My Tea Addiction

I must come clean I have a tea addiction

There are many many people round the globe who don’t mind a good cup of tea. To be quite honest it stimulates memories and thoughts, good times had in me since I was a kid. The mums all coming over to each others home and making scones, biscuits, breads and pikelets; mmmmm the smells that came from those kitchens was powerfully delicious and sadly not something that is around anymore.

The kettle whistling meant the tea was on and us kids could come in and sample the fresh home baked delights. As a child your tea addiction was now born.

I could go on about the history of tea and bore most people who just like to drink the stuff and find the flavour strangely addictive. I could list all the different kinds of tea and give all the reasons why and times when you would drink those teas, but I’m not going to!  Today I want this article to be all about me, well not me exactly but more to the point, I want to talk about my tea addiction.

 

Addictions are thought of as bad things. So what about the Tea?

Now I have always loved a god cup of that full leaf flavour of tea and have even been partial to the occasional tea bag or 2 but for the most part of my life I always identified as having an addiction to my coffee, in fact in my younger day I was known for consuming up to 20 cups a day. I was always seen with a cup of coffee in hand where ever i went.  Funny that hey

However just recently over the last few months I have developed an addiction to My Tea, and not just any type of standard leaf tea.

OH NO!! not me I have crafted an addiction to a very very special blend of tea and it definitely is not just any type of tea.

My taste buds and peace of mind have chosen a very special tea blend for it’s addiction and one that is not readily available down in the local grocery store

The Tea That Makes My taste Buds Sing

Of all the teas across the lands I had to fall for of all things a sensational aromatic Herbal Tea. Yep you heard me right I have developed a craving for a herbal tea which I must tell you is really not me. Any one who knows me will laugh and say no way would Sandra be drinking a herbal tea.

Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea® is the One that’s right for me

A natural blend of leaves, herbs and spices for an outstanding flavor and rich aroma.

Refreshing cinnamon, orange peel and cloves impart a warm, fruity flavor, along with allspice and ginger to soothe. Combined with aloe blossoms from our own plantations, this zero calorie tea is a great complement to your weight management program

This tea really is something special. The smell alone is enough to soothe your senses yet excite you t the same time.

What I love the most is and I don’t say this lightly but there is absolutely no need for milk, cream or sugar. You can dink it hot or cold and it is refreshing yet calming and man those spice and fruity notes really dance on the tongue. I’m in love and then in heaven with every cup,

Matter of fact I am having one as I write this post. I love mine with a drizzle of really good quality Honey just for that added fragrance and flavour and nice and steamy hot.   Here are some more facts about this gorgeous herbal tea .

  • Zero Calories
  • No caffeine
  • Full spiced, fruity flavor

Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea® is a natural blend of leaves, herbs and spices, specially prepared to provide an outstanding flavor and a rich aroma. Caffeine-free, it has been formulated to leave you feeling revitalized. Whether you drink it hot or prefer it iced, Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea® has a great taste and is easy to prepare.

Refreshing cinnamon, orange peel and cloves impart a warm, fruity flavor, along with allspice and ginger to soothe. Combined with aloe blossoms from our own plantations, this zero calorie, refreshing tea is a great complement to your weight management program.

I don’t know what floats your boat but I can say without a doubt this is the best cup of herbal tea I have ever had. It is great in the morning and fabulous of a night. Relaxes me and helps soothe my mind and I sleep so much better now, must be the caffeine free before bed lol .

The best part is though I buy it from myself at a reduced price anytime I want. No fighting shopping crazed people dodging trolleys and kids and standing in that ever so long line at the checkout after work just for a box of tea leaves. No sir re I just jump on-line and order from myself, how beautiful is that.

Please leave me a comment below and let me know what new and wonderful flavours have taken you by surprise that you became addicted to. If you would like to know more about how I order these types of products from myself feel free to look around my site. If you have any questions drop them in the comment box or reach out to me on my Contact Page 

Broccoli – How to Cook

Broccoli – The Super Food

One of my most favourite vegetables to eat is broccoli.!

I read a lot, in particular anything to do with health and good health really interests me. I also love my food especially the good old vegetables, fruits and some meats. However if I have to I can do without the meat, for me it is not a must have item.

All these years and I had no idea that I was preparing my broccoli for cooking all wrong. I knew eating it raw offered many more nutritional benefits but I never knew there is a particular way to prepare your broccoli before you cook it to get the most benefit from all the goodness broccoli hides inside.

