By now we know that green tea lives up to the hype and that drinking it regularly can boost your immunity, improve gut health, and help with anxiety. Not only that but green tea is extremely versatile and can be combined with endless ingredients to match your nutritional needs and your taste buds. Here are 20 things to try adding to your green tea:
The chamomile plant has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes to treat wounds and headaches. Today researchers know that it contains bioactive phytochemicals that can help with sore muscles, fighting cancer, and stimulating the immune system.
Peppermint has shown to potentially relieve many body ailments, most notably an upset stomach and painful gas. It’s also shown potential to help with headaches and flu symptoms. You can add fresh or dried peppermint leaves to your tea for the added benefits.
Lemon balm is great in hot green tea but it’s even more refreshing in iced green tea. It’s also a great addition to your drink if you’re suffering from anxiety, insomnia, or even herpes. Lemon revered for its potential to ease indigestion and improve cognitive function.
Adding lavender to tea is one of the most popular ways to mix up your plain tea, it looks beautiful and smells like a spa. The soothing scent of lavender has since it’s been shown to help with insomnia, anxiety, and pain. Simply add dried lavender flower to your tea to start feeling the calming effects!
People have been consuming rose petals (Rosa damascene) in oils, waters, and as dried petals for thousands of years both in religious ceremonies and in culinary dishes. Multiple compounds have been found in these edible petals that reveal antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer properties.
One of the best things about clover flowers is their abundance in tropical and temperate climates in the world. Anyone can easily forage them yourself, dry them and add them to green tea. Clover flowers have been shown to ease menopause symptoms, help with cardiovascular health, and aid in the treatment of osteoporosis. It’s not advised for pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding but otherwise there have been no negative side effects found.
Turmeric is one of the most well-known spices, praised for its anti-inflammatory abilities and antioxidant contents. Many people have started adding it to their tea as an easy way to get their daily dose of nutrients to fight infections, cancer, and inflammation. Because of its powerful properties, it is advised to ask your health professional before incorporating into your diet if you’re taking any other medication.
Ginger is often recommended to help sooth sore throats, help you recover from a cold, or offer relief from nausea. Some medical professionals have even called it ‘The Mighty and Amazing Ginger’ because of its high content of antioxidants and its proven ability to fight nausea, cancer, and inflammation. Simply chop up some fresh ginger to add to your tea or add a few drops of ginger juice.
It’s likely you’ve had peppermint tea before since it is one of the most widely consumed variety of teas in the world. If you’ve been drinking peppermint with your green tea you’ve been getting a dose of its antitumor, antiviral, antiallergenic, and antioxidant properties. Researchers are now looking at how else our body benefits from it including helping with IBS and kidney stones.
Cinnamon is another popular ingredient in tea that is used for a variety of treatments, including diarrhea, muscle spasms, erectile dysfunction, and the common cold. A variety of medical studies even determined that it was an effective anti-microbial and anti-parasitic agent that had the ability to lower blood pressure, lower inflammation, treat ulcers, and treat wounds. That’s one amazing spice!
You’ve probably had lemons with your tea before, maybe if you wanted to sooth a sore throat or give your tea more taste. But you might not have known that by adding lemon to your tea you were helping to keep your blood pressure low and getting a dose of Vitamin C.
If you’re someone who likes a bit of milk in your tea, why not mix it up with some soy or almond milk? These non-dairy milk is often fortified meaning that in addition to a high amount of protein you’re likely getting added calcium and Vitamins A and D.
Basil is considered a ‘holy herb’ for its believed ability to uplift the mind and body. We do know there does is some truth to this. Experiments have shown that basil can to reduce stress levels, enhance memory, soothe anxiety, improve cognitive function, and treat ulcers. It’s also shown to have anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that can fight pathogens responsible for infections in our bodies.
You might have heard of bulletproof coffee, the low fat version includes coconut oil that allows the caffeine to be released more slowly into your body. Why not add a tsp of coconut oil to your tea? It contains antioxidants and boosts the good cholesterol in your body.
Adding cayenne pepper to your green tea might sound counter-intuitive or maybe just…gross? But we’re here to tell you that it’s worth giving it a try. You can find some great recipes on online that include green tea, cayenne pepper, and honey. Plus cayenne pepper it’s effective in providing pain relief, aiding in weight loss, and improving your circulation.
Vanilla extract makes a great addition to tea, especially when iced. It’s a low-calorie flavour with a nice dose of potassium. If you’re looking to give your green tea a delicious twist, we advise giving this green tea vanilla latte a try!
Adding fresh fruit to your hot or iced tea is a great way to keep your drink seasonal and get an extra boost of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients. You can even mix it up even more by trying this recipe for fruity green tea popsicles.
Apple cider vinegar and green tea is often promoted as a detox and weight loss drink but we think that isn’t doing justice to this amazing tonic. Although it has been shown to aid in weight loss, apple cider vinegar has also shown to regulate insulin levels, improve blood flow, and supports our liver and kidneys.
We’re not sure why but aloe never seemed to gain the ‘superfood’ status that some other trendy foods have achieved. Aloe is nutrient dense food that rich in fiber and nutrients that benefit your heart, immune system, and digestive system. Not sure how to add it to your green tea? How about giving this green tea and aloe smoothie a try?
Don’t let the name ‘Stinging Nettles’ turn you off, this plant has been used as a medicinal treatment for thousands of years. It’s been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and reduce the symptoms of hay fever. Like clover you can even forage stinging nettles yourself.
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