Health and Well-Being Is Your Cup of Tea!
With the start of wet and cold autumn weather, we begin to appreciate hot tea. In this season, a cup of tea is not just a way to quench your thirst and wash down a delicious dessert, but also a way to warm up, boost your immunity, and prevent colds. Teas with warming spices, herbs, berries, honey, and lemon are especially beneficial.
Warming spices include ginger, saffron, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, red and black pepper, turmeric, cumin, etc. They are added to different meals, sauces, and drinks. How can warming spices help your body overcome a common cold? Among their effects are:
- Tension release in joints and muscles
- Increased sweating, toxin removal
- High fever relief
- Alleviation of headache
- Subsiding of edemas
You need to use spices wisely not to overdo them, not to spoil the taste of your food and not to harm your health. Pregnant and breastfeeding women and people with digestive tract conditions need to be especially careful. Spices in large quantities have a tendency to whet your appetite and should be avoided by people trying to lose weight.
Doctors also advise against drinking ginger tea right before leaving the house. It can cause a blood rush to your feet and increase heat loss so that you run a risk of hypothermia. You should not get carried away with spiced drinks late at night because the energy surge they bring may make it more difficult to fall asleep. Breakfast and lunch are the best times for a warming and energizing cup of tea. And right before going to bed you may drink a glass of hot milk with turmeric (half a spoonful of turmeric per glass of milk) or with ginger and cardamom (especially if you have a runny nose and a sore throat).
The most popular among warming and immunity boosting drinks is probably ginger tea. It will help you get over a cold or a flu, it will treat coughing and a runny nose. Its medicinal qualities stem from valuable amino acids and essential oils contained in ginger. Thanks to these substances, ginger tea has a general tonic, expectorative and diaforetic effect. Furthermore, it improves digestion, stimulates blood flow, and helps weight loss.
It is very easy and quick to prepare. All you need is a spoonful of ground ginger, then pour a glass of hot water over it. Let it brew for ten minutes. To enrich the taste and vitamin content of the drink, you can also add a slice of lemon or apple, cinnamon, cardamom, and honey.
Another unusual and very healthy tea is made of hibiscus with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and fresh orange. The red tea has an impact on your blood pressure: it increases it when hot, and decreases it when cold.
Freshly brewed black or green tea can be enriched with autumn berries such as sandthorn, cranberry, and cowberry. This tea will be your treasure chest of vitamins. If you’re very cold and you want to make your tea even hotter, you can add a spoonful of cognac, rum, or herbal liqueur.
The tradition of brewing tea with spices was born in India. Such tea is called the masala tea, literally, spiced tea. There are numerous recipes for such tea but the mandatory ingredients are tea, milk, spices, and a sweetener. The drink you get as a result is energizing and zesty thanks to the spices it contains: cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, fennel, black pepper, cloves, etc. Here’s one recipe for you.
- 1 glass of water
- 1 glass of milk
- 1 teaspoon of black leaf tea
- sugar to taste
- 1.5 cm of ginger root
- 1 teaspoon of the masala mix (ground cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, fennel seeds, black pepper, cloves);
- 2 peppercorns of allspice
Pour water and milk into a pot, bring it to a boil, add sugar and ground ginger. Boil on low heat for three minutes. Add the masala mix and the allspice. Then add black tea, mix it well, and cook for another three minutes. Now your exotic drink is ready!
Even the coldest and gloomiest day will become warmer and brighter with a cup of flavored and healing spiced tea.