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Running Around for Christmas Time, Health Craziness, and Tea

Hi all!

So, I just posted on Facebook about how I had not been posting lately, and for that, I truly apologize.   Things have been crazy, to say the least.   Of course, there is the typical Christmas-time cleaning and running around.   Throw in that mix Operation Warm Heart, to help the homeless (worth mentioning that at the first program, one of the guests enjoyed tea so we were swapping tea facts), and some health things going on, and I just haven’t been able to sit at the computer to do too much.

Health problems, thankfully, are not severe!   I had gone in for some routine check-ups and the doctor discovered both two hemorrhaging ovarian cysts the size of grapes as well as a cyst on my kidney that is about half a foot long.   The ovarian cysts got cleared as OK.   The one on my kidney, I learn more about on Friday.   Though I was informed it is nothing big, the kidney one scares me a bit and I have been doing a lot of stuff to keep distracted, things that involved not writing my blog.   I know, it’s nothing big, but still…

Well, decided to update my blog after seeing an eye-opening comment on my Facebook page how a person was unfollowing me due to content that was not relevant!   I do apologize for that!   And now, I write something about tea as well as something related to health – what does tea do to cysts?

First, let’s start on the ovarian cyst.   For those that do not know, a cyst is a fluid-filled sac that sometimes forms.   According to my doctor, most women get them and do not even realize it.   They are normally seen through other scans.   If a cyst is bad, you can get some symptoms.   Mine, they are expecting to disappear on their own and I will be checked again to make sure.   Out of curiosity, I wanted to see if tea had anything to do with the cysts, or if I could drink a tea to help with them.

Please keep in mind, I am not a doctor, and I was looking this up for personal usage.   According to the LiveSTRONG website, two different teas are sometimes prescribed for those suffering from ovarian cysts – red clover tea and uterine herb tea.   Sometimes, herbal teas also make the cut.   Why red clover tea?   Apparently, red clover helps to balance the hormone levels, which might be a cause of ovarian cysts (thus why birth control is often another method of controlling cysts).   This might take 3-4 weeks until any noticeable results.   Being that the wait and watch approach is also used (as in my case) and I need to wait a month anyway, this is not necessarily a bad thing, though something to definitely take up with the doctor beforehand.

According to Natural Remedies and Cures, uterine herb tea contains cramp bark, motherwort, burdock root, rhizome of wild yam, ginger root, mullein leaves, cleavers leaves, and prickly ash bark.   Coming from someone who doesn’t know herbs all that well… what?   These ingredients, which can be found at a health food store, are used to clear the debris out of the uterus and help balance the hormones.   You can buy it either as a pill, or as the dry ingredients, and should only take as needed and in conjunction with your doctor.

Now, the one that scares me a little more – the kidney cyst.   The reason why this one is raising red flags is because my cyst is what is called a complex cyst, which can indicate kidney cancer.   I am trying not to jump to conclusions and have been sharing this with very few people, but am praying for my doctor’s appointment this Friday.   After all, everything on the internet creates cancer now-a-days, right?   According to PKD Clinic, green tea can help with kidney cysts due to the fact that there re so many vitamins and minerals contained within.   However, that being said, green tea also contains oxylates, which promote the growth of kidney stones.   And of course, herbal teas can help as well due to their many benefits.

So, that about sums up what is going on in my life and why I haven’t been able to write!   I am so sorry about that, and I do apologize for the less-than-substantive articles as of late on my Facebook page.   But know that this is getting worked through and, for the time being, things might be more me just posting general updates.   I am excited to list that I do have another tea review coming up, though, and I hope to do that sooner rather than later.

So in the meantime, happy sipping ❤

SEEN AND HOOTED: THE OWL AT GRACIOUS HOME!

Hello everyone!   I follow this wonderful blog called The Teaologist, who posts all this useful information about tea and different places to grab a good cuppa.   Recently, she posted an item called, “SEEN AND HOOTED: THE OWL AT GRACIOUS HOME!” that I felt was worthy of a re-blog.

She talks about the different teas and their different health benefits.   If you ask me, that’s always handy information you should know in case you want to try some holistic remedies before going to the doctor if sick.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND – This blog is NOT meant to substitute the advice of a doctor.   If you are sick, please seek medical attention.   Use your own discretion regarding this matter.

The Great Tea And Coffee Debate

I must admit, as much as it pains me to say this, I do drink coffee.   It feels like a betrayal, cheating on my love of tea but there are times when simply, I cannot wake up.   At this moment, I have a cup of coffee by my side to stay awake and meet with friends later.   Coffee is my pick-me-up.   Tea is my meditation.

Now, there are plenty of benefits for both drinks.   But who honestly is the true winner?   If you ask The Color of Tea, neither.   Both have separate benefits.   But let’s compare the two drinks and I will let you decide in the comments!

Where does it come from?

Coffee: Coffee comes from the coffee seed (not the bean, which is a misnomer), originated in Yemen.

Tea: Tea, as we well know from my blog on the history of tea, comes from a plant called the Camellia sinensis from China.

What’s the origin story?

Coffee: Coffee, like tea, does not have a concrete origin story.   One legend believes that Sufi mystic Ghothul Akbar Nooruddin saw some very energetic birds flying about.   Upon sampling the berries that the birds were feasting on, he found the coffee seed.

Another story states that Sheik Abou’l Hasan Schadheli’s disciple, Omar, found the beans and tried to eat them.   When he found them to be bitter, he roasted them.   That did not help so he boiled them.   When he boiled them, he saw that it created a brown liquid and sampled some and discovered coffee.

Yet another account says that young goat herder Kaldi saw his hyper flock chewing on the berries.   Naturally curious, he chewed on a few himself and, upon finding himself energized, brought it to the Muslim holy man.   The holy man disapproved and threw them into the fire, causing a pleasing aroma.   The other holy men followed the smell, raked the berries from the embers and boiled them to produce the first cup of coffee.

Tea: When Emperor Shen Nong, who was well-known for his knowledge of both agriculture and medicine, was resting and boiling water one day, he saw a leaf fall into his drink.   Rather than toss out that water and boil a new batch, he decided to try this gold liquid, producing the first cup of tea.

How are they made?

Coffee: Coffee berries are picked and roasted depending on what the manufacturer wants to produce.   From there, they can be ground and boiled for your enjoyment.   You can also eat some delicious chocolate-covered coffee berries, if you so choose.

Tea: Tea will vary depending on what the manufacturer would like but typically, the leaves are picked, wilted, oxidized, bruised and packaged.

How much caffeine is there in each drink?

*Note* Caffeine is an important topic.   If you are pregnant or have a medical condition, please look up caffeine content of all drinks.

Coffee: Coffee is well-known for its caffeine content and, if you are like me, you more drink it to stay awake more than anything else.   Coffee, depending on the cup, can range anywhere from 0 mg (when drinking decaf) up to 200 mg for a generic brew.

Tea: Tea also varies for caffeine content.   While a “pure” tea (that with the camellia sinensis plant), will always have caffeine, you can opt for an herbal tea that does not have any caffeine.   However, a cup of tea can go up to 61 mg for a black tea brew.

What are the health benefits?

Coffee: Coffee has been linked to a reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, gallstones and type 2 diabetes!   However, keep in mind that too much can raise blood pressure and cause the case of the jitters, so drink in moderation.

Tea: Tea has many health benefits depending on the tea.   They can help with everything from weight loss to pregnancy.   However, it is not firmly proven that tea does perform all these benefits, so please bear that in mind.

And now, I pose the question to you.   Which is better, tea or coffee?

Green Tea Bobas { Homemade }

I love Le Zoe Musings’ posts and photos but this one, I think I adore!

Boba tea (popularly known as bubble tea is delightfully tasty, gives you a bit of a pleasant surprise when you slurp up a tapioca ball (found at your local Asian food market) and is chock full of health benefits if you make it using matcha like Le Zoe Musings recommends.

Matcha green tea uses the entire tea leaf.   It is ground into a fine powder and is used for Japanese tea ceremonies.   It is also believed to have that many more health benefits since you do use the whole leaf.

Read more about Le Zoe Musings’ great blog here:

Green Tea Bobas { Homemade }

Bath Tea? Too Good To Be True!

Hello everyone!

My sister-in-law gave me this recipe during Superbowl Sunday and I thought I would share it 🙂

Veronica Silva published a snippet on how to make Bath Tea (I am still trying to find the source, in case anyone knows where this particular article came from!   Please feel free to leave the URL in the comment so that everyone can view and enjoy).

The recipe calls for:

– 1 1/2 cups of Epsom salt

– 1/2 cup sea salt

– 1 cup dried lavender blossoms

– 30 drops of lavender essential oil

– Small muslin bags

Mix all the ingredients together.   Spoon 1/4 cup into each bag.   When ready, toss one bag into a hot bath and enjoy a soak in some tea!

I would say happy sipping, but I am not sure if that is totally appropriate in this case!

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