drinking lemon & ginger tea

Poet’s Choice of Tea

Today’s Specials:

Lemon Ginger
sunrise, gentle
and warm
in his arms, I wake.

his lips
I kiss, I bite
the delicious fullness.

Green Tea
Smooth soft
twilight evenings
filled to the brim.

his skin,
texture and sensation
fire, under my fingertips.

seeds we chew, together
holding hands, discover
rainforest wilderness.

Black Tea
aching, yearning
when we are apart.

his laughter
that rises
through my soul, stirs.

Earl Grey
misty, smoky
his eyes
my poetry, can wait.

© SoulReserve 2017

Herbal ginger tea with lemon is my drink of the day to help soothe my poor throat and chest. I’m admiring my beautiful new print by Charlotte’s Woodland that I won in her recent instagram giveaway. All it needs is a frame :)


☀️Solar Charged☀️

A Simple Spell For When You Feel Drained

You will need:
☀️the sun (even if it’s a cloudy day!)

☀️lemon-ginger tea (or tea of your choice.)
☀️a small rock of your choice (quartz or sunstone are good if you work with crystals, otherwise any rock you find pleasing will do!)

1. Situate yourself outside, or near a window. Close your eyes and place your hands- palms up- on your lap.

2. Feel the sun’s warmth on your palms, your hands, your skin. Visualize the warmth as energy, and absorb it! You can think of yourself as a solar panel if you’d like: collecting the sun’s energy!
☀️Optional step: hold your stone in one hand, and allow it to soak up the sun’s energy, as a back-up battery of sorts.

3. Collect the energy until you feel recharged! When you are filled to the brim, open your eyes and smile at the sun in thanks.
☀️Optional step: Drink your tea to refresh yourself! I love lemon-ginger personally because it helps invigorate me; it’s a great mid-day tea when I’m at work!

☀️Bonus tip: Use your sun-charged stone when you feel you need a boost, or on sunless days when you miss the sun’s warmth.

An original spell from the grimoire of Amanda Wren


Ginger Lemon Tea

It may be March, but it still feels like the dead of winter. Ice is falling on the sidewalks, I can’t go outside without wearing 12 layers, and it feels like like I’ve had a cold for 8 weeks. I love you Boston, but this winter is killing me.

That’s where this lemon ginger tea comes in.

I’m all for convenience, and tea bags are great and all, but making homemade lemon ginger tea only requires two ingredients (plus water) and just tastes so much better. You can make this fresh lemon ginger tea in advance, keep it in the fridge for a few days, and serve it warm or cold.


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 lemon (plus more for garnish if desired)


  1. Bring the water to a boil, then remove from heat. 
  2. Peel the ginger and slice it thinly, then juice the lemon using a citrus reamer or by hand. 
  3. Add the ginger slices, lemon juice, and leftover lemon rind to the pot. 
  4. Allow to steep for 20 minutes, then strain and serve. Add lemon slices to garnish.

🦋drinking lemon&ginger tea, with gathered rowan prunings and the beautiful old storybook about Venus (originally only bought for the mentions of Flora but it’s such a treat! I spoke about its mysterious appearance on a previous post!🌸) does anyone know if you can dry small branches and buds, I really want to save the cuties!?🦋
and happy easter if you celebrate it!

T I P S - How to study when you're sick

Hello guys! I’m back today with some advice on how to study when sick. It happened to me a lot the past semesters, being sick but still having to study.

Of course, the obvious and best thing I could tell you is to rest when you’re sick. But as you know, sometimes you also really need to study for a coming exam or you have a due date that is really close. So you have no choice but to study/do homework even if you’re absolutely not feeling well.

Feel free to add anything to this list :)

1. First of all, take the time to take care of yourself.

If you don’t try to get better, you won’t be able to study well at all. You’ll just make yourself sicker. Here are some things you can do:

  • Go see a doctor if it’s really bad/you need some medication you can’t buy without a prescription
  • Take a short nap + have a full night sleep
  • Take a hot/warm shower or bath (hot water will give you energy but cold water will make you sleepy as your body temperature will reach the one it is when you sleep)
  • Drink lots of green tea or water or lemon infused water (+ ginger).
  • If you have a sore throat, try some hot water with honey and lemon juice.
  • Good advice from @evoleth27: camomile and peppermint teas have antibacterial effects.

2. Have more breaks than usual

Rest is important and you don’t want to make you more sick. Also, more frequent breaks will help you stay focused during your study session because it is obvious than being sick doesn’t help staying focused.

During your breaks you can just do nothing and relax, drink/eat something, do some meditation.

