Best Way to Make a Refreshing Cup of Herbal Tea
Tea is well-known for increasing your metabolic rate. It has a lot of antioxidants, which can help you get rid of toxins, strengthen your bones and teeth, and boost your immune system. Tea can help you stay hydrated while also improving your breathing. Tea has been scientifically demonstrated to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Tea contains fewer caffeine molecules than coffee and has no calories, making it an excellent morning coffee substitute.
Here are some suggestions on making the best herbal tea.
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4 cups of water
3 to 4 teaspoon black tea leaves or 3-4 black tea bags
1 inch ginger for a mild taste and 2-inch ginger for a strong taste. it should be peeled washed & then either crushed or grated.
2 to 3 green cardamom - crushed or powdered in a mortar-pestle(optional)
one strand of lemongrass
3 to 4 mint leaves
3 to 4 holy basil leaves
½ to ¾ cup regular milk or soy milk or cashew milk – add more or less as per your taste.
8 teaspoon unrefined organic cane sugar or regular sugar or add more for more sweetness
You can add 4-5 mint leaves instead of cardamom or ginger. On other occasions, you can add ground cinnamon, fennel, nutmeg & cloves to your tea. Vanilla bean could all so be a good option.
In a kettle, add the water, peel the ginger and then crush the ginger and cardamom in the mortar-pestle. This is important otherwise you won't get the flavor of ginger and cardamom in the tea.
Add the lemongrass strand into the tea. I usually cut it into many parts.
Also, add the mint leaves and holy basil leaves to the tea.
Boil this water and herb mixture for a good 7-8 minutes, till the color of the water changes to a mild yellowish hue. This is because the ginger releases its juices & flavors in the water and thus the color of the water changes.
Now add the tea leaves or tea bags and simmer for 2-3 minutes till the water gets a deep hue of red.
Add milk. Simmer the tea for 2-3 minutes if you are using regular milk or soy milk.
If you are using Almond milk or cashew milk, then just stir the cashew milk with tea and remove it from the kettle as otherwise heating further would cause the cashew or almond milk to become slimy and separate.
Strain the herbal tea through a strainer right into the cups.
And if you want to have sugar organic cane sugar or regular sugar would be a perfect option.
Serve the hot herbal tea with snacks like cookies, biscuits, chips or cake.
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Beneficial Health info
Ginger tea is probably most known for its ability to relieve digestive problems, particularly nausea. In the case of morning sickness, one study suggests it may be just as helpful as certain drugs, but with fewer adverse effects. Moreover, it includes essential phytonutrients known as gingerols, which have been found to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and may help support a healthy microbiome when consumed as a tea.
In numerous ways, the cooling effects of menthol in peppermint tea aid to ease an upset stomach. Menthol, for starters, soothes the stomach muscles, which can contract and produce cramping. Menthol's cooling impact can help to improve circulation and reduce stomach discomfort by reducing inflammation.
Peppermint tea, in addition to easing an upset stomach, can help regulate digestion and keep things going smoothly. Peppermint tea distributes gas throughout the body, easing bloating and cramps, according to a study conducted at the University of Exeter.
According to a review of a few research on the weight-loss and obesity advantages of ginger, ginger may help people lose weight through a variety of processes, including hunger management and increased thermogenesis (heat production). Although this study is not particular to ginger tea, it may be good to incorporate ginger tea as part of a healthy diet.
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