Armenian Herbal Teas and Their Health Benefits
Armenia is renowned for its production of wild herbs since it is located in the mountainous region between the Black and Caspian seas. Here the harvesters are skillful in collecting and handling herbs. With these herbs, traditional teas are made. Here are some Armenian herbal tea recipes and their health benefits:
The usage of chamomile in Armenian cities and villages is very popular since the ancient times. It is grown from summer to autumn; Armenians can harvest it twice a year. Thus it is available in plenty of quantities.
Boil 200ml water. Add one teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers and boil for a minute. Strain and let it cool. Add lime juice and honey to taste and drink.
Chamomile tea relaxes muscles and is effective for insomnia and anxiety. It also treats menstrual cramps and irritable bowel syndrome effectively. It soothes stomachaches and eases spasms. It fights against cold.
Dill is widely used in Armenian cuisine since plenty of Dill plants are grown there.
Boil two cups of water. Infuse 2 or 3 teaspoons of dried dill seeds in it and let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Add honey and drink it.
Dill has flavonoids which protect the health of heart. The flavonoids also fight against cancer. The monoterpenes in dill have antioxidant properties and keeps aging at bay. Dill tea helps in treating indigestion, cough, cold and flu and eases menstrual pains. It relieves colic in infants and children. It helps in stopping flatulence.
Pomegranate Rind Tea:
Armenia is a motherland for pomegranate plants since majority of people cultivate it. It is the central fruit in Armenian culture and used as a main fruit in their households.
Wash the rind and remove it carefully. Dry it. Boil 200 grams of water and add 10 grams pomegranate rinds and boil for 10 minutes. Add your desired flavor or sweetener and sip.
Pomegranate rind or peel consists of many powerful antioxidants than its pulp. The antioxidants help in regulating the levels of LDL cholesterol. The tea purifies the blood by eliminating toxins from the body.
Mint is a very popular herb in Armenian folk medicine. It is grown in almost every part of Armenia as it can spread easily in humid places.
Boil two cups of water. Take 10 fresh leaves and wash them in fresh cold water and keep them in a tea infuser. Pour the boiled water over the leaves and let them steep for about 5 minutes. Then strain the leaves and drink it by adding sugar.
Mint is a good stress relaxant. It treats diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and headaches. It relieves from cough, cold and congestion.