Tea Leaf Reading Symbol Dictionary – Letter L – An A To Z Blogging Challenge Post

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Matcha tea might be completely useless for tea leaf reading, but should be mentioned here anyway, not just because it
seemed to be a very trendy tea at the moment, but because it is rightfully so. With multiple health benefits, this green
powder is a powerhouse of the teas.

Here are just some of the health benefits of this tea. 

1. Improves mental alertness and clarity
2. Detoxifying
3. increases strenght of immune system
4. prevents and assists in bacterial, fungal and viral infections
5. assists with cardiovascular health
6. energy booster.

(Disclaimer: I am legally required to mention that Matcha tea has not been approved to treat any aillments by the FDA. Check with your health care professional for details)

What is exactly is Matcha Tea anyway?

Grown from the shade-grown tea leaf known as tencha, this green tea is powdered, and gets added to hot water while whisking it, creating a frothy type of beverage. Originally used for health purposes only, during it’s original time in China,
Japanese Monks realized the power of this wonderful tea, and cultivated the production of this type of green tea.

A word of caution
Matcha tea contains caffein, and also has been known to cause allergic reaction in some sensitive people. Also people with hypothyroidism should stay away from Matcha tea (as well as all black and green teas) due to its fluriod content.
Let’s get back to our daily dose of Tea Leaf Reading Symbol Dictionary! Today’s letter is L. Enjoy!

Letter L:

 

Ladder: Advancement. You are climbing up the ladder. Slow but steady process toward the successful end goal you are seeking.

Lamb: A surprising success is on its way. If you were doubting your path, it will become clear soon.

Lantern: A light shining through troubled times. Better times are on its way, just keep on going.

Leaves: Leaves speak of prosperity, as a result of your hard work and self-discipline. New connections and friends are on their way.

Leg: A motion forward.

Lettuce: Depression, and lack of energy

Lighthouse: A good sign of guidance, and reassurance. If the lighthouse is broken, do not trust the advice that was given to you – as there are troubled waters on the horizon.

Lightning: check out the location of the lightning in the cup. If it is anywhere but the bottom, it indicates bad weather, if it is on the bottom of the cup it indicates property and personal damage due to weather. Next to a human figure means that electrical problems and dangers are related to that person.

Lion: A very positive symbol of prosperity and power. You are about to enter a positive season of your life. If you are looking for recognition, it is on its way.

 

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(Disclaimer: I was given Organic Matcha by Kiss Me Organics for free in return for an honest, and unbiased review).

A to Z Challenge: Tea Leaf Reading Symbols – Letter K

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Do you know the origin of iced tea?  According to legend, Richard Blechynden, an enterprising English merchant, was put in charge of the tea pavilion during the St. Louis Fair, in 1904 . Unfortunately, in planning for the Fair, he never considered the potential impact of weather. When Mother Nature produced a blistering summer day, cups of hot tea were not a popular item with the fairgoers. Exhausted and desperate to showcase his product, Blechynden tried serving the tea cold in glasses filled with ice. The scheme was an instant success, and iced tea was born.

If you are a fan of iced tea, you should try this variation of the classic iced drink. Enjoy!

Refreshing Citrus Green Iced Tea

Refreshing Citrus Green Iced Tea

2 cups of prepared green tea 

3 tablespoons of honey or your favorite sweetener

500 ml (2 cups) of fresh squeezed Grapefruit juice 

A sprig of fresh lemon balm to garnish – if desired 

Ice cubes 

 

Sweeten the prepared green tea with honey, and allow to cool completely. Add the grapefruit juice to the tea in a large pitcher. Add ice cubes to 4 tall glasses, and fill with tea. Top with a little piece of lemon balm if desired. Serve immediately. A variation of this that works well is using orange juice instead of grapefruit. 

Let’s get back to our Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary! Today’s letter is the letter K!

Letter K:

Kettle: Health problems may be on the horizon. Also a sign of possible other trouble being on the way. Be cautious

Keyhole: You have someone untrustworthy around you. Watch your back

King on a Throne: Steadfastness, security, and overall peace. A sign that there is a potential promotion to a high value position in the works.

Knives: One knife indicates a sign of unpleasantness while multiple knives indicate deeper danger that needs to be watched out for. Not necessarily of the physical kind, this could also indicate a financial disaster or a personal one.

 

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary “J”

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Hi and welcome back!

Today, I want to share with you a Chai Tea recipe that is my favorite. While chai tea is widely available in tea bags, there is nothing better than the home made variety. Also, you can adjust the ratio of the ingredients to fit your needs, once you got a feel for the base recipe.

Chai Tea Recipe: (for one pot of tea)

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6 cups of water

4 cups of milk

6 cardamon seeds

4 pieces of cloves

1 tablespoon of fennel seeds

1 tablespoon of anise

1 cinnamon stick

½ teaspoon of freshly minced ginger

4 tablespoons of your favorite loose black tea

6 tablespoons of honey

Place all ingredients, except milk and tea into a pot and slowly heat it to simmer. Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. Add the milk and softly simmer the mixture for another 5 minutes. Add the black tea, allow it to come to a boil, remove from heat, and allow the mixture to steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain through a “screen”, and sweeten as desired. Serve hot.

A wonderful variety of this tea (which I prefer for breakfast), is to make it with green tea. Follow the same instructions, but allow the green tea to steep for 3 minutes only.

Time to get back to the Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary! Today’s letter J was not very easy to compile. There happens to be not too many symbols that begin with this letter. Here are the two that I found:

Letter J:

Jam: this symbol cautions you not to waste your resources and time. Don’t make any over the top decisions or spending ventures. Be conservative for the time being.

