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3 Tea Recipes That’ll Slim You Down, Detox And Fight Colds

Posted on: by Women's Health
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Photographs by Sandy Roberts

Cheers to your health!

Need to rejuvenate or simply boost your health? Whip up a soothing, natural tea, made from herbs and spices. Try these three tea recipes from Margaret Roberts’ book Tea: 60 Teas to Revitalize & Restore.

Fennel Slimmers’ Tea

What You Need
¼ cup fresh fennel leaves
2 tsp fennel seeds
2 tsp apple-cider vinegar
¼ cup basil leaves

Method
Pour a cup of boiling water over fresh fennel leaves and seeds. Stir and allow to steep for five minutes. Strain and add apple-cider vinegar, mixing well to combine. Add basil leaves and serve. Drink one cup or two daily for 10 days, stop for four days, then continue. This tea works as a detoxifier – drink a cup after indulgent eating.

Antioxidant Lemonade

What You Need
1 cup honey
6 cups hot water
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 to 3 tsp finely grated lemon zest

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Method
Dissolve the honey in the hot water. Add the lemon juice and zest. Mix well. Chill overnight and serve with ice. Serve hot in winter if you have a cold or sore throat. You can add sage leaves, cloves and Echinacea petals to this basic lemon tea. Add a dash of brandy to make an evening hot toddy.

Aniseed and Orange Soother

What You Need
2 tsp aniseed
orange zest
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tsp honey

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Method
Pour one cup of boiling water over aniseed and zest. Steep for five minutes. Simmer the orange juice and the honey over a medium heat for one minute. Stir to dissolve honey. Add the aniseed tea to the orange juice, stir for one minute, then strain. Sip slowly to soothe a tired throat. Add a single star anise to the tea to add a delicious liquorice flavour. This will work well as a natural cough medicine. It’s also an old-school remedy for halitosis.

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