VZ 214: Switching to Natural Beauty Products

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’ll be sharing some tips for making the switch to natural beauty products.   Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you find value in our podcast and listen on iTunes, please consider leaving us a rating and review. Please […]

Quick Tip Tuesday: Soothe Your Stomach with Peppermint Tea

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Peppermint Power

The soothing and healing properties of mint have been known since antiquity.  A hybrid of watermint and spearmint, peppermint contains a high concentration of menthol, which is used to treat a variety of ailments.

Peppermint contains natural chemicals that relax the smooth muscles in the digestive tract, so drinking peppermint tea can help to relieve discomfort from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, abdominal pain and gas, and upset stomach.

Peppermint also has analgesic (pain relief), antibacterial, and sedative properties.  Both peppermint and spearmint are good sources of calcium, potassium, Vitamins A and C, and folate.

Fresh Peppermint Tea

Making fresh, soothing peppermint tea is simple.

  1. Place two to four 4-inch sprigs of fresh mint in an infuser basket and place the basket in a mug (or simply place the mint directly in a mug).  I typically use more mint because I prefer a stronger flavor.

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  1. Pour boiling water over the sprigs.  Steep for five to ten minutes (depending on how strong you prefer your tea).
  2. Remove the infuser basket (or strain your tea to remove the mint).
  3. Sweeten with a little honey, sugar, or stevia, if desired.
  4. Serve as is (hot) or over ice.

VZ 051: Help Your Body to Detoxify Naturally

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  Detox and cleanse diets are all the rage these days, and the idea behind them can be very enticing.  Who doesn’t want to think that your insides are squeaky clean and healthy?  We bathe to keep our outsides fresh, so why not “bathe” internally as well?  It was in the name of freshness and […]

VZ 046: Can a Plant-Based Diet Help Alleviate Seasonal Allergies?

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Funny story: when I was researching the topic for this episode, I went out searching for information about how eating meat could make you more succeptible to seasonal allergies.  I thought surely that would be true.  I mean, eating meat is bad for your body in so many other ways, right?  Why couldn’t it make […]

VZ 043: Sleep Well Naturally

“I have a big report due at work tomorrow.” “Where did I leave my keys?” “I need to pick up the dry cleaning in the morning.” “Where did I leave my keys?” “Kayleigh needs 3 dozen cupcakes for school on Friday.” “WHERE DID I LEAVE MY KEYS?” With all of this going through you head […]

VZ 034: Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux

I’m sure many of you have had that ugly, burning feeling in your stomach or throat.  You know the one, where it feels like acid is burning holes in your gut.  This is a fire that water doesn’t put out, and don’t dare drink milk, which is a notorious acid-producer! Of course modern medicine has […]

VZ 033: Reasons to Eat Less Dairy

Despite the decades-long campaign that milk and other dairy products are essential for a healthy body, current evidence shows exactly the contrary.  The fact that humans are the only species that drink the milk of other animals should be a pretty big clue that it is not meant for us. In-depth research has proven that […]

Hot Lemonade Recipe

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  You’ve got a case of the “itchy-swallows”.  You know what I mean…you swallow and it feels like there are ants crawling around in your throat.  You have to scratch that itch, so you cough.  And it doesn’t work.  Coughing a little just makes your throat itch more…coughing more doesn’t help, and then you end […]

VZ 032: Fight Illness and Allergies Naturally

The season of nasty colds, ugly flu viruses and winter allergies is upon us.  Coughing, chest congestion, itching and achiness conspire to make us miserable.  Television, magazine ads and conventional medicine have taught us to rush to the drugstore and load up on cough syrups and drops, pills for congestion,itching, sniffling and sneezing, medicines to […]