Tea is much more than a beverage. Not only is it enriching for your body and soul but it’s also a herbal remedy to soothe many ailments.
Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.
The calming ritual of preparing tea and sipping it is a wonderfully relaxing practice in itself. What’s more, even science supports the healing properties of tea. Black, oolong, green, herbal- there are countless options of tea to choose from.
Drinking tea also supports the body undergo a natural detoxification process. Brew a hot or cold tea as a base, and squeeze in the juice of an astringent fruit like lemon or lime to revitalize your taste buds. You can also come up with a concoction of two or more teas.
Here are some of our favorite herbal tea recipes that can be brewed easily in the kitchen and can also cure a bunch of everyday ailments.
Basics of brewing tea
You don’t have to be a master chef in order to create a delicious herbal brew. If you can boil water, you are good to go. Follow these basic steps to brew up some healing in your kitchen:
- Bring one cup of water to a boil
- Crush the selected herb leaves or flowers and place them in your teapot. You can also use tea bags but fresh herbs always taste better.
- Pour the boiled water over the crushed herbs or tea bags. Cover and steep for at least 10 minutes.
- Place a strainer over your cup and pour the tea. Drink it at least three times a day to see visible results.
Now that you’ve learned how to brew tea, we’ll move on to the best brews that heal everything from sleeplessness to anxiety and an upset stomach.
1. Chamomile tea
Chamomile tea is known for its relaxing properties and delicate flavor. It is a natural source of anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic compounds. Chamomile tea is the perfect kind of brew to ease those tired muscles after a long day at work.
Chamomile tea is a herbal powerhouse that contains countless health benefits. Sipping some chamomile tea before bed can get rid you of undue stress and will help you sleep much better. It the perfect antidote for caffeine addiction.
Chamomile tea also boosts your immunity and keeps allergies at bay. It can help women with period pain as well, as chamomile extract contains compounds that relax the uterus and decreases the production of pain-causing hormones. You can also sip it to cure an upset stomach, nausea, and indigestion.
Simply add one tablespoon of chamomile flowers for every cup of boiling water and add honey to enhance flavor. Drink it regularly for at least two months to get rid of chronic problems.
Chamomile & turmeric evening tea
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons dried chamomile
- 1-3 tsp coconut oil
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- A pinch of black pepper, optional
- 1 tbsp. raw honey or more to taste
Bring the water to boil in a saucepan. Now add the chamomile and turn off the flame. Steep for 3-5 minutes. After discarding the chamomile, add the milk, coconut oil, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, (black pepper) and honey. Taste and add more honey or spices according to your preference. Re-heat if needed. Enjoy!
2. Milk thistle tea
Milk thistle is one of nature’s most precious herbs as it has magical liver cleansing and regenerating properties. It has been used for centuries to treat a variety of liver and gallbladder conditions such as cirrhosis, fatty liver, liver poisoning, hepatitis etc. In fact, milk thistle is still used as a life-saving herb to treat poisoning from the death cap mushroom.
Milk thistle tea benefits are countless. It contains a powerful antioxidant known as silymarin, which not only protects the liver but also improves its function by removing fats and lowering blood sugar. It helps to protect the kidneys and also boosts the immune system.
Milk thistle tea with dandelion root recipe:
- One tablespoon of milk thistle seeds
- Three cups of water
- Dandelion root according to taste
Crush one tablespoon of milk thistle seeds in a mortar and add three cups of water to it. Let it boil well and steep for about 20 minutes. Add dandelion root to double its liver cleansing effects.
It’s suggested to use the seeds of milk thistle to brew medicinal tea.
3. Peppermint tea
Of all the herbal teas, peppermint tea is one of the most widely used. Not only is it delicious, but it also offers many health benefits. It has been used medicinally for centuries and herbalists recommend it as a treatment for headaches, sinus problems, and upset stomach issues.
Whether you are suffering from stubborn indigestion or nausea, peppermint tea will immediately help relieve the symptoms. It is considered to be a carminative because it helps to release trapped gas in the body. This tea also increases bile flow to encourage faster digestion and healthy bowel movements. The analgesic properties of peppermint help reduce the intestinal pain.
Peppermint tea can be made from fresh or dried leaves. Add one tablespoon of mint leaves in one cup of boiling water and steep for 15 minutes. Add some honey and lemon to make it even more flavorful. Combine mint with fennel and ginger to soothe many a stomach ailment.
Try out this tummy tea recipe the next time you need it:
Tummy tea- special peppermint blend to soothe an upset stomach
- 1 cup dried mint leaves
- 1/4 cup fennel seeds
- 1/8 cup finely chopped dried ginger
Boil one-liter water and add all the ingredients in it. Let it steep for 10 minutes and strain before serving. Add some honey to your tummy tea to make it even more delicious!
4. Cinnamon tea
Cinnamon is the super spice of the herbal world. Most people associate cinnamon as a topping for their daily cup of coffee or in baking recipes. But cinnamon is a spice that can also be used on its own to create a medicinal tea that helps in losing weight, regulating blood sugar, lowering cholesterol levels and strengthening the immune system.
Cinnamon tea has a sweet and spicy flavor which is not only delicious but also helps soothe many common ailments. To prepare this tea, simply boil a 2-inch piece of cinnamon stick in 1 cup of water and simmer the concoction for 15 minutes to accentuate the taste even further. Add some honey and sip it while it’s still warm.
Try out this tried and tested cinnamon ginger tea recipe which is a definite cold buster:
Cinnamon ginger tea
- 2 inches of ginger, sliced thinly
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder or 3-inch piece of cinnamon stick
- 3-6 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
- 2 cups water
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 2 heaped tablespoons of raw honey
- In a kettle, boil ginger, cinnamon, and sliced garlic for at least 15 minutes
- Add the lemon juice and honey, 1 tablespoon in each cup
- Pour the brewed tea into the cups. Make sure to strain the solids
- Drink twice a day to get rid of even the most stubborn cold
5. Hibiscus tea
Hibiscus tea is a favorite tea to cool off during the intense summer heat. Not only does it taste extremely refreshing, it also has a large number of antioxidants which make hibiscus a therapeutic herb. According to a research, hibiscus can help lower your blood pressure and keep away hypertension.
It also lowers the bad cholesterol in the body and protects against potential heart diseases and stroke. The hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties of hibiscus tea make it a perfect choice for people suffering from diabetes and blood sugar disorders. It also acts as a natural anti-depressant and its antioxidant properties help the liver function optimally.
Hibiscus tea can be served hot or cold, but most people prefer to drink it cold. Add some honey or sugar to curb the tart flavors. Try this hibiscus iced tea recipe to impress your guests over the next pool party:
Hibiscus iced tea recipe:
- 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 cups cold water
- 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup sugar syrup
- Lime wedges for serving
Put the hibiscus and cinnamon stick in a large jar. Add water. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 to 12 hours or overnight. Add sugar syrup according to taste. Strain and add ice with a dash of lime, if desired.
You can store this iced tea in the fridge for up to one week.
Herbal teas are naturally sugar and caffeine free and come in a variety of sensual flavors. They have been used for their health-promoting effects since centuries and today, even modern science validates their traditional uses.
Whether you are a seasoned tea lover or a novice, don’t be afraid to try out these herbal tea recipes.
Do you have a favorite herbal tea recipe? Share it with our readers in the comments below and encourage them to try it out too!
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