UNTIL NOW WHEN i READ THIS ARTICLE ON “HOW TO COOK BROCCOLI”

I thought this article was so fantastic that I have shared the exert and the link to the full article on the original website for you all to read.

If you don’t eat Broccoli then this article may very well change your mind if you want to hang around longer.

Check it out below and enjoy this simple prep technique for cooking broccoli

 

When I used to teach medical students at Tufts, I gave a lecture about this amazing new therapeutic called “iloccor-B.” I’d talk about all the new science, all the things it could do, its excellent safety profile. Just as they were all scrambling to buy stock in the company and prescribe it to all their patients, I’d do the big reveal. Apologizing for my “dyslexia,” I would admit that I’d got it backwards. All this time I had been talking about broccoli.The main active ingredient in broccoli is thought to be sulforaphane, which may protect our brains, protect our eyesight, protect our bodies against free radicals, boost our detoxification enzymes, and help prevent and treat cancer.In my videos The Best Detox and  Sometimes the Enzyme Myth is the Truth, I talked about how the formation of sulforaphane is like a chemical flare reaction, requiring the mixing of a precursor compound with an enzyme, which is destroyed by cooking. This may explain why we get dramatic suppression of cancer cell growth from raw broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, but hardly anything from boiled, microwaved or steamed (except for microwaved broccoli, which actually retains some cancer fighting abilities). But who wants to eat raw Brussels sprouts?There is a strategy to get the benefits of raw in cooked form. In raw broccoli, the sulforaphane precursor, called glucoraphanin, mixes with the enzyme (myrosinase) when you chew or chop it. If given enough time—such as when sitting in your upper stomach waiting to get digested—sulforaphane is born. The precursor and sulforaphane are resistant to heat and therefore cooking, but the enzyme is destroyed. No enzyme = no sulforaphane.That’s why I described the “hack and hold” technique—if we chop the broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, collards, or cauliflower first and then wait 40 minutes, we can cook them all we want. The sulforaphane is already made; the enzyme has already done its job, so we don’t need it anymore.

Source: How to Cook Broccoli | NutritionFacts.org

Bee Honey- natural energy

Forever Bee Honey®

Bees make honey by travelling from flower to flower, removing the rich nectar. The nectar is temporarily stored in their bodies, where it mixes with their enzymes before being deposited into beehives.

Throughout the ages, honey has been recognized as a premium natural food – a storehouse of energy that is easily digestible. This great-tasting, all natural sweetener is loaded with nature’s goodness.

Easy to digest, Forever Bee Honey® is a quick and natural energy source for any occasion!

Honey contains many ingredients needed to maintain good health, including 78% sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose), and other minerals, vitamins, enzymes, proteins and amino acids.

Forever Bee Honey contains only natural ingredients.
This great-tasting, nutritious sweetener is loaded with nature’s goodness, containing approximately 70 calories per tablespoon.

Easy to digest and rich in carbohydrates and the minerals calcium and phosphorus, Forever Bee Honey is a quick and nutritious energy source for any occasion!

Large image-bottle of Forever honey on a grey background
  • 100% Natural
  • Provides Quick Energy
  • Natural Sweetener
  • Easily Digested
  • Rich in carbohydrates
  • Contains the minerals – Calcium & Phosphorus
  • Tinted, easy-pour container prevents loss of any valuable nutrients caused by sunlight
  • Tastes like real honey because it is real honey.

Why Switch to Forever Bee Honey

Making the switch to Forever Honey will ensure you that the Honey is actually real honey.

Many honey products you purchase from the supermarket shelves are not real honey but a carefully crafted liquid product made by big companies to resemble the real thing.

According to the FDA (as well as the food safety divisions of the World Health Organization and the European Commission), the one test that authenticates honey is the presence of pollen. If the liquid gold doesn’t contain pollen, it isn’t honey.

76% OF GROCERY STORE TESTED “HONEY” HAD NO POLLEN IN IT!

and this is because it’s likely to have come from China, and Chinese honey is cheap, diluted with high-fructose corn syrup and sweeteners, and tainted with crazy chemicals, heavy metals and antibiotics

Forever Living Honey –  offers you a remarkable line of 100% natural bee products. Our beehives are in an ideal location where the pristine environment eliminates contaminants such as pesticides and pollutants.

We use specialy designed equipment to gather and preserve the ingredients in the condition nature intended. All our bee products – Honey, Royal gelly, Bee pollen and Bee propolis – are natural and nutritionaly rich, from the hives directly to you.

just as the honeybees have been making them for thousands of years!

