If you have the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle at heart, surely green tea – in all its different shapes – is central in your beauty routine and in your diet. It affects your mind and spirit as well as your body, as it helps you to relax in every way. It is also known for its beneficial antioxidant properties, which affect the aging of your skin and your muscular tone. In addition, it is a great helper if you’re on diet. Research has shown that it boosts your metabolic rate helping your body to burn fat and, at the same time, its diuretic properties help you eliminating toxic and waste substances. But let us not forget about its prevention properties! This miracle tea is also responsible for lowering your risk of some types of cancer and, if this isn’t already enough, it is able to help keep at bay degenerative diseases of your brain, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Basically, this great tea can help you live longer, younger and happier!
Since we love it so much, here are some of our favorite recipes to make it yourself from scratch or, if you prefer, to vary it!
Green Teabag Tea
- Tea leaves (green) or pearls (about one tsp. per cup of water)
- Hot water
- Lemon Juice
After measuring the amount of tea leaves or pearls, place them in the tea strainer. Fill a pot with water and put on the stove until it reaches about 180 °F (80 °C). If you don’t have a thermometer to use, watch the water and make sure it doesn’t boil. While the water is heating, put the filled tea strainer into an empty cup and once the water is ready, pour it over the tea leaves. Steep for no longer than 3 minutes to avoid bitterness, remove the tea strainer and let everything cool down. Finally, add honey and a little bit of lemon juice to give it a nice flavor. Enjoy!
Iced Mint Green Tea
- 3 green tea bags
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 4 cups boiling water
- 2 cups saké, divided
- 4 stalks lemongrass, for decoration
Once water is boiling, combine mint leaves, tea bags and honey in it. Let everything sit for about 5 minutes, then remove the tea bags. Put in the refrigerator until chilled, then divide your iced mint tea into 4 glasses filled with ice. Finally, add ½ cup saké to each glass and decorate with one stalk of lemongrass each. Enjoy!
Green Ginger Tea
- 1 teaspoon (5 g) of tea leaves (or pearls) per 1 cup of water
- Ginger or dry ginger powder (sunth or pearls)
- Hot water
Measure the amount of tea you want to make (remember the rule 5g aka 1 tsp. of leaves per cup of water) and place it in your tea strainer or sieve. Then, fill a pot or pan with water and heat it until it reaches 180 °F (80 °C) – make sure it doesn’t boil! Once the water is ready, pour it over the tea leaves, then add ginger or dry ginger powder and steep for no longer than 3 min. Remove the tea strainer and enjoy! In case you’re using actual pieces of ginger, you can leave it inside a bit longer depending on how strong you want the ginger flavor to be. Enjoy!