Seven Refreshing Herbal Teas You Should Be Drinking This Summer
Lemongrass Tea: Lemongrass is an excellent source of Vitamin C, folate, antioxidants, potassium and magnesium. The citrusy brew alleviates stress, improves blood circulation, lowers cholesterol and promotes weight loss. Lemongrass tea also beefs up the immune system, treats insomnia and detoxifies organs like liver and kidneys. Both dried or fresh lemongrass can be used to make this tea. Let it steep in boiling water for ten minutes. Add a couple of lemon slices once the tea is ready.
Rooibos Tea: Primarily grown in South Africa, rooibos contains alpha hydroxy acid, antioxidants and minerals like potassium, calcium and manganese. The caffeine-free drink lowers blood pressure, alleviates joint pain, burns belly fat and keeps blood sugar levels in check. It also has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. Rooibos tea leaves are very delicate and should be stored in a cool and dry place. Brew the red tea in boiling water and let it stand for five to ten minutes. Add honey and lemon juice to the cup and enjoy!
Dandelion Tea: Dandelions are packed with antioxidants, vitamins (A, B6, C and K) and minerals such as calcium and iron. Dandelion tea regulates blood sugar levels, aids digestion, fights inflammation and stimulates weight loss. It also acts as a natural diuretic and blood purifier. You can use the plant's roots, stem and flowers to prepare this light tisane. Add chopped dandelions to water and bring it to boil. Steep for five to ten minutes then strain it into a cup.
Chamomile Tea: The medicinal herb is loaded with flavonoids, antioxidants, Vitamin A and minerals (calcium, fluoride, etc.). The golden brew fights insomnia, reduces stress, manages blood sugar levels and relieves menstrual cramps. Like many other herbal teas, it has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties as well. This tisane can also be used topically to treat breakouts and acne scars. Dried chamomile flowers are used to make this soothing brew. Pour boiling water over the flowers and steep for five to eight minutes.
Ginger Root Tea: Ginger is chock-full of nutrients like Vitamin C, potassium, phosphorus and gingerol (a compound with anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties). Ginger tea is a great stress reliever. It also fights free radicals, treats indigestion and facilitates fat burn. Take a piece of ginger root and crush it. Toss it in boiling water and simmer it for 15 minutes. Add some honey and enjoy!
Peppermint Tea: The minty herb is a good source of vitamins A and C, iron, copper, calcium and manganese. Peppermint tea reduces stress, fights sinus, relieves menstrual cramps and helps you sleep better. It also improves focus, boosts digestion and strengthens the immune system. To make this refreshing drink, add peppermint leaves (dried or fresh) to boiling water and let the tea steep for five to seven minutes. Now strain it and add a dash of lemon juice and honey for added flavor. I'm a fan of Two Leaves and a Bud's crisp and aromatic.
Thyme Tea: The aromatic herb boasts of an array of nutrients including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, protein, iron, calcium and magnesium. Thyme tea is known for treating sore throat, bronchitis, colic and arthritis. It also enhances memory and stimulates the production of white blood cells (they defend your body against infectious diseases). To prepare the minty tisane, pour hot water over dried or fresh thyme and peppermint leaves. Steep for 10-15 minutes and strain.