Homemade Teas and coffee are the things that nobody denies. Everyone loves them. I know there is a club division or team coffee and team tea, but nonetheless coffee is just coffee..a very restricted flavour. But on the other hand, you can experiment with so many different types of teas. Homemade teas are the best because it is so easy to make, it has numerous health benefits, its refreshing and works on different types of body controls and very important it is subjected to what is grown in your garden.
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Homemade teas don’t fit in one bubble. You can make teas with fresh leaves, you can make homemade teas with flowers, with roots, with stems, with herbs, with spices, with fruits and also with nuts and seeds..that how versatile the art of making homemade teas is. Usually, tea making is very simple where the general pattern of crafting a tea goes with the basic simple ingredient boiling in water with the combination of other elements that you want to add it to your homemade teas. Takes a bit of infusion and voila…its ready to serve. This is like a general method to make tea. Hot or cold any-which ways you like it.
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We spend a lot of going out here and there hunting for the best teas and best combination of spices to make the perfect tea. But what is most important it lives your life in a simple natural manner. So why not make something from your kitchen or your garden to work towards sustainability and zero waste.
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Why not just grow your own homemade teas of your own choice according to your geographic location. Just do experiments with the numerous options of the flavours of tea around and give yourself a chance to avoid all unethically sourced boxes of tea that even doesn’t belong to your surroundings. Let’s just dive into the world of homemade teas.
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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HOMEMADE TEA
Along with kicking up your taste buds, homemade teas can be very beneficial in so many ways. Below are SOME of the many benefits of homemade teas which is a natural source of many reinforcements in the human body. Just read through.
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It soothes and relax you
It give you better sleep
It is loaded with antioxidents
Enhances heart health
It protect the bones
Increases the immunity
It is mostly calorie free
It is caffeine free
Reduce Risk of diabetics
Improve skin health
Make the digestion better
Cut your body fat
Warm your body
Fight with viruses
Calms you down.
Increase body part’s health
Avoids bloating and gastrointestinal issues
It’s completely environmental friendly
Vegan and plant based
Easy and quick to make
It’s an excellent gift
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HOW YOU CAN EASILY MAKE HOMEMADE TEAS
It’s so simple to make homemade teas because it generally goes with the infusion of the choice of herb or plant you need in your tea. So first up is :
STEP 1 – Choose the herb/ root/ flower/leaves/stem/fruit you want your tea to be.
STEP 2 – Boil the water and throw in your choice of tea
STEP 3 – infuse it for 15mins/ 2 hours/ overnight depending on what kind of tea you are making
STEP 4 – pour it in and adjust your flavors
STEP 5 – add additional sweeteners, nuts, seeds, lemons and any other garnishing of your choice
STEP 6 – serve hot or cold.
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This is a general pattern of how the homemade teas are made except few exquisites recipes that require other methodology.
TYPES OF HOMEMADE TEAS
1 . Lemon balm tea
Lemon balm is a plant that is from mint family but of course not mint. It’s like a combination of lemony flavour and tint of lemon.
How to make – chop the lemon balm leaves and side by side heat water in the stove until it starts boiling. Pit the leaves and let it sit for 10 minutes at least to infuse. Serve with honey and drink warm
Benefits – it is naturally antibacterial, treat diabetics, anxiety, treats insomnia, fights cancer treats constipation.
2 . Rose hip tea
Rose hips are the type of berries that are red or orange berries on the bush and they have hair at the bottom. It is highly nutritional which is high in vitamin C, A and E.
How to make – place your rose hips (crushed, whole or mashed, crumbled, dried) in the pot of boiling water. Also, put a stick of cinnamon…boil and rest for 10-15 minutes to infuse. Add sugar or honey for sweetness; totally optional. Enjoy and serve hot these homemade teas with cookies.
Benefits – Rosehip tea helps in weight loss, it is an antioxidant, boosts the immune system, reduces heart disease, inflammation.
3 . Fennel seed tea
The fennel seeds are the dried pale yellowish greenish seeds that you see in your kitchen shelf. Looks like cumin but is bit greener in colour. It is an aromatic herb which is slightly sweet in the aroma. It’s widely used in Persian and Indian cuisine. It is also a part of Chinese five-spice powder and used in many sausages for seasoning.
How to make – boil the dried fennel seeds in water for 10 minutes and then just leave it for 15 minutes to infuse. Since fennel is naturally sweet, the addition of artificial sweetener can be avoided. One of the easy homemade teas.
