There's probably nothing more soothing than a delicious cup of tea — it feels like a long, comforting hug from Mom. We've compiled a list of our favorite teas to curl up with. Serve warm when recovering from a cold or a broken heart, or chilled for a pick me up in the summer.
If when you're feeling overwhelmed
Lemongrass is good for insomnia and anxiety. Bring a small pot of water to boil and add five stalks of crushed lemongrass. Let them steep for 15 to 30 minutes in a covered pot until the tea cools.
If you want an immune boost
Talbos ng Kamote, or sweet potato leaves, are packed with antioxidants, protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. The leaves lower blood sugar and cholesterol, boost the immune system, and can even ramp up platelet levels if you have dengue fever! To make tea, bring a medium pot of water to boil. Turn off the heat and steep 1/4 kilo of leaves. You can enjoy the leaves as part of a meal. Separate the tea, add raw honey and a squeeze of calamansi, and your tea will turn into a pretty and natural pink.
If you need to heal
Avocado leaves are good for diabetes, bad tummies, headaches, kidney detoxes, and reducing hypertension. Paired with Guyabano leaves, which are good for cancer prevention and treatment, they make the perfect healing tea. To make, bring a medium pot of water to boil. Add four leaves of avocado, four of guyabano, and five stalks of crushed lemongrass. Let them steep for 15 to 20 minutes.