Monday, July 4, 2011

Your Healing Kitchen

Herb and Spice Research Indicates that the foods you eat can make or break your health! The latest research shows that many diseases can be stopped and /or reversed by changing the food you eat, especially using healing herbs and spices.
Your health is in your hands. It can be in your kitchen.
What's more, according recent scientific research, some herbs and spices have the ability to help neutralize harmful substances in the body, taking away their cancer-causing potential. Nutmeg, ginger, cumin, black pepper and coriander, for example, have been shown to help block the effects of aflatoxin, a mold that can cause liver cancer.
Recent studies show that many spices used in ancient times for healing are as relevant for healing today as they were then.

That burning sensation in your mouth when you eat foods spiced with cayenne (red) pepper comes from capsaicin, the oily compound behind most of the health benefits of cayenne and its peppery cousins. Capsaicin is the active ingredient in many prescription and over-the-counter creams, ointments, and patches for arthritis and muscle pain. Over time, it short-circuits pain by depleting nerve cells of a chemical called substance P, which helps transfer pain signals along nerve endings to the brain. It's also used for treating shingles pain and diabetes-related nerve pain.
Cayenne's benefits don't end there, however. Sprinkle some onto your chicken soup to turbocharge that traditional cold remedy, since cayenne shrinks blood vessels in your nose and throat, relieving congestion. It's also a metabolism booster, speeding up your calorie-burning furnace for a couple of hours after eating. Cayenne is thought to act as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Studies find that it also has some anticancer properties, and researchers are exploring its potential as a cancer treatment. Finally, in at least one study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that people with diabetes who ate a meal containing liberal amounts of chile pepper required less postmeal insulin to reduce their blood sugar, suggesting the spice may have antidiabetes benefits.
Cinnamon on toast or oatmeal is so tasty it's hard to believe the brown powder has any health benefits at all, but it's actually one of the most powerful healing spices. It's become most famous for its ability to improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes. Some of its natural compounds improve insulin function, significantly lowering blood sugar with as little as 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon a day. The same amount could cut triglycerides and total cholesterol levels by 12 to 30 percent. The apple pie spice can even help prevent blood clots, making it especially heart smart.
Like many other spices, cinnamon has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It's been shown to conquer E. coli, among other types of bacteria. Researchers have even discovered recently that it's rich in antioxidants called polyphenols - another reason it's good for your heart. It's also high in fiber (after all, it comes from the bark of a tree) and can reduce heartburn in some people.

Cloves, an aromatic spice common in Indian cooking, contain an anti-inflammatory chemical called eugenol. In recent animal studies, this chemical inhibited COX-2, a protein that spurs inflammation (the same protein that so-called COX-2 inhibitor drugs such as Celebrex). Cloves also ranked very high in antioxidant properties in one study. The combination of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties spells heaps of health benefits, from boosting protection from heart disease to helping stave off cancer, as well as slowing the cartilage and bone damage caused by arthritis. Compounds in cloves, like those found in cinnamon, also appear to improve insulin function.
Have a toothache? Put a couple of whole cloves in your mouth. Let them soften a bit, then bite on them gently with good molars to release their oil. Then move them next to the painful tooth and keep them there for up to half an hour. Clove oil has a numbing effect in addition to bacteria-fighting powers. In test tubes, cloves also killed certain bacteria that were resistant to antibiotics.
Coriander seeds yield cilantro, also known as Chinese parsley, a staple herb in Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, and Indian cooking. The seeds have been used for thousands of years as a digestive aid. Try making a strong tea from crushed seeds (strain before drinking). The herb can be helpful for some people with irritable bowel syndrome, as it calms intestinal spasms that can lead to diarrhea. Preliminary studies in animals support another traditional use for coriander - as an antianxiety herb. Its essential oil appears to fight bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. It's also being studied for its potential cholesterol-reducing benefits and has been shown to lower cholesterol in animals.Like many other herbs, this one acts as an antioxidant. According to one study, cilantro leaves provide the most antioxidant punch
Smash a clove of garlic and take in the pungent fragrance. That famous odor comes from byproducts of allicin, the sulfur compound believed to be responsible for most of the herb's medicinal benefits. It's what gives garlic its 'bite.'
When eaten daily, garlic can help lower heart disease risk by as much as 76 percent. How? By moderately reducing cholesterol levels (by between 5 and 10 percent in some studies), by thinning the blood and thereby staving off dangerous clots, and by acting as an antioxidant. Garlic's sulfur compounds also appear to ward off cancer, especially stomach and colorectal cancer. The compounds flush out carcinogens before they can damage cell DNA, and they force cancer cells that do develop to self-destruct.
Strongly antibacterial and antifungal, garlic can help with yeast infections, some sinus infections, and the common cold. It can even repel ticks (as well as friends and family, if you eat enough).

This gnarled root has been a major player in Asian and Indian medicine for centuries, primarily as a digestive aid. Today researchers are most excited by ginger's ability to combat inflammation. Several studies have found that ginger (and turmeric) reduces pain and swelling in people with arthritis. It may work against migraines by blocking inflammatory substances called prostaglandins. And because it reduces inflammation, it may also play a role in preventing and slowing the growth of cancer.
Ginger's still good for the tummy, too. It works in the digestive tract, boosting digestive juices and neutralizing acids as well as reducing intestinal contractions. It's proven quite effective against nausea. In fact, at least one study found ginger to work just as well as Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) and other nausea-stopping drugs, with the added benefit that it doesn't make you sleepy. The trick is to take ginger (in tablet, powder, or natural form) before you think you may become nauseated, when it works best. It's also an effective, short-term treatment for morning sickness.

Mustard is made from the seeds of a plant in the cabbage family - a strongly anticancer group of plants. Indeed, mustard seeds contain compounds that studies suggest may inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Mustard also packs enough heat to break up congestion, the reason it was traditionally used in chest plasters. Like cayenne pepper, it has the ability to deplete nerve cells of substance P, a chemical that transmits pain signals to the brain, when used externally. A mustard compress also brings more blood to the fingers of people with Raynaud's phenomenon, a circulatory problem that causes frigid fingers.
Mustard is also said to stimulate appetite by increasing the flow of saliva and digestive juices. A bit of mustard powder added to a foot bath helps kill athlete's foot fungus. *Don't eat too many mustard seeds or more than a teaspoon of mustard powder; the former has a strong laxative effect, while the latter can induce vomiting.
Like cloves, nutmeg contains eugenol, a compound that may benefit the heart. It was one of the key spices that give the Spice Islands their name, and some historians link its popularity in the spice trade to the hallucinatory effects that result from ingesting large amounts. The euphoria, which is due to nutmeg's active ingredient, myristicin, is described as similar to that caused by the drug ecstasy. Don't worry about your teens raiding your spice drawer for a quick high, however; it also packs some nasty side effects, and nutmeg poisoning is a very real risk.
Medically, nutmeg (the seed of an evergreen tree) and mace (the covering of the seed) have strong antibacterial properties. It's been found to kill a number of bacteria in the mouth that contribute to cavities. Myristicin has also been shown to inhibit an enzyme in the brain that contributes to Alzheimer's disease and to improve memory in mice, and researchers are currently studying its potential as an antidepressant.
Perhaps it's no coincidence that 'sage' describes a wise person; the herb is a known memory enhancer and has been shown in some lab studies to protect the brain against certain processes that lead to Alzheimer's disease. In at least one human study, a sage-oil concoction improved the mood of participants, increasing their alertness, calmness, and contentedness. In a British study, healthy young adults performed better on word recall tests after taking sage-oil capsules.
Like so many other herbs and spices, sage has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as anticancer actions. One of its phytochemicals is thujone, best known as a chemical in the liquor absinthe that is said (falsely) to have hallucinatory effects. Today sage shows potential as a diabetes treatment. It appears to boost the action of insulin and reduce blood sugar. As a result, sage is sometimes called nature's metformin since it performs like the common antidiabetes drug. Some researchers have already suggested that sage supplements may help prevent type 2 diabetes.

