Have you had a cup of Green Tea?

The world can’t seem to stop talking about green tea. From Oprah to health experts, everyone is talking about this green wonder. But what is so great about green tea? Green tea is a great antioxidant and has been known to prevent and fight diseases, no wonder the Chinese have been using it for centuries, and we all know how long the Chinese live! Drinking green tea helps in preventing cancer, cardiovascular diseases, strokes and other infections. It also helps fight cavities and increases the metabolism rate, which helps lose weight faster. Green tea comes in so many flavors as well, from honey, apricot, coco mint and even ginseng. If you want decaffeinated green tea, which is available as well.

How to brew a cup of green tea?
This recipe will help you brew a perfect cup of green tea. Here is the method:

  • You will need one tea bag for every cup of tea you desire.
  • In a kettle, pour one and a half cup of water and let is boil.
  • Let this boiled water stand for a while.
  • In a cup, place the tea bag and pour the hot water over it.
  • All this to stand for 3 minutes and then remove the tea bag.
  • Add sugar or honey if desired.
  • Add a lemon wedge for extra flavor.

Natural Toothpaste/Cleanser Recipes

Virtually all commercial toothpastes contain one or both of two problematic ingredients: fluoride and glycerin. Fluoride, a mining by-product, is one of the bigger scams perpetrated on an unwitting public. Instead of being beneficial it actually damages teeth. Glycerin coats the enamel and prevents natural re-mineralization of teeth. The solution in avoiding those two items may be making your own tooth paste or tooth cleanser at home.

Here are some recipes you can make at home which contain neither fluoride or glycerin:

 

Old Fashioned Tooth Powder

Ingredients:

2 tbsp dried lemon or orange rind

1/4 cup baking soda

2 tsp salt

 

Directions:

Grind the rinds in a food processor until they become a fine powder. Add baking soda and salt then process for a few more seconds until you have a fine powder. Store in an airtight container. Dip moistened toothbrush into the mixture and brush as usual.

Mix ingredients to make a paste, dip toothbrush into the mix and then brush as usual.

 

Basic Toothpaste

Ingredients:

1 Tsp of the above Old Fashioned Tooth Powder

1/4 Tsp Hydrogen peroxide

Directions:

Mix into a paste and brush as usual.

 

Vanilla, Geranium and Honey Toothpaste

Ingredients:

1/2 ounce powdered chalk

3 ounces powdered orris root

4 teaspoons of tincture of vanilla

15 drops oil of rose geranium

Raw honey, enough to make a paste

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and mix until you have the consistency you want. Scoop the paste onto brush. Store the paste in an airtight container.

 

Simple Mint Toothpaste

Ingredients:

Bicarbonate of soda

Salt

Water

Bentonite clay powder

Peppermint oil

 

Directions:

Mix 3 parts bicarbonate of soda with one part salt. Add 3 tsp of bentonite clay for every 1/4 cup of this mixture, and then add enough water to make a thick paste. Add a few drops of peppermint oil for better taste.

 

Herbal Mint Toothpaste Recipe

Ingredients:

1/4 tsp peppermint oil

1/4 tsp spearmint

1/4 cup arrowroot

1/4 cup powdered orrisroot

1/4 cup water

1 tsp ground sage

 

Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water until paste is desired thickness/consistency. Store at room temperature in a tightly covered jar.

Substitute 1/2 tsp each of oil of cinnamon and oil of cloves for peppermint/spearmint if desired.

 

Refreshing Super Mint Toothpaste

Ingredients:

6 teaspoons baking soda

1/3 teaspoon sea salt

4 teaspoons bentonite clay powder

15 drops peppermint

 

Directions:

Mix thoroughly until you get the toothpaste consistency you desire. If desired, add a few drops of peppermint or wintergreen.

 

Strawberry Tooth Cleanser

Ingredients:

1 tsp of the above Old Fashioned Tooth Powder

1 tbsp crushed ripe strawberries

 

Directions:

Mix strawberries and powder into a paste and brush as usual.

 

Basic Tooth Cleanser

Ingredients:

Hydrogen peroxide (a few drops)

Baking soda

 

Directions:

Make a paste by combining the two ingredients. You can also gently rub this paste along your gums twice a week for maximum benefit.

 

Lemon and Cloves Herbal Tooth Cleanser

Ingredients:

Small amount of finely powdered sage

1 ounce of finely powdered myrrh

1 pound powdered arrow root

3 ounces powdered orris root

15 drops oil of lemon

8 drops oil of cloves

10 drops oil of bergamot

10 drops of coconut oil (you may have to warm slightly to melt)

 

Directions:

Mix the powdered ingredients first and then add and mix the oils into the mixture.

 

Notes:

Supercharge any of the above recipes by adding tea tree oil or plant derived mineral powder (or both).

