There’s always time for tea. Five thousand years ago in China, herbal teas were specially blended from plants that exhibited medicinal properties. And today, tea can still be used to maintain health and prevent illness.
Journey with us as we guide you through using tea as a therapy, we highly recommend sipping on a relaxing blend for this.
1. The Immune Booster
LEMON HONEY AND GINGER ROOIBOS TEA
Rooibos has also been cited as helpful in lowering blood pressure and relaxing tense muscles. Unlike green or black tea, rooibos does not contain any caffeine, so it won’t have the same stimulating effects. This makes it safe to drink well into the evening.
Ingredients: Rooibos, honey, ginger, and lemon slice
How to: Combine selected rooibos tea, either leaves or a bag with boiling water. Add a teaspoon of honey and a slice or two of lemon and ginger to give this cuppa an extra punch of immune boosting flavonoids. This is perfect for defending your immune system against the onset of winter flu symptoms. For added benefit leave the bag in to serve up a strong brew.
TURMERIC TEA (also known as golden milk or a turmeric latte)
Ingredients: A teaspoon of tumeric, 4 cups of water, honey.
How to: Bring the water to a boil. Add the ground turmeric and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup; add honey and/or lemon to taste. Add half a cup of coconut milk you’d like it to be creamier.
3. Away with the BRRR! Warming Tea for Cold Hands and Feet
This is specifically for those chilly winter days on which you simply can’t find your own internal thermostat. Instead of freezing all day sip on three cups of the following a day.
CINNAMON & GLOVES TEA
Ingredients: Cinnamon sticks, cloves.
How to: Use any of your favourite tea leaves, add two cinnamon sticks and one teaspoon of cloves into three cups of water. Boil for 15 minutes and then strain.
4. Stress relief
Mindfulness and relaxation help with mental wellness, coupled with a hot cup of perfectly brewed jasmine tea.
Ingredients: Jasmine tea leaves and hot water
How to: Select jasmine tea loose-leaf or pearls. For loose-leaf teas, use 1 heaping teaspoon for every cup of water. Since jasmine tea is delicate, it is more sensitive to water temperatures. Aim to heat your water to roughly 70 degrees C. Jasmine scented tea should steep for 2 to 4 minutes depending on desired strength. If you find that your jasmine tea is too bitter, try using fewer leaves or brewing for a shorter amount of time. We recommend steeping for 2 minutes initially and testing the flavour every 30 seconds to suit your taste preferences.
5. Midafternoon pick me up
The next time you need a pick-me-up, instead of reaching for harsh stimulants like coffee, try the potent yet gentle energizers in your spice rack. Studies have found that compounds in everyday herbs and spices can increase mental function and physical vitality.
Ingredients: All these herbs and spices contain volatile oils that stimulate your senses and increase alertness: dill, oregano, cilantro, rosemary, sage, bay, peppermint, ginger, garlic, parsley, cinnamon, onion, chives, garlic and leek.
How to: Make a tea from any combo!
6. Metabolize booster
Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet.
Ingredients: Selected green tea of your choice.
How to: Add one teaspoon of green tea leaves to a strainer/sieve and keep aside. Now, take a stainless-steel pot/pan and boil the water. Now, place the sieve/ strainer over the cup or mug. Next, pour the hot water into the cup and let the tea steep for 3 minutes.
7. Nausea beater
Ingredients: Peppermint tea bags or peppermint leaves
How to: Make your own fresh cup by steeping 10–15 crushed peppermint leaves in 1 cup (240 ml) of hot water for 10–15 minutes.
8. The Night Cap
This magical cuppa will entice the sandman to sprinkle his magic sleeping dust upon you before the kettle has finished boiling.
Ingredients: A few cardamom seeds, 3 cloves, 4 peppercorns, 1 cinnamon stick, fresh ginger, 2 cups of milk, 2 cups of water, 2 bags of black tea, honey.
How to: Put all the ingredients except the milk and honey into the pan. Bring to the boil. Add the milk and boil for a few more minutes. Put the honey in your cups and strain the mixture in. Stir and enjoy.
All teas are derived from the Camellia sinensis plant which contain unique antioxidants called flavonoids. The most potent of these is known as ECGC. The healing properties are endless, including the soothing of digestive issues such as stomach pain, bloating, discomfort, and aiding in the fight against cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries. Most teas are easy to make at home using store-bought tea bags or fresh or dried herbs. It’s not just about the kind of tea, it’s the soothing ritual of sipping on a hot brew at a certain time of the day that is so comforting and therapeutic.
That said, it’s time for tea.
Date Published: 15 June 2021