ONLY THE BEST

When Rex envisioned the dynamics of what was to become Forever Living and Aloe Vera of America, one of the fundamental aspects was the ability to provide the highest quality products on the planet.

Rex’s devotion to quality has never changed nor has it been compromised. It is exactly why we will accept nothing less than 100% control of our process from planting to finished product. You’ve heard it before, but at Forever Living, “Nothing less than the best will ever do.”

And that’s just the plain and natural truth.

Forever Living demands nothing less than the most exemplary quality at every step of every process to insure the quality of all our products.

We remain equally diligent in making sure that it arrives at our manufacturing facility in pristine form.

When it comes to manufacturing our final products, you can rest assured that every single one has been just as carefully nurtured into existence with the same level of care, diligent attention and exemplary standards that we put into to every one of our so carefully tended and harvested Aloe plants.

That’s the Forever Living way – that’s the Rex Maughan way.

The fake honey practises are not only in the United States, I live in Australia and ever since I found out what really goes on in the honey market I have started viewing the honey I was buying from the supermarkets very differently.

Upon inspection of the ingredients labels, even the honey products labelled with the Australian made I noticed that almost all honey products on the shelf were derived or made with imported product. “NOT VERY AUSTRALIAN”  if you ask me.

Some History on Teeth Cleaning

Before we get into the why of using a tooth-gel/toothpaste to clean our teeth lets reflect back on some history in the arena of tooth cleaning shall we.

I have done a bit of a search around and found a couple of interesting facts

  • Oral hygiene was a top priority in society as early as 5000 BC? The world’s oldest-known formula for toothpaste was created by Egyptians
  • They crushed rock salt, mint, dried iris flowers and pepper and mixed them together to create a cleaning powder
  • Although this concoction is known to create bleeding gums, research suggests it is the most effective compared to most toothpastes used as recently as a century ago.

So from most of my research and the few facts that are around it seems we have been obsessed with cleaning our teeth. So much so that our ancestors it would seem, were happy to brave the pain of bleeding gums from the harshness of the gritting tooth cleaning processes

From all the data available to me it seems the very first T.V commercial to air was for a toothpaste called Gibbs SR Toothpaste. The commercial air in Britain on television screens in 1955 and from information sourced was a success. We sure have come along way since the old black and white tube days of commercials.

Teeth Cleaning and Toothpastes Today

Today we have a huge selection of teeth cleaners from toothpastes to tooth-gels and they all tout their benefits to your mouth.

Everything from whitening to fresh breath for hours after we brush, which logically speaking would be difficult since the moment you have a coffee or smoke a cigarette that fresh breath is long gone.

There are some other problems I have found with most mainstream toothpastes these day as well like :

  • Gritty ones – you feel like your brushing with sand.
  • Sickly sweet ones – tastes like you brushed with Fairy Floss.
  • They burn the absolute crap out of your mouth and gums

I have also noticed over the years that there really is no substitute for quality. I have tried so many different brands and even purchased some claiming to have things like aloe vera in them only to read the ingredients to see that the aloe vera is virtually non-existent – it’s the last ingredient on the list meaning it has the least amount of that ingredient in it 

Forever Bright Tooth-gel

The selection of toothpates for your teeth are endless and every-one is different but after many years of trial and error I use and trust Forever Bright Tooth-gel from Forever Living Products.

There are a few qualities I look for in a toothpaste or tooth-gel. Quality is also important to me and to know it is safe and effective for the whole family to use is also on the top of my list.

With Forever Bright, I love the gentle minty flavour and smooth texture. I also found that with regular use my bleeding gums stopped and my cold/hot sensitivity was reduced.

The biggest thing that lots of people say to me who use the tooth-gel is they love how clean and smooth their teeth feel.

My family’s biggest love of the tooth-gel is it doesn’t burn the inside of their mouth.

That is why I never go past Forever Bright Aloe Vera tooth-gel. I have been using it for over 10 years now and I love it. It ticks all my boxes for what a quality tooth product should be and I love that fresh clean teeth feel.

Tube of Forever Bright Tooth-gel

Formulated for the entire family to use, Forever Bright contains only the highest quality ingredients. It is also suitable for vegetarians since it contains no animal by-products.

Natural peppermint and spearmint flavouring leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean. The combination of stabilized aloe vera gel and bee propolis soothes gums and mouth linings, and can be applied directly when brushing is too painful.

The Benefits

 

  • Aloe Vera gel number 1 ingredient
  • It doesn’t burn your mouth
  • Non-Abrasive
  • Safe for the whole family
  • Kills germs and bacteria that cause tooth decay