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Essential Herbals

Herbal infusions have a long history

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In my household we are long time tea drinkers, which is a big tradition in all of my cultural heritages! In the Caribbean herbal teas are often referred to as ‘bush tea’, often drunk for medicinal purposes, in India tea growing is a fine art, and in the UK tea is a huge cultural tradition.

That said, I have to admit that at any one time there is a huge selection in my kitchen of loose tea combinations that I select from depending on my mood, most of which have medicinal properties by default, but also have great flavours too.

My favourites are the most naturally made, fresh ginger which I can chop up for infusion, or mint or thyme leaf herbs from the garden. Dried flowers like hibiscus and spices like lemon grass, cinnamon or cardamom are also a delight.

If you want to, the combinations you can create are endless, or you can choose just one plant or flavour at a time.

What are herbal teas?

A herbal tea is a beverage made by soaking fresh or dried herbs in hot water, so you extract the herb’s properties, scent, flavour, and color into the water. Thus, the water is infused with the herb’s properties.

However there is a perceived difference between what we call herbal tea and a herbal infusion. According to the herbal academy, ‘herbal teas use less plant matter and are steeped for a shorter period of time than infusions, while herbal infusions use a larger amount of herbs and are steeped for a longer period of time’.

Using essential oils:

Recently I have been exploring the use of therapeutic grade essential oils to add to my herbal concoction. Adding essential oils to beverages is one of the easiest ways to enjoy their potent, refreshing flavours, plus their packed with anti oxidants too.

When you want to brighten up any of your favourite teas, only a small amount of essential oil will be required to provide your tea mixture with potent flavour, so make sure that you do not add too much, especially if you are drinking from a small cup or using strong oils.

Here are some of the essential oils that go great with tea:

Bergamot

Fennel

Peppermint

Cinnamon

Lemon

Roman Chamomile

How to make the perfect herbal tea:

To make a herbal tea infusion you will need:

  • A quantity of herbs or plant material, dried

  • A quantity of water

  • A few drops of essential oil* (optional)

Follow theses seven steps:

  • Boil Some Water.

  • Place Herbs In Tea Strainer.

  • Pour Hot Water.

  • ‘Steep’ Your Tea.

  • Strain Your Tea.

  • Sweeten Your Tea (optional).

  • Add an essential oil* (optional).

Essential oils also work well in smoothies, slushies, lemonades, hot cacao, flavoured water and many more of your favorite drinks. *But remember, not all essential oils are safe for consumption! You must check the manufacturers recommendations and cautions before use.


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Dragonfruit (Pitaya) Bowl

Dragon fruit is also known as pitaya and belongs to the cactus family.

Dragon fruit is also known as pitaya and belongs to the cactus family.

Native to America’s, Dragon fruit is rich in antioxidants. It is a perfect ingredient for your morning fruit bowl. The pink scaly outer skin encloses a white, yellow or red inner flesh, specked with black seeds, which is sweet in flavour and extremely refreshing. The seeds are rich sources of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential for the body.

Here are 5 Delicious Ways for You to Try it:

  1. Scoop out the fleshy part.

  2. Slice or chop the flesh for fruit salads

  3. Juice it

  4. Blend it.

  5. Freeze it.

Try this pitaya bowl Recipe! The great thing about this recipe is that it is:

Nutrient-rich
Engages your sense of fun and creativity
Has great visual appeal
Tastes yummy!

Plus you can enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner…

You will need:

1/2 a dragon fruit

Small handful strawberries

1-2 drops DoTerra lemongrass essential oil (optional)

1/2 tbsp ground chia seeds

Just enough liquid to blend it up: almond milk, coconut water

Do this:

Add all ingredients to the blender and purée until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with your favourite fruit etc.  As you can see, I saved some of pitaya to top with, along with hemp hearts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, strawberries, dried shredded coconut, black currents and passion fruit.

Choose your Toppings:

When it comes to toppings, a few of my favorites include:

  • 2 tablespoons goji berries

  • 2 tablespoons buckwheat groats or your favorite granola

  • 1 tablespoon almonds, chopped

  • unsweetened finely shredded coconut

  • Nuts and seeds

  • Fresh fruit slices

  • Dried fruit

  • Cacao nibs

  • Coconut yogurt

Variations: You can blend different combinations as a base for your bowl.


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Magical Coriander

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Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum) also known as cilantro in English and Dhania in Hindi, is one of those culinary spices used for flavouring and garnishing and should be a part of your daily diet. Coriander leaves are traditionally used for flavouring curries and soups in Asian dishes. 

Nutritionally, cilantro is rich in minerals that include copper, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc and phosphorus. Vitamins present in cilantro include vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin and pantothenic acid. Potassium is an important component for cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is essential for red blood cell production. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

In Ayurvedic medicine, coriander leaves are used as a carminative, refrigerant, diuretic and aphrodisiac. In household medicines, it is used to treat stomach disorders and nausea.

"Cilantro extracts, seeds, stems and leaves are reservoirs for phenolic compounds which carry potent antioxidant activities which consequently help in maintaining good health by counteracting the damage caused by oxidative stress present at different locations in the body." HHI

Antioxidants are beneficial for health because they have cancer protective properties, which are manifested through various pathways including triggering immune cells against tumor cells. The The minerals and vitamins in cilantro helps in improving the immune system, bone health, heart health, the nervous system, oxygenated blood circulation and overall cellular and tissue growth in the human body; which collectively all impacts human health. 

Creamy Avo Coriander Raita

A lovely refreshing dressing great with your salads and wraps.

1 cup dairy free raw vegan yogurt
1 tbsp Lime or Lemon Juice
1 Handful Coriander/Cilantro, finely chopped
1 1/2 Avocados, mashed
1 Cup Water
1 peg Garlic
1 Pinch Cayenne
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 Tsp. ground Kelp

Blend all ingredients gently together on a slow setting until smooth.



ENJOY!
 

SISTAHINTHERAW RAW SOUL FOOD RECIPES FOR A VIBRANT NEW YOU!

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Sistahintheraw.com provides information on this website as an educational service. The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. The contents of this web site are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications.