Looking for some great, inexpensive ideas to spice up what you drink this winter? When you Google winter teas most of what you find are exotic teas that cost a fortune, and many of these have additives and preservatives in them as well. Oh sure some of them taste amazing but for the average person the price of these teas mean that these are to be enjoyed once in a while.
Let’s look at some winter teas that taste great and are free!
Conifers provide year round goodness that includes 136mg of vitamin C per one cup of pine needles. Pine needles also contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Check this out, pine needles also contain polyprenols, physterols and carotenoids and this makes pine tea a potent antioxidant health brew. Both the eastern and western white pine is so nutrient-rich it truly is a hard act to follow in the winter months for nutrients.
The most common spruce trees are the White Spruce and the Black Spruce. The needles, pitch, tips and twigs all can be used to make an herbal tea. Spruce contains vitamin C, beta carotene, starch, and sugars. (Warning: this tea should be avoided if you are pregnant.)
Balsam Fir Tea
Balsam fir needles and twigs make a great winter tea as well and it contains vitamins C, B1, B2, B3, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, beta carotene, protein and fibre.
Here are some great winter teas you can make at home that won’t break your budget.
Apple Pie Tea
If you love apple pie then you’ll love this one. Take an apple and eat ¾ of it so not to waste it. The other quarter chop into very small pieces. Place these in a tea filter with a cinnamon stick with two pinches each of ground cloves and nutmeg. (Add more if desired.) Let steep for 10-15 minutes then enjoy!
Cinnamon and Clove Tea
This is a tea that can truly tastes like a wintertime tea. In your tea filter place a cinnamon stick and three or four whole cloves. Let steep 10-15 minutes. The longer you steep this the stronger it will be.
Orange and Clove Tea
Take two or three segments of an orange, cut them in half and place in your tea filter. Add one or two cloves and let steep 10-15 minutes.
Take a teaspoon of rooibos tea leaves and place them in your tea filter. Add in about one teaspoon of finely chopped apple then add 1/8 teaspoon each of: cinnamon and ginger. Let steep 10-15 minutes.
Winterized Black Tea
Put one teaspoon of loose black tea and place in a tea filter (you can use black tea in tea bags – just open the bag and use the leaf matter). Add into the filter two cloves and a small cinnamon stick. Let steep 10-15 minutes then add some fresh squeezed lemon to taste.
Herbal Tea Tips
When you make an herbal tea you can keep adding water until there is no flavor left. Many people will use plant matter once then toss it yet it can be used to make another cup or two. For those of you who have a sweet tooth always remember that you can take any of these teas and add a touch of honey or your favorite sweetener.
There you have it! All sorts of great winter teas that are either free or inexpensive! No need to spend a fortune when the best tasting teas are natural, additive-free and nutritious!