Spiced Tea Tonics for a Midsummer’s Cleanse
The summer is sensational with a cornucopia of things to do. Summer is inspirational in trying new things, being free and chasing fireflies. If you don’t have fireflies in your area, it’s probably because they are on a decline. With that said, at least you can dream of them.
As we turn into night owls, roast marshmallows on sticks and lick melted chocolate from on our fingertips, it’s important to squeeze in some respect to our bodies with some healthy options too.
Consequently, there are tons of tea elixirs you can make to help rejuvenate your body. All you need are some spices from your cabinet and a trusty tea infuser.
We’ve outlined some ingredients you’ll likely have on hand, the health benefits, and how you can transform them into tasty tea elixirs using your tea infuser.
Ginger is a fantastic root you should always have on hand for its incredible health benefits. It’s primarily known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which makes this special root an amazing natural remedy for indigestion, nausea, reducing muscle soreness, and relieving joint pain. In addition, ginger aids in the digestion process.
Apart from its anti-inflammatory properties, research suggests ginger might help with lowering blood sugar levels which helps fight heart disease. Ginger might also help fight infections and has shown to significantly reduce the number of harmful oral bacteria which can cause gum problems.
Tummy Soothing Tea Tonic
This is a great tea for settling your stomach, fighting a cold, and detoxing your body. All you need for this tea is fresh ginger, fresh lemon, and honey.
2-3 slices of ginger (increase if you like a bit more spice)
Juice of 1/4 lemon*
1-2 tsp honey
Just put the ginger slices into your tea infuser and put into your tea mug. Pour hot water into the mug and add the lemon juice. Let the tea steep for 5 minutes, then add the honey.
*You can also slice up your quarter lemon and put it in the tea infuser with the ginger.
Turmeric is the new darling of the health food world, and for good reason. Closely related to ginger, turmeric is packed full of antioxidants that are excellent for your body, especially the liver. The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound which gives turmeric its bright, yellow color.
Our bodies don’t make the most of the curcumin. It metabolizes the compound too fast to get the full benefits. To help get the most out of curcumin’s properties, pair it with black pepper. Together, the bioavailability of curcumin increases 1000 times.
Antioxidant Tea Tonic:
2 tsp freshly ground turmeric
2-3 tbsp honey
Juice of 1/4 lemon
Fresh cracked black pepper
Add your ground turmeric and black pepper into your tea infuser. Pour boiling water into the mug and steep for 3-5 minutes, then add the honey and lemon juice.
Cinnamon is another anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-packed spice that has many more benefits. Cinnamon has been proven to help lower LDL, i.e. bad, cholesterol levels, lower blood sugar levels, and improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Because it can help lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, it is considered a powerful spice to help deter diabetes.
Cinnamaldehyde, the main active ingredient in cinnamon, also has antimicrobial properties which can help fight fungal infections in the body.
This tea will give your immune system a quick boost. It’s packed with vitamin C from the oranges, and the cinnamon and honey provide great anti-fungal and antiseptic properties to help fight germs.
1 cinnamon stick
Juice of 1/2 orange
3-4 mint leaves
1 tsp honey
Break your cinnamon stick in half and put it into the tea infuser with the mint leaves. Place the infuser into a mug of boiling water and steep for 3-5 minutes. Add honey and orange juice and stir to combine.
If you don’t love spice, it’s time to start. Cayenne pepper is loaded with vitamin A, which boosts vision, bone growth, and cell division and growth. In addition, cayenne pepper can help increase your metabolism and suppress hunger. The spice of the pepper boosts diet-induced thermogenesis, which is the amount of calories your body burns above your resting metabolic rate to digest food.
1 cinnamon stick
2 dashes cayenne pepper
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1-2 tsp honey (optional)
Add your cinnamon stick (and sliced lemon, if desired) to your tea infuser, and add to a cup of boiling water. Add your cayenne pepper and steep for 3-5 minutes. Add honey if desired.
Create a healthy a midsummer. Don’t stop your spice exploration here. There are tons of other spices with incredible health benefits that can be steeped on their own or added to your favorite teas. All you need is your tea infuser and a bit of imagination!