Simple, Everyday Health: Herbal Teas & Honey Pastes

| 9/10/2015 5:00:00 AM

One of the most beneficial things I have done for my health in the past year is integrating daily teas and honey pastes into my diet. For the past decade, I have struggled with gastrointestinal discomfort (an ailment experienced by many), and after years of struggling I had to decide whether I was going to continue “fighting” this my entire life or embracing my body and all of its needs. As it was, I decided to stop fighting and instead began listening to my body. The plea I heard was for comfort, understanding and whole-body support.

But how was I to do these things when I’d been doing my best to ignore my disgruntled digestive system for so many years?

I needed to get back to the basics. Food is medicine, and not just for our physical selves, but our emotional and mental selves as well. My body needed kind, gentle and rejuvenating medicine after years of chronic inflammation, which had left my body susceptible to disease and illness. Here are the herbs I turned to when I began integrating daily teas and honey pastes into my diet.

Calendula Tea
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Calendula Tea

Calendula is beautiful, delicate and lightly aromatic. I use it as a tea for its ability to move the lymph system, its ability to relax the gastrointestinal tract by reducing inflammation and getting bile and other digestive juices moving, and its whole-body detoxifying properties. I drink a couple of cups a day and really enjoy it in the late morning and early afternoon.

HOT INFUSION: Bring 6 ounces of water to a boil and steep 2 teaspoons of dried calendula flowers for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove teabag. Sweeten with honey, if desired.