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4 DIY Immunity Boosting Tea Recipes to Try Today

Simple At-Home Recipes to Ease your everyday stress, detox & give your immunity a boost
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4 Detox Teas to Try, Waiting on Martha

One of the best things you can do for your body and more specifically your immunity, is support its natural detox system.  Yes, that’s right; your body knows how to do it well on its own.  But the bonus here is that there are simple concoctions and DIY immunity boosting and detox tea recipes that can help your body get the job done even better, and kickstart healthier habits in general.  

After finally settling into a routine at home over the past month, I’m setting out to sip on these DIY immunity teas at home every night.  I’m thinking of it as a treat I’m giving myself to feel better from the inside out.  See, the teas—with their rockstar ingredients like dandelion root, cerasee, ginger, green tea and more—can do more than rid the body of harmful toxin buildup; they give you increased energy, stronger immunity, and even stress relief. That being said, herbal tea is one of my favorite ways to detox because it’s a simple, soothing addition to my daily routine, and it’s known to work wonders for the mind, body and soul.  Seriously, how good is settling into bed with a cup of hot tea in-hand especially with a slice of raw honeycomb to add a little bit of natural sweetness to my cup.

Check out the four easy recipes below, and tell me which DIY immunity boosting tea is calling your name!  And if DIY isn’t your thing, check out a few of our favorite teas you can get delivered to your door.  Truly, MKR

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Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Tea

Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

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In case you didn’t know, apple cider vinegar has an incredible ingredient called the “mother.” Not only will it help your detox, its countless health benefits can help cure even pretty serious ailments, and it can help you feeling better ASAP when you’re feeling under the weather. 

When using apple cider vinegar to detox in particular, you have to drink it; this easy detox tea makes it easier to go swallow. Drink this detox tea before meals for maximum benefits.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR DETOX TEA
Ingredients
:
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 
1 teaspoon organic, raw, local honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed) 
1 cup hot water 

Directions:

Boil the water and allow it to cool off a bit before adding the other ingredients.
Mix in the apple cider vinegar and the raw honey.
Add roughly a teaspoon of lemon juice.

Dandelion Root Detox Tea/Water

Lakewood Pure Cranberry Juice

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Here’s a play on an excellent detox recipe that’s been popular for years now; a simple mixture of water, dandelion root tea and cranberry juice.  (Be sure to find the cranberry juice with NO sugar added.)  You won’t need to boil the ingredients, instead just mix them together and drink on a daily basis (one pitcher every seven days) to eliminate water weight. 

DANDELION ROOT DETOX TEA/WATER
Ingredients:

60 oz. distilled water
1 dandelion root tea bag
1 tablespoon pure cranberry juice

Directions:
Mix the water, cranberry juice and lemon juice together.
Add the dandelion root tea bag after.

Green Tea Detox

Yogi Teas Super Antioxidant Green Tea

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The MVP of natural detoxing is definitely green tea.  Green tea doesn’t detox toxins all on its own (your body has a pretty good system to do that), but it is packed with the natural polyphenols that support the body when it’s detoxin’. Polyphenols have a direct impact on your liver (the body’s major detox organ), and they’re antioxidants that fight free radicals. 

This detox tea is incredibly easy to mix up; simply add honey and lemon to your steeping green tea

GREEN TEA DETOX
Ingredients:

1 slice lemon
1 green tea bag
1 teaspoon honey
8-10 oz. water

Directions:
Brew the green tea bag in the 8 to 10 fluid ounces of water.
Add the lemon slice and honey.

Cerasee Detox Tea

Caribbean Dreams Cerasee Tea

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Cerasee leaves are grown in Jamaica, and known to be an excellent herb for your blood and has many overall health benefits. It has a bitter flavor and aroma, but it is an excellent source of calcium, iron, carotene, phosphorous, vitamin C and vitamin A.

The tea is known to protect your body from cold and flu symptoms, as well as headaches, stomach pains, fever and abdominal pain (including menstrual cramps). The leaves work to eliminate toxins, treat parasitic worms, liver conditions, skin problems and give constipation relief. 

CERASEE DETOX TEA
Ingredients:
Cerasee leaves with vines (or cerasee tea)
Ginger
Water
Raw honey

Directions
Boil the cerasee leaves and ginger in water. If you don’t have the leaves, boil water for the cerasee tea bags to steep, adding ginger once boiling.
Add honey and enjoy.

Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

Announcing Welcome Media Co.

Sharing my next big adventure focused on entrepreneurs!
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Back in September Square reached out to me and asked if I would share the ups, downs and in-betweens of my entrepreneurial journey for their Self Made campaign. I love to talk about all things business so of course replied with a resounding “yes!” Like all brand campaigns we scheduled our kick off call and began going through the ins and outs of what they were hoping to share together. As the conversation went on, it began to grow. And before I knew it I was making a long time dream of mine come true with the help of the Square Online Store team.