Turmeric, the spice that gives curry powder its yellow hue, is used in Indian medicine to stimulate the appetite and as a digestive aid. But lately it's grabbing some serious attention as a potentially powerful cancer fighter. The chemical responsible for turmeric's golden color, called curcumin, is considered a top anticancer agent, helping to quell the inflammation that contributes to tumor growth and working in much the same way as broccoli and cauliflower to clear carcinogens away before they can damage cellular DNA and to repair already damaged DNA. Lab studies show turmeric helps stop the growth and spread of cancer cells that do form. Research suggests that it may protect against colon cancer as well as melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey are investigating a combination of curcumin and phenethyl isothiocyanate (the anticancer compound in cruciferous vegetables) as a possible treatment for prostate cancer.
Studies have also linked turmeric to reduced inflammation in a number of conditions, including psoriasis. In animal studies, curcumin decreased the formation of amyloid, the stuff that makes up the brain deposits characteristic in people with Alzheimer's disease.
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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Time For A Cleansing

The Mater Cleanse…my experience         
After lots of years of taking anti-inflammatory medication and pain meds for my joint pain I had enough! I wanted to figure out just what I needed to do to feel better. I heard of and did a lot of research on the use of holistic medicine. The idea is figuring out what is missing, or what your body needs to fix itself or feel better, not just covering up the symptoms of what is really wrong. 
I am not a sick girl, never have been, but I have not been kind to my body. I am overweight and have been as long as I can remember. I was a fairly heavy drinker in my 20s….and 30s, oh and I have broken a few bones in my lifetime. My body needed to do 3 things: weigh less, dry out and fix itself. I wanted off the medication that was #1 for me. I felt like the medication I was taking was like putting a band-aid on a bullet wound, so I found the Master Cleanse. I was not totally convinced but I read a few testimonials that made me want to give it a try. 
It is simple at best a Lemonade concoction that cleans out your system. Well it’s a little more than that but not much. 
This was going to be an experiment in will power and self awareness. As you will read it is a testament to the power of herbs and botanicals. 

This is how it worked for me.
Remember this means no solid food until the cleanse is done, and it is only done when it wants to be done!
It has different stages to it. 
The first three days I was getting over the hunger pangs and I lost some water weight. 
(this is NOT a weight loss program, it is a Cleanse! I don't care Beyonce says!
I suddenly, and surprisingly had a ton of energy. I felt invigorated, maybe because I was committed and I was following through, at any rate I felt pretty good.
I noticed that I had this weird film on my skin that I had to continually wipe off. I started carrying wet wipes with me. This was the toxins coming out through my skin! Gross! but interesting. The cleanse was on! Now it's called a cleanse because it does just that, cleans you out if you know what I mean.
The person that was doing it with me gave up after 3 days,. but not me. I could see and feel results. I have this right ankle that has always swelled like a grapefruit everyday of my life since I sprained it ages ago, guess what NO swelling! I felt Great, and I was determined to see it through.
My back had no pain, my joints felt better and the energy...WOW!
The film on my skin got less and less, and they say when your tongue is pink again (it has this whitish color to it while in the cleanse) It has completed it's process.
My tongue was pink and the film was gone my skin looked great and I felt wonderful!
14 days since the start of my experiment  I had a new sense of myself! I had lost 15 lbs. but I knew that it would probably come back the minute I put solid food back in my system. The test was to put healthy food back in and put forth my new regiment of herbal remedies to replace prescription medication. 
I had learned so much while on this quest and was ready to make it work. I had consulted with an herbalist friend of mine who was overjoyed that I was making this change.
It's like you are a clean slate and it was up to me what I was going to do with it...not the Doctor's and drug companies.
Remember I said I was  heavy drinker for a while? This was the culprit for most of my problems. My Liver and Kidneys just were not working properly. This is what was causing my swelling and back pain, as well as not allowing me to lose weight like I needed to. It all has to work... to work right!
I started taking Milk Thistle for the damage I had done to my poor liver. I jump started my Kidney function with Juniper Berry and I took Dandelion Root as a diuretic. Wow..... after 2 weeks I could see and feel a difference! 
I needed to increase my circulation, to move all this through my system and get rid of the bad tissue and fluid that my body was now trying to expel because it was attempting to function correctly. This was a job for Hawthorne Berry and man does it work, no more numbness or coldness in my hands and feet, and no more leg cramps that had always plague me before.
All this was 5 years ago... I still take the Hawthorne, Milk Thistle and Dandelion to this day.
I have not had a prescription drug since and I fell better than I ever did!
I also proved something to myself.... I matter!
This allowed me to research and find out what lifestyle I needed to be living to loose the weight I have struggled with forever. I found Ketogenic.... extremely Low carb. This has also allowed me to sleep better.
(I had only ever slept not more than 4 hrs a night) not insomnia but... well my brain would just not shut off. That's the only way I can describe it. I am 72 lbs lighter and a Low Carber forever!

