Tea has become more popular in recent years and now it a popular drink for almost anyone. Part of tea’s resurgence as a popular drink is because of its health benefits – both physical and emotional. With winter coming, tea season is once again at hand. If you enjoy tea or would like to use it for wellness, this is a great time to collect some new recipes in preparation for winter.
What Benefits Does Tea Have?
Some people point out Green tea to be the reason for the current tea craze. Green tea has energy boosting and weight loss properties and is also very healthful. However, Green tea certainly isn’t the only tea, nor are its benefits the only positive benefits to drinking tea. First of all, what is behind tea’s health benefits? Research has shown it is high in polyphenols and phytochemicals. These antioxidants are super good for the body: helping the body ward off infection, slowing the breakdown of cells, and growing new cells are just some of the processes antioxidants purportedly do. Curious what tea could do for you?
Just check out this list of potential health benefits.
• Tea can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack.
• Some of the most common cancers may be prevented by tea.
• High in oxygen radical absorbance capacity, tea helps fight free radicals, which break down DNA and are a big part of aging.
• Despite the caffeine, tea is still hydrating to the body.
• Green tea has also been linked to improved bone density in addition to its energy boosting and metabolism enhancing properties.
• Tea has also been linked to the prevention or slowing of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s because its polyphenols may help keep healthy the part of the brain related to memory.
Tea is Fun
In addition to all the health benefits, creating tea recipes and trying new flavors of tea can actually be a great deal of fun. One great way to have fun with tea is to visit a tea specialty shop or tea room. These types of places will often let you sample many different kinds of tea before deciding what to order or buy. Who doesn’t enjoy taste-testing? Likewise, there are many different recipes and flavors for making tea. Collect a few from a cook book or the internet and try a few. You might discover a new favorite. Likewise, it may just keep you healthier and happier this winter.
Power Teas for Winter
Of course, no blog post about teas to try this winter would be complete without a few excellent recipes. Generally wintertime teas should offer good protection for the immune system since colds and flus are common at this time of year. Likewise, they should be rich and flavorful to take the chill away.
Cold Care Tea
Cold Care Tea contains all the elements one needs to deal with a nasty cold. You can make this tea by placing a pinch each of Calendula flowers, Sage leaves, Hibiscus flowers, and Elderflowers into a glass jar. Boil water and then pour it into the jar and put on the lid allowing your tea to steep for eight to ten minutes, and it will be ready to drink. Putting in a little honey will add sweetness.
Respiratory Support Tea
Even when one is healthy, the winter weather can really take a toll on the respiratory system. Try this tea to help keep your respiratory tract in full function and ward off sore throats, pneumonia, and colds. It can also really help with congestion or breathing troubles. This tea is also really good for those with asthma who suffer during the winter months. You’ll need 1 part Marshmallow root, 1 part Osha root, 1 part Mullein, 1 part Coltsfoot leaves or flowers, 1 part lemon balm, and 2 parts Rose hips. Add two to three cups of water together with the Osha and Marshmallow route and bring to a boil. Simmer these two ingredients for ten minutes before adding the rest and then allow it to steep eight to ten minutes more.
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