Teas to drink for glowing skin

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Tea is an aromatic beverage that is after water the most widely consumed drink in the world. There are many different types of tea with different flavors. It can be very tasty and your substitute for coffee.
Tea is also one of the healthiest drink and it is used in traditional medicine. Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of some diseases, helps to lose weight, hydrates the body, fights against free radicals etc.
But did you know that drinking tea can make your skin look more radiant and glowy? The most important thing for good looking and radiant skin is having healthy skin. Everything we put inside or out of our body has some effect on our skin.
Teas with a positive impact on your skin are:

*Oolong tea

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This is traditional Chinese tea. It’s made using the leaves of the same Camellia sinensis tea plant that are used for green and black tea. The difference between these teas lies in how they are processed. Black tea is fully fermented and oxidized, which gives it a characteristic black color.

Oolong tea is fermented and allowed to partially oxidized while green tea is not.
Oolong tea benefits are numerous: helps digestion, boosts metabolism, prevents osteoporosis…

Having a cup of oolong tea per day can be extremely beneficial for your skin’s health. Whether it’s about treating chronic issues like Eczema or restoring a youthful look oolong tea can help. It even helps with problems with skin tone, clearing dark spots, reducing wrinkles, improving texture and resistance against harmful effects of the sun.
But it also contains caffeine, so it’s not recommended to drink too much of it.

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*White tea

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It’s also made from Camellia sinensis plant. Its leaves are picked just before they are fully opened when they are covered with fine white hairs. So it got a name from this. It retains a high amount of antioxidants which makes this drink very healthy.

Rich in polyphenols this drink is very beneficial for skin. It protects cells from damage by compounds called free radicals. Too much free radical damage can have a harmful effect on the body, so white tea may protect the skin from damage linked to aging.

 

 

*Ginger tea

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Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome called ginger root or simply ginger is used as a spice. Ginger is also used in traditional medicine. Can be used fresh, dried, powdered or as an oil or juice.

Nothing beats the cold in the winter like a hot cup of ginger tea. It contains a high level of vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals. It contains around 40 antioxidant properties that prevent free radical damage and protect skin against aging. It also evens skin tone and improves elasticity.

To make a good ginger tea all you need is fresh ginger and filtered water. Other ingredients are optional. You can add some honey and a splash of fresh lemon juice for a more tasty version.

If you prefer cold drinks, drinking ginger water adds a natural glow to your skin, also.

 

*Rooibos tea

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Rooibos is a plant that grows in South Africa. The leaves are used to make a herbal tea that is called: rooibos, bush tea or red bush tea. It’s also super healthy drink. It doesn’t contain caffeine and it has low tannin levels compared to black or green tea. Because of its many good ingredients, it has a very positive effect on the skin.
Rooibos is rich in alpha hydroxy and zinc, important nutrients for healthy skin. Zinc heals wounds, protects against UV rays and has anti-inflammatory properties which could alleviate, acne, pimples, and sunburns.

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*Cinnamon tea

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Cinnamon is the name for several spices of trees. Only few cinnamon spices are grown commercially for spice. It’s also one of the healthiest spices in the world. But, you need to purchase the right kind. There are Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon. Cassia is from Indonesia, it has a slightly bitter taste than another one, it’s also cheaper and it can be found more often in the supermarket. The other, Ceylon cinnamon is from Sri Lanka. It’s also known as “true cinnamon”. It has a lighter brown color and sweeter taste.

All cinnamon should have health benefits, but Cassia may cause problems in large doses due to coumarin content. For this reason, it’s better to use Ceylon variety.
This spice is rich in vitamin K, iron, calcium, manganese, dietary fibers. It’s a high source of antioxidants and it has anti-inflammatory properties. The great part is its benefits on the skin. Cinnamon has skin lightening properties, protect skin cells from radical activity, fights of germs and bacteria preventing acne.

All you need for this tea are cinnamon sticks and boiling water. Pour water over cinnamon sticks and let the tea steep for 8-10 minutes. Remove sticks and it’s ready for use. For the more tasty version, you can add some honey and almond milk. So delicious!

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Drinking tea is enjoyable and the most natural way for nursing your skin. But, be careful and do not consume too much due to side effects. I usually drink two to three cups of tea daily. With the rule of eight glasses of water, it’s a nice dose of hydration for your body and skin.

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Enjoy & Cheers!

Essential oils for beginners

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What is essential oil?

The essential oil is known as the oil of the plant from which is extracted. The essential oil is “essential” in the sense that contains the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which is derived.
The most common process of extracting essential oil from the plant is distillation.
This is a process when raw plant material (flowers, leaves, wood, roots, seeds, peel) is put into distillation apparatus over water. As the water is heated, the steam passes through the plant material, vaporizing the evaporative compounds. The vapor flow through a coil, where they condense back to a liquid which is then collected in the receiving vessel.

