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As I child I loved milk chocolate but with years I have started to appreciate the bitter version too.

I like homemade stuff and I like easy recipes. Real chocolate ticks both boxes ūüėČ

The beauty of real chocolate is that, firstly, it is super healthy and, secondly, it needs only three ingredients. These are cacao (also called cocoa) butter, cacao powder and honey (or any other sweetener to your liking). Of course, you can add any other flavors, such as vanilla, but it is optional.

Are you ready?

Here goes the recipe.

Homemade chocolate in 10 minutes
 
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A healthy and energy-giving chocolate on-the-go or as a treat.
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Recipe type: Homemade dark chocolate
Serves: Friends and Family
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Cacao butter
  • 1 Cup Cacao powder
  • 0.5 - 1 Cup of Honey (the amount to your liking)
  • Vanilla / orange / mint / raspberry flavor (optional).
Instructions
  1. Melt cocoa butter in a water bath. To do that, add the cocoa butter to a glass bowl. Set the bowl over a pan with an inch or two of water (3-5cm). Use medium heat. Take care that the bowl does not touch the water.
  2. When the butter is melted, add the honey and whisk it thoroughly into the mixture. Add vanilla / orange flavor if you want to.
  3. Either take the pan off heat or use a very small heat. Add cacao powder in small amounts and incorporate it well into a smooth mixture.
  4. Use a small ladle or a scoop to pour the chocolate into silicone molds, a glass bowl, or a parchment paper.
  5. Sprinkle lightly with fleur de sal (light salt) or a bit of sugar on the top, if you like.
  6. Leave it to harden. It may take a few hours depending on the room temperature.
  7. Take the chocolate out of molds and store them in a glass container or in the fridge. It may stay for a couple of weeks.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
Note that a water bath is not strictly necessary. Once you get the experience, you can just melt the cacao butter in a pan, add honey and whisk in the cacao powder. You need to be just skillful at cooking/baking.

You can also speed the hardening by putting the chocolate into the fridge, but you need to wait when it is cool. Otherwise, it may create a dusty-looking surface (not beautiful) if the chocolate was too warm.

Fleur de sal is a special, very fine and mineral rich salt. It can be used on chocolate to give it a more sophisticated taste.

The ingredients: cacao powder, cacao butter and honey.

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honey

 

 

 

 

 

 

The process: butter and honey melting and incorporating cacao powder:

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The result:

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In the batch presented on the top photo, I added a drop of a raspberry thick syrup on the surface of the chocolate molds, hence the glossy appearance. It was not a good idea though, as the chocolate stayed too sticky.

Instead, I am now adding a spoon of the raspberry/strawberry syrup into the melted cocoa butter. It gives a sweet after-taste that my kids like and doesn’t disturb the hardening too much.

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You can buy high quality cacao butter and cacao powder online. For instance, Indigo herbs and BuyWholeFoodsOnline sell them. I am personally very happy with the Nukraft’s quality of the organic cacao butter and cacao powder. They can be ordered here at a very reasonable price.

Enjoy a piece of chocolate. It is really good.

 

make-houmus

Houmus is a great side dish and a delicious appetizer. Chickpeas, sesame seeds, olive oil and salt is all it takes! It is very easy to make houmus, though it may take a few rounds before you twist the proportions perfectly.

My family is fond of houmus, because it has versatile use. My kids like it spread on bread, on celery sticks, with carrots or eaten alone. Since it’s rather expensive to buy in the amount that satisfies their taste, I prepare houmus from scratch.

Houmus is made from chickpeas, called also garbanzo beans. Although you can buy canned chickpeas, I prefer to cook my own beans whenever I can. The taste is certainly better, not even mentioning the health aspects. I buy beans (and other healthy ingredients such as sesame seeds or herbs) in bulk to save money and time. Now I have a big bag of dried chickpeas from wholefood sellers, so I will be making houmus for a while :).

Make houmus, because it’s tasty and easy

Beans need a good soaking time before cooking. You can even sprout them for a day first. Sprouting will increase their nutritional profile but it requires both time and patience – not what I have in spare.

