Daily water intake + herbs

Daily water intake + herbs

Drinking 2 litres of water a day isn’t as easy as it seems. To facilitate this daily goal, I have started to make a bountiful brew of herbal tea to sip on throughout the day. Not only is this a tastier way to consume the recommended water intake (between 1.2 to 2 litres), but the added herbs increase the healing properties enormously.

Ingredients:

  • Filtered water
  • Herbal tea of your choice. I have only tried this with lavender and chamomile tea, echinacea tea and loose green tea leaves.

Method:

  • Boil filtered water and pour 2 cups (approximately 400ml) over the tea bag/leaves in a pot and let it seep until the water cools to room temperature.
  • Once cooled, transfer the water into a larger bottle (I reused a passata jar which holds 680ml)
  • Then add more hot water to the tea bag/leaves and let it seep again until it cools to room temperature.
  • Transfer the cooled herbal water to the bottle, and you’re good to go!
  • OPTIONAL: add hot water throughout the day to further meet your water intake goal and for the increased herbal benefit.

 

Chamomile flower

Chamomile has a beautiful scent and is great for dry skin when used as a hydrosol. Here are some other benefits, specifically from drinking chamomile as a tea:

  • Fighting anxiety and depression
  • Natural allergy fighter or hay fever
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Muscle spasms treatment
  • PMS natural remedy and other menstrual disorders
  • Insomnia cure
  • Skin disorders
  • Ulcers
  • Wounds
  • Natural arthritis cure and rheumatic pain reliever
  • Naturally caffeine free

 

Lavender

Lavender is hands down my most favoured essential oil and scent. It is sweet, flowery and woody. It is both calming and soothing, and rejuvenating and inspiring. One of the most delicious and warming coffees I’ve ever had was the lavender latte at Palm Vaults in Hackney.

Benefits from drinking lavender tea:

  • Promotes relaxation
  • Insomnia cure
  • Antiseptic
  • Promotes healthy digestive system
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Detoxifying
  • Cures heacahes
  • Treats dandruff
  • Prevents hairloss
  • Reduces bloating
  • Naturally caffeine free

 

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Echinacea

Echinacea is a native American plant and has been used as a traditional herbal remedy for over 400 years. I mostly drink this tea during the winter months when I’m more prone to catching a cold or a flu, nevertheless it is perfectly fine to drink any time of the year. It’s healing properties include:

  • Boosts immune system
  • Natural pain reliever (stomach aches, toothaches, sore throat etc.)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Improves skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis
  • Improves mental health

 

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Green tea leaves

Green tea is a popular and affordable superfood. Details about it’s antioxidant properties can be read here.

Other benefits include:

  • Improves memory
  • Protects heart health
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
  • Lowers blood pressure

References:

https://draxe.com/chamomile-benefits/

https://drhealthbenefits.com/food-bevarages/beverages/tea/health-benefits-of-lavender-tea

https://draxe.com/echinacea-benefits/

https://draxe.com/benefits-of-green-tea/

 

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