Jug: A good sign that indicated health, and overall well-being. Also a financial good omen.

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Enter to Win Your Dream Classroom – The Educents Teacher Appreciation Giveaway

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Tea Leaf Reading Symbols “I”: An April A to Z Blogging Challenge Post

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Hi and welcome back to another week of the A to Z Challenge. While green and black tea are widely known, it’s cousin the white tea sometimes gets ignored. However, white tea has many health benefits that warrant a closer look. From cancer-fighting and antibacterial properties to cardiovascular benefits, this gentle tea is also used often in skincare and cosmetic products.  So the next time you are looking for more variety in your tea consumption, consider adding the white tea to your repertoire.

But let’s get back to our tea leaf reading symbol dictionary. Today’s Letter is I.

 

Letter I:

Inkpot: A symbol of a state of positive acceptance. Potential symbol for pregnancy.

Iris: A positive flower, this symbol speaks of hope and upcoming good times

Iron: any obstacle occurring in the near future will be overcome in a quick manner

Ivy: This plant is a symbol of patience and long-lasting endeavor. A steady path filled with long lasting prosperity and deep, meaningful friendship are an additional meaning of this.

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April A to Z Blogging Challenge: Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary “H”

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Of course, you love tea in all of its glory – no matter if it is the traditional black tea, the healthy green tea, or the
versatile herbal tea. But do you know exactly how long you should steep your tea for optimal taste and effect?
Let me share some information about tea steeping times with you, right now!

1. Black Tea
Black tea should steep from 3 to 5 minutes. A tea steeped for 3 minutes is rather stimulating while a tea steeped for 5 minutes is calming. If you steep black tea any longer than 5 minutes, then the brew becomes bitter.

2. Green Tea
Green Tea should not steep longer than two minutes, to allow the more delicate tea to truly become delightful. After 3 minutes the tea becomes very bitter. In order to assure the highest flavor do not burn the tea leaves with boiling water, rather allow the water to rest a minute after boiling before adding the tea leaves. Too hot water will also make it bitter.

 

3. Herbal Tea
Herbal tea can be steeped a little longer – 5 to 8 minutes. 10 minutes is the standard for infusions, and teas drank for
health purposes only. If you are simply wanting to enjoy a cup of herbal tea 5 to 8 minutes are sufficient.

4. Fruit tea
After bringing the water to a full boil, allow the fruit tea to steep 6 to 8 minutes to reach its full effect. This is only
recommended for full fruit teas, not fruit/black or fruit/green tea blends. For blends use the steeping time recommended for
the tea type that the fruit is mixed with.

Now, it is time to return to our tea leaf reading symbol dictionary.

Letter H:

Hammer: those little tasks you do not like to take care of are piling up. Do not disregard them, otherwise they will overwhelm you. You tend to procrastinate the little stuff

Hand: a good sign. Potential connection with a new brotherhood or deeper friendship, that lasts for a long time.

Handcuffs: there is trouble on the horizon, without any movement toward getting better. Time to face the consequences of past action

Hat: hats are a good sign that speak of overall success, in rare cases a visitor might show up soon, who brings good news.

Hedge: be persistent in overcoming the obstacles on the way, they are worth the work at the end

Hens: domestic discomfort. This symbol is always centered around the home. Money worries and marriage quarrels are indicated

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Tea Leaf Reading Symbols. I will not  be posting tomorrow, as the A to Z Challenge takes Sunday’s off, but I am looking forward to connecting with you again on Monday with the next letter.

 

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5 Tips To Pamper Your Tired Feet

5 Tips To Pamper Your Tired Feet

Chasing the kids, dogs, cat and sometimes the husband around makes my feet tired! I don’t know about you, but feet tend to be the last thing I think about, expect when it is time for a pedicure or the newest sandals. Any other time, they are
here to carry me, and that is it. And then it happens – they hurt, burn, or just feel simply miserable.

Time to take care of your feet!

Raw Honey Available On AmazonLucky for you I have five tips on how you can do just that.

1. DIY Foot Soaks Like this Honey and Cream Foot Soak
Yes, you heard me right, a foot soak that takes advantage of the powers of honey and cream. And it is simple.
Add 1 tablespoon of honey (I prefer raw honey, like this one), and 2 tablespoons of whipping cream  ( I use Organic Valley for everything I do or make with whipping cream), to the warm water you placed into your foot soaking basin or foot spa.
You can also try this wonderful DIY Lime-Mint Foot soak recipe from Tidy Mom!
You should check it out! I love it!

2. Get a foot spa
Speaking of, you really should get a foot spa. These inexpensive little machines, hold the warmth for you, and most of them, like this Conair Foot Spa (I have two of those), come with vibration and heat. My husband who spends hours in work boots every day. swears by them.
And so do I.

3. Strengthen your foot muscles by exercising your feet!
Yes, you heard me right – it is important to exercise our feet. there is not much equipment needed. Simply roll up a small towel, place it on the floor, and stand upon it, to increase your balance (caution, if you have any issues with balance, do not attempt this exercise). You can also place the same towel upon the floor, and try to pick it up with your toes. Repeat as often as you feel comfortable. Practice this daily.

4. Go barefoot.
Allow your feet to breathe, and go barefoot. Too often confined in tight shoes, and not so natural fibers, our feet hardly ever
get a chance to be placed bare upon the ground. Try walking across many different textures, from carpet to grass, sand, and gravel to strengthen the soles of your feet.

5. Gentle stretches
While you already have your shoes off, practice some gentle stretches. How about this one: Toe Stretch. Sit in a chair, with feet on the floor, and spread your toes apart. Hold for a few seconds, then release. Repeat 10 times

What are your favorite ways to pamper your feet?

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