Rinse your chickpeas first and soak them overnight in a large pot, 12h or more if you can. I soak them in a big glass bowl with 2-3x more water than chickpeas. Chickpeas expand to about 2.5 times their size so you need a large bowl. Cover it with a towel. Use cold water. 

Chickpeas have to be very soft for houmus, so they have to be cooked for a long time. They need 4-6h of cooking in a slow-cooker or on a low heat. Cover them with a lid. Keep an eye for the water level as additional water will be needed. I also add some salt after approximately 2h of cooking.

If you don’t have that much time you can speed up the soaking process. Rinse the chickpeas first, add water and bring it to boil. Then stop and cover the chickpeas. Wait 2h and then cook the beans.

After cooking, drain the liquid and let the beans cool. You can further use the cooking liquid to your chicken/beef/lamb stew or any soup. You can also add a bit back to the houmus you will be making.

Most recipes call for tahini, a paste made from sesame and olive oil. I however like to do it my own way. I buy unhulled sesame seeds and soak them in water for a few hours (I actually do it overnight at the same time I soak the beans). The next day I drain them and lightly toast them over low heat for 6-8 min. I prefer to roast them in ghee (clarified butter), but olive oil is perfect, if you like. Be careful as they can burn easily.

You can use very little oil, say a table spoon per a cup of sesame, to even half a cup of oil. I use a few table spoons of butter.

Houmus recipe

4  cups of cooled, drained chickpeas (cooked or canned)
1/2 cup of sesame tahini or 3/4 cup of roasted sesame
1/2 cup of olive oil (and add more if needed)
2 teaspoons of salt
2 cloves of garlic (optional)
1/4 – 1/2 cup of lemon juice from squeezed lemons (optional)

Put all the ingredients into a blender or a food processor and puree it until it reaches the desired smoothness. I like it crunchy but you can make it really smooth. (Note that a regular hand blender will not puree sesame seeds. They will stay rough. To smooth them out you will need a high-power blender or a high-grade food processor. Alternatively, use tahini and your hand blender is perfect for the task.)  I use a blender for pureeing, but a food processor is a faster and more convenient option.  

It is now ready and delicious. You can eat it immediately or store in a fridge for a few days. Houmus also freezes well, so you always make more batches for later use.

I encourage you to add garlic and lemon juice as without them houmus tastes plain. I like it too but I know that kids prefer the lemon variety. I also use black sesame seeds instead of the white ones, or their combination. Black sesame has a nutty flavor, so the final result resembles a nut butter. 

You will love it!

 

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Nettle, dear nettle

The power to live fully comes from whole, vibrant and nutrients dense food. One of my favorite food are herbs, and one of my favorite herbal allies is nettle (urtica dioica). Yes, indeed, this is the stinging nettle you know. The name “urtica” says it all – it comes from Latin meaning “I burn”.

Nettles grow like weeds throughout much of the world. They are very common both in north and middle Europe, growing in wild, abandoned places, close to old houses or compost piles. You can find them around swamps or waterways, off-beaten paths and in open areas of woodlands.

You can harvest them yourself in May and June and dry for your own use. Obviously you will need cotton gloves and long pants to spare yourself the stings. Once you collect your herbs, please carry them in a cotton bag and dry them in an airy room or a shed without a direct exposure to sunlight.

Energy packed drink

The dried nettles make a fantastic nourishing infusion. Such a drink offers more energy than coffee or other stimulants.

Who are the ones to benefit?

In fact, everybody, but especially all people on the-go. These are: sleep-deprived mothers, fast-paced businessmen, hard-working researchers, depressed or physically weak, reconvalescents, anxious kids or nervous teenagers. Wise people of all ages will love the nettle to nourish them, replenish their energy and calm the nerves.

Nettle leaves contain many active compounds. These are chlorophyll A and B, organic acids (such as glycolic acid, glyceric acid, formic acid, butyric acid, acetic acid  and silicic acid), flavonoids, tannins, carotenoids, phytosterols, xanthophyll, amine compounds (such as histamine , acetylcholine and serotonin) and various enzymes and plant hormones. The roots contain mostly organic acids, lecithin, waxes and mineral salts.