Benefits – It is very effective in digestion, help smoothen muscles of the gastrointestinal system, relax and reduce gas, bloating and stomach cramps.
4 . Raspberry leaf tea
Everyone knows what is raspberry, but do you know that the leaves of raspberry are so good for our well being. Raspberry leaves are dried and crushed and pretty much look like any other leaf tea with no taste similar to the raspberry but it is one of the super awesome homemade teas.
How to make – pluck in some leaves of the raspberry plant and dry and crush it. Boil in some water and infuse the leaves for 15-20 minutes. Add in some cinnamon and lemon juice for best taste.
Raspberry fruit tea – take some of the leftover raspberries and mash them to make pulp; take a saucepan and add water, sugar and the raspberry pulp. Strain it to make a fine syrup. On the other hand, boil water and add some tea to it. After it’s done and strained, add in the raspberry syrup. Serve hot or iced.
Benefits – it is full of nutrients very high antioxidants, prevention of nausea, improvise hormones and is really helpful to expecting mothers, fight cold and flu, fertility issues and inflammation.
5 . Lemongrass tea
Lemongrass can be easily grown in your garden or as a potted plant. It needs only sun, too much water and natural soil. It has a citrusy refreshing taste that is not sour but mild and sweet. It is widely used in South-East Asian cuisine.
How to make – take some lemongrass and cut it in small sizes, after doing then tap them to crush or open it a but, boil some water and throw the grass and boil for 15-20 minutes. Leave it overnight and drink it hot or cold. Dilute it with water to adjust the flavours. This homemade tea is one of the best teas in the world.
Benefits – its great for digestion, it is antioxidants, optimizes high blood pressure, enhances the skin, beats the flue and relieves in period pain. Also burns fats and increase metabolism.
6 . Fresh mint tea/ peppermint tea
Mint is so much popular all across the world. It is a herb that grows with other herbs. Green refreshing and a very particular flavour that makes you fresh instantly. Mint can be grown in your small kitchen garden and its an evergreen plant.
How to make – just pluck in some mint leaves and pat it a bit to open a bit. Just pour in some hot water and let it sit for 10 minutes..serve hot.
Benefits – fresh mint tea makes you stress-free, relieves in anxiety, gives you nice sleep, great in weight loss, improves digestion boost stomach health and fights bad breath. It also helps in building your immune system.
7 . Ginseng tea
Ginseng is a very popular and beneficial herb mostly in the parts of China. An earthy brown rooty plant. It is also referred to as the young ginger but actually it’s not. It has it’s own properties and looks like long ginger with threads or hair attached to it.
How to make – ginseng tea can be made with both dry powder and fresh ginseng. Just boil in water and put ginseng in to. Boil in for 15 minutes and leave it to infuse.drink hot and also along with your main course food. It helps a lot with food digestion. This is the most drinking homemade teas in the world.
Benefits – it is packed with antioxidants, reduces inflammation, benefits in impotency and erectile dysfunction, boost the immunity, increases brain productivity, fights cancer, and tiredness. Increases the energy levels and lowers your blood sugar.
9 . Oolong tea
Oolong is like a green or black tea but the process is different than the usual tea plant. The leaves are withered and are sun-dried and the process of oxidation is implemented on the leaves. It is supremely popular in south china and in South East Asian Chinese settlements.
How to make – as usual very simple to make under homemade teas categories ..boil in some dried oolong leaves in water, leave it for 10-15 minutes to infuses. Sometimes overnight. Serve hot or cold or as a herbal tea with your food.
Benefits – Oolong tea is great for dental health, brain, bones and heart. Helps in fighting the diabetics and fight certain types of cancer. Also, in addition, it boosts the metabolism. Also, it is 4 times more helpful in weight management than usual green tea.
10 . Chrysanthemum tea
This has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicines. Chrysanthemum flowers are very popular in East Asia and China. They are the bright colour varieties of flowers and are in various gorgeous colours and can be easily grown in your garden
How to make – put the tea in hot boiling water and make it sit for half an hour..after the infusion..drink the tea hot..this is very flavoursome so you can refill it with water again and again and drink the same.
Benefits – it treats respiratory problems, high blood pressure, reduces inflammation and very good for your nervous system.
11 . Barley tea
Barley is a cereal grown in a temperate climate and is a very old plant grown from a grass family. That is the reason it is used in malting in traditional and ancient techniques. It’s has a toasty or burned or roasted flavour and a widely popular drink in japan Korea and Taiwan. Also china.