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Ok, Here's how it works............
Makes 1 serving
  • 2 Tbsp organic grade B maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper * note if you have seasonal allergies, this will rid you of their effects. It's amazing!
  • 10 oz purified warm or room temperature water
Makes 6 servings (typically a day's worth)
  • 12 Tbsp organic grade B maple syrup
  • 12 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 60 oz purified warm or room temperature water
Combine the lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne with the water. Stir. As for the other main ingredients they're pretty standard fare, and can be found at most grocery stores. The only thing I found hard to find was the grade B maple syrup. I had to go to a local health food store. It was actually convenient, I could get all the ingredients there. A few things to keep in mind...
  • Use organic ingredients The goal of the Master Cleanse is to remove toxic substances from your body so stay away from ingredients that have been sprayed with pesticides
  • Don't use concentrated lemon juice If you have to you can use non-organic lemons, but you cannot use concentrated lemon juice because It's filled with sugar and preservatives.
  • Make sure the sea salt is Unrefined or Not iodized This will be used as a laxative, if salt intake is a problem for you I'll show you another type of laxative in the Optional Ingredients below
Optional Ingredients: The first of the optional ingredients, the laxative tea can be used in place of, or in addition to the sea salt flush. The purpose of both of these items is to increase eliminations. Of the two the sea salt is the more effective, but if you take sea salt the laxative tea will work fine. The tea can be found in most grocery stores, and is sold under different brand names. The brand I used was Smooth Move (it taste like licorice)  I now take this in pill form, It works great for Low Carb. (super cleanse from the GNC store) The beauty of the Master Cleanse lies in its simplicity. By going on this diet you allow your body to use the energy it normally spends on breaking down, digesting, and assimilating food to cleanse itself, so you add much to the Master Cleanse without taking away from its effectiveness. But you can use herbal teas (decaffeinated) to help break the redundancy of drinking the plain lemonade all day long. These teas come in an assortment of flavors, and can really liven up the taste of the lemonade. Herbal tea can be found at just about any grocery store.I drank peppermint and ginger tea, both are good to make you feel full and settle your tummy. The Master Cleanse works just how it sounds; you consume primarily lemonade for the entire time you're on the diet. So the recipes for the diet itself are fairly simple. You should drink a minimum of 60 oz of lemonade a day, but can drink more if you like. You can also drink as much water as you want.