Urtica is truly rich in minerals and vitamins and in high amounts: the blood-building iron, restorative and bone mending calcium, anti-cancer selenium, immune-enhancing sulphur, memory-enhancing zinc, anti-diabetes chromium, or vision-aiding vitamin A, blood clotting vitamin K, and overall supportive vitamins B (B1, B2, B3, B5), immune-boosting vitamin C and antioxidant vitamin E. There is also manganese, silicon, phosphorous and some others.

The benefits of nettles

Urtica is mainly a medicinal plant which “cleans the blood”, or in other words, facilitates the body’s removal of all kinds harmful products of metabolism. But thanks to the high content of trace elements and vitamins it helps to streamline all metabolic processes. Nettle also increases blood levels of hemoglobin and red blood cell count, so they are of great help for anemics.

Nettle infusions prevent minor bleeding from capillaries in the gastrointestinal tract. This valuable herb stimulates the secretion of gastric juice and it is slightly bile-production enhancer. It also facilitates the assimilation of foods and lowers blood sugar levels. It inhibits inflammation in the urinary tract and gastrointestinal tract. It stimulates the immune system, increasing resistance to infection.

The preparations of the nettle leaves applied externally treat eczema, acne, or dermatitis. They strengthen the hair roots and nourish the skin. They activate the regeneration of the skin and accelerate wound healing.

In short, nettles are a powerhouse of nature. Just by inspecting the ingredients, you will find out that nettles are a great tonic to nearly all conditions. Moreover, they are safe to take for an extended periods of times. Daily.

The action of the nettle leaves is:
– diuretic (stimulate urination specifically aiding the elimination of uric acid)
Рdecongestant 
– anti-haemorrhagic (inhibit internal and external bleeding)
– stimulating blood circulation (warm the body up)
– hypoglycemic (lower blood sugar)
– anti-arteriosclerotic (stop the hardening of the arterial walls)
– detoxification
– hampering the creation of bladder stones
– regulating metabolism
– stimulating regeneration processes
– hematopoietic (increase the number of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the blood)
– lymphagogue (stimulate activity of the lymph system)
– tonic (nourish and tone the tissues, specifically those of the urinary system)

Indications:

– physical weakness
– lack of energy
– mental health
Рmetabolic disorders  
– swelling after exercise or as a result of hypertension
Рurinary tract inflammation  
– tendency to hemorrhage
– circulatory disorders (cold hands and feet)
Рanemia  
– chronic skin diseases
Рchronic wounds  
Рpancreatic disease  
– rheumatic diseases
– poisoning and detoxifying treatments
Рweak immunity 
– diabetes
– eczema
– atherosclerosis
– thyroid problems (as suggested by the herbalist Mathew Wood)
– pregnancy tonic
– inducing lactation in nursing mothers
Рslow growth of nails and hair 

 Are you somewhere on the list above? Choose the nettle to support you. Their cumulative effect builds over time.

Tea vs infusion

Forget the nettle teas Рthey are too weak to count for your health. The nettles used in the teas are often of too low quality and too much powdered. In such a form they have gone through too much heat and processing that removed much of their nutritional profile. Harvest your own nettles or buy them dried in bulk from respectful herbal shops.  Make your own infusions.  

The difference between a tea and infusion lies in the quality and quantity of herbs as well as the steeping time.

A tea is often steeped from low quality, nearly powdered herbs, for a short time, e.g. 5-10min. An herbal infusion offers a nutrients-dense drink. It is steeped (while covered) for at least 4h and often 6-8h. The time is necessary to extract the active compounds into the liquid. The lid is necessary to prevent the volatile ingredients from escaping. You need high quality herbs and in a relatively big amount. 

Nettle infusion

nettle_infusion5-6 table spoons of dried nettle leaves (or more for medicinal use, up to 30g)
1 liter boiling water

Put the dried nettles into a jar (I use kilner jars for all my herbs, but any jar capable of handling boiling water will do). Add the boiling water and cover the jar with lid. Steep it for 4-6h or overnight. Strain out the infusion and drink it during a day. It will not stay fresh for another day unless you store it in a fridge (where it may stay for one day). Some herbalist suggest to simmer the herbs for 5min first. I am not sure it is necessary.

