How to Brew Homemade Tea (And Why You Should!)

Homemade Ginger

Ginger Turmeric Tea

Latinos love our café, but there is something so soothing about a fresh pot of hot tea on a cool day. The ritual of preparing tea can also be a wonderfully calming part of your day. Studies suggest that drinking tea is good for your liver, helping depression, weight loss as well as reducing your risk of a stroke.

For all these reasons (and because I love a soothing ritual during the hectic week), I have recently made a habit of brewing a pot of tea a day. Instead of using a store-bought tea bags, I brew my own from a mixture of fresh ginger root, turmeric, mint, lemons, and black peppercorns. Ginger and turmeric have numerous healing benefits, the black peppercorns helps your body absorb all the vitamin goodness that turmeric has. The mint adds a sweetness which rounds out the other flavors nicely. If you don’t like spice, brew with less turmeric and black pepper to start and then adjust to taste over time.

Each morning, I brew a pot of about four or five cups of this tea and drink it throughout the day. Not only does it keep me warm and calm my anxiety, but it also helps me curb the hunger pangs—and with them go my runs to the fridge every few hours for another snack.

If you don’t have a fancy tea pot don’t worry, any cooking pot works just fine! Any leftover tea can be bottled and saved.

Click here for the full recipe.

Tara Sherry-Torres is a Pittsburgh-based creative entrepreneur. Visit her Latino culture media site, Cafe Con Leche, to learn how she highlights authentic Latino culture using art + food.




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