DANDELION LEAF TEA

Written by: Helen

dandelion leaf tea

This week I finally got round to making something that I have been wanting to make for a while.  There are numerous reported benefits for dandelion tea.  You can, of course, buy it from certain shops or you can step out into your back garden and make it yourself.  You will be making a healthy drink whilst clearing your lawn at the same time.  How often do you get to say that?

 

Health Benefits of Dandelion Tea

I made tea with the dandelion leaf, although I plan to make a drink with the flower soon too.  If you want to read the different health benefits of herbal teas then read my article here.  Dandelion is used to treat different ailments and to promote certain health benefits.  One of the main problems that I hear dandelion being used for is treating stomach upsets.  It is also said to have liver cleansing properties, it helps with the removal of toxins and, since it’s a diuretic, it increases urine production so can help detoxifying your kidneys.  I have read of many more benefits attributed to dandelion.  However, although there is plenty of anecdotal evidence there isn’t enough scientific research into its health benefits.

 

Dandelion Tea

 

How to Make the Tea

 It’s super easy to make.  I saw a YouTube video of someone making it with fresh leaves but I dried them out first so that I can use them to make a few cups.

  • Pick your leaves.  Choose leaves that look young and green and generally in good shape.  Don’t pick ones that are wilting or starting to look brown.  Don’t pick any that may have been sprayed with pesticides.
  • Give your leaves a thorough wash. 
  • Dry the leaves out.  I laid them out on a tray to dry.  Another method I’ve heard is putting them in a plastic bag with a few holes in.

dandelion leaves

  • Once dry transfer them to a sealed glass jar for storage.
  • Use about 1tsp for one cup.  Add boiling water and let stew for around 5 minutes.
  • Then strain and drink.  I added a teaspoon of honey.  Enjoy!

Have you ever made dandelion tea?  If so what did you think?  If not do you think you’ll give it a try?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  If you want to get posts like this to your inbox just pop your email address into the subscriptioon box.  Thanks for reading 🙂

 

How to Get your Vitamin C & Why you Need It

Written by: Helen

VITAMIN C

If you want to read my previous vitamin posts, you can find vitamin A here and vitamin B here.  I think that vitamin C is probably the most well known of the vitamins.  As a child I was told that I should eat enough vitamin C so I didn’t catch a cold.  I, like many, used to automatically think of oranges when I thought about vitamin C.  There are, in fact, many foods that can provide it.

 

Why Do I Need It?

Vitamin C has many functions and health benefits.  Here are a few:

  1. It’s an antioxidant so helps to prevent free radical damage.
  2. It speeds up cell renewal, which helps wounds to heal.
  3. It aids iron absorption.
  4. It is required for our bone and teeth health
  5. Needed for collagen production so helps to fight wrinkles

 

What Foods Contain It?

Some of the foods that provide vitamin C include:

  •  Pineapple.
  • Bell peppers.
  • Broccoli.
  • Brussels sprouts.
  • Strawberries.
  • Oranges.
  • Kiwi fruit.
  • Cauliflower.
  • Cabbage.
  • Tomatoes.
  • Grapefruit.
  • Spinach.
  • Asparagus.

 

Vitamin C Deficiency

To ensure you get all your required vitamins and minerals it is best to eat a varied diet.  Some symptoms of vitamin C deficiency include joint pain, being more susceptible to infections (weakened immunity), skin rashes.  A condition, which was prevalent on old sailing ships , is scurvy.  The symptoms for scurvy include bleeding gums and teeth loss.

Smokers are at a higher risk of vitamin C deficiency.

 

Vitamin C Rich Recipes

Just click on the headings to be taken to the links.

 

Pomodoro Pasta with White Beans & Olives

Pomodoro Pasta with White Beans & Olives

 

Roasted Baby Bok Choy

Roasted Baby Bok Choy

 

Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp & Vegetables

Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp & Vegetables

 

Beef Pops with Pineapple & Parsley Sauce

Beef Pops with Pineapple and Parsley Sauce

 

Roasted Halibut with Grapefruit Fennel Salsa

Roasted Halibut with Grapefruit Fennel Salsa

 Thanks for reading 🙂

A Beautiful Walk Along the Cornish Clifftops at Chapel Porth

Written by: Helen

Cornwall is probably my favourite place in the world.  I’ve been many times.  My husband’s grandad lived at St. Agnes and we often went to stay with him.  It’s a beautiful part of the country, with a great mixture of busy, tourist attractions, a vast and rugged landscape and a dramatic coastline.

On our visit this year we were a little unfortunate with the weather.  However, it isn’t really a British holiday without some rain and soggy ice cream, so this didn’t deter us.

I thought I would tell you about a particularly lovely place to walk.  You can take in the sea-view along with a trip through some of Cornwall’s mining history.  Chapel Porth beach is situated near St Agnes, in a valley between two towering cliffs.

It hosts the World Bellyboarding Championships each year.  Bellyboarding is the oldest form of surfing.  The boards are, generally, made from a thin board with a curved nose, and the surfers don’t usually wear wetsuits (which makes my teeth chatter just thinking about it).

Chapel Porth cove also plays a part in the annual Bolster day celebrations.  Bolster was a mean giant who lived in the cliffs at St. Agnes.  Many knights fought the giant at Chapel Porth but couldn’t defeat him.  Then he fell in love with a woman called Agnes.  Agnes cleverly told him that if he wanted to prove his love for her, he had to fill a hole in the clifftops with his blood.  Bolster did as she asked but didn’t realise there was a crack in the hole which led out to the sea.  The hole wouldn’t fill and the giant died from blood loss (or so the story says).  This is celebrated each year in May.

Walk along the cliffs and you can find the spot where he died and the cliffs are still stained red from his blood.  This isn’t all you can find on these cliffs.  As well as walking through a glorious sea of purple heather, you can explore some of the remains of Cornwall’s mining history, including the famous Wheel Coates engine house.  There are some photos below.  Isn’t it beautiful, even in the rain?

Have you ever been to Chapel Porth?  If so, what did you think?  Or if not, would you like to?  Thanks for reading 🙂

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