Tea brewed from freshly gathered herbs is an delicious way to harness nature's healing force; something we all need to tap into regularly, whether we are healthy or fighting cancer.
Fresh plants help the process of detoxification and strengthen our immune systems . They are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, essential oils, minerals, enzymes, and chlorophyll.
Herbs are plants that are valued for their medicinal, aromatic, or savory qualities. A tea made from fresh herbs captures between 50 and 90 percent of the effective ingredients of the plant and herbs can be found all over the place, likely in your garden, but if not, at your supermarket or local green grocer. Probably just over the neighbours fence as well...
So let's get brewing!
Combine fresh herbs in a large glass jar and pour boiling hot water on top. Play around with the amount of herbs you like to use. I like my teas quite strong but others do not, so just figure out what works for you. I'm finding this is a hard process to mess up (my favourite kind!) Allow to sit for 5 minutes with a lid on (so you don't release the good stuff with the steam) and then drink up! If you want to drink it cold, let it cool for longer and add ice. It's just that simple!
I like to drink my homemade herbal teas cold on ice and with some fresh lemon or lime squeezed in. They're very refreshing and can take the place holder of a beer or G&T on the deck after an afternoon working in the garden.
Homemade fresh teas are nothing like their teabag relatives and have a surprisingly vibrant and aromatic taste.
Today I combined:
- Peppermint (Aids digestion)
- Lemon Peel
- Ginger (Great anti-inflammitory)
But you could also try:
- Lemon Balm (This plant has been used since medieval times to relax, promote sleep and reduce anxiety and stress)
- Lime Peel
- with/without Ginger
The (super cool) thing about citrus peel in your fresh tea is that it stimulates a mild antihistamine effect, soothing your allergies during the hay fever season. Hooray!!
Don't limit yourself to just these herbs, keep experimenting and share with us in the comments your favourite recipes or teatime discoveries.