Hibiscus Tea.

 

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Lately my blood pressure has been a little higher than normal, so I did some research and decided that I would try to make some hibiscus tea, as the hibiscus flower has many health benefits , helps to lower blood pressure,helps to lower cholesterol, speeds up metabolism and boosts your immune system.

Worth a try I thought, as I have many bushes around me.

Step 1.So this is how I made my tea. First I dead headed the bush, then separated the stigma from the petals.

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Step 2.

Then I separated the five petals and put them in the sun to dry.

 

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Once dry I put them in a kilner jar.

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Step 3.

I put a handful in my 700ml teapot and topped up with boiling water.

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Step 4.

Let the petals soak for about 5 mins, then you can pour into a cup , or you can let it cool and pour in a glass.  I usually use a little honey  to sweeten it a little.

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Well I have only being doing this for a week and my blood pressure has reduced from 145/95 to 128/85 much better.

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Robber Fly

We have quite a few robber flies in Tenerife. This is the first one I have caught in the act of paralyzing his victim . They inject them with saliva that contains nerve toxins and digestive enzymes, then suck out their insides.

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Forest Walk

The Agua Garcia forest is a natural paradise, not only is it very beautiful ,this enchanted forest is also very important to Tenerife, without it we would not have a big part of our natural water supply.

This fairy tale forest is lush with laurel trees, some of which are very old and these trees are called the Guardians of the forest.There are also many other species of trees here for example eucalyptus and delfino and the forest floor is carpeted with ivy, lichens and mosses.

All the species of the laurel forest have an important role to play in trapping and keeping the water. It contains over 20 evergreen trees like laurel and the canary island ebony .

In 1508, 12 years after the Spanish conquest, the countryside  of Tacoronte and the natural springs therein were granted to a Spanish settler, Garcia de Morales.Over 500 years later this are is still known as Agua Garcia, “Garcias Water”.

On Sunday I did this walk guided by our local expert guide Andy Tomkins, you can find more information about all the walks in Tenerife on his website www.tenerife-guided-walks.com

 

 

Over thinking

 

Firstly I must apologize for not posting on my blog lately, but life has taken over. This post is not my usual , i just need to get this down on paper then I think i will feel more able to cope.

I am a very organised person, like to make lists etc, do not cope well when things do not go to plan, worry when I have not time to do the things I think I need to do. My main problem is overthinking , even when asleep, and more importantly when I cant sleep. Although my partner has some health issues,I do not think they are serious, but I still cannot stop myself worrying about what the outcome of the xrays tests etc will be.

Lately have been trying really hard to just let things go, using mindfulness, living in the moment, it works for some of the time.

My partner just takes things as they come, probably due to the fact that I do all the planning, he can totally sit down and read a book with no other thought than what he is reading, I on the other hand struggle to get through an article in a magazine without thinking what I should be doing.

One thing that has helped me is I set aside a time to do some dressmaking or cooking, both of which I enjoy, and because I have set this time aside I do not feel I should be doing something else.

Another thing is exercise has helped I go swimming most days, and do Tai Chi.

The problem as I see it is I have a real need to know or control what is happening in my life, and when I feel out of control I panic, and can make myself ill through worrying.

Lately it has affected my eating habits, I have been wheat intolerant for  a few years now but appear to have other food intolerance’s, which get worse when I worry.

Overall I am a very positive person, and know everything will be ok in the end.

If there is anyone out there who has any advice, that would be great or anyone who wants to share there story that would be great also.

 

Photochallenge

 

2016 Photochallenge, week 24 – National, State and Local Flowers challenge.
Tenerifes national flower is the Canary Bellflower, which only grows in certain parts of Tenerife, I was on a guided walk yesterday in Teide National Park and took these photos of a Tajinaste which is endemic to Tenerife, it is also know as the “tower of jewels” because of all the little pink flowers all the way up its 5 to 8 foot height.I have posted a full view in comments.

IfoncheWalk

The 6th “Talk the Walk” to discover Tenerife’s Great Outdoors.

Carrying on the existing theme to raise money and awareness for En Pie, the   Canarian Mental Health charity and to bring together the Canarian and ex-pat communities and hopefully, to get each other speaking a little of the other ones language.

Another great walk with breathtaking scenery. Thanks to Andy Tenerife Walker our guide for a brilliant day out.

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