Adding a Natural Laxative To Help Flush Out Your System

Drinking 1 teaspoon of unrefined non-iodized sea salt mixed with 25-35 ounces of water will flush out your system. It's best to use either of these laxatives (or both of them) 2 times a day. I've found it best to take them in the morning and before I go to bed. Also, I advise you give yourself at least an hour and a half before you go out when you do this. These laxatives will work fast, and you will discover why you should probably be at home near a bathroom when you use them. Gross! but it's what this is all about. Here's how I did it. I would make a days worth of lemonade every morning, put it back into the 20 oz water bottles and take them to work with me. 3 bottles a day. I took some herbal tea to work as well in case my tummy felt a little queasy. I'm tellin' ya peppermint works great for that. I work long hours so, when I got home I would just have some tea. Before I went to bed I would drink my smooth move tea. It works grate overnight. In the morning I would drink the salt water, make my lemonade and wait for the tea and salt water to work. It works! To make it more interesting I would juice my lemons with some pulp. It's almost like eating! I was working out of town for a portion of my experiment so I made 3 days worth of my delicious drink and I froze them immediately, took them along and put them in the hotel room in my little freezer. Cool huh? So, you drink your smooth Move tea before bed, drink your salt water in the morning and 60 oz of lemonade through the day. That's it! You will me disturbingly amazed at what comes out of your body, you will wonder how it all got in there. Again gross, but true. When I was done and returning to solid food I started with broth and juices from my juicer. No sugar all natural, then into raw veggies and healthy choices. Keep a journal of your daily trials a tribulations. This will help you tremendously to get through it. I am an anomaly at the doctor's office, I should be unhealthy but, I am just not and getting better everyday! They can't figure out why I have not had my prescriptions filled for 5 years now! They tell me I should be unhealthy, but they admit that I am surprisingly not! Doctor's will not admit that drugs keep you sick, but I have met one recently that will concede to holistic healing, so I am keeping him.! This was one of the most important things I have ever done for myself it taught me me so much. You should eat to live not live to eat! Everything we do has consequences! I am and should be in charge of my own well being! It goes so deep as I appreciate so much more about living day to day than I ever did before! This has helped me in so many ways, not just health but life! Comment or email me for support and help. Jeanette

Sunday, June 19, 2011

An Apple...or an Herb a day keeps the doctor away

While it may seem "trendy" to some, Herbal Medicine has been around for thousands of years. In fact, many of the familiar pharmaceutical medications we use today were originally created from "natural" ingredients. Drugs like opium from poppies, aspirin from willow bark, digitalis from  foxglove and quinine from cinchona bark

...although there is scientific and medical research that support the use of herbal, medicinal and holistic remedies...please consult with your doctor before any alternative remedies are used.

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 How To Make Herbal Infusions
An herbal infusion is not the same as a tea. Herbal teas are made like ordinary tea, with 1-2 teaspoons of herb per cup, brewed for a few minutes. An infusion is made with ½ - 1 oz dried herb to 2 pints of water, brewed for several hours or overnight. Its best to infuse one kind of herb on its own, rather than mixing different herbs. 
A container with a tight lid is better for retaining the essences than a teapot. Jars with a screw top lid can be used, if you warm the jar first. Place about a cupful of herb into a two pint jar, fill to the top with boiling water, seal tightly. Leave to brew for a minimum of 4 hours for leaf infusions, 2 hours for flowers.
Strain off the liquid, press out the last drops, pour into a jar or bottle. Keep refrigerated and use within a day and a half. If there is any left over, use it to feed your plants, or your hair. The discarded herbs make good compost for your herb garden

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How To Make Herbal Decoctions 
This method is used for hard herbs such as hard seeds, roots, rhizomes, bark, wood and berries. It produces a water extract that may be drunk on its own, made into syrups, gargles and compresses, or added to baths, oils and creams.               Ingredients:
1 oz dried herb
1 pint water
1.Crush or bruise the herbs in a pestle and mortar.
2.Place in a bowl and cover with boiling water.
3.Cover with a lid and leave to stand overnight. 
4.Place both the herbs and the water in an enamel pan. Top up the liquid to 1 pint to replace water that has soaked in.
5.Bring to the boil slowly then reduce the heat to a low simmer.
6.Keep covered with a lid and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
7.Strain through a muslin cloth in a strainer, coffee filter paper or jelly bag, pressing out all the liquid. Discard the herbs and use for garden compost.

This decoction will keep for 2-3 days and can be taken undiluted.
Reduced Decoctions
To make a reduced decoction, heat gently until it begins to steam. Keep covered with a lid. Turn down the heat very low and continue to steam for about 1 ½ hours until the liquid has reduced to ¼ pint. This will keep for 4-5 days in a cool place.
Decoctions can be reduced still further to a thick extract - about 1 tablespoon, which will keep for months. Preserved Decoctions
There are three methods which will preserve decoctions indefinitely:
1. Add 1 lb honey or sugar to  7 fl oz of decoction.

Take 1 teaspoonful 3 times a day.

