What Spices are Suitable for Tea: Interesting and Extraordinary Additives

All sorts of additives were used at tea, so to speak, feasts, even in its ancestral home – in China. Over the centuries that have passed since then, hundreds and thousands of variants have been invented. And you can enhance the flavor of both black and green teas. But it is important to remember that black tea, compared to green tea, has a much more pronounced taste and aroma. And it is not easy to interrupt it with something.

What can be added to tea:

  • ginger root – sharpens the aroma and makes a light sweetish taste, gives a thermal effect, fights bacteria, removes inflammation, and drives away sweat;
  • cinnamon – gives a tart-sweet taste, low viscosity, warms, speeds up metabolism, strengthens the heart and blood vessels;
  • mint – adds a menthol flavor and juicy taste, and the substances it contains – flavonoids, vitamins, and essential oils – strengthen the body’s ability to fight viruses, relieve headaches and remove harmful substances from the body;
  • linden – has a strong sweetish-honey aroma and similar taste, helps fight colds and coughs;
  • The above additives are, of course, just the tip of the iceberg. Other common additives to tea include cloves, basil, anise (star anise), cardamom, coriander, dried rosebuds, fennel, nutmeg, ground pepper, and so on.

Tea with spices is good for you

There is a long-established belief that tea with spices and herbs has certain and quite strong healing properties. For example:

  • Cinnamon is recommended to be poured into tea for people suffering from SARS and flu, and in some cases, it even balances blood sugar;
  • Anise quickly restarts the digestive system, if necessary, and relieves stomach cramps;
  • Mint is good for the brain, helps relieve headaches;
  • Nutmeg kills bacteria and helps with inflammation;
  • Ginger is good for strengthening the immune system and for weight loss.
  • Cardamom relieves inflammation, helps as an antiseptic, and is good for expectoration;
  • Red pepper removes toxins from the body and also speeds up metabolism;
  • Vanilla balances hormones relieves tension, and improves libido in men;
  • Cloves improve the functioning of the intestinal tract and are also good for otitis media and diseases.
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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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