Reviews

Healing Benefits of Tea (A Review)

 

You might be getting the idea by now that I’m all about natural remedies and solutions when they can be found. I think drugs and medications are fantastic and have saved me on more than one occasion, but I also think that for many non-life threatening ailments and illnesses that we should seek out natural treatments whenever possible.

I’m famous for travelling with peppermint tea bags in my purse for “emergencies” and I swear it has saved my sanity more times during a bad cold than cold pills ever have! So when I was given the opportunity to get a pre-release copy of The Healing Benefits of Tea: Simple Teas & Tisanes to Remedy and Rejuvenate Your Health I was ready to learn about more teas I should be adding to my purse “emergency kit” ;)

I honestly thought I already knew a lot about different types of herbal tea going into this book but that’s where I was wrong, because herbal teas aren’t even tea. They are herbal infusions. To be considered an actual tea, the leaves have to come from the Camellia sinensis plant meaning that only black, green, white, yellow, oolong and pu-erh teas are true teas. Not that the terminology is probably that important to the average person, but I thought that was interesting (and showed just how little I really know about tea!).

This book starts off by walking you through all of the different types of teas into categories (black, green, white, etc.) and then breaking down the varieties within each type. You guys. I had no clue there were so many different kinds of each variety of tea! I thought there was green tea, and that was all there is too it, but apparently there are 13 common types of green tea alone!

Another interesting thing I learn, that I was able to put into practise immediately was regarding de-caffination of teas. When purchasing a decaffeinated tea (meaning one that has had the caffeine removed) you need to check to see what process was used to decaffeinate the leaves. Some manufacturers remove the caffeine with ethyl acetate which is a highly flammable solvent (you may recognize it as an ingredient in nail polish remover). Even though your exposure to any remnants of ethyl acetate would be limited in the tea, even small amounts can cause sore throat, dizziness, cough, headaches and nausea. Instead look for teas that have been decaffeinated using carbon dioxide and water which is both environmentally friendly and completely safe. The book mentions that Celestial Seasonings is one brand who uses the later method, and I checked our decaffeinated green tea from President’s Choice, and it too uses this method.

The remainder of the book is pretty straight forward, they go through all of the herbal infusions as well as common add-ins (think honey, cinnamon, etc.) and their benefits. I really like that you can search by two different ways – either looking at the infusions/add-ins in one list which lists all of the benefits (and precautions) of each ingredient, or in the back you can look up your ailment and see what is recommended for that problem.

I really enjoyed the educational aspect of this book, as it also goes into great detail on how to properly make tea, infusions and tisanes and has provided me with a wealth of new information to use in natural remedies. My only complaint is that my advanced copy is the e-book version, and I think I would find the physical book more useful as I could quickly and easily flip through the pages finding what I am looking for. But as far as complaints go that is pretty mild! If you are someone interested in natural medicine and herbal teas – I mean infusions ;) this would be a great resource for you!

You can preorder the book online here so when it is released on November 8th it’ll be on it’s way to you immediately!

Disclosure: 

Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. provided me with an advanced copy of this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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Business Corner: Never Eat Alone Review

Most of the time I stick to health/fitness/food related stuff here, but once in a while I dive into some more business-y things, and today is one of those days. So, if you are not the least bit interested in hearing about networking then feel free to skip today’s post.

On the other hand, if you are a blogger like me, then you know the importance of networking. And if you are self employed like me, you also know the importance of networking. Or perhaps you realize the general importance of getting to know people and that the world really is more about who you know rather than what you know.

If any of the above sound like you, then stick around would ya?

I first heard of the book Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz on Savvy Sexy Social when Amy reviewed it back in the summer <– additional news flash, if you are still reading this post, I can only assume that networking and/or social media is of interest to you. In which case you should be following Amy because she’s fan-freaking-tastic. Anyway, let’s’ get back to the book.

I have to admit her glowing review didn’t make me take the plunge and buy the book, however when I saw it was available to me to review as a blogger not long ago I figured it was meant to be and decided to check it out.

Let’s backtrack for a second to get one little thing out of the way. I’m an introvert. Yes I write this blog and post lots of parts of my life here, on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter for the world to see, I can at any time close the computer, put down the phone and retreat into my introvert hole. And why yes, I am a fitness instructor which means I speak in front of crowds multiple times a day, but once again – when that hour (or hours) are over, I can go back home and into my hole.

I’m not good at going up to people I don’t know and introducing myself and chatting. If someone comes to me I have no problem at all striking up a conversation, but I’m horrible, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE at being the person who make the first initiative. It’s not because I don’t want to meet other people (well….on occasion it might be…) but I don’t feel comfortable talking to people I don’t know out of the blue mainly because I think that they don’t want to talk to me, or don’t want to be bothered. And that is where this book scares the pants off of me. It’s pure networking gold, that’s for sure, but it definitely requires you to stick your neck out in order to grow.

Really though, that’s the way it should be, and I know that most people feel a little heeby jeeby about introducing themselves to others like I do. There are those rare people that don’t mind it though, and I’m quite happy my friend Lisa is one of them because it means we can send her to do the dirty work anytime we want to find out who someone is, or really want to pet a strangers dog but are afraid to ask on our own. Not that, that has ever happened….

But this book isn’t just about meeting people, it’s about how to stay in contact with people, how to develop good relationships, reaching your goals and about being the type of person that other people want to meet.

I found this book wildly helpful, and while I’m not sure I’ll ever be the person who feels comfortable freely introducing myself to anyone I meet there are still so many things I’ve taken away from this book that will certainly help me to further develop and maintain the relationships I already have, and those I will build in the future.

Another big piece of Never Eat Alone is learning to ask for what you want, because the worst someone can say is no. Keith doesn’t come from a family with money, his father wanted more for his son than he had for himself so he did what he could to get his son a better education, better connections and a better life. And how did he do that? By asking. This is something that comes up in blogging groups often, and is something I’m still not comfortable doing but need to reach out of my comfort zone in order to grow. Just a few weeks ago Cassey (Blogilates) wrote a great post on something that happened to her recently because she asked. Long story short, she was invited to Taylor Swift’s house to listen to her new album with Taylor. The invite was originally just for her but she asked if her sister could come too and they said yes! You can read all about it on her blog, but because she wasn’t afraid to ask, they both got to go! Would they have let everyone bring along a second person? Probably not, but most people aren’t even going to ask to begin with!

Obviously you’re not always going to get a “yes” when you ask, but you’ll get a heck of a lot more yeses if you ask than you will if you don’t. So while there are a lot of things to take away from this book, that is probably the biggest one for me.

Just. Ask.

I am selling this book horribly short, but I swear, if you are an entrepreneur, a blogger or anyone who could benefit from a larger network of contacts and friends (spoiler alert – that is everyone) then I’d highly recommend checking out this book. I’m with Amy – this is your networking bible hand down! You can pick it up on Amazon here: Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time or at your local library/bookstore.

Disclosure: I was provided with a free e-book version of this book for the purpose of this review. If I didn’t like it I wouldn’t have written about it so please trust me when I say I really liked it!