2. Add spirits such as brandy or vodka at 1 part spirit to 2 parts decoction.

Take 2 fl oz or ¼ cup 2 times a day.

3. Pour a thin layer of vegetable oil on the surface of the decoction and seal. This will keep for about a year. To use, either draw off the oil or pour the decoction from under it. Take ½ - 1 teaspoon 3 times a day.

How To Make Herbal Tinctures

Tinctures are produced by extracting and preserving the medicinal constituents of the herb in alcohol.
For each pint or 2 ½ cups alcoholic liquid (including water) use 1 oz dried herb or 2 oz fresh herb.

1 oz dried herbs
14 fl oz or 1 ¾ cup vodka or brandy
6 fl oz or 12 tablespoons water.
1. Chop or bruise the herb and mix the spirit and water together.
2. Place the herbs in a large jar and add the spirit and water.
3. Label and date the jar and leave to stand in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks only. Shake the jar vigorously every day.
4. After two weeks strain through a muslin cloth in a strainer, jelly bag or coffee filter paper, pressing out every drop.
5. Pour the liquid into sterilized glass bottles, preferably dark in color.
(Bottles can be boiled, sterilized in a pressure cooker or soaked in a bottle sterilizing liquid).
6. Label the bottles with the name of the tincture, the date, dosage and use.
A standard dose is 1 teaspoonful 3 times a day, double this for acute conditions. If you are unable to take alcohol, put the dose in 2 fl oz or  ¼ cup water and leave uncovered for a few hours while the alcohol evaporates.
For gargles, washes and compresses, dilute 1 teaspoon of  Tincture to 1 cup of water. Tinctures keep indefinitely.
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A list of Herbs and their Medicinal qualities: 
...although there is scientific and medical research that support the use of herbal, medicinal and holistic remedies...please consult with your doctor before any alternative remedies are used.

Aloe Vera plant










Bastard Balm



Bilberry Bush


Birch Tree


Black Currant

Black Mulberry

Black Locust






Castor Oil










Common Hazel



Cornel Tree












Garden Angelica


Ginkgo Biloba


Hemp Agrimony




Hot Pepper



Lady's Mantle



Linden Tree


Pot Marigold


Marsh Mallow

Meadow Sage



Milk thistle











Patience Dock





Red Poppy


Rockcap Fern





Sea Buckthorn


Shepherd's Purse


Small daisies





Thorn apple



Wild Strawberry

White Lily

Wood Avens

Wood spurge


Sunday, June 12, 2011

To tea or not to tea, that is the question

Honey Milk Tea          Books, Books, and more Books!
2 orange pekoe tea bags
1 cup boiling water
5 ice cubes
4 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk
3 teaspoons honey  
*Steep the tea bags in hot water until the color turns dark red, about 3 to 5 minutes. Discard the tea bags and let the tea cool. 
Combine the ice cubes, sweetened condensed milk, and honey in a glass or cocktail shaker. Pour in the tea and mix well. (If the tea is still warm, the ice may melt; add more ice if desired.) A strong, flavorful milk tea is ready for you to enjoy. 
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Sweet Chai Tea                                           teatime treats
2 cups water                                                          tea chef
4 black tea bags                                                    enjoying tea
1/4 cup honey                                                        tea party
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract                                     chai, my fave!
1 cinnamon stick                                                    green tea
5 whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 pinch ground nutmeg
2 cups milk
*In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add tea, honey and vanilla. Season with cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger and nutmeg. Simmer for 5 minutes. Pour in milk, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and strain through a fine serve
**** a pinch of black pepper really gives it a kick!****. 

