Battle summer heat with these healing iced root teas
Still looking for refreshing summer patio drinks?
Then don't skip the root teas this summer. Just ice them down and serve chilled to cool yourself while getting healthier.
In our climate we pretty much stop with the winter deep healing teas once the temperatures hit the high marks, but I want to encourage you to stay the course and make iced tea.
The root teas that I love for year-round health and healing are ginger tea, turmeric tea and licorice tea.
Unlike tea made from leaves you typically need to steep a root tea a little longer to get the special healing properties into your cup but it's well worth the extra 5 minutes.
My favorite year-round tea is definitely ginger tea. It's great in the summer to drink iced. It's got both heating and cooling properties and makes a balanced medicinal by improving digestion and bloating by reducing inflammation.
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These same anti-inflammatory properties make it a joint and muscle tonic. Because it relieves congestion it can help with allergies including skin allergies and most respiratory imbalances. It's an old favorite for helping soothe the nausea of morning sickness and motion sickness.
Its high array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants put it in a category of a medicinal beverage worthy of carbonating into ginger-ale or enjoying as the perfect iced tea.
Another popular tea that becomes unpopular in the summer and is delicious iced is turmeric tea. It's available in a teabag and is easy to brew a large batch and enjoy outside over a bunch of ice cubes sweetened with a little honey.
The hype on turmeric is probably well deserved since it's such a reliever of joint pain and inflammation. It also is known to relieve lung and blood sugar related conditions along with building the immune system and helping prevent brain and nerve degeneration.
It's popular as an antioxidant and is known to help allergies and runny eyes which can be summer afflictions. The problem with turmeric? It's a little hard to digest so making it into a tea can only help.
Licorice tea is definitely overlooked by Americans. You can find a blend of teas for icing that include licorice or take it straight as Egyptian Licorice available in a teabag.
The number one claim to fame of licorice tea is that it helps soothe the tummy. So if your dinner didn't settle well then consider a nice glass of licorice iced tea this summer.
The repair properties contained in this root help the stomach lining restore balance. The anti-inflammatory properties and immune bolstering properties are good at balancing the stress hormones in the body to relieve anxiety and mild depression.
It's got special minerals that help the condition of your hair, but it also can raise your blood pressure. I'd suggest using licorice tea in moderation and skipping it all together if you're pregnant or on many medications.
As you can see, increased immunity, improved digestion, healthier hair/skin, relaxed feelings and help with joint pain and all inflammation are common in most of the root teas.
So shake it up, don't get in a rut, get refreshed and as we move into the cold season then make these teas hot as we welcome winter.
Staying healthy with food and drinks as our part of our health routine can be fun, delicious and colorful. There's no reason that these winter wonders can't become beloved patio drinks. Enjoy.
As with all food and medicine, please read the package and consider your personal medical history.
Trudi Pratt has a chiropractic and clinical nutrition practice in Redding. Reach her at http://www.drtrudipratt.com/ or at 244-7873.