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How To Drink Green Tea for Beginners

© Chef Oscar Umahro Cadogan

The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Fabulous Functional Foods by Chef Oscar Umahro Cadogan . View all columns in series

How to brew green tea
Each recipe makes one large pot of green tea, which serves 4 people. If you want to sweeten the tea, use small amounts of either high quality organic honey or stevia.

Basic green tea

  • 5 tsp green tea (1 tsp for each cup of water and an extra tsp for the pot)
  • 5 cups of boiling water
1) Put the tea leaves in a pot and add 1 cup of boiling water, which should be enough to cover the leaves. Leave for one minute and then discard the water while keeping the leaves in the pot.
2) Add 4 cups of boiling water and leave the tea to steep for 3 to 5 minutes depending on the time of day, before pouring the green tea into 4 cups and serving.

Green tea with peppermint
Peppermint has a long use as a digestive tonic and goes extremely well together with green tea, both in terms of taste and beneficial health effects. Quite a few people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome have found relief using peppermint, so green tea with peppermint ought the have a good effect as well. Especially when considering how beneficial green tea is for the digestive system on its own.

  • 5 tsp green tea
  • 5 cups of boiling water
  • 3 tsp dried peppermint leaves or 1 packed cup of fresh leaves
1) Put the green tea leaves in a pot and add 1 cup of boiling water, which should be enough to cover the leaves. Leave for one minute and discard the water while keeping the leaves in the pot.
2) Add peppermint and 4 cups of boiling water. Leave the tea to steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on the time of the day, before pouring the green tea with peppermint into 4 cups.

Green tea with licorice root and cinnamon
Licorice and cinnamon are both known for - apart from their great taste - their antimicrobial properties and balancing properties upon the female hormonal cycle. Thus, green tea with licorice root and cinnamon might be used to relieve the problems of menopause, if drunk several times a day, for digestive problems, and also for the flu; licorice root has antiviral properties.

  • 5 tsp green tea
  • 5 cups of boiling water
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1/2 licorice root
  • honey or stevia to taste
1) Put the green tea leaves in a pot and add 1 cup of boiling water, which should be enough to cover the leaves. Leave for one minute and discard the water while keeping the leaves in the pot.
2) Add cinnamon, licorice root, and 4 cups of boiling water and leave the tea to steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on the time of day, before pouring into 4 cups and serving.

Green tea with ginger
Ginger, like green tea, is essentially a medical food. It can inhibit inflammation, has antimicrobial properties, relieves constipation and nausea, and purportedly increases fertility. It also tastes great added to green tea. Fresh ginger is to prepare over the dried variety, which tends to taste slightly of soap.

  • 5 tsp green tea
  • 5 cups of boiling water
  • 3/4 oz fresh ginger, cut into thin slices or thin threads
1) Put the green tea leaves in a pot and add 1 cup of boiling water, which should be enough to cover the leaves. Leave for one minute and discard the water while keeping the leaves in the pot.
2) Add ginger and 4 cups of boiling water and leave the tea to steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on the time of day, before pouring into 4 cups and serving.
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About The Author
Oscar Umahro Cadogan started working with food after suffering from serious GI dysbiosis and delayed allergic reactions to numerous foods for several years. At the brink of getting full-blown inflammatory bowel disease, he managed to turn his life around using ideas at the heart of integrated/complementary medicine. A thorough regimen of dietary changes, botanicals, I-V......more
 
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