22 May, 2012

Spiced Herbal Tea

This post might seem out of place in this hot weather but if you happen to be allergic like me, this time of the year makes it worse with the increase in pollen grains in the atmosphere. From its calming effects, to its positive digestive benefits and its natural cold plus cough relieving properties, this is a herbal tea that all can benefit from. 


This tea is my saviour, the only drink that makes me say Yay! when I'm down with sore throat or cold. It works instantly and makes me feel good for a few hours after I've had it. The recipe is just basically adding all the herbs I have in my garden with some pepper corns and cumin. To make it tastier, add a squirt of lemon juice and sweeten it with the sweetener of your choice. I prefer mine unsweetned.



Serves 3
Preparation time: 3minutes
Cooking time: 4 minutes

Ingredients I used: 
  • 500ml Water
  • 1tsp Pepper corns
  • 1tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 inch piece of Cinnamon
  • 10-12 Mint leaves
  • 10-12 Holy basil
  • 1 leaf of Lemon Grass
  • 1/2 inch Ginger 
  • Lemon juice to taste (optional)
  • Sweeten to taste (optional)

Procedure:

1. Crush the cinnamon, pepper corns and cumin seeds using a mortar and pestle. Crush or bruise the herbs and ginger.
2. Add the herbs and spices to water in the tea pot and microwave it for 3 minutes on medium power and then 1 minute on high power. You can use stove top to boil the herbs in water, it's just faster in the microwave. 


3. That's it... So simple...Strain it...Sweeten it and add lemon juice now, if using.


Notes:
1. If you are very sick or about to fall ill, use 250ml of water for the given amount of herbs, make a strong decoction and drink it warm in one go. Trust me, you will feel better instantly n all the sneezing will vanish.
2. You can also place all the crushed herbs into a flask and add hot water to it, let it steep for 15 minutes and then keep sipping the warm goodness all day long till you get better.
3. If you cannot handle spiciness of ginger and pepper reduce their amount. 

Health and Nutrition:
  • Peppercorns contain impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. Peppers have been in use since ancient times for its anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-flatulent properties. Black peppercorns contain good amount of minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for cellular respiration and blood cell production. 
  • The essential oils present in cumin act as disinfectants and help fight viral infections which cause common cold. Cumin also does not let cough formation in the respiratory system as it is supposed to be hot and dries up the excess mucus. Cumin is rich in iron and has considerable amount of vitamin-C, which are essential for a good immunity and keeps infections away. One can easily compare the vitamin B complex capsule with cumin seeds due to its magical healing properties. Just like B complex capsule, cumin does not only help in treating digestion related problems but also induces good sleep. Remember that cumin seeds can help you greatly by treating insomnia and restlessness. It provides soothing effects to your mind which leads to sound and restful sleep.
  • Ginger has enjoyed the status of being the traditional medicine for the treatment of cough, cold and congestion in the fields of ayurveda and naturopathy. The extracts of ginger namely the ginger beer and the ginger ale are used as stomach settlers for generations in many countries due to their properties of being good analgesics and sedatives - a ginger benefit.
  • Mint has sedative, disinfectant and cicatrizing properties. It can be successfully used in gastro-intestinal disorders; it helps the liver and calms indigestion. It contains menthol, menthone, menthofuran, a-pinene, limonene, cardinene, acetic aldehide, isovaleriana, vitamin C and antibiotic substances.  It is recommended in cases of asthma, bronchitis and the flu because of its antispasmodic and sedative properties. Sinusitis can be treated with mint also, because menthol is a vasodilatator of the nasal mucous membrane. It can be used as an inhalation in small amounts as well as for chest massages.
  • The tulsi/ holy basil have many medicinal properties. The leaves are a nerve tonic and also sharpen memory. They promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The leaves strengthen the stomach and induce copious perspiration. Holy Basil has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of a variety of serious allergic, inflammatory and infectious disorders affecting the lungs and related tissues. Generally supports healthy pulmonary function.
  • Lemon grass is rich in a substance called citral, the active ingredient in lemon peel. This substance is said to aid in digestion as well as relieve spasms, muscle cramps, rheumatism and headaches. In a study that was conducted it has shown that every 100g of edible lemon grass, when boiled can contain up to 24.205 micrograms of beta-carotene the powerful anti-oxidant that scientist believe can help prevent cancer.
  • Cinnamon is used for colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menstrual periods. It's also believed to improve energy, vitality, and circulation and be particularly useful for people who tend to feel hot in their upper body but have cold feet in traditional Chinese medicine. In Ayurveda, cinnamon is used as a remedy for diabetes, indigestion and colds, and it is often recommended for people with the kapha Ayurvedic type.  
 EP Series Herbs and Spices event started by Erivum Puliyum



     

35 comments:

  1. Beautiful clicks and tea..Lovely..

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  2. Lovely clicks and very healthy tea.. :)

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  3. Very healthy one and love those beautiful cups, awesome clicks..

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  4. I love herbs in everything! and so this makes me feel even better. what wonderful pictures. beautiful post :)

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  5. Wish to have this spiced herbal tea rite now, very healthy and definitely flavourful.

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    1. Yes you should make some n enjoy it :)

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  6. wow,awesome tea..perfect for all ailments!!
    Please link this to my Event EP series,link is below..

    Join me(Erivum Puliyum)
    in the following ongoing events-
    Show me Your HITS -Iron Rich Foods
    EP Series-Ginger or Pepper Corns

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    1. Thanks Julie... I linked it to the event. Thanks for reminding me :)

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  7. wow!!nice herbal tea..really spiced:)loved the ingredients in it,so flavourful and healthy..never tried adding cumin in my herbal tea..next time will try for sure.
    nice recipe,informative post and beautiful clicks..thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Thanks a ton Maayeka... You should totally try cumin, it is an awesome spice for our health.

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  8. Nice herbal tea .Thanks for sharing

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  9. Though its so hot here, I would still love to have a cup of refreshing tea :) Clicks are fabulous dear :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Shobha... just add extra mint and reduce the peppers it will be good for a hot afternoon. :)

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  10. Since you mentioned about Tulsi tea, where do you get yours? I got my tulsi from Mercol tulsi tea, how about you guys?

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    1. All the herbs mentioned in the post are fresh and straight from my garden. i can't imagine buying Tulsi, I always have it grwoing around me. :)

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  11. Thanks for your comments on my space Anisha (http://megdeliciousadventures.blogspot.in/) . Following you now...would be glad if you could follow me back. Thanks

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    1. Most welcome dear. i'm already following you dear :)

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  12. Have to tell you one more thing, your face resembles one of my close friends. http://megdeliciousadventures.blogspot.in/

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    1. Oh so your close friend is one of the seven people who look like me... i would sooo love to see some who looks like me... :)

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  13. never tried this but looks really comforting for sore throats. love your presentation.

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    1. Thanks Sayantani... It is really great for sore throats!

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  14. Really very Beautiful Herbal Tea..
    Lovely.

    Thank you for sharing.

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  15. wooooh....wat a fantastic post..hats off dear..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  16. healthy drink looks wonderful

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  17. I'm going to try this today! Perfect tea for sore throat. Thanks for sharing. Nice presentation.

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