The infusion is very dark in color, nearly black. It can perfectly help you start the day instead of coffee.

Note: If this is your first time to start on herbal infusions, start slowly. Use one or two table spoons first (per 1 liter) and slowly increase the amount of nettle over the following 7-10 days. Observe yourself. For the best benefits, drink it daily for at least 30 days.

Use smaller amounts of herbs for kids.  A rule of thumb would be to use 1/4 of the adult dose for kids age 3-7 (and 1/6-1/8 dose for smaller kids), 1/2 dose for kids below 15. Remember to start gently as kids respond faster to herbs than adults.

Nettle in the kitchen

Nettle work especially great in spring and are especially recommended for people over 40. The best is to make a juice from nettles. You need to drink it 2-3 times daily for two weeks, a spoonful of juice squeezed from a young nettle leaves. Nettles can be passed through a meat grinder or blender andsqueezed through cheesecloth, or by a slow masticating juicer (such as a fantastic Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Juicer in the USA or Hurom in Europe), and the resulting juice stored in a jar in the refrigerator for a few days without preservatives.

There is also a fresh stinging nettle juice offered commercially by the German company Salus (Floradix). It can be bought here or there. Salus offers high quality juices from fresh plants. I have used a number of their products with good to great results.

You can eat a salad of finely chopped nettles, adding to it olive oil and salt. You can also use nettles in any meal or soup where spinach is called for. Heat and drying removes the stinging action and cooking for 10min will do so too.

In summary

Nettle seems rough and stinging, but this Lady is such a loving soul beneath. It is a true ally.

If there is one herb ever you would consider drinking and eating, choose this one! 

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This post is linked to Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday blog carnival.

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Photo courtesy wwarby available under Creative Commons on Flickr.

References: 

If you want to learn more about nettle the herbal books below are great: 

 
“The main medicinal uses of nettles historically were internally as a tonic and highly nutrient food, and treatment of the following conditions ‚Äď anemia, rheumatism and arthritis, eczema and asthma, urinary ‚Äėgravel‚Äô and stomach complaints, skin infections, and as an ‚Äėanti-haemorrhagic‚Äô.¬†
Nettles have also been traditionally used externally as a hair tonic/shampoo, locally applied styptic for nosebleeds and haemorrhoids, and stinging treatment (urtication) for arthritis and rheumatism.”
 
Polish references:
  • Rosliny lecznicze stosowane u dzieci, prof Waleria Olechowicz-Stepien, prof. Eliza Lamer-Zarawska
  • Ziola czynia cuda, Andrzej SkarzyŇĄski

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Burnout or being overtired is usually a consequence of a long term busyness, overwork, stress or trauma.

First, we run until our batteries are empty. Then, we still run on air on our drive. Next, we run because we are in motion and have got used to it. And then, we run because we have forgotten how to stop.

Finally, we run until there is not only no fuel, but also no inner resources left. What follows then is an experience of collapse. A small one or a big one.

We have run ourselves out.

We may have become indifferent. To ourselves, family or  life.  

We may have encountered a loss. Of a friend, job or house.

We may have developed a physical problem or a serious illness. We may have become obese, got a herniated disc, developed indigestion or migraines or experienced shooting pains in the body. 

We may have become depressed.

And so on.

Exhaustion is the result of pushing the pendulum on one side only. It cannot go forever, though.

There is no quick solution to burnout but teaching yourself how to live in balance. Balance is the key to an optimal well-being.

Food

A substantial part of energy comes from food so eating the right way is essential. What is right, however, is not so obvious.

Many experts want us to believe that their diet is the only solution to optimal health. Multiple testimonials seem to provide the necessary proof of principle. The challenge is that many of the proposals have good arguments in favor, yet they cannot all be true.  One pair of contradictory approaches is the raw food diet vs cooked food diet.

