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Green Tea Ice Cream to Beat the Summer Heat

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With high temperatures sweeping the United States and the vacation season upon us, it might just be time to have a tasty, cold treat. What better way to do that than by incorporating healthy green tea? Organicauthority.com recently posted a wonderful recipe for Green Tea ice cream. The recipe doesn't require an ice cream maker and offers a creative twist on traditional ice cream. All you need is a freezer and the ability to stir. Why don't you give it a try?

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

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Over a half million people die every year from heart disease. Although heart disease in some cases can be cured, the key to avoiding heart disease is prevention.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are five key steps to preventing heart disease:

1) Do not use tobacco of any kind (luckily, smoking is no longer considered cool)

2) Try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day (a walk is one of those things that's only tough to get started, but you love it once your up and moving)

The Unique Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

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Unlike its popular siblings Green and Black teas, Oolong tea is the quiet child sitting side by side with white tea from their parent plant camellia sinensis, where all tea comes from. The word Oolong roots from China which is originally worded as “wu long” meaning black dragon. Oolong is also known for its several health benefits. The main difference of Oolong from green or black is that it is semi-fermented

The production of oolong requires processing the leaves directly after picking which includes wilting, bruising, oxidizing, drying and firing. First the leaves are wilted in the sun for a brief period. Then they are bruised by placing into baskets and shaken. This allows the leaves’ juices to be exposed to air, thereby starting oxidation. The leaves are then dried by spreading them out.

Top 5 health benefits of Rooibos

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Rooibos, or Red Bush in Aficans, is rapidly growing in popularity throughout the world due to it's great taste and the amazing health benefits. The source of Rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) is a native of the Western Cape of South Africa. The needles of this shrub turn red when when fermented, and the brewed needles were first drank by the native Khoi people of the Cape.

The Khoi's magic cup of tea is no longer a secret. There is currently a boom in the popularity of Rooibos that is spreading around the world. This naturally caffeine-free cup is most popular in Germany, the UK, the US and Japan with more than 15,000 tons of Rooibos leaves brewed each year.

Natural Beauty Tips with Tea

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Are you looking for some natural beauty tips? I've been an educator for a cosmetics company for the last few years, so I'm always interested in what's on the ingredient panel. We carry a number of products that contain red, black, green, and white teas. Tea is always a great addition to cosmetics-they contain tannins that naturally tighten pores and antioxidants that protect the skin from aging.

While using tea as part of one's beauty regime goes back millennia, I've done some research for you and found some inexpensive, modern ways to keep you Beau-TEA-ful from head to toe. Here are some natural beauty tips using tea: