These 3 root teas could boost your health
Root teas are herbal teas made from the root of different herbal plants. Roots are often overlooked as part of the plant, but surprisingly they are far more beneficial and healthy than we think of.
The nutrition and beneficial aspects of roots make them perfect for valuable herbal teas that anyone can opt for. Depending on the type of tea you choose, it can detoxify the liver, boost your immune system, fight against cold and flu, and deliver a sense of calmness to your body and soul.
Here are our 3 best root teas to boost your immunity and overall health.
1) Echinacea Tea
Echinacea is an attractive herbaceous perennial that is easy to grow in most gardens. It is also known as coneflower or purple coneflower. Native Americans have used echinacea as a medicinal plant for hundreds of years.
Health Benefits of echinacea tea
Echinacea is a herb that is still commonly used by many people. It is widely believed that echinacea tea strengthens the immune system to fight sore throats, colds, and flu.
Echinacea tea may be most effective if taken at the early stages of infection. It may also help with digestion.
How to make Echinacea tea
To make echinacea tea, place two pinches of echinacea root or echinacea herb and 1½ cups of water in a small saucepan, cover, and bring to a boil.
Then reduce the heat and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes. The liquid will have a strong yellow color. Add a pinch of echinacea leaves and flowers to the freshly made liquor and steep for three minutes.
Strain into a teacup to serve. The leaves and flowers turn the tea an olive green color.
Enjoy this calming and relaxing tea. It has an earthy taste and gives a tingling sensation to the tongue.
2) Liquorice Root Tea
Oxtea’s liquorice tea is made of premium liquorice root and makes an excellent drink for those who have dry coughs, wheezing or shortness of breath.
Liquorice (spelt liquorice in the UK and Australia) is from the Leguminosae or pea family. It has small light blue to purple flowers and wonderful long seedpods, but you may not see these unless you live in a warm climate.
Liquorice has been taken medicinally for thousands of years. The Greeks used it to treat asthma and Alexander the Great gave it to his troops to chew on long marches, to quench their thirst.
Liquorice root tea contains a compound called glycyrrhizin that is fifty times sweeter than sugar, so if you are craving some sweet treats, liquorice tea is a delicious and light option.
Health Benefits of liquorice tea
There are believed to be so many medicinal benefits of liquorice root tea.
Liquorice tea is an anti-inflammatory and may help with stomach, urinary, and intestinal problems, as well as heartburn and acid reflux. It is good for mouth and stomach ulcers and helps reduce the pain of sore throats.
It is believed to help clean the liver by removing toxins from the body, and it may help lower cholesterol. It may also help to reduce stress and relieve depression.
How to make liquorice root tea
Place two pinches of dried root and 1½ cups of water in a small saucepan, cover, and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.
Strain the liquid through a sieve or a tea strainer into a teacup. Serve hot. It is a lovely deep orange colour with a mild liquorice flavour.
The sweet, fresh green taste reminds it is related to the pea, but it also tastes rather like noodles!
It has a wonderful calming effect on the body and a slight cooling effect in your mouth. You should reuse the root to make another infusion.
3) Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is probably the most popular winter drink and is used to boost the body’s defences against cold and flu.
Ginger is an ancient plant that was introduced to the New World more than a thousand years ago from Asia.
Health Benefits of ginger tea
Ginger tea is good for digestion and may help with nausea and travel sickness.
Essential oils found in ginger are antibacterial, so it is very good to take regularly for overall well-being. It is believed to help relieve muscle strain after exercise and is used to help ease the pain of arthritis.
Ginger tea is a popular winter drink and is used to boost the body’s defences against colds and flu.
How to make ginger tea
A cup of freshly made ginger tea has a gentle warming sensation so it is a great winter tea.
Fill the kettle with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil, then pour some into your teacup or teapot to warm it up. Discard the water.
Put two pinches of fresh or dried ginger into a teapot. Pour the boiled water (which should be between 176 to 185°F/80 to 85°C) over the tea and cover it.
Allow the tea to steep for three minutes, then pour the tea from the teapot using a tea strainer and enjoy.
It has an amazing spicy lemony flavour. It is also great as an iced tea. Brew as before, allow to cool and then refrigerate until well chilled. Serve with ice cubes and a slice of fresh ginger.