Most likely, people drink tea because it makes them feel good and they genuinely like it. Even Starbucks sells quite a bit over the cup of joe. It’s a staple drink in many homes and one in mine for sure thanks to our lovely South African Au Pair, Louwra. Lemon tea benefits the overall wellness of the body and depending on the type of tea you drink there are other perks…
- It can perk you up at once upon savoring a nice, warm cup to greet a crisp, fresh morning.
- It warms you up in the middle of a cold afternoon yet refreshes you during a warm sunny day.
- Slow metabolism is never an issue when you regularly drink lemon tea! Get those bowels moving daily (yes, I am a nurse. lol)
The lovely lemon tea
Imagine the flavor of lemon in a mixture of black and green tea and you have lemon tea. What makes it appealing to the taste is the Bathochromic effect that takes place when lemon blends in with the tea. While lemon on its own is impossible to eat except for my friend Wendi who can eat them like an apple. It is in perfect harmony mixed with your favorite tea.
A cup a day keeps the gloom away by preparing it right. Here’s how:
- Heat a cup of water to just about its boiling point but not quite so.
- Add just half a teaspoon (black or green or any other tea leaf) to make a light tea or up to three quarters teaspoon for a stronger flavor.
- Brew for no more than 2 minutes.
- Squeeze a tablespoonful of lemon (about ¼ of the tea amount) and mix.
- Enjoy! (plain or with sugar or honey)
How to enjoy and benefit from lemon tea
- Feeling a bit under the weather? Add a little fresh ginger to a cup of hot lemon tea. Its revitalizing properties will help you feel better.
- Give a cup of lemon tea some enthusiasm by adding mint leaves, lemon grass or for an exotic taste, add a pinch of rock salt or Himalayan black salt kala namak.
- The winter chills can be very cold. Counter the blues of the flu by drinking a nice hot cup of lemon tea up to 4 times a day. Not only will it bring warmth, it also chases away symptoms of cough, cold and fever.
- Regular drinking of lemon tea helps keep diseases at bay. With its natural antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial properties, illnesses and infections heal faster.
- Soothe a sore throat by slowly relishing a cupful of hot lemon tea spiced with ginger. You will also enjoy a boosted immune system in the process.
- Benefit from lemon tea’s cleansing effect, freeing your body of toxins that contribute to several illnesses. You will feel less stressed too!
- Enjoy clearer skin as a result of cleaner blood because tea is known to free the blood stream of toxic substances.
- Ease and reduce the condition of edema (swelling) caused by buildup of fluid after a surgery by drinking lemon tea. The intake will also help wash down traces of anesthesia.
- Drink relaxing cups of lemon to help relieve discomforts of dysmenorrhea, a painful stage for women during the onset of a menstrual cycle.
- Take advantage of the rich antioxidant properties of tea to have a stronger immune system. And because tea is loaded with vitamin C, regular drinkers are likely to gain stronger defense system against cancer.
When is lemon tea too much?
Anything in excess is always never good. The same can be said about lemon tea. Tea has a laxative effect and drinking too much could worsen conditions of irritable bowel syndrome or if one has diarrhea. People taking heart medications, with high blood pressure, pregnant and lactating women may also need to limit consumption.