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Green tea

Green tea is considered the most healthy and anti-oxidant rich drink due to the presence of a high amount of natural antioxidants named catechins. It boosts immunity and helps in preventing many diseases that is from common flu to life threatening diseases like cancer.

But for the better absorption of catechins by the body, it is very important to have green tea with vitamin C. So, adding lemon to your green tea is must if you want to get its proper nutritional benefits.

Here, I have included variations of green tea made in combination with other healthy and anti-cancer ingredients such as ginger, raw turmeric, lemongrass, different spices, mint, basil, etc.

I have also included chamomile tea, which is also the best drink that I think everyone should try.

All combinations of tea mentioned here are made by my husband.

Cook time: Average 10 min(may differ for different types of tea)

Serves: 2

Green tea

Common Ingredients:

1 tsp of Green tea if using loose or 1 tea bag

1/2 piece big lemon or 1 small lemon

Water

Simple green tea

Simple green tea

Preparation method:

Usually, green tea is added to the water at around 80°C, but to get exactly 80°C is difficult.

So, take 2 cups of water in a pot and bring it to boil and turn off the flame.

Let it rest for 1 min to get around expected temperature and add 1 teaspoon of green tea to it

Cover and let it steep for 2-3 min.

Then squeeze lemon to it, strain it and enjoy.

Raw turmeric and Ginger tea

Raw turmeric and ginger tea

Preparation method:

For preparing 2 cups of tea, take a little bit more than 2 cups of water in a pot.

Grate 1 small piece of raw turmeric (you can use turmeric powder if raw is not available) and ginger into it.

(You can also go for only raw turmeric or only ginger combination)

Let it heat at low temperature and bring it to boil.

Once it is boiled, let it reduce or simmer for more 5 mins at low flame.

Then turn off the stove and let it rest for few min to get around 80°C and add 1 teaspoon of green tea to it.

Cover and let it steep for 2-3 min.

Squeeze lemon, strain it and enjoy.

Mint leaves green tea

Mint green tea

Preparation method:

Take a little bit more than 2 cups of water in a pot and add 9-10 leaves of fresh mint to it.

And rest all steps that are from heating, boiling, and steeping remains same as described in the above tea preparation method.

All spices tea

All spices tea

Preparation method:

Take water in a pot and add 2-3 cinnamon, cloves, pepper, cardamom, star anise and 1/4 teaspoon of fennel seeds. ( You can also use single spice at a time to make more different varieties of tea).

Rest all step goes same as in the raw and turmeric tea preparation.

Lemon grass green tea

Lemon grass green tea

Preparation method: 

Take water in the pot and add 6-8 strands of chopped lemon grass to it.

Rest all steps from heating and steeping remains same as described in above teas.

Basil chamomile tea

Basil chamomile tea

Preparation method:

This can be made as a simple tea with only chamomile flowers, but the combination of Italian basil, chamomile, and lemon works superbly. So, I have prepared it with Basil. Indians can use normal Indian basil if Italian basil is not available.

Take little bit more than 2 cup of water and add basil leaves to it.

Let it heat at low flame and bring it to boil and let it simmer for more 5 min after boiling.

Switch off the flame and add 1 teaspoon of chamomile tea( Since Chamomile is a flower and its flavor is extracted better in hot water, you can use more than 80°C for chamomile tea preparation.

Cover it with lid and let it steep for 4-5 min.

Squeeze lemon, strain it and enjoy.

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