HEALTHY TEA-CONCOCTIONS

Cold winter morning and a warm cup of tea…

A hot summer day and a cold ice tea…

Conversations and a cup of tea…

Feeling tired and a refreshing cup of tea…

Tea is such a versatile drink that it can fit into any season/moment of our lives. But term tea is often used as a substitute for caffeine. Even though caffeine is mostly safe if used moderately but too much caffeine intake can also interfere with the normal functioning of the body.

I have always been a tea lover be it warm or cold, and over the years I have learned to add health to my daily dose of caffeine.

The recipes I will be sharing are perfect for vegans and also for people who want to avoid the dreadful refined sugar.

I once read somewhere, “YOU CAN’T BUY HAPPINESS, BUT YOU CAN BUY A CUP OF TEA.” 

WELL !! WHY BUY? When you can make one easily at home.

The recipes below are made of natural ingredients. You can have them either hot or cold as per your preference, and they also taste great without caffeine.

LEMONGRASS TEA

The aromatizing nature of this shrub-like herb is therapeutic. The sweet and lemony scent soothes your nerves and instantly refreshes your mood.

INGREDIENTS

Water – 2 cups {for one cup as the water burns}

Fresh Lemongrass Stalks – 2-3 stalks, cut into smaller pieces {if fresh is unavailable you can also use dried stalks}

Holy Basil leaves – 2  {also, known as TULSI in India}

Ginger – 1-inch shredded

Lemon tea bag – 1 bag

Sweetener – Organic jaggery powder or honey {optional, as per your taste}

METHOD

Pour water into the pan. After the water starts boiling add lemongrass and holy basil to it. Let it cook for 5 mins. Simmer the flame and add ginger to the concoction. Cover the lid and let it remain for another 5 mins. Switch off the flame and let it rest for another 2 mins. Till then prepare the cup by putting a tea bag {optional} in it. Open the lid, strain the hot concoction into the cup. Add your preferred sweetener to it. If you would like it cold, then allow it to cool down and add some ice to it.

ORANGE-CINNAMON TEA

An orangey cin-ful tea rich in vitamin C & A. Orange peel boosts immunity and Cinnamon has inflammatory properties and is beneficial for heart health. Makes a refreshing iced tea for a summer day.

INGREDIENTS

Water – 2 cups  {for one cup as the water burns}

Orange – 1 Peel and Slices separated {remove the pith as might make the tea bitter}

Rolled SriLankan Cinnamon – 1 inch {if Srilankan cinnamon is unavailable then use a regular one}

Earl Grey tea bag – 1 bag

Orange Flavoured Honey or Honey – as per your taste {optional}

Lemon Wedges 2-3

Mint Leaves – few

METHOD

Separate the orange peel and take out juice from the slices. Pour water into the pan. After the water starts boiling add orange peel and cinnamon to it. Simmer the flame and cover the lid and let it remain for 5 mins. Switch off the flame and let it rest for another 2 mins. Till then prepare the cup by putting a tea bag(optional) in it. Open the lid, strain the hot concoction into the cup. Mix orange juice and honey to it. Add lemon wedges and mint leaves for added flavor.  If you would like it cold, then allow it to cool down and add some ice to it.

ROSE AND HOLY BASIL TEA

Rose has numerous benefits. It provides nourishment to hair and skin. It has anti-oxidant properties. Also, it helps to relax the central nervous system.

INGREDIENTS

Water – 2 cups {for one cup as the water burns}

Edible fresh rose petals – 1 Cup {if fresh is unavailable you can also use dried rose petals, 1/2 spoon}

Holy Basil leaves – 3-4 {also, known as TULSI in India}

Cinnamon stick – 1-inch {optional}

Black or Green Tea Bag – 1 bag {optional}

Sweetener – Organic jaggery powder or honey {optional, as per your taste}

METHOD

If using fresh then cut the white tip off the rose petals to avoid making it bitter. Pour water into the pan. After the water starts boiling add rose petals, holy basil, and cinnamon to it. Boil till the rose petals turn dark. Switch off the flame and strain the hot concoction into the cup. Add your preferred tea bag if you like. If you would like it cold, then allow it to cool down and add some ice to it. Garnish with some rose petals.

LEMON AND GINGER TEA

Its also known for its detoxification properties. Helps in respiratory issues. Calms a sore throat and also aids digestion.

INGREDIENTS

Water – 2 cups {for one cup as the water burns}

Ginger – 2-inch shredded

Lemon – half

Mint tea bag – 1 bag {OPTIONAL}

Sweetener – Organic jaggery powder or honey {optional, as per your taste}

METHOD

Pour water into the pan. After the water starts boiling add ginger to it. Let it boil for 5 mins. Cover the lid and let it remain for another 5 mins. Till then prepare the cup by putting a tea bag {optional} in it. Open the lid, pour the hot concoction into the cup along with ginger. Squeeze lemon in it and add your preferred sweetener to it. If you would like it cold, then allow it to cool down and add some ice to it.

YOU CAN MIX MATCH AND EXPERIMENT MORE SUCH TEA CONCOCTIONS. DO LET ME KNOW WHICH ONE DID YOU LIKE THE BEST OR SHARE YOUR FAVOURITE RECIPE IN COMMENTS.

Cheers!

Author: ThePinkSoul

"Aspirations are only realized when conditions are revised."

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