Do you have a passion for making things entirely by hand or appreciate it in other people? In my teens and twenties, I got a thrill out of being my own mechanic on my old '75 Mustang. Yep, I've changed a few water pumps and brake pads. I have sewn every stitch of handmade rag dolls with a needle and thread (no machine stitching), and I prefer to cook from scratch. Isn't it much more rewarding to gather family and friends to put in fence posts, and raise barns? So naturally for me, prepping the fleece, learning to spin, and then making things from the alpacas' luscious fiber is my idea of happiness! -Kaylen

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Benefits of Green Tea (and Alpacas)

It is very common for people to say how peaceful they feel being around alpacas.  Combine that with a cup of tea and you might have a recipe for bliss!

Dr. Weil lists great reasons to drink green tea in this article on his blog today.

5 Reasons to Drink Green Tea

He says besides the anti-oxidants and boosting immunity, green tea can:
  1. Lower cholesterol levels and rates of heart disease
  2. Help protect against bacterial infections
  3. Promote joint health and stronger bones
  4. Reduce inflammation
  5. Enhance the effects of antibiotics, even against drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs”
Some of this you may know, but reducing inflammation is new info for me.  Inflammation is a big cause of the pain you might feel from many diseases, as well as injuries.

I'm trying to add green tea into my routine these days.  With the weather being nicer, it is a great little daily escape to have a cup of tea with the alpacas before calling it a night.

If you aren't already reaping the benefits of green tea, you might give it some thought.  I think it is therapeutic just putting the kettle on! 

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Andy and Deb said...

mmmm Haven't really tried it before but I have this sudden craving to go put on the kettle

Kaylen said...

yay! Tea party! :)

Andy and Deb said...

I'm in!! But at your place okay because the weather is aweful here...snowing and blowing yet again

Kaylen said...

We are at 51 today...I think we are all on a weather roller coaster this year!