Tea is a morning ritual for many to kickstart their day. Add a few herbs from your own kitchen and make it healthier.
Herbal tea is the decoction of herbs — dried fruits, flowers, spices, and plants. A handful of fresh herbs is all you need to get some nature’s healing force in our body and feel the Mother Earth. Fresh herbs have the potential to treat common problems like cold, stomach ailments, and help enhance the immune system along with detoxification. They are loaded with multiple nutrients and vitamins that can help in the body functioning.
Herbal teas have come a long way and have been around since times immemorial. Now it may be used as fancy, but they are quite common in Indian families. The art of preserving and making homemade products is quite prevalent in India, our elders love using home remedies for every small thing. Our kitchens have a plethora of ingredients that can be used to make a refreshing herbal tea. Some of the natural herbs found in our balcony are mint, holy basil (tulsi), lemongrass, coriander, parsley, etc. If combined with the kitchen spices, a rich aromatic brew can soothe your soul.
Here are a few tea blends to stay healthy.
1. Ginger tea: Add a small piece of grated ginger, a stick of licorice (mulethi), broken into pieces and three to four crushed cloves, and a couple of mint leaves to a pan of boiling water (a glass). Simmer for five to seven minutes to let the flavor infuse in it. Now strain and consume warm. A hot cup of it can manage problems like bloating, indigestion, enhanced sugar levels, etc.
2. Lemongrass tea: Add a glass of water to a pan; once it starts boiling, add few leaves of lemongrass, dried or fresh, three to four basil leaves and a couple of crushed star anise, (optional). Let it simmer for eight to 10 minutes. Cover and let it soak the flavor. Lemongrass is packed with various medicinal properties and helps treat common flu. This tea can help you reduce weight, relieve stress, remove toxins, and keep you fresh throughout the day.
3. Cinnamon tea: Add a small cinnamon stick to a pot of boiling water (a glass) along with nutmeg (jayaphal) and a spoon of pure honey. Keep it on low flame and let the flavors steep for eight to10 minutes. Strain and enjoy. This powerful beverage is commonly prepared, and highly antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation, and blood sugar levels, improve heart health, and helps in shedding the extra pounds.
4. Turmeric tea: Boil a glass of water in a pan, add a sprig of curry leaves, small pieces of fresh turmeric, grated, and two to three crushed cloves. Let it extract the flavor for eight to 10 minutes. Now you can strain and serve. It is antiseptic, helps purifying the blood, and relaxes muscles. It keeps the body warm, hence good to be consumed in winters.
The method remains the same for most herbal teas, just the ingredients change. The above method is for one serving. You may alter as per your requirement and enjoy your hot sip.
By Deepali Verma, RoundGlass Thali