Especially in winter, hot drinks help to provide our body with fluid and are at the same time warming. The enjoyable ritual of drinking tea, maybe even in pleasant company, can offer a moment of peace and relaxation during the festive season.
Depending on their composition, teas can also improve our wellbeing and promote our health.
Here are some of our favourite winter tea recipes that can help to prevent a cold or provide relief after a too rich meal:
Tea to strengthen your immune system
Ginger and lemon have antibacterial properties and strengthen your immune system. Lemon supplies plenty of vitamin C. As this vitamin is sensitive to heat, however, you should only add the lemon once the tea has cooled down a bit.
Ingredients (for 500 ml)
10 g fresh ginger
Leaves from 2 stalks of fresh mint
Approx. 10 ml (1 spoon) of freshly pressed lemon juice
1 slice of lemon
1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
Chop the ginger into small pieces or cut fine slices, put them in a tea filter, add the mint and pour approx. 500 ml of boiling water over it.
Let the tea steep for around 5 minutes.
Add the lemon juice and slice, leave for a further 5 minutes.
If the tea is too sour, you can add some honey before serving.
Tea to stimulate your digestion
This tea can support your digestion after a large lunch or dinner.
Ingredients for tea mixture
40 g aniseeds
40 g fennel seeds
20 g caraway seeds
Grind the ingredients using a pestle and mortar or with an electric blender. Keep the mixture in an airtight receptacle away from the light to retain the properties of the ingredients. A tightly sealed tin is ideal.
(For approximately 200-250 ml)
Put 1 heaped teaspoon of the mixture into a tea filter and pour 200-250 ml of boiling water over it.
Leave to steep for around 7-10 minutes before serving.
Relaxing Christmas tea
If you are a fan of typical Christmas aromas, you are sure to love this tea.
Ingredients (for approx. 1 litre)
2 litres water
3 fresh apples
1 cinnamon stick*
Boil the water.
Quarter the apples, wrap them in gauze together with the cinnamon and place in the boiling water.
Leave to simmer for another 20 minutes.
Remove the gauze bag and serve the tea hot or lukewarm.
*We recommend you do not drink more than 500 ml of this tea a day due to the cinnamon it contains.