Is there a better way to kick back and enjoy the summer than with a tall, cool glass of homemade iced tea? (Sure, putting that same glass in your hands on a sandy beach in the Caribbean would kick it up a notch … but baby steps.) Even better, what if I told you there could be more to your tea than just refreshment? By adding some natural flavoring to your beverage, you can literally boost your health and wellbeing with every sip.
Plus … bonus …. June 10 is also National Herbs & Spices Day!
According to WebMD.com, herbs can be a great source of vitamins and minerals … not to mention a great source of yum! (That sounded way funnier in my head, by the way.) Take a look at just a few of the benefits you can reap by drinking a simple cup of tea.
- Basil – anti-inflammatory, regulates blood sugar
- Borage – anti-inflammatory, promotes healthy skin
- Cardamom – anti-inflammatory, eases upset stomach
- Cinnamon – anti-inflammatory, fights infection
- Ginger – anti-inflammatory, aids digestive system
- Lemongrass – anti-inflammatory, regulates cholesterol levels
- Rosemary – anti-inflammatory, increases circulation
- Turmeric – anti-inflammatory, boosts brain health
Notice that every single one of these herbal ingredients serves as a natural anti-inflammatory to help protect your joints, organs and arteries as well as prevent countless diseases including diabetes and cancer. So, what are you waiting for? Try one of the recipes below. Bottoms up!
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Rosey Peach Iced Tea
- 4 tea bags (regular or fruity flavor of your choice)
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 ½ cups canned peaches (in juices, not syrup), fully drained
- 4 sprigs rosemary
- 5 cups water
- Honey (optional)
Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil for ten minutes. Remove from heat and let steep until cooled. Strain to remove spice pieces and fruit then serve over ice with honey (optional).
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Triple Spice Iced Tea
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cardamom pods
- 6 fresh ginger pieces
- 5 cups water
Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil for five minutes. Remove from heat and let steep until cooled. Strain to remove spice pieces and serve over ice with your choice of sweetener.
by Michele Robert Poche