Tea has always held a special place in the history of Asia. Every culture that has ever existed in this continent has Tea at the center of its socio-cultural mosaic. The history of tea is long and complex, and spans across empires and dynasties, mountains and valleys and cuts across centuries. It has played an important role in shaping the fabric of society, dictated trade routes, built empires and destroyed them also. Even today, whether it is china or turkey, morocco or India, tea is ubiquitous and a vital part of daily life.
Green Tea and Black Tea are the two most prominent varieties of tea with the main difference between them being the level of oxidation during processing. Green Tea is widely believed to have many detoxifying health benefits and is very popular across not only in asia but also across the rest of the world. Chinese green tea is considered to be some of the best in the world.
The process of steeping is the heart and soul of the tea making process and is very important to extract the benefits of the tea leaves. The ideal temperature for steeping varies widely based on the type of green tea, but generally vary between 140 to 189 °F (61 to 87 °C).
For today’s green tea detox, I want to share with you two versions of green tea – A hot tea with jasmine and mint flavors that is calming and a cold sweet mint tea that is perfect for a refreshing day.
Hot Jasmine Tea
32 oz Water
2 tbsp Agave Nectar
The first time I read about Jasmine Tea, I was not very sure how jasmine and Tea would go together. But the moment I tried it, I was amazed by the delicate fragrance and the soothing flavor. It helps me relax after a stressful day and adding some lemon and mint to the mix just makes it that much better. The delicate fragrance of jasmine triggers the parasympathetic system of the body causing stress release chemicals to be released by the brain.
Water Temperature: 175°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces
Steep Time: 3 minutes (1st infusion), 4 minutes (2nd infusion)
Then add the 2 thin slices of lemon and add agave nectar give it good stir.
You can have this tea anytime of the day. This pairs well with slightly spicy food and can be enjoyed after a meal.
Sweet Cold Mint Tea
3 tbsp Numi Organic Gunpowder Green Tea
32 oz Water
2 tbsp Brown sugar
1 oz Mint Leaves
We can use a glass pitcher or kettle with an infuser for brewing this tea. Place the slightly crushed mint leaves, brown sugar and tea powder in an infuser inside the pitcher.
Add water heated to about 70C ~ 80C (158 F ~ 176 F) degrees to the pitcher and let the tea leaves brew for a 3 to 5 minutes. The temperature of water is essential because having higher temperatures may cause the leaves to impart bitterness to the tea.
Now remove the leaves, add a slice of lemon and refrigerate it for 4-6 hours. This tea is best enjoyed in a highball glass with lots of ice on a warm day.
I have been doing a 21 day detox regimen and tomorrow is the last day. Make sure to check all the other simple and easy recipes in this series.
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