Caribbean Herbal Tea

A delicious tea, rich in antioxidants and vitamins using traditional herbs and spices

Caribbean Herbal Tea

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 steeping fresh herbs and getting its numerous benefits while being delicious. Popularly known to us as "bush teas", these caffeine free teas are also known for their native uses.

Herbal tea is thought of to be the "fix it" for any ailment. It can be a headache, to a toothache to a 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.

Herbal Tea

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.

Herbal Tea

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?

Caribbean Tea

Perfect for after these Super Bowl platters I went through.

So tell me, what is your favorite tea?




yield: Serves 2print recipe

Caribbean Herbal Tea

An amazing combination of native herbs, creating a delicious herbal tea providing nutritional benefits.
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add ingredients to pot
  2. Bring to high boil
  3. Boil for 5 minutes
  4. Remove from stove and leave to steep for 10 minutes
  5. Use sweetener of choice
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