Fight the Flu Season Naturally

I like to think that all of the vitamins I take before bed will guard me from the flu season, and for the most part I tend to be right. That is, until my husband gets sick and passes her germ flu symptoms to me. Next thing I know I am sniffling, coughing and completely lethargic.

I recently discovered a new homemade tea brew that I would like to share with you. It’s not your regular sweet tea, mind you; actually, it’s more on the savory side. As a kid my mother used to brew onion tea with honey for our coughs. This is where I got the idea. Instead of onions, I decided to brew a combination of Turmeric, garlic, lemon and honey for my cold symptoms. Sounds gross, right? Well, surprisingly enough, it’s not too bad.

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Health Benefits:

Turmeric is known to many cultures as the “healing spice.” It is an anti-inflammatory and is often used for colds and as a cough suppressant, stomach aches, and for skin conditions for it’s anti-microbrial benefits.

Garlic is an immune booster and is packed with anti-oxidants.

Lemon is used for respiratory ailments and fevers.

Honey is a natural cough suppressant, and helps with any upper respiratory infections.

Here is the Recipe:

1 Tbsp Turmeric
The juice of half a lemon
2 Garlic cloves
Local Honey to add some sweetness
2 cups of hot water (liquid cups)

Here’s to your health and to helping your body fight off those germs!

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Calmante de Adentro Hacia Afuera

El aroma de anís, canela y hierbas llenaban el ambiente al entrar a la oficina principal, cada especia traia gratos recuerdos a mi mente. Al pasar al lado de las muestras bien ordenadas, me transporte a la cocina de mi abuela cuando la observaba cocinar, hacer tortillas y sus famosos tamales navideños. Ensimismada en mis recuerdos, me recibieron con un beso y con una taza de té caliente. La habitación estaba llena de extraños y sin embargo, me sentí como si estuviera de vuelta en casa con familia.

Recientemente tuve la oportunidad de visitar Tadin, la compañía de té y especias que mi abuela confiaba al preparar sus platos favoritos. Los recuerdos de su cocina volvieron a mi tan vívidamente cuando visité la fábrica. El ver gente que trabaja día a día produciendo las hierbas y especias de calidad utilizadas por mi familia . Mientras escuchaba al guía describir el proceso de producción, observé a mujeres y hombres trabajar; tuve una sensación de orgullo y conexión. En tiempos en que no sabemos de dónde viene nuestro alimento o cómo se procesa el mismo, era increíble ver a esa gente examinando con esmero y delicadeza cada hierba, asegurándose de que cada producto fuera perfecto. Al final de la gira, fuimos invitados a sentarnos a saborear tres de sus muestras de te mas recientes: Jengibre, Mango y Pina. Como alguien que creció bebiendo te de manzanilla Tadin, yo estaba muy emocionada por probar sus nuevas creaciones. Lentamente me abrí paso a mi asiento y comenze a verter agua caliente sobre la bolsita de té. Al instante pude oler cada ingrediente que sólo bajo calor extremo podian revelar su verdadera identidad y sabor.

Sin lugar a dudas, me enamoré de sus nuevas mezclas, lo que representa la empresa, y las personas que ayudan a traer esos sabores a la cocina de nuestras familias.

Para aquellos que no conocen el té Tadin o tienen curiosidad de aprender los beneficios a la salud, he proporcionado una lista de ingredientes y razones para beber cada té.

Una de las razones por la que me gusta estas mezclas es por la riqueza en sabor y sin necesidad de añadir azúcar!

Te de Jengibre

Ingredientes:

  • Jengibre
  • Raiz de Regaliz
  • Té de limón
  • Cascara de naranja
  • Rosa mosqueta
  • Saúco

*Sin cafeína

Beber este té después de una comida pesada. El jengibre es “calientito” y exelente para la limpieza de las fosas nasales y ayuda al sistema respiratorio. El té de jengibre es recomendado para antes de acostarse y añade belleza a la rutina nocturna debido a la vitamina A que contiene.

Te de Piña

Ingredientes:

  • Té de limón
  • Té verde
  • Té blanco
  • Linaza
  • Hierbabuena
  • Piña
  • Sabor de piña
  • Stevia

*Contiene cafeína

Beber durante el cambio de estaciones para ayudar al sistema inmunológico y al sistema respiratorio. Beberlo en cualquier momento después de cada comida y si se siente estreñido. Acelera el metabolismo, lo que puede ayudar en la pérdida de peso.

Te de Mango

Ingredientes:

  • Té verde
  • Cascara de naranja
  • Stevia
  • Jamaica
  • Mango
  • Pera deshidratada
  • Saúco

*Contiene cafeína

Beber en cualquier momento, pero especialmente durante la temporada de alergias. Beba este té en vez de café o refresco, es una gran opción para cualquier persona con diabetes o problemas urinarios. Beber este té para ayudar a equilibrar los niveles de pH y reducir la acidez en el cuerpo. Déle este té a cualquier persona que tenga gusto por lo dulce. .

Te de Manzanilla

Ingredientes:

  • Flor de manzanilla

*Sin cafeína

Ayuda a la digestión y los calambres. Beba este té durante todo el día para producir un efecto calmante y relajante en el cuerpo. Beber este té antes de acostarse ayuda a tener un sueño reparador .

Para una bebida caliente y acogedora sólo tiene que añadir agua caliente y en el verano substituya las bebidas azucaradas por un te frio refrescante.

