If you are thinking, what the heck is a “rose hips” and why do I need them in my tea then you are where I was not too long ago.
What are the benefits of Rose Hips Tea?
Rose hips are loaded with Vitamin C, E, & K. Each of these vitamins can help with infections of your bladders, kidney’s, and sinus infections. Whenever I feel a cold coming on I always try to make sure to drink at least 3 of these Rose hips tea bags a day. I slowly sip on them with this mug throughout the day.
It has been a total game changer.
I was first introduced to Rose Hips Tea and it’s benefits by Anthony Willams. You can read his post on all the benefits of rose hips here.
Disclaimer – If you are looking for a fancy herbal tea recipe this post isn’t it. I really don’t like over complicating my tea recipes. I like things to be as simple as they possibly can be otherwise I know I won’t make it.
I never used to be a tea drinker. The only time I really put that much effort into making a drink is when I have hot chocolate. I usually like to stick to investing my time in creating more delicious desserts. But when I made a conscious decision to clean up my diet I always seemed to come back to herbal tea. I realized that the right herbal tea recipes can help keep me from snacking as much throughout the day and have become my go to natural remedy for viral infections and colds.
Here are my favorite healing herbal teas I drink regularly.
Note – I really don’t like over complicating my tea recipes. I like things to be as simple as they possibly can be otherwise I won’t make it.
When I make lemon balm tea I will usually buy the lemon balm extract to add to hot water and then squeeze a lemon in it. Warning – if you don’t squeeze a lemon in it it will taste bad. But with the lemon it tastes amazing. This is the lemon balm extract I always buy on amazon.
If you don’t want to mess with the lemons and lemon balm then I would just try the tea bags on Amazon.
You can also use 2 teaspoons of fresh or dried herb to 16oz of hot water. Steep for 10-15 minutes. Mix in a little raw honey or some fresh lemon to taste!
Dandelion Root Tea
This one has a very strong taste, and not in a good way. But it is really good for healing so I always try to keep it in the rotation.
Dandelion Root Tea Recipe Instructions:
2 teaspoons of dried dandelion root to 16oz of hot water. Steep for 10-15 minutes. Mix in a little raw honey or some fresh lemon to taste!
If you don’t want to make it with the raw loose leaf I recommend this one on amazon. It is the one I use when I want something faster.
Raspberry Leaf Tea
To make Raspberry leaf tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of dried or fresh herb and let steep for 10 minutes or more. Sweeten with raw honey if desired. Raspberry leaf can be found online or at your local health food store in capsule, tincture, extract, and tea form.
Chaga is a mushroom that is has extremely high levels of antioxidants and healing properties.
Chaga Tea Recipe Instructions:
Mix 1 teaspoon of Organic Chaga powder with 8oz of hot water.
The Most Refreshing Watermelon Smoothie Recipe You Will Ever Try
I like to keep my watermelon smoothies as simple as possible. With only 3 ingredients to worry about this recipe is so simple and so good.
All you need is watermelon (of course), mint leaves, 1 lime. Easy enough right? Let’s get into it.
Prep – There is a little prep involved. But don’t worry, it isn’t much. Once you have your watermelon cut it into squares and place them in a freezer bag to freeze. I like to use at least 2 cups of frozen watermelon and 1 cup of fresh watermelon.
2 cups frozen cubed watermelon
1 cup fresh watermelon
a few mint leaves to taste
Blend the watermelon in a nutribullet or blender of your choice and the water until smooth. Serve immediately.
You may be wondering “watermelon detox? Since when does watermelon actually detox the body?”
According to the Medical Medium “Watermelon is an excellent fruit that effectively hydrates, detoxifies, and cleanses the entire body on a cellular level.
It is rich in vitamins A and C as well as lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which are excellent for providing protection from lung, mouth, pancreatic, breast, prostate, endometrial, and colon cancer.”
Sounds good enough, right? But does it ACTUALLY work?
While I was recovering from a chronic illness that left me bedridden for 4 years (no kidding, for 2 of those years I couldn’t even sit up without passing out! It was rough.) I started a diet that was very high in fruit in an attempt to strengthen my immune system and recover from my illness. One of those fruits being Watermelon.
