Healthy herbal teas

A wonderfully British past-time, tea drinking has seen a huge resurgence recently, with so many new flavours to choose from. When the sun’s out, a refreshing lavender and Lemon Balm iced tea hits the spot. Spy a storm cloud? Reach for the peppermint tea to keep you warm and cosy. JustIngredients herbal teas offer the perfect pick-me-up for both mind and body.

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm tea is a soothing caffeine free tea substitute which has a pleasant, sweetly, mild citrus flavour and a delightful aroma.

To make a mug of Lemon Balm tea add 1-2g of the tea to a teapot or infuser – depending on how strong you like your tea – and pour over enough fresh boiling water as required. Strain into a mug, sweeten with a drop of honey and serve.

For a summery alternative, try making a lavender and Lemon Balm iced tea. Simply add a sprinkle of dried lavender to your hot Lemon Balm tea and allow to cool before serving. To serve, add ice cubes, a spring of fresh lavender and a slice of lemon. This is the perfect drink to keep on hand, in the fridge, throughout the summer months.

Dandelion Leaf

Did you know that a cup of Dandelion Leaf tea can help form part of your daily intake of some of the vitamins and minerals the body requires for its daily function? A cup of Dandelion tea contains Vitamins A, C, D, E, & B complex, and minerals including: calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, choline, and boron. Not bad!

Dandelion is revered for its detoxing properties, helping to keep the liver healthy, purify the bladder and kidneys and regulate blood sugar.

Why not serve a delicious pineapple, lime and Dandelion iced tea at your BBQ and summer parties this year – both tasty and healthy!

For this sunshine tea, place 2-4 g of Dandelion tea in a large heatproof jug with 2 cups boiling water. Allow to steep for 5 minutes or so, strain and allow to cool. To serve, add 1 cups of pineapple juice, the juice of two limes, ice and mix well. Garnish with fresh pineapple and slices of lime.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea is well known for its fresh, intensely minty flavour and aroma. This also makes it the perfect drink to help relieve seasonal allergies. To make a mug of Peppermint tea add 1-2g of the tea to a teapot or infuser – depending on how strong you like your tea – and pour over enough fresh boiling water as required. Strain into a mug, sweeten with preferred sweetener e.g. honey and serve. Serve without milk.

Prefer it iced? We recommend mixing up a large batch of Peppermint and apple iced tea. Simply place 2-4 g of Peppermint tea in a large heatproof jug with 2 cups boiling water. Allow to steep for 15 minutes then remove. Cut a lime into large wedges, add to the tea and refrigerate until chilled.
 To serve, add 1 1/2 cups of cloudy apple juice.

Not so keen on the taste? Mint tea that has been allowed to cool can be used as a hair rinse for greasy hair, and as a facial tonic, or added to a foot bath to help sooth tired aching feet!

Discover our range of herbal teas here

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Georgia

As an animal lover and baking enthusiast, Georgia can often be found experimenting with plant-based recipes in her kitchen.

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