I am not a tea drinker and am able to go days without drinking the beverage. The only time when I resort to it is at times of a headache. During my office and college days a cup would help me stay awake through some boring sessions or stay awake at nights to study.
A while ago, I had included green tea as a part of my routine but somehow the monotony of it made me look for different options so I can alternate and not get bored.
While doing some reading, floral teas caught my eye and my newfound interest in growing plants made me try some of them. Here are two of the floral teas that I have liked the most and the benefits that come with their consumption.
- Roses are packed with vitamin A and E which are very powerful antioxidants. It helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines and helps in getting a healthy looking skin.
- Since it is also a good source of vitamin C, It helps improving the immune system
- Vitamin C also helps in fighting throat infections, thus having a warm cup of rose tea (infuse with some spices or basil leaves) will provide soothing relief during a sore throat.
- Rose petals possess diuretic properties, thus helping is curing urinary tract infections.
- Roses also possess laxative properties and help those suffering from constipation.
My favourite combination while brewing rose tea is rose petals with cloves and basil leaves.
- Marigolds are also known to help against digestive inflammation in the form of duodenal or gastric ulcers on account of its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Marigold tea also helps in relieving the symptoms of fever
- Tea made with marigold flower head helps in cases of scanty periods.
- Like roses, Marigold also has a high vitamin C and antioxidant content and thus helps in throat infections as well as improving the immune system
My favourite combination while brewing marigold tea is marigold petals with saunf and cinnamon.
Method to brew tea
The method followed to brew any of the floral teas is the same.
- Clean the flower petals and remove the lower white part of the petals since this will give a bitter taste to the tea
- Wrap the petals (single or combination as per your choice) in a muslin cloth and keep ready
- Keep water to boil and as soon as bubbles start to form, immerse the muslin cloth in the water
- Let it boil for 2-3 minutes and then turn off the heat
- Cover the pan and let it stay for around 3-4 minutes to let the flavors soak in
- Strain and serve
My favourite part about consuming floral teas is the fragrance. It is such a stress buster and calms the nerves. There are so many different combinations that you can try which helps prevent the monotony. And for regular tea drinkers replacing one cup a day with this would help in maintaining weight as well 🙂
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