Sipping Tea: Your New Favorite DIY Drinks

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Whether you’re looking for a quick detox, a good night’s sleep or just for a healthier pick me up than your everyday iced coffee, look no further than this group of easy to make DIY drinks. With ingredients ranging from matcha to charcoal, these easy to make drinks are packed with health benefits that will make you feel just as good as these drinks look.

Ashwagandha Sleep Tonic

Ashwaghanda is an herb that has been used for centuries as a rejuvenating medicine. The herb can be used to reduce stress, anxiety and depression and can improve sleep patterns by reducing insomnia. The medicinal properties of ashwagandha also promote overall wellbeing and longevity.

This sweet and aromatic Ashwagandha Sleep Tonic from Ascension Kitchen, is best when enjoyed around an hour or two before bed for a relaxing night of sleep.

What You’ll Need
What You’ll Do
  • Add all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.
  • Transfer mixture to a saucepan and heat to drinkable temperature on low-medium heat.
  • Finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon. 
Detox Charcoal Latte

Whether it be in face masks, teeth whitening powders or in this case, a toxin clearing vanilla latte, charcoal is a powerful detoxifying agent. This drink helps to wipe out toxins throughout the body – a lifesaver the morning after a long night out. Be sure to make any medicines or vitamins at least two hours after drinking this latte though – the detoxifying agents in charcoal are strong enough to absorb the effects of your pills instead and leave behind all of those unwanted toxins.

What You’ll Need
  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon activated charcoal
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Sweetener of choice
What You’ll Do
  • In a saucepan, heat up the almond milk over medium-high heat until steaming.
  • Add the milk, charcoal, vanilla and sweetener into blender, and blend until frothy and smooth.
  • Finish with a sprinkle of charcoal powder on top.
Turmeric Almond Milk Latte

Perfect to enjoy right before bed, this earthy, spicy latte is packed with antioxidants and more than a few other healthy bonuses. Turmeric is a naturally anti-inflammatory herb that’s been used for centuries for its variety of health benefits, including providing pain relief from headaches and PMS cramps,  boosting your mood and easing upset stomachs and bloating.

The coconut oil or butter that’s whipped up in this single serving recipe from Balance With B, adds a more filling and healthy fat to an everyday drink.

What You’ll Need
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or coconut butter
  • 1 dash of black pepper
  • 1 pinch of cloves
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (optional)
What You’ll Do
  • Add all ingredients into a saucepan over low-medium heat.
  • Let simmer for around 15 minutes.
  • Enjoy hot or pour over ice after cooling for a few minutes.
  • Finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon. 
Honey Coconut Matcha Latte

Shake up your usual morning run to Starbucks with this fun take on your everyday matcha latte.

The matcha in this Honey Coconut Matcha Latte from Catching Seeds, provides that much needed dose of caffeine while the fat in the coconut butter helps to turn that dose into slow-releasing energy – ridding you of those pesky morning jitters.

What You’ll Need
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey to taste
What You’ll Do
  • Heat almond milk in saucepan over medium heat until steaming.
  • Add water, milk, matcha, coconut butter, vanilla and honey into blender, and blend until frothy and smooth.
  • Top with shredded coconut and a sprinkle of matcha powder.

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