Looking back, it is hard to believe that I once actually tried to avoid eating too much fruit because I was told it was not good for my condition and it could make me feel worse. I was told it would feed my parasite infection (not true), it had much sugar (not true) and too many carbs making it harder to digest (also not true).
Following the advice of the Medical Medium I started adding copius amounts of fruits back into my diet. Including tons of watermelon.
It was pretty crazy how quickly I started seeing improvements in my health. I almost immediately overcame the recent infection that I had been battling for 6 weeks and started feeling stronger. I was able to go for walks outside and start running again! Yay!
Since then watermelon detox water and watermelon slushes have continued to be a staple in my diet.
Watermelon Detox Water Recipe:
Here’s how I make it.
Cut 4 watermelon cubes (works with frozen or fresh watermelon) and put it in a glass on filtered water.
Cucumber Detox Water – Best Detox Water For Weight Loss
I know cucumber isn’t very many people’s favorite fruit, and trust me, I get it. But drinking a glass of cucumber detox water can really help heal your body from the inside out.
Cucumber juice has huge beauty benefits from helping restore your hair, nails and even your dry skin! It really does work but consistency is key. you can’t drink it once a week and expect to see any results.
It needs to become a part of your every day diet in order for your to really see the benefits. Check out the recipe below and let me know in the comments if you have ever tired drinking cucumber water before?!
Note – I know a lot of people don’t like the taste of plain cucumber (my husband being one of them) so if that is the case I really recommend squeezing half a lemon in as well. Lemon water is super hydrating and will only help you shed those extra pounds even more!
Cucumber & Lemon Detox Water Recipe
Cut 1/3 of a cucumber into slices and put into a glass of filtered water. Squeeze half a lemon in if you do not like the taste of cucumber.
We all know that drinking water is good for our bodies. It’s also the most natural way to boost your metabolism and keep things moving, making it great forweight loss. More recently though, much attention has been focused on drinking detox water and many people wonder how that differs from drinking regular H2O.
Curious About Detox Water? Keep Reading!
Detox water is also known as infused water, fruit infused water, or fruit-flavored water. It basically consists of a variety of combinations of fruits, vegetables and even herbs in cold, purified water.
If you have trouble getting in your daily intake of water, you might want to consider drinking detox water because the flavors make it delicious and it has almost no calories, plus you get the added vitamins andantioxidants from the fruits you add to it.
Benefits of Drinking Detox Water
Losing weight is of course one of the best reasons to drink detox water, but it also has some other benefits for you too. It helps to flush toxins out of your system and promotes the release of fat cells so you canlose weight. It helps foods move through your body properly for better digestion. When you’re exercising, it helps your muscles recover more quickly. It also improves your mood and can serve as a caffeine-free way to boost your energy in the afternoon. Say yes to detox water because the more water you drink,the more calories you burn too!
How to Make Detox Water
Now that you know the benefits of drinking detox water, you’ll probably want to start drinking it ASAP so you can get better weight loss results. While you can simply add your fruits to a portable cup or even a pitcher of purified water in your fridge, you’ll love the experience even more if you get a fruit infused water bottle or pitcher.
It keeps your fruits in a separate compartment that infiltrates your water. Plus, you can reuse those fruits for multiple refills before they start lacking in the flavor department.
Many options for fruit infused water bottles are inexpensive and are a smart way to drink plenty of hydrating water for your weight loss.
If you’re just starting out, keeping it simple is best. Many people find that a simple recipe of fresh lemon and mint added to their purified water is the best detox water. It almost feels regal drinking it. You can also combine cucumber and lemon for another refreshing drink for hot days.
Mango andginger is another great combination. The sweetness of mango paired with the sharpness of ginger makes for a great flavor, plus ginger is wonderful for those who have stomach troubles.
Ultimately, the best detox water is the one that appeals to you the most. You can make your own combinations using fresh strawberries, oranges, lemons, limes, mint, basil, cinnamon, apples and more. Infused waters are natural, low in calories, and there are no artificial ingredients so you can drink up without guilt!
Here are a few of my favorite detox water recipes!
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