How to make – this homemade tea is calming and soothing drink can be made firstly by roasting the grains of the barley and then infusing it in water.
Benefits – it is full of antioxidants and is naturally anti-bacterial. High in fibre and vitamins and minerals. It also fights with cell damages and works like one balanced natural energy drink.
12 . Ginger tea
Ginger is a very well known root that is extensively used in almost all the cuisines in the world especially Asian cuisines. Ginger is an earth root that grows throughout the year and also the leaves of the ginger has been a great resource to cook rice and many different delicacies in Thai and South-East Asian cuisines
How to make – boil in some ginger with water for 10 minutes. Add in some honey and lemon juice. Serve hot or cold. You can also add some lemon peels to get that extra punch of flavours.
Benefits – relieves nausea, improves stomach health, respiratory problems, relieves stress and builds your immunity. It’s great for the blood circulation of your body.
13 . Turmeric tea/latte
Turmeric is a yellow root that is widely used in curries, natural cosmetics, spa treatments and beauty products and also beverage. Very popular in Asian cuisine and it is an integral part of spice rack in the Indian cooking, the word curry is incomplete without the use of turmeric. A lot of people drink turmeric latte at night to calm and relax their bodies.
How to make – just boil in some milk and add a teaspoon of turmeric along with cloves and cards on. Add in some sugar or jaggery. Boil for another 5-10 minutes and serve hot.
Benefits – this homemade teas is always so great to strengthen your immune system, fights viruses and bacteria, antioxidants, antiseptic, warms your body , fight cold , treat cancer and arthritis, make the bowel movement better and treat Alzheimer’s disease.
14 . Spiced chai / black tea
Masala/ Spiced tea is a household item in every Indian and neighbouring county including Iran and Afghanistan. It’s a delicacy and not just made with any leaf but it is a combination of ingredients like spices, milk and black tea. Black tea is the final processing of tea leaves after withering and oxidization which makes it black in colour. Very popular drink which cant be avoided if you are visiting someone in Indian households.
How to make – boil in some water and add powdered cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon and black pepper. Boil in for some time and add tea sugar and milk. Boil it for another 5 minutes and serve hot.
Benefits – it reduces inflammation, boosts energy, prevents cancer, great to feel refreshed and energized, increases immunity, helps in digestion and is full of antioxidants. Also, it is supremely rich in flavour so that makes it a great beverage to serve with food.
15 . Basil tea
Basil is also called Thai basil, sweet basil, or great basil. It’s a great culinary herb and is grown extensively in Africa and South-East Asia. Very delicate plant basil is so popular in Thai and Italian cuisines and many other cuisines of the world.
How to make – just take water and add in dried basil seeds or fresh basil in water and leave it to boil for some time. Infuse it for half an hour and drink by adding a pinch of cinnamon and honey. Great drink and one of my fav homemade teas.
Benefits – basil helps in managing stress, inflammation and a great anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. It also helps in cold and arthritis.
16 . Passion flower tea
Passionflower is a climbing plant that is grown in the United States of America and South America. Passionflower is used in a lot of medication industry. A very beautiful purple flower can easily come under the most beautiful flowers in the world.
How to make – Steep dried Passionflower in hot water for 6-8 minutes. Steep for 10-15 minutes for a stronger tea. Add in some honey if you like your tea sweet.
Benefits – it relives insomnia and anxiety. Very helpful in increasing and making your brain health better. Helps your relax and make your sleep better.
17 . Rooibos tea
Rooibos is a bush that is red in colour and is extensively grown in South Africa. Mostly used in making the tea and that is why the tea has many names like bush tea, red tea, rooibos and red bush tea.
How to make – Put rooibos tea into a teapot and add hot water. Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes. Strain and pour hot tea into a teacup.
Benefits – rooibos tea is very good for anti-ageing, weight management, controls the sugar level, improves working of heart, high in antioxidants.
18 . Chamomile tea
Everyone know chamomile flowers. They are the daisy-like gorgeous flowers and are used in much medicinal and beauty and tea industry. Generally white in colour with feather leaves chamomile flowers are grown extensively mostly everywhere.
How to make – seep in some chamomile flowers and mint in the hot water teapot. Let it sit for another 10-15 minutes. Strain and serve hot.
Benefits – it boosts immunities, treats cold, used in homemade beauty products, fragrances, treats pain in stomach and is a great antiseptic to relief in cut wounds and muscle cramps. It also helps in treating insomnia. Lightens and brightens the skin.