The advocates of the first approach recommend to eat all food in their raw form (uncooked), mainly vegetables, fruits and nuts. Some eat only fruits and nuts. Others include raw eggs, milk and raw meat. The main arguments evolve around eating nutrition-dense, alive and plant-based food.

The advocates of the other approach, e.g. the Chinese cuisine, encourage to eat cooked meals, oftentimes balancing their tastes and energies well. The main arguments evolve around warming up and toning the body.

I experimented with both approaches and found that the extremes were not my solution. While eating plenty raw food is essential, similarly is eating nutritious well cooked dishes such as soups (e.g. traditional Polish soups). 

I have found an optimal balance for myself between the raw and cooked food. The proportions are not fixed but change in relation to the season, country of living, and locally available food.

There are many possibilities to prepare nutritious meals yourself in 10-30min given that you educate yourself how to do it. It is much better to make a simple salad than to eat burgers, chips or ready-to-go meals from supermarkets or fast foods.

Sesame seeds

We need nutrients and minerals but the ones which are organic and natural. Both herbs and seeds are powerful nutrition plants. They can greatly influence health, while being easily added to meals. No hassle, really.

Sesame seeds and, especially, black sesame seeds are my all time favorite for regeneration. Black sesame seeds are also more aromatic than their white counterparts. They have rich, nutty, somewhat sweet flavor. Very deep.

Sesame seeds are full of nutrients and minerals, but black sesame seeds contain much, much more. They may be used to help you recover from serious illnesses and alinements or treat constipation.

The benefits of black sesame seeds are briefly summarized below.  Check the nutritional data here and see also an example biochemical analysis of the hulled sesame seeds there.

  1. Black sesame seeds contain a substantial amount of calcium, more than most other food (per unit weight), easily digestible (after soaking, of course). If you lack calcium or suffer from sweet cravings (which indicate the lack of calcium), sesame seeds is your answer. Not milk or cheese, but black sesame. 
  2. They contain high amounts of copper, manganese, phosphorous, iron and magnesium.
  3. Black sesame seeds contain vitamins B1 and E.
  4. The seeds are protein dense, hence invaluable for all types of protein shakes.
  5. They are high in amino acids, which are building blocks of proteins and play important roles in the metabolism.
  6. The seeds have lignans, including a unique content of sesamin, which are phytoestrogens with antioxidant,  anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Antioxidants are anti-aging and are well-known for combating free radicals in our bodies. In addition, Sesamin also reduces cholesterol. Read more here.

Black sesame seeds act powerfully on many organs in the body. They strengthen the liver and kidneys, as well as heart, spleen and lungs. They act as a general tonic in the body, balancing the endocrine system. This is of course a great feature for those who over-play with their hormonal balance (too much work, too little sleep, too many projects, too much stress, etc).

Black sesame seeds are also very beneficial in all conditions where constipation occurs and deficient body fluids exist. They simply increase the body fluids and help bowel movements, so much needed in case of prolonged stress or exhaustion.

As a bonus, black sesame seeds can regrow your hair from gray to black. I have not checked it yet but I will sure do when the time comes. Or, perhaps, I will not get them as I consume the seeds regularly. 

PRECAUTION:

Avoid sesame seeds in case of diarrhea or watery stools.
Avoid black sesame seeds when you have too much iron. You can still eat white sesame seeds.

Buy sesame seeds

Whole, dried black sesame seeds are available at whole food shops, herbal shops and Asian markets. They can also be bought on Ebay, Amazon and other online shops.

Prepare sesame seeds 

Sesame seeds contain a high amount of the anti-nutrient phytic acid. Therefore, as any seed, it is necessary for them to be soaked or pan roasted before eating. The best way is to soak them overnight (they need 8h) and lightly pan roast before grinding. Additional grinding makes them more digestible.

Soaking

  • Measure 1 cup of sesame seeds. Rinse it.¬†
  • Put the sesame seeds into a bowl. Add 2 cups of water.
  • Cover your bowl with a cotton towel or other breathable fabric. Let it stand in room temperature for 4h.
  • Drain the water out of your sesame seeds. Rinse them.
  • Return the seeds to the bowl and add 2 cups of water. Cover the bowl. ¬†Soak it in the room temperature for the next 4h.
  • Drain the water out of your sesame seeds. They are ready to eat.

