Tea was discovered in China in 59 BC. It is prepared by pouring hot water over leaves. Tea is used as a medicinal drink and as a recreational drink. There are dozens of flavors. This article focuses on four: peppermint, lavender, spearmint, and licorice.
DIY Peppermint Tea
To make peppermint tea, you will need the following ingredients:
– 1 tablespoon dried peppermint
– 1 tablespoon sugar
– 8 ounces boiling water
Add sugar and peppermint to a measuring cup and add 8 ounces of boiling water. Wait three minutes, then strain the drink into a cup. If you want iced tea, pour the tea over ice to cool.
Up to 2.5% of dried peppermint contains essential oil. The oil is made of 50% methol, 10-30% menthone, and up to 10% menthyl esters. There’s also several monoterpene derivatives including pulegone, menthofurane, and piperitone. The minty scent is derived from jasmine, which makes up 0.1 percent of the essential oil.
The essential oil in peppermint is used as flavoring in mouthwashes, toothpastes, cough candies, chewing gums, and other products.
Peppermint has several benefits. It is a digestive aid that reduces gas, heartburn, and indigestion. Peppermint tea has a calming effect, and it’s invigorating as well. According to the book ‘Nutritional Herbology,’ peppermint promotes sweating, relieves muscle spasms, and increases blood circulation. It also has antiseptic and astringent properties.
DIY Lavender Tea
Lavender is probably the most pleasant tea to drink. It can be prepared from dried lavender flowers. Here are the ingredients:
– 3 cups hot water
– Handful of fresh lemon balm
– 2 tablespoons fresh or dried lavender flowers
– Honey (optional)
Boil water and pour it over lemon balm and lavender. Cover the mixture for five minutes, then add honey to sweeten it. The best time to drink lavender tea is at night. It promotes relaxation.
Lavender is used in nebulizers, sprays, scrubs, and salts to calm the body and promote sleep. The essential oil in lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
DIY Spearmint & Licorice Tea
One more tea to consider is spearmint and licorice tea. This combination improves digestion. You will need the following amounts of each:
– 1 part spearmint leaves
– 1/8 part dried licorice root
– Mix the ingredients and store in a glass jar. Use 1 tablespoon of the mixture to brew a cup of tea. Add boiling water.
The essential oil of spearmint contains R-carvone, which gives it a minty scent. Licorice root is very sweet. It contains glycyrrhizin, which is 30 to 50 times sweeter than sugar. This compound has several medicinal properties. It has shown anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-viral properties in studies. It is considered a hepatoprotective, and it increases blood pressure.