That dream was that I was finally going to launch was my small business consulting agency. I had already been hosting all-day social media classes across the US for small business owners, but I hadn’t taken the plunge into making it an actual full blown business yet. But with the cheerleading and support of the Square team I’m thrilled to say on this Small Business Saturday, my ninth Small Business Saturday as a Small Business owner, Welcome Media Co. is officially open for business!

First things first, Welcome Media Co. is a consulting agency focused on education, brand strategy & social media management for small businesses in the retail & design space.  We’re here to help small businesses not only survive in this ever changing landscape, but THRIVE! As I said above, I was already doing this on a smaller scale so now the question was how do I make this a full blown business.

The answer, creating a digital space that small businesses would be able to consume digital resources such as legal contracts, education, and resource guides, sign up for courses and classes, and learn more about our services such as branding audits, customer experience, and complete social media management and consulting. This digital space is where Square comes in.

I have launched a lot of websites before, however none of them were with Square so the entire process was new to me. But new it did not feel. In fact, from start to finish it was one of the easiest, and most seamless processes I’ve ever had.

Square’s customer service was above and beyond so we always had someone there and ready to help if needed, but we rarely did. My team and I were able to drag, drop, upload, and link practically everything on our own. We were also able to use all our own colors, upload our company wide logos, and link to all of our other businesses, email and social accounts which was key for us.

And along with the completely low-stress, easy process Square is really committed to listening to small business owners like myself and growing their platform. I can’t wait to share what NEW capabilities will be rolling out in January!

So that’s it friends. The next, and dare I say final phase (probably not, but we’ll say final phase), of Waiting On Martha is here. My hope is that through Welcome Media Co.’s website and services we provide we’ll be able to help small businesses not only survive this ever changing landscape, but THRIVE! Thank you to all that have supported me and continue to support me on this journey, and Happy Small Business Saturday Friends! xo, MKR

Photography: Rustic White Interiors | This post was sponsored by Square a product and brand I love and adore. All opinions and images are 100% my own.

A Return to The Cloister at Sea Island

Spending a few days in The Golden Isles
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The Golden Isles via Waiting on Martha

Recently I had the immense pleasure of speaking at my fifth Southern Coterie Conference. And as much as I look forward to those three days all year, I equally look forward to the few days after the conference has ended when the hubs and I disconnect at one of our favorite places, The Cloister at Sea Island.

While we’ve been to The Cloister at Sea Island now more times than I can remember, this time there were so many new surprises in store I felt I needed to update my last travel post from a few years prior.

First things first, for those of you unfamiliar with the magical place called Sea Island, Sea Island is part of an area called The Golden Isles. The Golden Isles is comprised of St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons and Brunswick nestled on the Georgia coast. Its name, The Golden Isles, seems to get its reputation from their rays of warm sunshine and mossy trees envelope you the minute you enter into the low country.

An easy drive from Atlanta, the Golden Isles offers an easy getaway from everyday life in the city, and you’d be hard-pressed to be anything but relaxed along its pristine beaches, award wining golf courses and miles of sprawling marshlands. No matter how many times I’ve driven over that causeway, the minute I cross my whole body seems to relax, and I let out a huge sigh almost as if I was holding my breath. It’s pure heaven.

When staying in The Golden Isles there’s really only two ways to go when it comes to accommodations; The Cloister or The Lodge. The Cloiste at Sea Island, is a legendary luxury hotel renowned for its utmost sophisticated elegance.  Seeped in stunning Mediterranean-inspired architecture, the hotel features grounds full of lush gardens, every amenity one could possibly desire, and the most fantastic fine dining. But perhaps most noteworthy, are The Cloister‘s luxurious suites that offer spectacular views over the marshes, begging guests to bask in the low country in all its glory, all while enveloping them in utmost comfort and privacy. 

The Lodge on St. Simons Island, recognized as a #1 resort in the mainland U.S by. Conde Nast Traveler.  The Lodge is definitely my happy place, especially at sun set when the skies turn pink and we sit sipping a cocktail on the sprawling porch overlooking the 18th hole and causeway, while being serenaded by a set of bagpipes.  Yes bagpipes! It’s nothing short of magical, and the perfect way to start, and end any vacation.

The hubs of course loves The Lodge for a completely different reason…the golf. Not only are the golf courses some of the top rated in the world, Sea Island just unveiled a 17,000 sq. ft. golf performance center. This addition is just one of many enhancements that are part of The Lodge’s $30 million dollar makeover that also includes an enhanced putting green, pool, pool house and new golf course cottages. I took a quick tour of one, and they are completely stunning.

Each time I find myself at The Cloister, I wonder if I’ll ever tire of coming back to Sea Island. Then I look around, smell the salt air, and I’m quickly reminded why I always keep coming back for more. Truly, MKR

Photography: Kathryn McCrary

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