You can simplify the above procedure by soaking the seeds 8h straight without additional rinsing.

Roasting

Stir-fry the sesames seeds in a dry pan over low heat for approximately 5 minutes or until the heat releases their fragrance. Avoid burning the seeds. You can also roast them in butter or ghee.

How to eat sesame seeds?

You can use sesame seeds in versatile ways. The easiest way is to make a smoothie with them or sprinkle your salads. You can add them to:

  • smoothies¬†
  • protein drinks or shakes
  • salads
  • sushi or fish¬†
  • white beans or lightly cooked or raw vegetables
  • rice, millet or buckwheat (it’s a great combination!)
  • poultry
  • desserts

They taste great an they add lots of flavor. This works especially well with food which is somewhat plain in taste such as rice, beans, some fish (e.g. cod). For myself, I can add them to nearly any meal, even buttered onions or sausages. I simply love them!

My sesamy delicious drink:

  • 1 table spoon of black sesame seed (soaked overnight and roasted)
  • some cinnamon
  • 0.5-1 cup of milk (goat is preferred, but any milk will do)

Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend it well. Note that you need a powerful blender to make it a smooth drink. Any blender will suffice, however, if either you are willing to cope with parts of seeds in your drink, or you strain it.

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It is high time to make an effort in the direction of conscious eating. Don’t leave it to chance.

Choose.

You can start simple with black sesame seeds. You will love them.

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Photo courtesy Rick available under Creative Commons on Flickr.

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This is a post (other than usual, yet) about important aspects of our conscious living. Health.

We usually do not fully appreciate health or well-being until we overdrive ourselves and begin to suffer from some minor or major issues. And then the challenge begins.

Health

Health is the first pillar of wealth creation in your life. It is simple to maintain once you are well, but it is a complex endeavour to pursue in the first place. Why? Because we are individuals with individual needs on all levels of our being.

Multiple factors often contribute to any problem arising in the body or in the mental sphere. More importantly, the most obvious factors are usually not the most influential. For instance, you may think that your flu is caused by bugs you picked up at work, but the truth is that it happened because of your compromised immune system. And the true reasons are overwork, stress, lack of proper nutrition and lack of sleep. If your immune system is enhanced daily, hardly any bugs will catch you.

Know yourself

It all comes down to knowing yourself and finding out what serves you. The choices you make every day influence your well-being.

What works for me, may not work for you. And vice versa. The most successful or logically appealing diets may not help you a bit, and even make you sick. The most advanced training equipment may not help you get fit. The most acclaimed carrier you chose to pursue may put you under constant stress and ultimately lead you to a disease.

And we are often in confusion, influenced by others, bombarded by media or subscribed to strong ideas. It takes time to recognize what is false and where is your potential. But the time is going to elapse anyway, so you can better spend it by taking responsibility for own life and making conscious decisions.

It takes time to get to know yourself, as we usually hold tightly to old or dysfunctional ideas, beliefs or models which stopped serving us a long time ago. Yet, we cling to the distorted image of who we are as we afraid to distort a mediocre yet comforting homeostasis of our being. Step out of your comfort zone and take a journey into unknown. It is worth it.

As a conscious being you need to become a detective searching and analyzing what serves you well and what depletes you. You need to test ideas, approaches or methods to find the ones that support your development and well-being. And, finally, you need to employ discipline to set up health-promoting habits.

Health is a maintenance process

All in all, health is a maintenance process.  It relies on four foundations of physical health, emotional health, mental health and spiritual health. They all are co-dependent and influence each other. In short, health is an act of balancing all our responsibilities and needs.

Health is supported by

  • eating nourishing meals, cooked or prepared from whole foods and high quality ingredients
  • physical exercise
  • loving others and being loved
  • sun exposure (walks, sportive activities, exercise in the fresh air)
  • maintaining personal space for development (journaling, relaxation, thinking, praying, meditation, etc)
  • rest, relaxation and letting go of emotions
  • sufficient sleep
  • good laughter
  • passion and hobbies
  • spending time with friends and the loved ones
  • and living a purpose (pursuing a goal bigger than you are).

