Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger
Tea for a Happy Summer
11 JULY ‘22
Looking for a fun and refreshing way to quench your summer thirst? Turn towards loose leaf tea and avoid packaged tea bags to create an environmentally friendly tea that also benefits you! Check out this quick recipe for a cold, fresh and sustainable homemade tea that is sure to satisfy.
Words by Rebekah Smith
When the summer heat begins to kick in, a cold glass of water may not be enough. Our taste buds desire something refreshing, fun and a little bit fruity.
How about something fun and fresh that tastes good and is good for the environment? Let us introduce you to our new favorite summer drink…homemade natural lemon ginger tea, made from loose leaf herbs and flowers.
Why loose leaf tea?
The average tea bag, and those which claim to be 100% compostable and biodegradable, are actually tiny bags full of disposable plastics. Single-use tea bags are double or triple-wrapped in microplastics which do not break down in soil. These tea bags maintain a heavier carbon footprint and release microplastics into streams and oceans. In fact, a 2019 study by McGill University shows that “a single tea bag can release more than 3 billion nanoplastic particles and 11 billion microplastic particles into your cup during a steep,” according to sustainable tea enthusiasts MatchaAlternatives.
Loose leaf teas, however, are natural to the environment. They are compostable and sold in single canisters or bags, which reduces waste. Drinking loose leaf tea may be a bit uncomfortable for the beginner, as it often means drinking those tiny bits of herbs and flowers in a tea blend. Yet, these blends usually maintain many nutritious qualities which can support your body and your garden if you don’t enjoy drinking the actual bits of the blend.
Now that we know why loose leaf teas are more natural and sustainable than tea bags, here’s a recipe for a fun and refreshing natural tea made sustainably with a loose leaf blend.
Picture byCharlotte May
Natural Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe
Lemon and ginger are age-old favorites in the health and wellness world as they maintain a wide variety of benefits. Lemons are high in Vitamin C and fiber, support heart and digestive health, help control weight, protect against kidney stones and anemia, and reduce the risk of cancer. Ginger contains many medicinal properties and includes almost all of the same benefits as lemon. As a bonus, ginger boosts skin health and immunity, and reduces symptoms of PMS and other pains.
So, how can we incorporate such amazing health and digestive benefits into a natural, sustainable tea? Well, check out our simple and easy recipe below!
What You’ll Need:
4 Cups Water
4 Tsp Loose Leaf Tea Blend of choice
2-3 Inches Ginger Root
Honey, or other natural sweetener (Optional)
To start, boil four cups (one liter) of water.
Slice a lemon and a few pieces of ginger root (2-3 inches). Place the lemon and ginger slices into a pitcher.
Then, sprinkle in your loose leaf tea blend. Remember, add one teaspoon of the blend per cup of water used!
Tip: Green and Earl Grey teas mix best with lemon and ginger.
Pour the boiled water into the pitcher. Allow the tea to steep for about 20 minutes.
Tip: If you don’t like drinking the loose herbs, try placing your loose leaf tea blend in a reusable cotton tea bag, or use a tea ball infuser.
Serve hot or over ice! If desired, add honey or another natural sweetener.
· Tip 1: If serving iced, add twice the amount of tea to your mixture to maintain a strong flavor.
· Tip 2: Add a lemon wedge to your glass for an extra touch of class.
Sip, and enjoy!
We hope this fun and refreshing homemade natural lemon ginger tea quenches your summer thirst and helps you feel good about your environmental impact.
If you’re looking for a way to make your own zero-waste natural tea blends at home, check out this helpful article from EcoWatch.
Happy summer from your friends at Staiy!