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Atlanta, Georgia
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KYE is a gourmet herbal teahouse that blends handcrafted organically grown ingredients. KYE was established on the foundation of "going back to nature." Each elixir is uniquely designed to provide holistic health- a total mind, body, and soul balance. Let go and let the tea flow!

Herb Diary

Citrus on Top

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freshlemon

A great way to add healthful benefits and delicious flavor to a cup of tea is to add freshly squeezed citrus juice once the tea has steeped. The are a couple of ways to do this. First, simply cut the lemon/lime in half. Next you can either, 

1. Squeeze it by hand: Just squeeze all of the juice out of the lemon/lime into your cup. This allows you to get all those essential oils from the peel absorbed into your hand (don't forget to wash your hands before doing this.) 

or

2. Use a citrus juice press: Place the lemon/lime in press. Viola, all done! This method is a lot quicker and holds all of the seeds. 

Adding fresh lemon/lime to tea can help improve digestion, clear mucus, enhances mental clarity, and boosts immune health. If at anytime you are feeling slightly under the weather, just add a squeeze of fresh lemon/lime juice. Also, tangerines and grapefruits add lovely flavor to tea with an added touch of sweetness. 

Bathroom Blues

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Constipation

As you may have heard, your digestive system can tell you a great deal about your health! So for that reason, let's address the most common digestive issue- constipation. 

  1. How do I know if I am constipated?
    • You may be constipated if you have difficulty passing bowels, passing fewer movements than normal, find yourself straining, or suffer from small hard stools. It may be accompanied with pain, bloating, and gas.
  2. Why does constipation occur?
    • Constipation occurs for a number of reasons including inactivity, poor nutrition, not drinking enough water, eating too many processed foods, side effect of medication, altered GI function, meat and dairy intake, pregnancy, and high stress (just to name a few). 
    • Many of us sometimes hold off on using the restroom. Some may be embarrassed by the smell, consumed by work, concerned with sanitation, or just prefer to use it at their own home. Holding off like this causes fluid imbalances that makes it difficult to release once you're finally ready. Remember, it is okay to poop. Everyone's doing it!
  3. Can't I just use laxatives to relieve my constipation?
    • Laxatives are recommended only for the short term relief of constipation. It encourages laxative cycling without properly addressing the underlying cause of your constipation. 
  4. How can I treat my constipation?
    • Constipation can be relieved with hydration, diet and exercise.
    • Try consuming more fluids, fruits & vegetables, and probiotics ("good" bacteria that helps facilitate digestion in the intestines).

Hydration

  • Drink lots of water! Water, water, and more water! Other fluids are fine but water is optimum.

Nutrition

  • You can find all of your constipation medication (aka food) at your local market!
  • Grab some pears, grapes, plums, papayas, mango, apples with peel, kiwi, watermelon, cucumber, celery, bananas, or my personal favorite, prunes!! Fruits and vegetables are packed with fiber that helps your food make a smooth transition through your digestive system and into the toilet.

Exercise

  • Yoga revitalizes the body and increases the flow of oxygen while gently massaging digestive organs.

Constipation is another one of those things that can be self-treated in the comfort of your own home. Please share with me what methods you found helpful in your constipation relief!

 

DIY: Growing a Pineapple

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  1. Select a nice looking pineapple.

  2. Chop or twist the top off your pineapple so that only the stem is left.

  3. Start peeling several layers of leaves off. You’ll need to see little brown dots on the stem.

  4. Next, grab a cup of water. Place your pineapple top in it, so that the root area is saturated but the leaves aren’t soaking.

  5. Place your top outdoors, giving it plenty of sun. Change the water every week or so, to prevent mold.

  6. The next step is to wait! In about 2-3 weeks, you will see some nice roots.

  7. You’re now ready to plant! Grab a large pot, or find a good spot in your yard.

  8. To plant in a pot, just fill your pot with some soil. Dig a small hole in the middle, and place your pineapple top. Spread some soil around the top, to cover the stem area and gently press the soil down. Don’t cover the leaves. Place in an area that gets plenty of sun, and you’re done!

  9. For watering, they don’t need much. Often, natural rain will be sufficient. When you initially plant, give it a little water and make sure to water the center of the plant.

  10. Depending on your plant, it will take at least 2 years to fruit.

Source: www.freckledfirewife.com