lemon tea

image source: draxe

Herbal teas are made from dried fruits, flowers, spices or herbs. This means herbal teas can come in a wide range of tastes and flavors and make a tempting alternative to sugary beverages or water.

In addition to being delicious, some herbal teas have health-promoting properties. In fact, herbal teas have been used as natural remedies for a variety of ailments for hundreds of years.

I have this lemon tree in my house, it hasn’t started growing fruits yet but for me the leaves are IT!

The flavor is everything to me. I remember growing up, my mom used to send us to pluck the leaves from our neighbor’s compound, then we’ll use them to make chicken pepper soup. Pure bliss, trust me.

I’m sitting home one day and decide to make a herbal/detox tea. I’ve always liked herbal teas as they are always a healthy option. The antioxidants and vitamins found in herbal teas are great for helping fight disease and infections. They can protect against oxidative stress and lower the risk of chronic disease. Some of the best herbal teas for boosting your immune system are elderberry, echinacea, ginger, and liquorice root tea.

 

What To Know About Lemon Leaves

Lemon leaves are small to medium in size and are ovate, oblong, and taper to a point on the non-stem end. The vibrant green leaves grow alternately along the branches, and they have fine-toothed edges with a slight rippling. There is also a prominent central stem with some small veins spreading throughout the leaf. Lemon leaves have a glossy finish on the green topside and a matte finish on their lighter green underside. When young, Lemon leaves are red and as they mature turn to a deep green. Lemon leaves are slightly oily with an aromatic and bright, green, citrus taste. Lemon leaves are a secondary crop utilized in many cultures throughout the world for flavoring dishes, making teas, and as an aromatic decoration. Lemon leaves, when boiled to make teas, may have antispasmodic and sedative properties. Lemon leaves can be used to cure migraine headache and asthma.

How? soak two handfuls of fresh or fried  lemon leaves in hot water. Allow it infuse for 10 minutes. Drink two cups every night for two weeks. This applies more particular to asthma patients.

The Lemon leaf is also used for de-worming. For this prepare as for migraine and asthma above. The dosage is three cups every night for one week. Lemon leaves also serve as a better alternative to Valium and other synthetic sedatives, which by the way, have side effects.

 

So here I am with ginger, garlic and lemon leaves. Let’s make tea!

 

Ingredients

  • Fresh lemon leaves
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Honey

 

Directions

  • Wash and cut garlic into tiny pieces.
  • Repeat same for the ginger
  • Wash the leaves and place into a pot
  • Add the ginger and garlic
  • Add enough water
  • Allow to boil for twenty minutes.

 

Your tea is ready. You can drink it hot or allow to cool. Add honey to sweeten or any artificial sweetener you have if you don’t want to drink it like that. The Lemon leaf herbal tea has a flavor from heaven. Combined with the nutritional components of garlic and ginger, this is one tea you should try!