Enhance Your Cup: 8 Natural Tea Additives
One lump or two? For you youngsters that’s the old-timey way of asking how much sugar you’d like in your tea. But sugar is way too 20th century for us. There’s so many better and healthier options out there. So without further ado we give you the Top 8 Tea Enhancers.
- Chai Spices: We’re not talking those 300 calorie per serving chai spiced tea lattes you pick up at your local coffee chain. Mix in green cardamom pods, cinnamon and fresh ginger root to your next cup of freshly brewed tea and prepare for your tastebuds to be titillated.
MCT or Coconut Oil: These oils are excellent for adding a rich satisfying coconut flavor to your tea that has the added benefit of keeping you feeling full and fueling your brain. We recommend blending or frothing them into your cup. Take a look at the health benefits of theses oils that we examined in a previous post.
- Blossoms: Add subtle flavors to your tea while simultaneously upping its aesthetic. Jasmine, marigold, honeysuckle, hibiscus and cherry blossoms are all excellent for adding some delicate tasting notes. As an added bonus snap a few shots for Instagram and break 10 likes. Trust us on this.
- Essential Oils: Is it possible to make a warm cup of tea more soothing than it already is? The answer is a resounding yes. Add a few drops peppermint, orange or bergamot essential oil into your tea and fall into a Bob Ross state of relaxation. Also works wonders for getting over a cold.
- Fresh Mint: Ah yes, the Clint Eastwood of tea additives. By that we mean it’s classic and loves guns (minus the guns part). Throw in a few leaves to your tea of choice and savor both its minty flavor and digestive benefits.
- Dried Lemongrass: Another simple enhancer for your tea it is also believed to possess digestive benefits. Of course if you don’t feel like hunting down dried lemongrass a few squirts from a fresh lemon will give you the same lemony flavor you seek.
- Vanilla Sticks or Beans: This is a truly delicious add on to your boring vanilla cup of tea. Wait, what? Moving on, vanilla is a lovely way to add a bit of sweet and creaminess to your beverage.
- Raw Honey: A nice alternative to the standard sugar, raw honey is a fantastic natural additive that possesses some health benefits such as helping to ward off your allergies (use locally sourced raw honey) and it's also one of many ways to help you get your sleep on.
Bourbon: Ok, not exactly a 'natural' tea additive, but with the cool nights upon us, we figured it's one worth mentioning. Popularly known as the Hot Toddy, a little bit of bourbon and lemon mixed into hot tea is a great way to unwind on a cool fall evening.