Another way is an expression. This method of extraction is specific to citrus essential oils (lime, lemon, sweet orange, grapefruit). Most citrus peel oils are expressed mechanically or cold pressed.

 

 

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Benefits of essential oils:

 

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Essential oils have a very high concentration of the aromatic compounds, so they are used in cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, aromatherapy, even for flavoring food and drink. Some of the benefits are: antibacterial, inflammatory, balance hormones, boost energy, treat a headache, support digestion, reduce stress and anxiety, good for skin and hair etc. You just need to find right for you.
Some of my favorite which I tried are:
Lavender oil – good for sleep and insomnia, improves mood and brain functions, benefits hair and skin, flavor boost in recipes.
Lemongrass supports your immune system, kills bacteria, muscle relaxer, detoxifying, menstrual cramp relief, natural deodorizer.
Rose – improves skin texture, boost confidence and fights depression, treat burns, antibacterial, hydrating.
Peppermint – heal headaches, good for digestion, for skin, it’s food for inhalation and stomach ache.
Orange – boost immunity, antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, good for massage.
Tea tree – acne treatment, promotes hair growth, kills bacteria, treats dandruff, oral health.
Jasmine – antiseptic, helps fight depression, reduces snoring, helps regulate menstrual cycles, like perfume, massage oil, calms nerves and anxiety.
Essential oils can bring amazing benefits but with unsafe use can be harmful and cause some allergies or irritation. Always read the instructions for essential oil you buy.
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How to use essential oils?

There are many ways how to use essential oils.
Some of them are as:
Diffuser – put your favorite oil in the diffuser and enjoy in wonderful scent in your room. For this type of use, my favorite scents are lavender, jasmine, lemon.
Detox bath: add lavender (or other) essential oils to Epson salt. Pour slowly this salt in the filling tub. If bath water is not filtered add a cup of baking soda to neutralize the chemicals like chlorine and to increase mineral absorption.
Cellulite reducer: mix 12 drops of grapefruit essential oil and one ounce of jojoba oil. Shake well and deeply massage onto cellulite affected skin one hour before a shower. Other essential oils good for cellulite are geranium oil, lemon, rosemary, and juniper berry essential oil.
Acne treatment: with cotton stick put some tea tree oil on acne spot and leave it to work. This is the simplest but effective treatment.
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These are my favorite but there are many more uses of essential oil.
Do you have some experience with using essential oils? I would be glad to hear it.

Playlist for running!

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One of my favorite workouts for many reasons is running. Some of the benefits are: it built stronger immune system, burn fat, change body composition and metabolism, improve circulation and reduce the risk of a heart attack. Running is also such a stress relief activity. It helps you to cope with everyday irritation and stress.  What I like the most about this sport is the feeling after workout. I’m more happier, relaxed and field with the energy. You don’t need to run a marathon, few kilometres in the morning will make your day more productive.
Rainy and colder days are coming so I try to use each sunny day to do my jogging. During the winter I usually go to the gym. Treadmills are also good options. 😉
One of the most important thing that I bring with me when I do workout is the phone with a playlist of good music. Running without it can be a little bit boring and sometimes you need some good songs which will give you the energy and help you to persist. Currently I have a playlist with 25 songs which motivate me during my run so I decided to share it with you. Maybe you can use this playlist for some other cardio sport or you want to change your current running playlist. Hope you will like it!  Enjoy!

1.   Coldplay – Hymn for the weekend
2.   Cris Cab – Loves me not
3.   Alan Walker – Faded
4.  Jonas Blue – Perfect Strangers
5.   Zara Larsson – Ain’t my fault
6.   Sia ft. Rihanna – Beautiful people
7.   Major Lazer – Cold water
8.   Kanye West – Famous
9.   Coldplay – Belive in dreams
10. Axel Thesleff – Bad karma
11. Selena Gomez – Hands to myself
12. The Chainsmokers – Don’t let me down
13. Keyshia Cole – Shoulda let you go (RAH deep remix)
14. Jay Sean – Ride it
( Remix Bentley Grey)
15. Diplo – Revolution
16. Sia – The greatest
17. Major Lazer & Showtek – Beliver
18. Major Lazer – All my love (remix)
19. Fly project feat Andra – Butterfly
20. Major Lazer, Skrillex ft. Beyonce – Energy
21. The Chainsmokers & Martin Garrix ft. Bebe Rexha – On fire
22. Dj. Laingiboy × Era Istrefi – Bon bon (reggaeton/remix)
23. Avicii & Calvin Harris ft. John Newman – Life now
24. Martin Garrix ft. Justin Biber – Fly
25. Coldplay ft. Calvin Harrid Alesso – Possibility

Top five summer drinks!

