Infusion tea is made by steeping or brewing flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, stems and petals of a wide variety of plants. They are less commonly known as tisanes. The health benefits of any kind of infusion tea depend on its composition, which may be a single ingredient or a combination of multiple ones. One can easily make their own infusion teas depending on one’s needs and taste. Some classic, all-time-favorite combinations are cardamom-turmeric, honey-lemon-ginger, ginger-tulsi-honey, and classic mix of Indian masala spices like cloves, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom. Lets go through some recipes that can be effortlessly put together and deliciously prepared in the classic Indian kitchens:
1. Ginger Tulsi honey:
The ingredients used may be dried or fresh. We prefer fresh ingredients, as these are easily available all year round. Best consumed during the winter, this warmth-inducing recipe is so easy to prepare!
Water – 2 cups
Ginger Root – 0.5 inch
Tulsi leaves – 5-6 leaves
Honey – 1 Teaspoon or as desired
Bring water to boil.
While you are at it, peel ginger and roughly chop it.
Crush ginger with pestle and add this to boiling water.
Boil for 30 seconds.
Now break and crush tulsi leaves with fingers and add this to the boiling water. Boil for another 30 seconds.
If you want your tea to be stronger, go about it a little longer.
Now turn off the heat and let this steep for a minute.
Strain your tea into cups and sweeten with honey as desired.
Preferably, add honey when your tea is less than boiling point. Sip on it while its warm.
2. Cardamom Turmeric:
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic. It detoxifies blood naturally and keeps body warm. Cardamom enhances digestion and brings very unique and refreshing flavor to the palate. It also removes bad breath. Brew a tea of these ingredients and simply accrue the benefits!
Water – 2 cups
Cardamom – 2 buds
Cinnamon – 0.5 inch
Turmeric Root (dried or fresh) – 0.5 inch
Black Pepper – 2-3 pods
Honey or Jaggery – as desired
Combine cardamom (use the cover as well), black pepper, cinnamon and turmeric root in a mortar and roughly grind with pestle. This is to ensure that the oils and juices from ingredients are oozed on to the surface.
Drop them all in boiling water
Let it boil for 2 minutes. Let it cool.
Strain and serve.
Sweeten with honey or jaggery as you prefer it.
You guts will thank you for this one!
3. Masala Tea:
There’s no one recipe for Masala tea, every Indian household, every chai stall, every tea manufacturer have their own style of putting this variety together and they are all downright delicious! Try the one we suggest, this one will be without milk, so prepare your self for experiencing delight of Indian spices and get their maximum benefits. Masala tea aids digestion, better absorption of food and enhances weight loss. It also comes in handy during a beautiful winter colds, or when down with a not-so-beautiful runny colds.
Water – 2 cups
Cloves – 2 pods
Nutmeg – ½ pod
Black pepper – 3 pods
Ginger (dried or fresh) – 1/3 inch
Cardamom – 1
Cinnamon – 1/3 inch
Black Tea – ½ teaspoon
Lemon juice – as desired
Sugar or honey or jaggery – as desired
Yet again, combine the delicious aromatic spices (that which we take for granted to be in our kitchen at all times but forget that they have timelessly grabbed love & attention from all over the world!) in a mortar and grind them well with a pestle. This will bring out the oils on the surface, unlock their aroma and you will already start falling in love with your anticipated tea-light.
Bring water to boil and drop this mix with some black tea.
Boil for 2 minutes or longer if you like your tea strong.
Turn off the heat and let it settle for 30 seconds.
Strain and serve
Add few drops of lemon and sweeten with sugar or honey if desired.
Generally speaking, most spices and herbs have a gentle stimulating effect on the digestive system; they effectively regulate bowel movement and help proper removal of waste from the body. They induce relaxing effect thanks to their aroma and keep you coming back for more. When you don’t have the time, one can always reach out for easy to brew tea bags or well-blended loose-leaf tea and yet acquire the same health benefits.
TE-A-ME Teas brings you a wide range of Infusion blends and tisanes that will suite your mood, palate and taste!