3. Don’t try to be overproductive

As a consequence of the precedent point, take your study session slow. It is okay not to do everything on your to-do list. Try to do what is more important: prioritize!

4. Avoid screens the more you can

Especially if you have a headache/migraine or nausea or even if you’re very tired, please try not to spend unecessary time on your phone or your computer. If you can, print all the materials you need from your computer instead of using them directly from it.

5. Ask a friend for help

Or parents/siblings if you live at home. They can help you do some homework or help you in your revisions. There’s nothing new that learning in groups is a good thing :)

6. Email your professors if it’s really bad

Drink Pretty: The Morning Detox Tea

This is the Morning Detox Tea (or tisane, if you’re particular). It’s a bright concoction with decisive notes of spice and heat. There’s ginger for digestion, turmeric to cleanse the liver, cayenne to warm the body and amp up metabolism, and cinnamon to serve as an anti-inflammatory. It’s a nice way to jumpstart your body at the beginning of the day, because a “detox” regimen doesn’t have to cost $400 and deny you of solid food.

More than a straight-up recipe, this is a foundation and guideline to building a morning detox that best suits your taste and needs. The measurements are approximate and forgiving (just make sure not to overdo it with the cayenne and turmeric). Like ginger? Add more. Don’t want honey? Skip it.

- 6-inch piece of fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- ½ teaspoon cayenne
- spoonful of raw honey
- squeeze of lemon

1. Peel ginger and slice thinly on the diagonal. Use the side of the knife to smash the ginger (exposing more surface area).
2. Add ginger slices to a saucepan with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Add the cinnamon sticks, turmeric, and cayenne. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
4. Strain into a mug.
5. Stir in a spoonful of honey and squeeze of lemon.

You’ll still have plenty in the pot after that first cup. I like to keep the brew going all day, adding more water or spices with each serving. Enjoy!


I saw a post about teenage girls suffering from acne, and I had horrid problems for years which still trouble me sometimes these days. Here is some advice!

  • Find out exactly what your skin type is. if it’s dry when you get out the shower and gets really oily later on, you have combination skin.
  • Try products with charcoal, witch hazel, tea tree oil, aloe vera or seaweed in them.
  • Try not to go for generic brands like Clean & Clear or Biore, They have loads of artificial compounds that aren’t good for your skin.
  • Eat foods that don’t increase your body temperature. Like dairy, meats, salt, are hard to process and can cause you to break out. Keep a healthier diet.
  • If you have dandruff, find a suitable natural shampoo and conditioner to keep it at bay. Do NOT make the mistake of washing your hair too often, cuz people with dandruff have problems with dry scalp too, and it’s aggravated by frequent washing.
  • Keep hair out of your face, it’s kinda filled with dust and stuff, but again, there’s no need to wash everyday either.
  • Drink herbal tea! Loads of it! This is what helps me a LOT! I drink rooibos, chamomile, lemon/ginger, green and oolong. Herbal teas are rich in anti-oxidants and other great things, and can make your skin appear clearer and more even. Don’t put milk in it, and if you need to make it sweeter, put honey.
  • Cleanse, tone and moisturize twice everyday. The products don’t necessarily have to be anti-blemish, but they MUST be for the correct skin type.
  • I really recommend The Body Shop products for your face, they seem to work very well for me. If you find a product that works even slightly, try to stick with it. Changing soaps often makes your skin confused and irritated.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS! Your hands are almost always filthy, and everytime you touch your face, you’re giving it another reason to get irritated.
  • Do NOT use a scrub everyday. Find a cool, creamy wash with tea tree oil or aloe vera in it for daily use. A scrub is enough twice a week, and only once if your skin is very prone to irritation.
  • Use a light, water based moisturizer. Trust me, you might think it will make your skin oilier, but it actually hydrates your newly washed skin and leaves it supple and smoother. Putting heavy makeup or moisturizer doesn’t let your skin breathe, which is bad. If you’re putting make-up on, keep your brushes and sponges clean, and go for natural looks and oil-free makeup wherever possible.
  • If you’re in doubt, ask a trained professional for help picking the right product for you. Most of the time, drugstore employees might not help you. Go to someone at Clinique, The Body Shop, Laura Mercier or some other brand like that, get their opinion on products that would help you, note them down, and find similar but cheaper products elsewhere. 
  • Acne is a part of puberty, but you can help keep it down by reducing greasy foods, staying healthy and exercising.
  • Obviously being in school ain’t stress free, but try to stay relaxed. Hairfall, premature graying (another problem I have) and acne are all a result of over stress.

