What’s Your Cup of Herbal Tea?

Tisanes or teas made by brewing herbs have been around for thousands of years, with the recorded histories dating back to the ancient Chinese and ancient Egyptian civilizations. Some of the tea recipes have been passed down generations, becoming part of our standard home remedies. Don’t you reach out for ginger tea when troubled by indigestion or chamomile tea on sleepless nights? Some, however, have been lost into oblivion.

But now that there’s a resurge of interest in herbal teas, here are a few pointers for you to make the most of them.

Choose Your Tea by Mood

Lifting your mood was never so easy. There’s a tea out there for every mood of yours. Feeling slow? Choose yerba mate, Siberian ginseng, or rooibos. These are perfect pick-me-ups. Feeling stressed? Choose lemon verbena or passionflower.

Fragrance can be your guide. A tea with a warm, nutty, and strong smell is likely to be a pickmeup. Anything that has a mild flowery smell is better for your hours of sleep and relaxation. Fruity smells are in between. They can relieve stress.

It doesn’t matter whether you have fresh herbs or dried ones. The only thing you need to remember is that for the same strength of tea, you need to use a smaller amount of dried herbs than fresh ones.

Cover the tea while steeping it. Drink your tea hot. A tea that is left exposed for long loses its antioxidants.

Skip sugar in your herbal teas. It could cancel out all the goodness of the antioxidants. You could use honey, but then you should wait for the tea to cool down slightly. A dash of lime might be a better flavoring enhancer.

Choose Your Tea by Weather and Season

Again, go with your mood. You may need more energizing and warming teas during cold or clammy weather. Also look for immune-boosting herbs. Turmeric, holy basil, and Siberian ginseng are good examples.

Hot summers would need you to hydrate more frequently. So choose fruity and flowery teas which have an inviting flavor and cooling effect. You could even infuse your drinking water with cooling herbs and spices like cilantro and fennel seeds.

Stick to a couple of cups a day at the most.