vegetables, or scones will do, then some beautiful pot containing delicious steaming tea which you have prepared and may be served as your brunch option or simply perhaps your advanced lunch to guests who stayed overnight and of course for everyone in your family who is looking to satisfy those hunger pangs.

Perhaps serve them some really good oolong tea which is great in aiding digestion then finally once Thanksgiving dinner has been prepared, everyone would be enjoying that great little feast since your guests’ hunger were satisfied beforehand and wouldn’t feel the need to just fill up on those dips, chips & nuts.

Shopping on a Thanksgiving Weekend

Planning on getting that shopping-spree together with family and friends during your Thanksgiving weekend just to cross off those heavy Christmas shopping list? Invite your family or friends to go back in your lovely house to be able to relax and enjoy a hot cup of great tea.

When shopping the whole day, tendency is you’d get too tired then you wouldn’t like to go back at home just to work on your meals for food, although you usually enjoy preparing things during a night prior to your shopping trips.

Set apart those turkeys leftover from last night and prepare a dressing just for that tea-party that may be thrown together within minutes. Prior to shopping day, make turkey salad/turkey cuts for sandwiches.

Once you’re back home after all that shopping the next day, begin heating your kettle with water in order to make your lovely tea while making some sandwiches just for friends and family with either turkey salad/turkey slices. Feel free to add extra layers of cranberry sauces & dressing to create that flavorful taste. Opting to use some leftover rolls from Thanksgiving dinner could be an alternative for bread as well.

Two for tea (or 36)

Two for Tea (or 36)

Looking for an idea for a small gathering of friends and family? Afternoon tea is a civilized, elegant affair that has been appreciated for centuries in countries throughout the world. Afternoon tea can be an all out traditional affair, or as simple as a cup of tea and sandwich.

Despite the noble appeal of the formal afternoon tea, it need not be a stuffy or formal affair. While other meals are generally served in the kitchen or dining room, a traditional English tea is often offered on a small linen covered table in the living room, family room or library. When winter winds are blowing icily, there is nothing like a good cuppa in front of a roaring fireplace!

It is very easy to accommodate extra guests at tea, and it is a wonderful, relaxing way to enjoy the company of visiting friend and relatives.

If you are a true traditionalist, you may want to host a semi formal affair. Usually it goes like this: When tea is placed out on the table, the eldest usually pours and serves the tea. Finger sandwiches are served next, then traditional scones with jam and clotted cream. Finally, delicate pastries complete the tea.

I have included here some recipes and serving suggestions for your next tea, be it a formal gathering or just a casual event with the girls, these recipes are equally as good for either.

Sandwich Suggestions: Afternoon tea is meant to be a light snack between lunch and dinner. Hot heavy food should never be served. Opt for thinly sliced bread rounds or wedges, which are used as a base for a variety of spreads and open or closed sandwiches.

Cucumber sandwiches are very popular, as there is very little preparation involved. Use a 3 inch round cookie cutter to cut out bread slices. Spread with a teaspoon of flavored butter such as dill butter. (Soften a half a cup of butter and beat in two tablespoons fresh dill). Top with a cucumber slice and garnish with a sprig of fresh dill if desired. For another variety, spread bread rounds with shrimp, crab or lobster salad. Any sandwich ingredient can be used. Experiment with different flavors and come up with your own unique specialty. For a fancier take, try slicing quick bread, like banana bread or apricot bread, into HORIZONTaL slices. Spread whipped cream cheese between the layers. Chill until firm. When you slice these vertically, it looks as though they are ribbons.

Apricot Bread Ribbons

2 cups dried apricots

1-cup hot water

? stick butter

1 ? cups sugar

2 eggs lightly beaten

3 cups flour sifted

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup chopped pecans

Cream cheese, softened

Sliced Strawberries

Fresh Mint Springs


Preheat oven to 325F. Cut dried apricots into small dice. Cover with 1-cup hot water and let stand 10-15 minutes. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and the water/apricot mixture. In a small bowl, sift the flour and baking soda. Stir into the apricot mixture along with chopped pecans. Pour into two mini loaf pans, or one large. Bake for 60 minutes.

When the bread has cooled, trim off the side crusts and cut horizontally into thin slices. Spread 3 slices generously with cream cheese. Layer together and top with the last slice. Slice vertically into ?-inch sandwiches. Decorate with a slice of strawberries and a spring of mint, if desired.

Basic Scone Recipe

1 ? cups of flour

Pinch of salt

1-tablespoon sugar

2 ? teaspoons baking powder

5 tablespoons butter

2 eggs

1/3 cup heavy cream

Instructions: Preheat oven to 450F. Sift together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with a pastry blender. Beat eggs, setting aside one tablespoon beaten egg. Add heavy cream to eggs. Make a well in center of dry ingredients and pour in egg and cream mixture. (Any stir ins such as blueberries, dried cranberries or raisins can be added at this time.) Turn onto a floured surface, gently knead 7 or 8 times and pat into a ? thick circle. Cut into small round with a cookie cutter or cut into wedges. Brush tops with reserved eggs and sprint with a pinch of sugar. Bake 15 minutes. Makes 8 scones.

Green tea contains fluoride is it safe

Green Tea Contains Fluoride Is It Safe

Fluoride has been a well known toxin for over 65 years. It has been used in water

fluoridation pesticides fertilizer, green tea, pharmaceuticals like Prozac, dental

rinses and mouthwash. We even get fluoride treatments from our dentist.

Over the years physicians and scientists have become increasingly concerned about the

government sanction use of fluoride in tap water.

Because, the level of water consumption between individuals will vary greatly; there is

no way to control the dose. Furthermore, when we add to this our exposure from foods,

toothpaste, medications and occupational hazards the accumulation of this substance in

our bodies increases.

Warning Signs

Children are known to be more susceptible to its toxic effects. Once fluoridation began

an increase in cases of children with dental fluorosis began to appear. This is the

first sign of fluoride overdose. Fluorosis is distinguished by white spots and the

pitting (staining and holes in the teeth).

Initially fluoride was believed to prevent tooth decay and strengthen teeth. It can be

inhaled or absorbed through the skin and is most dangerous when ingested.

Today we know that it can be the culprit for a host of illnesses.

*  arthritis
*  add (attention deficit disorder)
*  osteosarcoma (bone cancer)
*  kidney disease
*  headaches
*  asthma
*  allergies
*  confusion
*  dementia

To make matters worse some municipalities treat water with aluminum sulfate and

fluoride. These two substances combine in the blood to form aluminum fluoride

increasing suspicions about its role as a contributing factor in Alzheimer’s disease.

Trouble On The Horizon

In recent years green tea has become popular because of its believed health benefits

against diabetes, cancer, reducing cholesterol just to name a few.

Green tea is grown from the Camelia Sinensis plant. The leaves of the plant absorb

fluoride from the soil. As mentioned earlier this toxin is found in fertilizer and

pesticides (ex. DDT and Dursban). The probability that many green tea drinkers will be

brewing the tea with fluoridated water can only increase the levels of toxicity in the


Green tea is often imported and the levels of fluoride will vary from country to

country depending on how it’s grown.

How many times have you purchased a tea and recall having seen fluoride or pesticides

included in the list of ingredients?

How would you even know it was there unless you became aware though an independent


Should there be a product warning like on cigarettes and pharmaceuticals that this

product contains fluoride and may be harmful to your health?


The body is an amazing instrument of endurance. But, how much can it take? It seems

ready to bounce back after vigorous and long-term abuse; and in this we are lulled in

to a false sense of security our Achilles’ heel.

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