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Moringa: The Complete Vegan Protein

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Of the 20 dietarily relevant amino acids, 11 are non-essential, which means our body can make them. But the rest must come from the diet. These other 9 are found together in animal proteins. Which is great - unless you are vegan. Enter Moringa! This plant miracle contains a whopping 17 amino acids, and all 9 essential amino acids, making it one of the very rare complete proteins in the plant world.

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Moringa: The Complete Vegan Protein

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Of the 20 dietarily relevant amino acids, 11 are non-essential, which means our body can make them. But the rest must come from the diet. These other 9 are found together in animal proteins. Which is great - unless you are vegan. Enter Moringa! This plant miracle contains a whopping 17 amino acids, and all 9 essential amino acids, making it one of the very rare complete proteins in the plant world.

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Calming Chamomile Part 2: What is German Chamomile?

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The sweet, apple-scented chamomile flower, or as the Greeks called it “The Ground Apple”, has been a staple of medicine since the time of Hippocrates in 500 B.C. When sipped hot, German chamomile relieves indigestion. This adaptogen acts on the nervous system to soothe the gastrointestinal tract and reduce nervousness and its mild sedative action makes it an excellent bedtime beverage. This post takes a deeper look at what it is and does.

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Calming Chamomile Part 2: What is German Chamomile?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

The sweet, apple-scented chamomile flower, or as the Greeks called it “The Ground Apple”, has been a staple of medicine since the time of Hippocrates in 500 B.C. When sipped hot, German chamomile relieves indigestion. This adaptogen acts on the nervous system to soothe the gastrointestinal tract and reduce nervousness and its mild sedative action makes it an excellent bedtime beverage. This post takes a deeper look at what it is and does.

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Japanese and Chinese Green Teas: A Brief Introduction

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If you love tea, you may (or may not) know that green tea is most famously produced in Japan and China. The practice of drinking green tea for medicinal purposes began in China and the first recorded use was 4,000 years ago! This Spotlight introduces Japanese and Chinese green teas, the main health benefits of green tea in general, and how to drink it. 

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Japanese and Chinese Green Teas: A Brief Introduction

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

If you love tea, you may (or may not) know that green tea is most famously produced in Japan and China. The practice of drinking green tea for medicinal purposes began in China and the first recorded use was 4,000 years ago! This Spotlight introduces Japanese and Chinese green teas, the main health benefits of green tea in general, and how to drink it. 

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Tulsi Holy Basil: An Ancient Tea for Modern Times

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Tulsi Holy Basil is a famous herb and tisane in the herbal medicine philosophy of India called Ayurveda. True to its title as “adaptogen”, Tulsi can be taken safely as a tonic (a fancy way to say drinking a tea or tisane for health purposes) over long periods of time and has virtually no side-effects. Holy Basil revitalizes, increases endurance and energizes, yet contains no caffeine. Furthermore, it contains phytochemicals that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and has even shown protective action for human blood lymphocytes by reducing chromosomal damage due to radiation. It's a pretty incredible tea!

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Tulsi Holy Basil: An Ancient Tea for Modern Times

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Tulsi Holy Basil is a famous herb and tisane in the herbal medicine philosophy of India called Ayurveda. True to its title as “adaptogen”, Tulsi can be taken safely as a tonic (a fancy way to say drinking a tea or tisane for health purposes) over long periods of time and has virtually no side-effects. Holy Basil revitalizes, increases endurance and energizes, yet contains no caffeine. Furthermore, it contains phytochemicals that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and has even shown protective action for human blood lymphocytes by reducing chromosomal damage due to radiation. It's a pretty incredible tea!

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Ultimate Guide to Brewing Tea and Tisanes

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

The difference between a great cup of tea and something that is best for watering plants is down to three key factors: time, temperature and quantity. Always make sure your tea doesn't over- or under-brew, that your water is the right temperature (some teas taste best in boiling water, whereas others will burn), and that you have used enough tea (to your taste!). Each tea and tisane is slightly different, so follow the below instructions carefully and you will have a gorgeous brew every time.

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Ultimate Guide to Brewing Tea and Tisanes

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

The difference between a great cup of tea and something that is best for watering plants is down to three key factors: time, temperature and quantity. Always make sure your tea doesn't over- or under-brew, that your water is the right temperature (some teas taste best in boiling water, whereas others will burn), and that you have used enough tea (to your taste!). Each tea and tisane is slightly different, so follow the below instructions carefully and you will have a gorgeous brew every time.

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