Not only is a hot cup of tea comforting on a cold day, many varieties of Asian tea are believed to promote optimal health. If you need a break from bagged or loose leaf varieties, try your hand at brewing one of the medicinal teas below. They’re simple to make, many requiring only water and a single ingredient.
Boricha (Roasted Barley Tea) Traditionally used to aid digestion, treat urinary tract infections, and detoxify the body, roasted barely tea may also increase blood fluidity and circulation as well as prevent bacteria from accumulating in the mouth, according to recent studies.
Oksusu Cha (Roasted Corn Tea) Corn tea is traditionally known to be beneficial to those suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, or kidney disease.
Gugija Cha (Goji Berry Tea) A good source of vitamins and minerals, goji berries (also known as wolfberries) are believed to boost liver function and help fight fatigue if consumed on a regular basis.
Saenggang Cha (Korean Ginger Tea) Used in Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years, ginger is well known for its ability to alleviate stomach discomforts such as bloating and nausea as well as aid digestion. Ginger is also used to ease inflammation caused by conditions like ulcerative colitis and arthritis. Lastly, ginger has been shown to rid the body of certain types of harmful bacteria and ginger supplements are sometimes even given to aid recovery from food poisoning.
Insam Cha (Korean Ginseng Tea) Korean ginseng is believed to support eye health, promote tranquility, and steady the heartbeat. The tea may also boost energy and strengthen your immune system.
Gyulmyungja Cha (Cassia Seed Tea) Cassia is used in traditional Eastern medicine to support eye health and boost kidney and liver function.
Yuja Cha (Citron Tea) In ancient and medieval times, citron tea was used to combat seasickness as well as pulmonary and intestinal problems. The essential oils found in the fruit’s rind were also used as an antibiotic throughout history. While today’s research doesn’t necessarily back of citron tea’s ancient medicinal properties, try the warm drink to help comfort a cold or sore throat.