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The importance of drinking enough fluids each day is very high. It’s recommended to drink 1.5 to 2.5 liters (or eight glasses) of water a day. But of course this depends on needs and physical activity. Due to insufficient enter of fluids the body can dehydrate over time and this could be dangerous for our health. During summer period this need is much higher. We matte more liquid from the bodies through sweat and this should be compensated. It’s best to drink water and natural drinks and avoid carbonated soft drinks, juices with lot of chemicals and sugar. They are very unhealthy and harmful for our bodies. Luckily, I don’t like those and never had a habit to buy them.  Summer is season of delicious fruits and vegetables as watermelon, strawberry, apricots, cucumber, raspberry… These can be used in many ways. I will write you my favorite five drinks during summer. They are so easy to make- everybody can made them. Beside this, they are healthy, diet, but delicious for drinking. Sounds perfect?

1) First on the list is sassy water! Its made up by nutritionist Cynthia Sass. She claimed that by consuming this water you can lose weight. After only four days you can see results. But it’s also good for digestion. Ingredients are: 1/2 of ginger, 1 cucumber, 1 lemon and ten leaves of mint. Grate ginger, cucumber and lemon cut into rings. Put all this with mint in a glass carafe, pour water, shake and lay down in fridge to cool for at least ten hours. After this your sassy water is ready for consuming. 😉

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2) Next recommendation for delicious drink are smoothies! All you need is blender, your favorite combination of fruits and some milk. It’s optional, you can put some yogurt, vanilla or coconut milk, etc. My first choice is low fat Greek yogurt. If you make it more nutritious, this drink also can be a breakfast. One of my favorite smoothies is with 2 frozen bananas, 1 orange, 3 apricots and Greek yogurt. It’s simple but super tasty. 🙂

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3) This drink I started to drink because it looked very interesting. 🙂 But I also read the benefits of it and I was thrilled, so I will continue with this good habit. I’m talking about infused water! This drink is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. To mention it’s great for skin, metabolism, gives you more energy than regular water, cleans your body from toxins and much more. There are hundreds of recipes available. On the pic you can see with lemon and blueberries.

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4) One of the associations for the summer is definitely watermelon! This is very tasty and refreshing vegetable at the same time. I found one recipe which I really liked. For this drink you need blender, three glasses of frozen watermelon, two glasses of lemonade and ice cubes. After blending these ingredients you will have wonderful non alcoholic cocktail. But adult version is great with some alcohol too. Vodka, cachaça or gin by your choice! 😉

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5) Ice tea is also very refreshing and tasty drink for summer period. I love it, but I don’t   buy it in the store. It’s full of additives, sugar, preservative… so I found recipe and decided to make homemade ice tea. I’m pretty satisfied and  planning to make it more often. There are a lot of variations and I will write you one. Put six bags of tea in 1.5 liters of boiling water. After six minutes  remove tea bags and let it cool. During that time you can make homemade syrup of strawberry and sugar ( or you can find in the store some natural syrup with your favorite fruit). After the tea has cooled you can serve this in glass. First put few ice cubes, syrup and than the tea. That is all. It’s ready for drinking! 🙂

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Hope you will try some of these drinks if you have not already. Enjoy the summer! 😉

Healthy breakfast!

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I’m always looking for some new recipes for healthy and delicious meals. This time I founded one very tasty, easy to make and super healthy, so I decided to share it with you. It’s Granola! To mention this recipe is from Jamie Oliver’s cookbook. I have got this cookbook as a present and I’m very satisfy with it. It’s very useful with plenty of nice recipes.

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Perfect way to start your day is with healthy meal as granola. Also it will keep you full for a long time. It has a stone fruits and seeds which will give you a lot of energy. Also these ingredients are rich in vitamins and omega-3 facades which are very important in our everyday diet. You can eat it also as a dessert or snack. A great advantage of this granola compared to granola from a store is there is no added sugar or additives in it.
I’ll write you original recipe for this meal. You can be creative and combine your favorite stone fruits, seed and dried fruits. I really like almonds, so I put more of it than is written in original recipe.

Ingredients for granola are:

°  oat flakes 200 g
°  stone fruits 150 g (mix of
almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts,
Brazilian nuts)
°  seeds 150 g (mix of pumpkin and
sunflower seeds, poppy, sesame)
°  desiccated coconut ( 1
tablespoon)
°  ground cinnamon (1 tablespoon)
°  olive oil
°  maple syrup or honey (6
tablespoons)
°  dried fruits (raisins, apricots,
cranberries)

The first step is to heat the oven to 180°degree. Than take oven proof dish and mix all ingredients except dried fruits, align the mixture in the dish, drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup. Mix all this once again and place in the oven to bake for half an hour. To mention every five minutes remove the dish from the oven, mix ingredients and return to bake. In this way you will prevent the mixture burns. When it’s over add the dried fruits, mix with a wooden spoon and set to cool.   Serve in the dish with milk by your choice ( yogurt, soy milk, vanilla milk, almond milk etc.)
That is it! Enjoy your healthy meal.

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Hope that you like it!
Some advice: granola residues can be kept for several days in a sealed vessel. Also can be practical, for some picnic or trip.