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Spicy Chai Tea
                                                      5 cups water
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon licorice root
1/2 teaspoon whole allspice berries
1 vanilla bean
3 tablespoons honey
2% milk
*In a saucepan, combine water, cloves, fennel seeds, licorice root,allspice berries and vanilla bean. Cover snugly and simmer over medium-low heat for 40 to 50 minutes. Filter into a suitable container and stir in honey. Stir in milk to taste. 
Blended Teas for the Holidays
Hot Tea Punch
5 bags of your favorite tea  
6 cups water
3/4 cup sugar  
2 cinnamon sticks 
    8 whole cloves 
    1 1/2 cups orange juice 
    1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
*Bring first 4 ingredients to boil in heavy large saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil 6 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags. Cover and let steep 10 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add orange and lemon juices to punch. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm before continuing.) Using slotted spoon, remove whole spices. Serve hot. 
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Hot Cranberry Tea
1/2 gallon orange juice
1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle cranberry-raspberry juice
1 (16 ounce) can pineapple juice
2 (2.25 ounce) packages small red cinnamon candies
1/2 gallon water
8 tea bags
Combine the orange juice, cranberry-raspberry juice, pineapple juice, and cinnamon candies in a large stockpot; cook over high heat until the candies dissolve.
Combine the water and tea bags in a separate pot and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 5 to 10 minutes; pour into juice mixture. Serve hot.
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Vanilla Almond Tea
4 Tea bags your favorite tea 
1/2 tsp Lemon zest, finely grated
4 cups Boiling water
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tbs Lemon juice
1 tsp Almond extract
1/4 tsp Vanilla
 *Steep tea and lemon rind in boiling water for about 5 minutes.  Stir in sugar, lemon juice, almond and vanilla.  Serve hot

 Hot Toddy
1 oz brandy, whiskey or rum
1 Tbsp honey
1/4 lemon
1 cup hot water
1 tea bag
Coat the bottom of a mug or Irish Tea Glass with honey.
Add the liquor and the juice of the lemon quarter.
On the side, heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea.
Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir.
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Lemon Mint Iced Tea           
1 quart water
3/4 cup white sugar
6 regular-size tea bags
1 peppermint tea bag
1/4 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat; remove from heat, then stir in sugar until dissolved. Add the tea and peppermint tea bags, and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Remove tea bag and stir in the lemonade. Serve tea over ice. 
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Smooth Sweet Tea
1 pinch baking soda * this is the key to making it smooth*
2 cups boiling water
6 tea bags
3/4 cup white sugar
6 cups cool water
Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda into a 64-ounce, heat-proof, glass pitcher. Pour in boiling water, and add tea bags. Cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags, and discard; stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour in cool water, then refrigerate until cold.

Mulled Apple Spice Iced Tea 

4 cinnamon sticks
8 whole cloves
8 cups apple juice
8 cranberry or blueberry tea bags
1 lemon or orange, sliced into rounds
honey or sugar, to taste (optional)
Cut a 7 inch square of clean cheesecloth (or use a coffee filter). Place cinnamon sticks and cloves in the center and tie with cotton kitchen string or butcher's twine.Wrap cinnamon sticks and cloves in a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter and secure with kitchen twine.
In a 4 quart saucepan, bring apple juice and spices (still in the cotton/filter packet) just to the boiling point. Remove the pan from the stove and add the tea bags to steep for 4 to 6 minutes.
Remove bags; allow tea to cool. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Remove spices before serving and sweeten to taste with honey or sugar, if desired.
Filled glasses with shaved or chopped ice and garnish with lemon or orange slices.
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Watermelon Peppermint Iced Tea
2 cups boiling water
2 bags of peppermint tea
4 lbs seedless water melon, cubed (about 6 cups)

Pour hot water over the tea bags, cover and allow to brew for at least five minutes.
Meanwhile, puree the watermelon in a blender, strain and discard the pulp. In a large pitcher, add watermelon juice and tea. Sweeten with honey to taste and stir well. Chill before serving or serve immediately over ice cubes.
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Fresh Raspberry Iced Tea
8-1/4 cups water
2/3 cup sugar
5 individual tea bags
3 to 4 cups unsweetened raspberries
In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Remove from the heat; add tea bags. Steep for 5-8 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add 4 cups water.
In another saucepan, bring raspberries and remaining water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Strain and discard pulp. Add raspberry juice to the tea mixture. Serve in chilled glasses over ice.

Simply Delicious Peach Tea 

(so simple, an absolutely delicious! )
3cans peach nectar
2quarts brewed tea
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Stir together all ingredients; chill until ready to serve.

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