And finally, know that in most cases, the acne goes away slowly as you get older! And that having acne is not the end of the world, you’re still beautiful!

I has tagged by @snow-ygritte Thanks!! <3

rules: answer these 85 statements and tag 20 people

Tagging: (only if u want to do it, idk) @abelle25125, @donttalktomewhenimreading @novangla @winterishereyourgrace @gayslikeus @enchantedhunter @ironic-flute @maryabolkonskaya @spacey-e1f @one-of-many-fandoms @samuelsmolbury @lunamemegood @kaitlynisboring @loverofcartoons @samtheallaroundfangirl @graecae @calamity-bean @lucrezianoin


1. drink: ginger and lemon tea (i forgot the honey)
2. phone call: my mum
3. text message: my dad
4. song you listened to: i think it was Light of the Seven from Season 6 of GOT?
5. time you cried: no idea
6. dated someone twice: well I haven’t dated anyone, let alone twice
7. kissed someone and regretted it: i haven’t kissed anyone??? so??
8. been cheated on: ^^^^^^
9. lost someone special: i don’t think so?? cause I have lost some family members, but I was too young to know them
10. been depressed: yeah, probably
11. gotten drunk and thrown up: nah


13. reddddd
14. light blue


15. made new friends:
yes, i have more than a singular friend finally!!!
16. fallen out of love: uhh i’ve never been in love
17. laughed until you cried: yes, can’t remember what it was about though
18. found out someone was talking about you: hopefully not???
19. met someone who changed you: not that I can think of
20. found out who your friends are: not really??
21. kissed someone on your facebook list: i don’t even have facebook


22. how many of your facebook friends do you know in real life:
23. do you have any pets:
 a cat named Clover
24. do you want to change your name: no, cause I don’t know what id change it to
25. what did you do for your last birthday: like nothing? i was on holiday at the time
26. what time did you wake up: today, 6:30 
27. what were you doing at midnight last night: reading fanfic
28. name something you can’t wait for: i’m going to see Hamilton in december!!

29. when was the last time you saw your mom: quarter of an hour ago i think

31. what are you listening to right now: cabbie landlord by grace mcclean
32. have you ever talked to a person named tom: yeah
33. something that is getting on your nerves: this one of my teachers who literally treats me as an 8 year old- it’s really bugging me
34. most visited website: tumblr
35. hair colour: as my sister says, poo-brown,
36. long or short hair: short
37. do you have a crush on someone: unless we talking characters, no
38. what do you like about yourself: literally nothing
39. want any piercings: one actually, bit too care needed for me
40. blood type: no bloody idea
41. nickname: esmo?? relda??
42. relationship status: single as a pringle and never ready to mingle
43. zodiac: leo 
44. pronouns: she/her
45. favourite tv show: agame of thrones, svtfoe, su i guess, rupaul’s drag race is cool

46. tattoos: none

47. right or left handed: left
48. surgery: none actually, don’t know how I’ve managed that
49. piercing: none
50. sport: dance if it counts, otherwise gymnastics
51. vacation: cornwall probs
52. pair of trainers: converse


53. eating:
pizza, soup, dark dark chocolate
54. drinking: hot tea, hot chocolate, smoothies, water
55. i’m about to: do nothing
56. waiting for: seeing Les Mis tomorrow!!!!!
57. want: more history books
58. get married: maybe. seems a bit too much fuss for me
59. career: literally no idea


60. hugs or kisses:
61. lips or eyes: eyes
62. shorter or taller: taller
63. older or younger: younger? didk?
64. nice arms or nice stomach: arms more, but idc
65. hook up or relationship: relationship
66. troublemaker or hesitant: neither?


67. kissed a stranger:
68. drank hard liquor: no
69. lost glasses/contact lenses: i don’t know actually, probably somewhere
70. turned someone down: no
71. sex on the first date: no
72. broken someone’s heart: hopefully not??
73. had your heart broken: no
74. been arrested: no
75. cried when someone died: yes
76. fallen for a friend: no


77. yourself:
hell no
78. miracles: depends on what it was
79. love at first sight: more on the second or third
80. santa claus: no
81. kiss on the first date: yes
82. angels: no


83. current best friend’s name:
84. eye colour: blue 
85. favorite movie: amadeus/star wars epi v

lemon & ginger | luke coffee shop au

a/n: ONLY ONE PART LEFT AFTER THIS!!!! hope you enjoy!! please remember that reblogs make me smile and feedback is appreciated!

word count: 1300

part one | part two | part three | part four | part five | part six | part seven | part eight | PART NINE


“Want to watch a movie?” Luke asked, reaching over you to grab the remote from the arm of the couch.

