A typical summer day is incomplete without a cold beverage. After an exhausting day in the sun, you can reboot your system with a comforting and aromatic herbal iced tea. It is a refreshing way to increase your water intake as well. Herbal teas not only help you keep many ailments at bay but also have great flavor. They improve your health by helping you remain chill in body, mind, and spirit. These teas are made with herbs that have a unique flavor and impart a cooling effect, which you will surely need this summer.
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How To Make A Herbal Iced Tea
Preparing an herbal iced tea is pretty simple, follow these steps to create your own. Bring together the herbs that you personally like and get on to preparing an iced beverage on a hot sunny day.
What You Will Need:
• 1/2 cup boiled water
• 1-2 tablespoons of dried or freshly chopped herbs
• A glass filled with ice cubes
• Sweetener for added taste (optional)
How To Do It:
It’s pretty simple.
Bring water to a boil and pour it over the herbs. Cover it for about 20-30 minutes before you strain it. You can add the juice of a lemon for a tangy flavor. Or add honey or maple syrup if you have a sweet tooth. Finally, pour over a glass full of ice and enjoy your iced beverage.
Now that you know how to make herbal iced tea, here are a few options to beat the heat this summer:
Peppermint Iced Tea
The minty flavor gives your body a cooling effect. Mint has a characteristic smell and taste as well as healing properties. It soothes the digestive and nervous systems, curbs appetite and cravings, and promotes healthy digestion.
Nettle Iced Tea
Another tea that is a powerhouse of nutrients is nettle tea. It is the herbal equivalent of green juice as it is high in vitamin C and minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium. Seasonal changes usually cause allergies, and nettle tea is perfect for treating them. Preparing a cup of nettle iced tea may be a challenge as it needs to be brewed for at least 20 minutes to get the most of its cooling health benefits.
Hibiscus Iced Tea
This ruby red iced tea is what you need this summer. It is both cooling and heart healthy. It may be sour, but studies show that it has a lot of health benefits – from maintaining healthy blood pressure to regulating the body heat. It also has anti-aging properties that help in preserving the skin’s elasticity. It is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, which make it a healthy choice.
Lemon Balm Tea
Another member of the mint family, but this one is more citrusy. Lemon balm tea has calming properties. It relaxes the nervous system and is an effective cure for anxiety and insomnia. It not only tastes great but is also good for your health. It is usually taken to relieve stress.
Chrysanthemum Iced Tea
If you tend to develop heat rashes or headache in the sun, chrysanthemum is the tea for you. It has been traditionally used as medicine to help you cool down in the summer heat. It is known for its subtle floral flavor apart from its medicinal qualities. It cools your liver and nourishes your eyes. It cools your system and is just what you need on a hot afternoon.
You can’t escape the summer heat, but you can deal with it with these iced herbal teas. So, sip on these healthy frosty beverages and keep cool.