Teas and tisanes are wonderful ways to add meaningful nutrients to your everyday life. A glass or two of tea can provide a lot for the body (and the soul). Whether you choose herbal, green, jasmine, white, or iced, tea offers vitamins and nutrients to you.
Here are 5 tips to create healthier tea, including nutrients to add to your tea, plus recipes we adore.
1. Use Ginger
Ginger is one of the healthiest spices out there, packed with Vitamins B3 & B6, iron, potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, and more. Conveniently, it’s also soothing and tasty when steeped for a warm tea. Ginger has been shown to reduce muscle pain and soreness, act as an anti-inflammatory agent, boost your immune system, and reduce nausea. As one of the best spices for your body, adding ginger to your daily tea increases your intake of vital nutrients.
There are many ways to use ginger in your tea. Create this lemon ginger simple syrup and add it to tisanes as desired — warm or hot. It stores up to 6 months, so it’s perfect for tea on-the-go. No steeping required!
2. Drink Green Tea
Green tea is one of the healthiest teas you can make. The myth of green tea is true: it boosts your metabolism and actually helps burns fat. It also is proven to lower blood pressure and speed up the recovery of your heart cells. Overall, it’s a wonderful drink to add to your routine.
Green tea can also be incredibly tasty if made right. These three recipes are among our favorites for partaking in green tea’s health benefits.
3. Add Herbs — of all Kinds
Our top tip to making healthier teas? Add herbs!
Herbal teas are a great way to harness the medicinal power of herbs. Each herb contains a unique host of health benefits. Rosemary is good for your brain, peppermint helps with digestion, basil fights infection, and more. Rotate which herbs you put in your teas to maximize the benefits you receive.
It’s best to use freshly harvested herbs from your herb garden they have more nutrients and flavors.
Try this thyme lemon iced tea recipe. Thyme is particularly good for the immune system, and this recipe is a sweet and tasty way to drink up those nutrients!
Pro Tip: We especially love creating herb ice cubes to create iced tea. Simply throw a couple of herbs into your ice cube tray before you freeze.
4. Harvest Straight from the Garden
When you’re creating your teas, maximize nutritional benefits by adding food straight from the garden. If you want mint tea, harvest mint from the plant! The fresher the harvest, the more nutrients still within the leaves. Generally speaking, the less time produce and herbs spend on grocery shelves, the healthier they are for you — and there’s nothing fresher than picking your own herbs to add straight to your tea.
If you want to start harvesting your own herbs our herb garden kit is the easiest way to start! Just choose the herbs you want to grow and you’ll be on your way to having fresh herbs on demand!
5. Drink Lots! (Stay Hydrated)
There are few things in life where “more is better.” Tea is one of those things. Tisanes are a great way to stay hydrated. A cup of tea a day is a great way to up your water intake. When you’re hydrated, your body is available and ready to absorb the nutrients it truly needs. It will function better overall and keep your brain happy and healthy!