Healing teas

There are times we don’t eat the right meals, don’t exercise, spend time indoors, work most days and have no rest, run on empty batteries or lack a good sleep. And, a strike of sudden physical, emotional, or mental challenge may be a drop too much. So, we become ill.

While healing is a process, there are remedies that can help us to function better. One of them are healing teas.

Cold, flu, catarrh, sore throat or indigestion are the usual suspects. While I am not free from them, I generally use home remedies made myself to help me go through such times. Not to mention that I also enjoy them ūüôā

Here I present three fantastic teas, easy to prepare at home, given that you have the ingredients. These are the teas that will boost your immune system and help you get back on feet.

I call them killer teas because they are meant for the brave ones only. Just kidding. The metaphor is to “kill the cold or bugs”. To understand why it is so, just prepare one yourself.

Drink the teas always freshly made, 30min before a meal or 1h after the meal. Ideally, before going to bed.

Killer tea no 1: jump-back-to-life tea

This tea prevents cold and flu. It is super hot and you may feel it will kill you at the spot. It works amazingly well and I strongly recommend it.

Great for: lack of energy, lack of focus, cold or flu. It works wonders.

Jump-back-to-life tea (1 person)

1 teaspoon cacao powder
1/2 vanilla pod
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup water

 

How-to:

Bring water to boiling in a heat-resistant glass cooking pot. Add cacao powder, vanilla pod and cayenne pepper. Add more pepper if you like it super hot. Mix well. Cover with a lid. Cook for 3min. Drink it warm.

This tea works wonders. Have I already told you that this tea is great? It is. (Even if you have to summon courage to drink it.)

Killer tea no 2: rebalance-me tea

This is a tea which is strongly warming up. It has a strong anti-inflammatory effects and immune boosting effects. It may make you sweat.

Great for: stomach pain, liver-stomach indigestion (overeating), gases and a cold.

Rebalance-me tea (1 person)

1 teaspoon thyme (wild thyme is somewhat milder)
2 teaspoon liquorice
1/2 cm ginger root or 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder 
1 1/2 cup water

 

How-to:

Bring water to boiling in a heat-resistant glass cooking pot. Cut ginger root into tiny pieces. Add thyme, liquorice and ginger root (or ginger powder). Cover with a lid. Cook slowly for 7-10 min. Drink it warm.

Don’t drink it while taking antibiotics, hormonal supplements and when you are suffering from hot flushes or generally have a tendency for being too hot.

Killer tea no. 3: boost-me-up tea

This is a tea which is strongly warming up. It has a strong anti-inflammatory effects and immune boosting effects. It may make you sweat.

Great for: being over-tired and over-worked, lack of energy, cold and flu.

Boost-me-up tea (1 person)

1cm of ginger root or 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder
1/2 small lemon
3 teaspoons of raw (unpasteurized) honey
3-4 drops of propolis
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cloves powder (optional)
1 1/2 cup water

 

How-to:

Bring water to boiling in a heat-resistant glass cooking pot. Cut ginger root into tiny pieces. Add ginger root (or ginger powder), cayenne pepper and cloves powder. Cover with a lid. Cook slowly for 10-12 min. Leave it to rest until the liquid becomes warm, neither hot, nor luke warm. Then squeeze the juice from the lemon, add honey and propolis. Mix thoroughly. Drink it warm.
It is important to add honey and propolis to warm water (not hot) so that the natural healing ingredients are not affected by the high temperature.

Don’t drink it while taking antibiotics, hormonal supplements and when you are suffering from hot flushes.

Final words

The killer teas work wonders because their natural ingredients address your immune system on multiple and combined levels.

So, treat yourself with a killer tea. Your healing is worth it.

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I encourage you to stock yourself up with the basic potent herbs which can be used as an aid in healing or to support your health. These are: cinnamon, curcumin, cloves powder, liquorice, thyme, basil, oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper, ginger and cumin.

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Photo courtesy Treasach available under the Creative Commons license on Flickr.

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