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This post was kindly brought to you by Tadin Herb and Tea Company

Soothing From The Inside Out

The smells of anise, cinnamon and herbs filled the air as I walked into the main office, each spice bringing a memory with them.   As I walked past the neatly displayed wall of teas and spices I was transported back to when I was 7 or 8 and when I would walk into the kitchen and hear my grandmother singing as she made tortillas and her famous Christmas tamales. Making my way past those memories I was greeted with a kiss and with a warm cup of tea. A room filled with strangers and yet I felt like I was back home with family.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Tadin, the tea and spice company that my grandmother trusted in making her dishes. My memories of her cooking came back so vividly as I toured the factory and saw the people who worked day-in-and-day-out to produce the quality herbs and spices my family uses. As I listened to the tour guide describe their production process and watched the women and men work, I felt a sense of pride and connection. In a time where we don’t know where our food comes from or how our food is processed it was amazing to see real people sifting through the herbs, carefully and delicately making sure that each product is perfect.

At the end of the tour, guests were invited to sit down to try 3 of their newest tea blends: Ginger, Mango, and Pineapple. As someone who grew up drinking Tadin chamomile tea I was very excited to try their newest creations. I slowly made my way to my seat and began pouring the hot water over the tea bag. I could instantly smell each ingredient as if only under extreme heat would they open up to reveal their true identity and flavor.

Needless to say that I fell in love with their new blends, what the company stands for, and the people who help bring these flavors to my family’s kitchen.

For those new to Tadin tea or if you’re curious to learn the health benefits I have provided a list of ingredients, and reasons to drink each tea.

One of the reasons I love these blends is for the richness in flavor. There is no need to add sugar!

Ginger Blend tea:

Ingredients:

  • Ginger root
  • Licorice root
  • Lemongrass leaf
  • Orange peel
  • Rosehips
  • Elder flower

Drink this tea after eating a heavy meal. Ginger is “warming” and great for clearing out the nasals and soothing the respiratory system.  Ginger tea is a great option before bed and treat to add to your nightly beauty routine because of the vitamin A it contains.

Pineapple Blend tea:

Ingredients:

  • Lemongrass leaf
  • Green tea leaf
  • White tea leaf
  • Flax seed
  • Spearmint leaf
  • Pineapple fruit
  • Stevia leaf

Drink during the change of seasons to support the immune system and respiratory system. Drink anytime after a meal and if you’re feeling constipated. Speeds up the metabolism, which can aid in weight loss.

Mango Green tea:

Ingredients:

  • Green tea leaf
  • Orange peel
  • Stevia herb
  • Hibiscus flower
  • Mango
  • Dehydrated pear
  • Elderberry

Drink anytime but especially during allergy season. Drink this tea instead of coffee or soda. This tea is a great option for anyone with diabetes or urinary problems. Drink this tea to help balance pH levels in the body and reduce acidity in the body. Give this tea to anyone with a sweet tooth.

Chamomile tea:

Ingredients:

  • Chamomile flower

Drink during support digestion, and cramping. Drink this tea throughout the day to produce calming and relaxing effect in the body. Drink this tea before bed for restful sleep.

For a warm and cozy beverage just add hot water, and in the summer substitute the sugary drinks for a refreshing iced tea!

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This post was kindly brought to you by Tadin Herb and Tea Company

Hospitality Tea: My Exploration of Moroccan Mint Tea

I love tea. There is just something so magical about a hot cup of tea. The way the dry tea opens itself up to reveal its flavor and how the leaves dance together in the water as you pour the hot water into your cup. It reminds me of how only under intense pressure and heat will the seed pods of the Redwood tree open up.

For years different cultures have been using tea in ceremonies, as part of rituals, as a form of hospitality and as a sign of friendship. Even the way you pour tea is considered an art form.

I have recently taken up my own version of this art form when I learned how to brew kombucha and as I have been drinking hot water with the juice of half a lemon in the mornings before breakfast. As part of my quest I have been experimenting with different fresh herbs and trying different versions of the classic “Moroccan mint tea.”

Moroccan mint tea is traditionally brewed using gunpowder tea from China, fresh mint leaves, sugar and hot water. This tea is traditionally served to guests as a sign of friendship and hospitality. If there are two things I love it’s hosting people for dinner and drinking tea.  After trying several versions of this tea, I have come up with one that I love the most and that I have served at a few gatherings. This new take on the traditional “Moroccan mint tea” is more of my “ode” to it and one that can still be considered hospitable to serve before, during and after a shared meal.

Ingredients:

1-2 handfuls of fresh mint sprigs

1 fresh lemon (juiced)

1 fresh grapefruit (juiced)

1 tbsp of grated ginger (optional)

1 large pot of hot water

What you will need:

Large pot

Strainer

Container to hold tea (preferably glass)

Recipe:

*Bring a large pot of water to a boil, lower the heat and drop the mint leaves into the pot. Leave simmering for 5-8 minutes on low heat. Add juice of lemon and juice of grapefruit into pot. You can drop the grapefruit and lemon into the pot after it has been juiced for an added flavor. Add the ginger for a warming effect. Strain and bottle, add some ice for a cooler beverage and some thinly sliced lemon and sprigs of mint for garnish.

Health benefits:

Mint: Aids with digestion, nausea, headaches, coughing/respiratory ailments, asthma, depression, fatigue, weight loss, oral care.

Ginger: Immune booster, digestion, gastrointestinal health, anti-inflammatory.

Lemon: Indigestion, constipation, high blood pressure, respiratory ailments, weight loss, dental care, fever.

Grapefruit: Packed with vitamin C, ranked high in anti-oxidants, inhibits tumor formation, lowers cholesterol, prevent kidney stones, protects against colon cancer

I hope this inspires you to explore the enchanting world of tea. If you have any recipes you would like to share I would love to hear about them.

Happy sipping!