“Mhm,” you mumbled, taking the last sip of the almost empty bottle of beer in your hand. You set the empty bottle on your leg, observing Luke as he searched for a movie to watch. He picked some random rom-com, satisfied with his choice and nodding to himself in approval.

After he was settled with his choice of movie, he took his beer in hand and drank a long sip. He was on his second bottle, whereas you were still on number one. But his body could stomach more than yours, obviously.

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velvetportraitsmedia-deactivate  asked:

hello Aaliyah ... I wanted to ask you how can I glo - up ... and what can I do to glo up ? I'm an 18 - year old young black male ... any tips on beauty or anything regarding bettering and upgrading myself ? 🌹

Hey 💖

An incredible transformation has everything to do with the internal reality, it has nothing to do with external reality like this world falsely believes. If you have an unhealthy diet it will reflect in your skin; if you have an unhealthy belief system, it will reflect in your character; if you have an selfish mind set, it will reflect in your actions or most commonly lack of action; if you lack love, it will reflect how much love you receive; if you lack spirituality, you lack great purpose; if you lack God, you lack life. Anything in external reality means nothing if you are lacking in the inside, if it’s not given by God’s grace it loses it’s worth quickly. 

I can’t tell you how to live your life, for that would not be fair. I can only give myself as some sort of example and you can take from that what you wish:

  • I’m a Vegan
  • I drink Herbal Tea religiously, my favourites are - Apple and Cinnamon, Lemon Ginger and Honey (Pukka), Green Tea (Pukka, it actually tastes nice compared to other green teas), Sage and Lemon Grass, Blackberry, Chamomile and Honey. 
  • I read a lot (a lot, a lot) I couldn’t even give you how many hours because I don’t stop, reading comes extremely easy to me so I don’t find it draining, where as others get distracted easily. So just read as much as you can. 
  • I don’t watch TV, I think it’s a waste of mind and life, unless it’s insightful
  • I get up early, sometimes as early as half 5 (I have nieces that get up extremely early) so I have to plan my day out to make sure I have enough time for myself
  • I love walking, I walk everywhere - for fun, it’s so amazing 
  • I say Hi and Good Morning to everyone, not only because it’s polite but it’s nice to know that you are welcomed by people in the city you live, also I found it helps with confidence in terms of your identity and communication
  • Spend time with children, they really teach you how to live life how you’re supposed to, they remind you of who you really are. Honestly when you’re down go and hold a baby. 
  • Spend time with old people alone, they’ll really open up to you and give you true wisdom about life, they’ll remind you how important life really is
  • Learn to love the rain, I know it sounds random, but people won’t even go out if it’s raining which is pathetic. Loving the rain brings a form of purification to the soul, sometimes I actually miss the rain.
  • Solitude is so important I can’t express how much, you will never know yourself constantly surrounded by others. You will take others belief systems, likes and dislikes, interests, even faults on as your own, never developing your own, lacking development in your own identity which eventually leads to depression (other’s also means social media)
  • I only listen to music that has true soul meaning, that’s positive or poetic, none of that crap people listen to that doesn’t even make sense, you can almost feel your intellect throwing itself off a bridge
  • I write a lot, a lot, a lot - In my journal (with my face on it lol)
  • I study my own Natal Chart, I’ve learnt so much about psychology, myself and healing.
  • Read some form of spiritual/sacred text - you don’t have to be religious, I don’t even have a religion. It could be something as simple as poetry or philosophy, you learn a lot about yourself when you look to God as St Teresa of Avila said “ We shall advance more by contemplating the Divinity than by keeping our eyes fixed on ourselves… I believe we shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavouring to know God, for, beholding His greatness we are struck by our own baseness, His purity shows our foulness, and by meditating on His humility we find how very far we are from being humble… It is no small pity, and should cause us no little shame, that, through our own fault, we do not understand ourselves, or know who we are.” 
  • I would not be where I am now without God, so it’s only right for me to praise the Lord for all the wisdom and blessings he has given to my soul
  • Being Humble is extremely important, this world lacks that so greatly. I think there is nothing more destructive to the soul than a body that lacks humility. People praise themselves on their humility, yet are quick to call someone a ‘hater’ after a little bit of criticism. Criticism is a sign from God that you lack humility, for otherwise you would not take it as such, either you would regard it as a way to improve yourself or ignorance on the other’s behalf. 
  • Saying Thank You is extremely important, when you wake up and when you go to bed.

