A delicious tea, rich in antioxidants and vitamins using traditional herbs and spices
Head spinning, sinus aching, tummy trouble? 10 out of 10 times, in a Caribbean household someone is going to tell you to "Go drink some Tea". West Indians love to drink tea. We are especially drawn to making our tea from whatever fresh herbs and spices we can easily pick from right outside our windows. Nothing beats using steeping fresh herbs and getting it's numerous benefits while being delicious. Popularly known to us as "bush teas", these caffeine free teas are also known for their native uses
In fact, herbal tea is thought of to be the "fix it" for any ailment. It can be a headache, to a toothache to bruise. I can hear my mother telling me to "Boil and drink some tea". Somehow it fixes everything. Or probably just calms you down to not stress too much about whatever pain you're experiencing.
The benefits vary depending on what herbs you use on hand.Ginger is great for any type of nausea and helps to reduce muscle pains. Garlic aids in combatting the common cold and reduces blood pressure. Bay leaf is a great source of Vitamin A and C among others. Cloves assists in digestion, boosting the immune system, protecting the liver and a host of other benefits. Turmeric (not pictured) is a great anti-inflammatory.
Once you find a combination of herbs that you love (there are so many possible combinations), I say go for it!!. Yes, there are the benefits, but I can assure you the taste is going to be the most important thing.
As much as I roll my eyes at my mom for always suggesting I fix some herbal tea whenever I am not feeling 100%, I must confess that it does provide relief. Whether it be a physical or mental.
This tea can also be easily transformed into an "iced" version. Just double the herbs when boiling and pour over ice.
Did I mention the detox benefits of bush teas too?
Perfect for after these Super Bowl platters I went through.
So tell me, what is your favorite tea?
Caribbean Herbal Tea
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: boil beverage Caribbean winter fall
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 piece of ginger (about 1 - 1 1/2 inches)
- 3 cloves
- 1 piece turmeric (about 1 inch)
- 1 garlic clove
- 3 cups water
- Sweetener of choice
Add ingredients to pot
Bring to high boil
Boil for 5 minutes
Remove from stove and leave to steep for 10 minutes
Use sweetener of choice
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