Recover and Relax With These Rosemary Tea Recipes
The world of herbal tea offers a wide range of flavors from floral and fruity to earthy and herbaceous. Discovering new flavors is as easy as dreaming up new ways of using the herbs you already have in your kitchen. Rosemary leaves can be used to brew tasty hot and iced teas that will delight your taste buds. Unearth a new taste adventure with these rosemary tea recipes.
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Why Rosemary Tea?
Rosemary tea is an herbal tea made from the leaves of the rosemary plant. The tea can be brewed hot or iced using dried rosemary or fresh rosemary leaves. The rosemary plant is native to the Mediterranean but is a hardy plant that can be grown in most home gardens.
The rosemary herb is commonly used in culinary dishes to boost flavor. Moderate consumption of rosemary offers few side effects with the most common being allergic reactions.
Rosemary offers a distinctive pine flavor that is invigorating and refreshing. The flavor profile is sharp and powerful with notes of pepper, balsamic, and woodsy hints. Rosemary tea offers a complex flavor profile that is enjoyed by both beginner tea drinkers and connoisseurs who enjoy nuanced flavors. The tea is also good for a host of health benefits as indicated by recent research.
Rosemary tea is an herbal remedy that is integral to traditional medicines including Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. This tea boasts anti-inflammatory properties that may decrease the risk of heart disease and chronic pain (1).
By decreasing inflammation, sage tea helps to improve blood circulation, thus decreasing the risk of blood clots and heart attacks. Most research on the heart benefits of rosemary have been conducted on mice and more human trials are needed to confirm its efficacy.
The scent of rosemary may also offer beneficial effects for the nervous system. A study published in Scientia Pharmaceutica found that the aroma of rosemary helped to improve feelings of relaxation and calm. The study used rosemary essential oil and found the aroma helped to decrease heart rate and blood pressure after inhalation (2).
Rosemary leaves also contain high concentrations of antioxidants such as polyphenols that may be beneficial for a range of health problems. Antioxidants help to eliminate free radicals — highly reactive cells that wreak havoc on healthy cells. Free radicals cause oxidative stress, which is the human body's version of rust. This oxidation causes a breakdown in normal cellular processes and has been linked to serious ailments such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease as well as premature aging (3).
Simple Rosemary Tea Recipe
- 1 teaspoon fresh or dried rosemary needles
- 10 ounces of water
- Lemon or honey for added flavor (OPTIONAL)
- Bring water to a rapid boil in a large saucepan.
- Add the rosemary leaves to the boiling water and steep for 5 to 10 minutes. The longer the steeping time, the stronger the flavor will become. We recommend steeping for 5 minutes and tasting every 30 seconds afterward to nail down your preferred flavor.
- Use a fine mesh strainer to remove the leaves from the hot water.
- Pour into a teacup and garnish with a sprig of rosemary. Add a sweetener such as a dash of honey or lemon if desired.
Peach, Rosemary, and Green Iced Tea
- 2 teaspoons Cup & Leaf Sencha Fuji Green Tea
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves
- 2 large peaches - sliced
- 6 cups of water
- Ice cubes
- Bring water to 175 degrees Fahrenheit in a large saucepan.
- Use a tea ball to contain the green tea leaves and steep for 2 to 3 minutes. Avoid steeping the green tea leaves longer as they may develop bitter flavors.
- Add in the sage leaves and let the tea steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove the leaves and cool to room temperature. Once cool, add the tea concentrate to a large pitcher and mix in the sliced peaches. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator to serve later.
- To increase the peach flavor, gently crush the peaches before combing with the tea mixture. Enjoy!
Relax With Rosemary
Pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy the complex flavor profile of a rosemary herbal infusion. The rich woodsy notes pair perfectly with the light and airy balsamic flavor and just a touch of spice. The tea is the perfect addition to a healthy eating regimen and boasts benefits that can help improve overall health. The fresh herbs are commonly used in herbal medicine and may help to lower high blood pressure and eliminate free radicals that cause oxidative stress.
Brew up an entire teapot and share the exquisite flavors with friends and family or settle into a cozy corner and sip your way to calm bliss with a cup of rosemary tea. Rosemary is also a great tea to pair with true teas such as green tea and other herbal favorites such as chamomile. Don’t be afraid to play with flavors to discover your new favorite blend.