19 . Green tea
Green tea is the plant known as camellia Sinensis in which the leaves are plucked and undergo withering and oxidation just like black tea and oolong tea. Actually these three teas are made from the same plant but just that the stage by which these are packed makes them taste and look different. Black tea is the last timeline of the tea plant and green tea being the first. Oolong tea and black tea also include buds other than leaves. Green tea originated in China but now used and grown extensively in East Asia.
How to make – just sock the green tea in water and let it infuse. Drink hot.
Benefits – green tea helps in diabetes, cardio diseases, dental health, high in antioxidants, very good for skin and hair, great in the functioning of the brain and is very helpful in cutting down fat. It has biochemicals so is great for brain health.
20 . Gojiberry tea
Gojiberry is also called wolfberry is a beautiful plant that needs very less water. The bright red orangish berries have a sour flavour. There is no doubt that we can call the goji berries a superfood.
How to make – this homemade tea require fresh goji berries and wash them with clean water. Boil the berries in water for 10 minutes and sit it for 1-2 hours to infuse. Add in some ginger or mint to add extra flavour. Drink hot.
Benefits – It boosts immunity, brain function, prevent from cancer, makes you live longer and is very high on vitamin C, B and amino acids. It is also very good for the heart. Healthy skin and stable blood sugar are also some of the many benefits of goji berries.
21 . Hibiscus tea
Hibiscus is a gorgeous flower that is grown in the garden. The flower is beautiful deep red or crimson magenta in colour. It comes in wide verities of colour and shades.
How to make – take some fresh flower leaves of the flower and boil it in water for 10 minutes. Let is sit down for 10 more minutes for infusion and serve with honey and lime juice. Serve hot or iced cold.
Benefits – again packed with antioxidants, lowers the fats levels, very helpfully in weight loss, prevent cancer, fight bacterial growth, lowers the blood pressure and improves liver functionality.
22 . Sage tea
Sage is an excellent herb and used in many different cuisines in the world. It is from the mint family
HOW TO MAKE – Boil the water, put sage leaves, lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar or honey. Let it sit for 15-20 min tire, to say the least. Strain and serve hot or cold.
BENEFITS – this homemade tea is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. It may promote skin, oral, and brain health, as well as decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, among other benefits
23 . Echinacea tea
Echinacea is a gorgeous flower which is pink and purple in colour. Also, know as coneflowers. Mostly grown in North America and Europe, echinacea is from the family of sunflowers and lilies.
How to make – just place the leaves, stem and flower to boil. Once it’s boiled make it sit for at least 2 hours to infuse in the water. Mix it honey or sugar or any added flavour that you like cinnamon, cloves, mint, lemongrass etc.
Benefits – fights for colds, flu, alleviate pain, prevent cancer, improve mental health, and relieve skin problems.
24 . Kahwa tea
Kahwa is an exotic Homemade teas used in drinking in the central part of Asia including northern India. It’s a combination of nuts, whole spices and tea leaves boiled with the help of coal.
How to make – in this homemade teas you need to boil cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, rose petals for sometime in coal and then keep it to infuse . Add green tea and saffron. Strain it and garnish with almonds and saffron strands.
Benefits – help you fight the cold, burns fats, builds immunity, energy booster and improves skin health.
25 . Dandelions
Dandelions are the beautiful yellow coloured flowers that are grown in your garden. The yellow flowers are composed of many small petals to make one the big flower.
How to make – Dandelion tea is super easy to make. Just pluck in some fresh dandelions from your garden. Clean them up. After cleaning boil the flowers with twice the amount of water. For example, 1 cup of dandelion will be mixed with 2 cups of water and bring the water to boil. Once the water is boiled, infuse the tea overnight and have it the next morning. Add water if you think the flavour is too strong.
Benefits – its amazing for the digestion, detoxifying the liver, help fight diabetics, cancer and urinary infections.
HELP YOURSELF HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
So basically its high time that we all gradually make a shift towards our zero-waste lifestyle.
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Making our own homemade teas is also one of the small but rather big steps on eco-lifestyle. Simple natural life works the best for everyone because that’s where we belong to. We are part of nature and inculcating natural things in our lifestyle makes a lot of difference is our well being. So is homemade teas. It’s a great choice to treasure the beautiful available resources without relying on highly resource depleting supermarket products packed with preservatives and numerous other non-sustainable factors.