unique teas that will make you rethink your morning tea
Something About Tea
Teas can be classified as:
– Herbal Tea
– Flavoured Tea
The types of tea are distinguished on the basis of the plants used to make them. Also you would find sub-categories within the above main categories of tea.
You would be surprised to know that; herbal and flavoured teas are ‘not real teas’, yes you heard it right! They do not contain any part of the tea plant and are made from different types of herbs, spices and flowers infusion, which we popularly know as a ‘tisane’.
Here are some popular and unique herbal and flavoured teas cherry-picked randomly for you:
1.Burdock Root Tea
Burdock root tea is prepared by concocting steeping roots of burdock plant. Since centuries our ancestors have been consuming this tea for various health benefits. This tea has been found to be effective for problems like- flu, fever, high BP, gout, headaches, constipation, indigestion, arthritis and more.
Burdock root tea is loaded with antioxidants like luteolin, phenolic acids and quercetin. Also, it has minerals like phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. And vitamins B1, B2 and B3. For people sensitive to caffeine can drink this tea without any worry.
Though there are no proper scientific evidence confirming health benefits of Dandelion tea, still from centuries we have been drinking it and benefitting from it. Its leaves, stems or roots are brewed to make tea. Some people do it at home, and some buy it from stores. The nutritional content of dandelion tea varies based on the amount and type of plant part people use to make the tea.
A rich source of Vitamin A, Dandelion tea can provide relief from- inflammation, high cholesterol, digestive problems, bloating, diuretic symptoms, liver problems, flu, memory issues, blood impurities and more. It is great for people who want to get away from drinking caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee or reduce it.
Lately you all must have heard the name ‘Chamomile tea’. It is a very famous variety of herbal tea. This tea is made by brewing chamomile flower petals in hot water. The two popular types of Chamomile tea are-
People with sleep disorders, anxiety and related issues have reported to benefit by consuming chamomile tea. It has a calming effect on our nerves. It also has a soothing effect on sore throat and minimizes symptoms of inflammation. People who experience frequent bursts of stress and anxiety are often suggested to drink chamomile tea regularly. It is caffeine-free and you can eve drink it before hitting the bed.
Hibiscus tea is very popular Caribbean brew especially in countries like Central America and western Africa. It known by different names like- Roselle, Flor de Jamaica, sorrel and zobo. Though consumed as iced tea variety, it can be brewed hot too. People who like to consume it the traditional way, brew the loose tea at very high temperature instead of tea bags. Hibiscus tea is rich in various minerals and vitamin C that are key nutrients to enhance our immune system. It also works as natural anti-inflammatory and hypertensive ingredient.
Another great tea to start your day with is ‘Peppermint tea’. It has pleasant flavour and many health benefits. Mainly it is made by brewing leaves of the peppermint or spearmint plant in hot water. It comes in readymade tea bags too in flavours like green tea, fruity and floral. Peppermint tea is very good for people having issue of bad breath and also calms down irritable bowel syndrome.
It helps in reorganizing our digestion by producing digestive juice like bile in our stomach. Menthol, the key ingredient, aids in soothing intestinal and stomach muscles. It would be right to say, it works for our overall health.
We all love tea and coffee, but giving a try to these herbal and different types of teas unlocks undiscovered flavours and benefits which we have not experienced before. You can easily find loose herbal teas or tea bags and its really quick to make them. So happy brewing, enjoy your cuppa of tea!
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