Let’s talk lemon. It’s become widely known that drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning is one of the best things you can do for your health. Lemons are extremely alkalizing, which means they reduce the acidity in your body and balance your PH level. They detoxify your blood and are full of vitamin C to boost your immune system. They also aid in digestion and can help keep your skin clear.
Here’s how I’ve incorporated this habit into my morning routine:
I’m a creature of habit. I wake up at 7, run the hounds out, and then head to the kitchen. The tea kettle goes on high for about a minute. Meanwhile, I slice a lemon in half from the bowl of washed organic lemons. I squeeze one of the halves in my cup and add the warm (not hot) water to it. The kettle goes back on the burner to continue heating to a boil. By the time I’ve finished drinking the warm lemon water, my boiling water is ready to go for my cup of green tea. I enjoy a variety of brands and flavors of tea and love discovering new ones, I’ll post more on that later.
I also like to put half a teaspoon of local, raw unfiltered honey in my lemon water, especially if I wake up with a sore throat or just don’t feel well. Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It’s a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory known to treat respiratory conditions. Since raw honey most likely contains small amounts of pollen, I like to buy local honey because it is said to help with local allergies in the air.
If I’m home in the afternoon, I enjoy a cup of matcha green tea. A good friend of mine, having returned from Japan with her husband, turned me on to it. She gave me a bamboo whisk and some green tea that was in powder form. She showed me the whisking technique she learned in Japan that produces a foam layer on top. The more foam the better!
To make a proper cup of matcha tea, follow these easy directions:
- Using a bamboo tea scoop, measure out 1 ½ tea scoops of matcha into the matcha bowl.
- Fill the bowl halfway with boiling water, and using the bamboo whisk, whisk rapidly until the powder is dissolved and the liquid is topped with a light colored foam. Rapid side to side motions with the wrist and zig zig patterns work well.
- Add more water to the bowl and repeat.
- Drink before the powder has time to settle, it’s normal for some powder to remain at the bottom of your cup.
I found this great Panatea set that includes the whisk, tea, measuring scoop, and glass bowl all in one.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little post..