When you use items which contain lemon, rinse your mouth and teeth thoroughly afterward to prevent damage to teeth enamel.

Source: Natural News

Foods To Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

Kale, collards and other leafy greens: These plants are easy to grow in your own yard and are high in fiber and vitamin A, and low in sugars. Recent research suggests that inorganic nitrates, found in these plants, may relax the blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more freely. Plant leafy greens in early spring, as soon as the soil is soft.

Green peas: Green peas also contain plenty of fiber and vitamins. Plant them early in the spring since peas tend to wither and dwindle when temperatures rise.

Tomatoes: The chemical lycopene, responsible for tomato’s bright color, is also a powerful antioxidant. Buy disease-free tomato plants and wait until after the last frost to plant them.

Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes contain fiber, vitamin A and antioxidants, as well. Sweet potatoes need warm temperatures and a long growing season to mature.

Winter squash: Also high in fiber, beta carotene and vitamin A, winter squash need plenty of room, fertile soil and a long growing season.

Berries: Dr. Parente says a recent study found that eating a cup of blueberries or strawberries weekly may prevent high blood pressure. Strawberries grow well in full sun and moist, rich soil. Blueberries, on the other hand, have very specific growing needs. Unless your soil is very acidic (4.5 to 5.5) you’re probably better off buying fresh or frozen berries.

Apricots: Apricots are a good source of fiber and potassium, which has been shown to reduce or prevent high blood pressure. Apricots thrive in climates with warm summers and mild winters. Avoid dried apricots, since they contain more sugar.

Bananas: Also high in potassium, bananas help remove excess sodium from the body, says Dr. Parente.

Cantaloupe: High in potassium and beta carotene, cantaloupe is refreshing alone, in fruit salads or blended in smoothies. Grow it in full sun in moist, rich soil.

Incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet may do more than just reduce your blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories, aiding in weight loss, and you’ll probably have more energy, as well.

Source: Gardening Channel

Natural Home Remedies for Pimples

No one knows for sure the exact cause of acne. We only know about some of the elements that influence its development.

  • oily skin or hair,
  • an increased production of male hormones at puberty,
  • a hormonal imbalance in women,
  • some prescription medications,
  • cosmetics that contain chemicals and vegetable oil,
  • periods of high stress, and
  • possibly some nutritional deficiencies.

Natural home remedies for pimples are a safe,  inexpensive and effective way to diminish acne. A great alternative to the conventional medicinal treatments for pimples that have many harmful side effects on the skin and therefor, they do not have a proper effect. Getting rid of pimple is not an easy task. It is said that natural home remedies are the best and most have these items in their homes already. If not they can easily be found at your local natural health food market.
If you are among those who prefer to handle the problem of annoying acne yourself and would like to relieve or get rid of acne naturally give one of some of these natural home remedies a try.

 

  • Garlic Paste: If you can rub the fresh garlic on the affected area then it will have an excellent effect on your skin. It is recommended to use daily for better results. You will have a clear skin and that also free of blemishes.
  • Neem Paste: If you have neem trees near by then you can easily make a paste of the neem leaves and then add a pinch of turmeric powder. You have to apply this mask on the affected area and then leave it for 20 to 30 minutes. It is very soothing and you will find that all the pimples are vanished from your face very fast.
  • Lemon Juice and Rose Water: If you mix an equal amount of lemon juice and rose water then it acts excellently on the pimples. You have to apply the solution on the affected areas for about 20 to 30 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • Toothpaste: Is also a home remedy for pimples that many teens have found effective. The gel form does not seem to be as effective, so use the normal toothpaste for this home remedy.
  • Lemon or Orange Peel: Dry the lemon or orange peel and make a powder of that. Mix the powder with water to make a paste. Apply the paste on the affected areas and soon you will get a fresh clean and clear skin without any pimple.
  • Honey and Cinnamon: With honey you will get a clear glowing skin and with cinnamon you won’t be having any pimples. You have to make a paste of these two and apply on the affected areas before sleeping. Leave it like that overnight. In the morning wash your face with fresh water. If you repeat this then you will easily get rid of the pimples.
  • Basil Leaf: Make powder of basil leaves and mix it with turmeric powder. After this mix it with water to make a paste. Before bath apply the paste on the affected areas and if you use it regularly then you will have a pimple free face.
  • Vitamins: Eating vitamins A and E has been an extremely successful home remedy for teenagers. Eating a diet rich in these vitamins helps, but teenagers with a severe acne problem could consider taking supplements of vitamins A and E to help reduce the pimples.
  • Drink Water: Drinking water will hydrate the entire body, including the face. Staying hydrated will help diminish the oils in the face, thereby helping to prevent pimples. Drinking eight glasses of water each day is one of the most effective home remedies for pimples.