I used to have a tea phobia when I was much younger. This is because of the way we go about its business in this part of the world. You see, I’m not always comfortable seeing bread being dipped inside tea like we do here. The sight of bits of soggy bread swimming inside the tea really irritates me hence my dislike for it.
This was until my mama began to spice things up literally. She discovered a tea concoction that till today, I find hard to resist. It is made of chopped ginger, garlic and cloves aka kanafuru. Together with a tea bag, they are boiled for about twenty minutes till the ingredients are thoroughly infused. You then extract the liquid and voila! You could drink it by itself or add milk and honey. I bet you’d thank me later.
Because of its numerous health benefits, I call it “tea of life”. This infused tea does a lot of good to my body; it rejuvenates me and makes me stay err, woke. This is because the ingredients used are among the healthiest spices in the world. I’d be discussing them in the following categories.
- Aromatic properties: Ginger, garlic and cloves have a distinctive smell and pungent taste. They give foods a pleasant aroma and spicy taste which stirs and improves appetite. This was a major turning point for me as I never liked the smell of ordinary tea.
- Anti-inflammatory properties: An inflammation is a painful redness, hotness or swelling of a body part that results from an infection, injury or even stress. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerol. The sulfur contents in garlic also prevent the activation of inflammatory enzymes in the body. Eugenol which is the primary component in cloves also functions as an anti-inflammatory substance. These spices help in preventing joint inflammation, arthritis and rheumatism.
- Strengthens immunity: Due to their high flavonoid content, they help boost the body’s immune system. They may help combat heart disease, cancer, asthma, common cold, flu, stroke and so on.
- Stomach Problems: They are effective in assisting digestion, curing stomach upsets, bloating, flatulence and chronic indigestion thereby improving food absorption. Ginger and garlic also relieves menstrual pain.
- Aphrodisiac: These spices also stimulate and improve blood circulation in the body. They help you get in that mood. Ginger especially is known to be a natural sexual performance enhancer.
- Antioxidant properties: They contain antioxidants that keep free radicals in check, reduce oxidative stress and may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
- Anti- diabetic properties: These spices also help in the reduction of blood sugar. Eugenol, found in cloves is also powerful for preventing blood clots.
It’s glaring that so much goodness lies in these spices. Personally, I incorporate them in my meals often and I’m really seeing positive results. I’d suggest you do same too.