Whether you want a refreshing drink to cool you down in summer or a warm and comforting drink in winter, herbal tea can be your year-round delicious beverage. Depending on the ingredients you choose, you can enjoy its many health benefits and healing properties. If you want to experience the full potential of your herbal tea, you must get the safest cookware so there is no contamination, and all the nutrients stay intact. In this article, you will learn about the safest cookware for herbal teas and some great ingredients for your tea with healing properties.
The safest cookware for herbal teas
Herbal teas are derived from a variety of dried flowers, leaves, herbs, and spices to make a concoction of different natural ingredients in boiling water. And the result is – a healthy drink that has the goodness of various ingredients. It features nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that vary depending on the herbal blend. The cookware plays a major role in deciding how much of these nutrients end up nourishing your body.
Making tea is a biochemical process so if you make it in a cookware that can leach, there is a risk of contamination. Conventional cookware is typically made from metals, their alloys, or chemical laden ceramics. Metals are innately reactive, which causes them to leach into whatever is cooking in them. And ceramics are no different because of so many chemicals containing metal oxides and other toxic compounds.
These toxic ions leaching from conventional materials react to nutrients and other biochemicals in the natural ingredients and form toxic compounds. This process not only diminishes the nutritional value of your herbal tea but also makes your healthy drink toxic. It is possible that an herbal tea prepared in such cookware does more harm than good in the body. Therefore, you need a safe and healthy cookware to prepare your tea.
How MEC makes the safest cookware
Miriams Earthen Cookware (MEC) is a pioneering clay cookware brand that offers pots and pans made from lab tested primary clay. Primary clay is the purest quality clay and is naturally inert (non-reactive). MEC does not add anything to the raw material or modify it in any way. There are no additives, chemicals, glazes, or enamels used in the manufacturing process, so the cooking pot is as pure and non-toxic as the raw material.
Your herbal teas turn out the healthiest in MEC as there are no leaching toxins and all the nutrients stay intact. Now that we know about the safest cookware, keep reading to learn about some great herbal teas.
Different ingredients for making healthy herbal teas
Assam black tea is a popular choice for its great taste and aroma. You can pair it with other ingredients for chai tea. Here are some ingredients that you can include in your herbal tea:
- Ginger: Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that makes it a great home remedy for many sicknesses.
- Cardamom: It is good for mood elevation and helps lower blood pressure. It also adds a nice aroma to your tea.
- Cinnamon: It helps regulate blood sugar.
- Garlic: It lowers blood pressure and is anti-bacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiprotozoal (Learn more).
- Lemon: It is rich in vitamin C and adds a cooling property to your teas.
- Honey: It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and is a good source of antioxidants.
- Cilantro: It is good for digestion, skin conditions, and for bone health. It has disinfecting, detoxifying, antiseptic, antifungal, and antioxidant properties. Because of high iron content, it can help with anemia and also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
3 types of herbal condiments to make healthy teas in your clay pot
- You can make chai tea using ginger root (1 inch – peeled and sliced), 4-5 cardamom pods (crush the green pod and put the black seeds in), cinnamon stick with Assam loose black tea leaves. Add milk if desired and a natural sweetener.
- For colds and respiratory illness, you can make tea using garlic, ginger, lemon, and honey.
- For digestion and bone health, you can try cilantro tea. It is also a great remedy for skin infections.