What could be more satisfying than a cup of homemade tea? It is a perennial favorite that was first drunk in China over four millennia ago.
Over time, tea consumption moved to India and all parts of Europe. Many countries created their own unique tea culture.
According to reports, over fifty percent of Americans enjoy this venerable drink every day. Tea can be served hot or cold. Iced tea is very popular in the south of the United States.
1. Luscious Lemon Tea
Lemon is one of the favorite addition to herbal tea. It has a refreshing zing that provides Vitamin C and other beneficial vitamins. Try a sip of this lemony tea when you wake up in the morning:
- ¼ cup lemon balm
- ¾ cup lemon grass
- 1 ½ teaspoons of natural sweetener of your choice
Mix the ingredients in a glass container with a lid. For every cup of tea, add a teaspoon to your tea strainer. Pour in hot water and let the tea steep for up to ten minutes.
You can add a sweetener or honey as desired.
2. Pop of Peppermint Tea
As a renowned part of the mint family, peppermint has been used for generations to soothe heartburns and respiratory problems. Enjoy it as a hot beverage or a peppy iced version:
- 1 tsp of dried peppermint leaves or ¾ tsp fresh leaves
- sugar- 1 tsp
- water – 1 cup
Put one serving of peppermint in your tea strainer for each cup of tea you want. Steep leaves in hot water from 5-10 minutes. You can drink it unsweetened or add sugar, stevia, or any natural sweeteners.
3. Soothing Lavender Tea
Ancient cultures prized lavender for its intoxicating scent and its ability to calm the digestive system, to bring restful sleep, and to relieve depression. When it is used a tea, its tiny flowers give the water a pleasant bluish-purple color:
- 2 tsp fresh or 2/3 tsp dried organic lavender
- ¼ cup fresh or dried mint of your choice
- 3 cups hot water
Combine mint and lavender in a teapot and let it steep for at least 5 minutes. Using a tea strainer, pour tea into cups and add fresh lemon, honey, or other sweeteners.
4. Russian Star Tea
Like the British and several Asian countries, Russia has its own flair for serving tea. They fill their samovars with deep black tea, hearty spices, and citrus juices. Try this homemade tea this winter.
- 1 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
- ½ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 tsp cloves, or three star anise
- Small cinnamon stick for each cup
- ½ cup loose or 4 teabags of your favorite black tea
- 4 cups of hot water
Bring water to a gentle boil and add all the ingredients (except cinnamon stick) to a tea strainer. Let it steep for at least 10 minutes.
Strain the tea into 4 teacups and add the cinnamon stick and lemon slice. Sweeten with honey as desired.