I can’t tell you how you need to transform, for you are you; and I am I. I’ve read about 100 books at this point, so for me to say in simple context how to grow immensely would be merely impossible for wisdom and knowledge play an obvious part in the minds development. The more you read and experience life the more you will grow. There is a clear difference in intellect, wisdom, character and abilities in those that read books and make an effort to use their knowledge to good use in day to day life than those that don’t. You will see the difference within yourself before anyone else does, that’s a true sign of soul growth - you no longer depend on other’s for your own development. 

20 Various Cold and Flu Remedies

By Gina DeBacker

It’s that time of year—stuffy noses, aggravating coughs, nasally voices…oh, here we go again. This cold and flu season we thought it would be fun to ask our Facebook readers how they kick nasty colds to the curb, and everyone seemed to have some great ideas! We received so many wonderful tried-and-true remedies that it was hard to pick just 20, but here are some of our favorites.

Drink This


“I swear by this strong ginger-honey-lemon drink: In a glass jar, combine 10 ounces boiling water, a thumb-sized knob of thinly sliced (or grated) ginger, the juice from half a lemon and enough honey to sweeten (to taste). This recipe helps soothe sore throats and relieve sinus pressure. Let it steep for as long as possible, but sip it while it’s still hot.” –From Lori Parr

Hot Toddy

“Try this old home remedy: Brandy plus hot water, honey and lime. It’s called a hot toddy. Drink it just before bed.” –From Jackie David

Grapefruit Goodness

“OK, I don’t know how natural this is, but it sure knocks out a bad cold. Take one grapefruit, cut it in half and squeeze the juice into a saucepan. Add some water as well as the grapefruit halves, then bring it all to a boil. Finally, add some whiskey and honey, and drink it while it’s still hot, right before bedtime.” –From Sharon Howell

Preventative Tea

“While everyone around me is sick, I stay healthy with this preventative elixir: Combine ½ cup hot water with 1/3 cup lemon juice, or juice from 1 fresh lemon; ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne powder; ¼ teaspoon ground ginger powder, or fresh; and honey, to taste. Drink the concoction as warm as you can, without risk of burning yourself. Drink it all at once. This will raise your body temperature and cleanse your kidneys and liver. Enjoy daily.” – From Ellen Nygaard

Chest Congestion Relief

“For chest congestion: Mix 4 tablespoons warm water with 2 tablespoons organic honey, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, ½ teaspoon cayenne powder and ½ teaspoon ground ginger. Shake well. Drink 1 tablespoon, three to four times a day.” –From Sally Rogers Devine

Go-To Foods

Lots of Garlic

 “Raw garlic: Eat it, steam it and inhale it. It works on the toughest of infections. I’ve used it on myself, my husband and my three little girls.” –From Star Gypsy

Secret Ingredient

“I’ve studied holistic medicine and swear by black cumin seed organic oil—it’s beyond amazing. Even though it tastes terrible, it treats more than 40 ailments and is better than any high-dollar face cream or serum on the market. Many companies use it in $200 face creams as their secret ingredient. It’s good for acne or scalp conditions, but it’s great for wiping out a cold, flu or sore throat in a couple of days! Nettle is also awesome at helping clear up mucous, hacking coughs and allergies.” –From Cynthia Shirrell

Juice Up

“I juice kale, garlic, carrots and apples for flu symptoms. It’s very effective for my diabetic husband who shouldn’t take much over-the-counter medications.” –From Patty Kratzer

Chicken Soup

“My grandmother’s chicken soup is not your traditional soup—it’s a recipe my family has used for generations. Cover pieces of chicken with cold water, then season with kosher salt to taste; ½ cup star anise; and a couple of bay leaves. Bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, for a few hours. Strain and place in the refrigerator until cold. Skim off the fat, then reheat the soup, garnishing with parsley. Serve by itself or with egg noodles or another noodle of your choice. This is a great soup to freeze. In fact, I have some of it in my freezer right now! –From Candice Gayleen

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aki-draws-things  asked:

Hey sweets. I hope you feel a little better, but just so you know, usually drinking some hot tea, especially the lemon and ginger one, really help to ease cramps. I get that it's not something that everyone like, I mean, ginger has quite a strong taste and not many like it, so anything warm (and with not much sugar, but that depends on the person) should help. Also, tying something on your waist to keep warm, but that takes actually a bit long to do something. *sends hugs that always help ;) *

You know what sucks? Drinking hot drinks makes me sick to my stomach. It’s so weird, but like my body hella rejects it. But, the warm on the waist thing is a gift!! I feel better now today, but thank you for the sweet message! 

(Probably could have replied to all of these last night, but I wanted to die, so.)