As the weather turns a wee bit chillier, we love to curl up with a nice, hot cup of herbal tea in the evening! Some herbal teas even have the added bonus of offering up some great nutritional and health benefits! Three of our favorites are hibiscus tea,Â spearmint teaÂ and chamomile tea.
Hibiscus tea is a slightly tart, bright red brew that will perk you right up! The dried flowers are rich in flavanoids and antioxidants, and the almost berrylike flavor will take you back to the warm days of summer. Many people also drink hibiscus tea to lower their blood pressure and cholesterol. To make a deliciously spicy hibiscus tea blend, place two dried hibiscus flowers in a teapot, along with half of a cinnamon stick and a small knob of peeled fresh ginger. Pour one cup of boiling water over the mixture and steep the tea for five to 10 minutes. Strain the hibiscus tea into a mug and sweeten it with honey, if desired.
Spearmint tea is a fantastic after-dinner beverage. Weâ€™ve found that it aids with digestion and can help settle upset stomachs. Itâ€™s also quite refreshing! To prepare spearmint tea, measure 1 to 1-1/2 tsp. of jasmine green tea into a teapot. Add 1 tbsp. of spearmint and 1 cup of boiling water, then let the tea steep for about 10 minutes. Serve the tea with sugar or honey to enhance the mint flavor.
Chamomile makes a soothing tea thatâ€™s perfect for pre-bedtime relaxation. Put 1 tbsp. of dried chamomile flowers into a teapot and pour 1 cup of boiling water over them. Let the brew steep for five to 10 minutes, then strain the tea and add a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of honey.
What are some of your favorite varieties of herbal tea?