Todays Tea Focuses on Brain Power
It’s almost the weekend and I am sure some of us feel absolutely exhausted both mentally and physically. That is why our tea today has a focus on increasing our brain power and providing that little nudge to help make it to the weekend. Did I mention it’s purple?
What goes into a Brain Power tea?
Some thought for starters. There are recipes out there for brain tonics but we like to push the boundaries of our knowledge and ingredients. My goal was to use ingredients that would be pleasing to the senses of sight, smell, and taste as well as helping the whole body and thus help the brain.
First Butterfly Pea
A little while back I wrote about our new arrival of Butterfly Pea tea which is used in Asian and Ayurvedic medicine to treat mental disorders, improve mental acuity, and lift the mood. It also turns any clear liquid blue and reacts wonderfully with other herbs that alter color.
The flavor of this ingredient is very delicate so it needs to be balanced well with the other ingredients so it does not get lost.
What doesn’t this herb do? It has a wonderfully light citrus flavor and with it a list of benefits that doesn’t quit. I chose lemongrass for this tea primarily for its antioxidants to add a boost to your immune system. This will help ensure you get through to the weekend without catching any nasty bugs along the way.
The tea from this beautiful flower is tangy and adds a red hue to the tea. Hibiscus has also been used to help cool the body and treat heart conditions. As we transition into Summer our weather is playing some very tricky games and it certainly has my body confused as to whether I should be hot or cold. Hibiscus is a wonderful way to help regulate your body temperature and keep your heart healthy. A healthy heart is going to make sure your brain and body are getting the power they need to keep you energized and alert.
The red of the Hibiscus combined with the blue from the Butterfly Pea make this a splendid, and almost electric, purple. Definitely a delight for your eyes.
Galangal is of the ginger family and possesses much of the same properties as ginger but with a more unique flavor. Gingers, like Galangal, are great for the digestive system and help stimulate the body. This stimulant property helps the other herbs do their job more effectively.
We have a lot of sour and spicy going on with some of the other herbs so we need to sweeten this up a bit and take the pucker out. Stevia is a great sweetener as it is up to 30 times sweeter than sugar yet only has 1 calorie per 10 leaves. As I only used 1/2 tsp. for this tea that is most likely about 1 1/2 to 2 calories. Happy not breaking your diet to be healthy.
We have so much fun creating new combinations. Be sure to come down and try out our tea of the day and perhaps even make your own.