Cooling Herbal Teas for The Summer Heat

Cooling Herbal Teas for The Summer Heat

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Cooling Herbal Teas for The Summer HeatHerbs and foods can be cooling for our bodies in multiple ways. Herbs that are diaphoretics, create sweating or relax the pores of the skin, which has a natural air-conditioning effect. Herbs such as ginger, lemon balm, chamomile, and elderflower, cool the body by sweating or skin relaxation.

There are several foods that cool the body such as sour fruits like lemon, lime, or blueberry that are considered cooling, and their sour taste is pleasant and antimicrobial.

You can also add some types of cooling foods like watermelon, cucumber, and raspberries to cool you off since they have a high water content. Adding a tea of rose hips and petals, lemon, lime as a beverage will give you a refreshing cool lunch or dinner.

Additional herbs like blackberry leaf, green, white, or black tea, peppermint, cardamom, ginger, hibiscus, and raspberry leaf are cooling and drying to the body, helping to offset heat and humidity. Made into a tea with ice or overnight refrigeration and you will have a nice way to cool off in the hottest part of the day.

Using any or all of the above herbs and foods you can experiment with various types of cooling herbal teas that will refresh and cool you down during this summer heat. Below are some teas that are known for their cooling abilities in the heat of the afternoon.

If you want to make one cup or glass of tea: choose herbs you’d like to use, mix herbs in a jar, then use 1 tablespoon per 1 cup of water. You can also make the teas into herbal ice cubes and add the cubes to black or green tea.

 

The following makes a ½ gallon of herbal tea.

Hibiscus Herbal Cooler

Makes ½ gallon – double to make one gallon

Ingredients:

¼ cup dried hibiscus

¼ cup dried chamomile

2 tablespoons dried rosehips

1 tablespoon dried cinnamon chips

 

Chamomile and cinnamon will sweeten it up a bit and rosehips will add a sour cooling. Add honey to sweeten.

 

Directions:

  • Blend herbs together in a ½ gallon jar, pitcher or 2-quart jars.
  • Pour boiling water over herbs to fill a jar and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain, add honey or choice of sweetener, then refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Another way to make cooling herbal tea is to add water to the jar, cap, and place in the sun for 2 to 4 hours.
  • Place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.

 

 

Cooling Herbal Teas for The Summer Heat

Hibiscus Spearmint Chiller

Makes ½ gallon – double to make one gallon

Ingredients:

¼ cup dried Hibiscus

¼ cup dried Spearmint

½ gallon water

 

Directions:

  • Blend herbs together in a ½ gallon jar, pitcher or 2-quart jars.
  • Pour boiling water over herbs to fill a jar and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain, at honey or choice of sweetener, then refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Another way to make cooling herbal tea is to add water to the jar, cap, and place in the sun for 2 to 4 hours.
  • Place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.

 

Cooling Herbal Teas for The Summer Heat

Lemon Balm Elderflower ‘Cool-Ade’

Makes ½ gallon – double to make one gallon

Ingredients:

¼ cup dried elderflowers

¼ cup dried lemon balm

½ gallon water

 

Directions:

  • Blend herbs together in a ½ gallon jar, pitcher or 2-quart jars.
  • Pour boiling water over herbs to fill a jar and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain, at honey or choice of sweetener, then refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Another way to make cooling herbal tea is to add water to the jar, cap, and place in the sun for 2 to 4 hours.
  • Place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.

 

 

Rose Petal Raspberry Iced Tea

Makes ½ gallon – double to make one gallon

Ingredients:

¼ cup dried red raspberry leaf

¼ cup dried rose petals

½ gallon water

Directions:

  • Blend herbs together in a ½ gallon jar, pitcher or 2-quart jars.
  • Pour boiling water over herbs to fill a jar and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain, at honey or choice of sweetener, then refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Another way to make cooling herbal tea is to add water to the jar, cap, and place in the sun for 2 to 4 hours.
  • Place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.
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Cooling Herbal Teas for The Summer Heat
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Cooling Herbal Teas for The Summer Heat
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Recipes for herbal teas to cool the body such as chamomile tea, Rose Petal Raspberry Iced Tea, and Lemon Balm Elderflower 'Cool-Ade'.
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