VZ 277: CBD Oil – What is It? Is it Legal? What are the Benefits and the Risks?

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CBD Oil I’d heard about CBD oil but hadn’t really done much research into it until our dog, Cosmo, developed issues with his leg which may require surgery. As we do with any major decision (and some minor ones!),  Larissa and I are doing a lot of research about his condition, including treatment options, before […]

VZ 267: 9 Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety Naturally

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If you are like most people, you can experience a fair amount of stress and anxiety on a daily basis. Whether it be from your job, your kids, your spouse, or just what’s going on in the world today. We all deal with a certain amount of stress and can use some help to manage […]

VZ 262: Essential Oils 101

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  We have recently started including aromatherapy using essential oils as part of our monthly massages and we both love it. In this episode of the Vegetarian Podcast, we discuss the basics of essential oils–what they as well as some benefits and risks associated with their use.   Thanks for tuning in to this episode […]

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 […]