Drinking the same tea every day can be monotonous for ardent tea lovers who like variety in their lives. Though sipping your favourite tea daily is never a challenge and we know you’d gladly do that, why not bring a bit of variety and exciting new taste notes to your tea routines. Having said that, have you ever tried Echinacea tea? Did you know it has some impressive benefits to drinking it regularly? Let us guide you to the world of Echinacea and everything related to it.
What is Echinacea?
Echinacea is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants among the daisy family. Found only in North America, this genus has 9 or 10 species commonly called the purple coneflowers that are known to grow in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. They bloom through the entire summer, showing off their comparatively larger showy heads with long petals.
Every part of this flowering plant has been put to use since very old times, be it for traditional medicinal purposes or tea preparations, while some of its species are cultivated in gardens for their beautiful flowery heads. Echinacea plants contain different varieties of active compounds, to name a few, caffeic acids, alkamides, phenolic acids, etc., and have provided some excellent health benefits to a lot of people over time.
How to prepare Echinacea tea?
Echinacea tea is tasteful, caffeine-free herbal tea that has gained quite a fame now and is favourite to many. To make Echinacea tea you need dried Echinacea flowers or readymade Echinacea tea packets.
You can prepare your Echinacea tea in the following way:
Boil 2 cups of water in a pan, add 2 tablespoons of dried Echinacea flowers, or 1 tablespoon of readymade Echinacea tea while the water boils. Turn the heat to medium and simmer the concoction for around 5 to 10 minutes. Strain your tea in teacups and add honey or sugar to taste if you like. And your Echinacea tea is ready to be served.
Health benefits of Echinacea tea
Here are a few benefits of the rejuvenating Echinacea tea
Loaded with antioxidants:
Echinacea plants are high in antioxidant compounds, that help the body to flush out the harmful substances and keep you fit. These antioxidants are higher in a ratio in extracts from the Echinacea fruits and flowers than its other parts.
Echinacea is widely known for its immunity-boosting ability. Studies have proved that this plant family can combat viruses and infections in the body and ward off illnesses like the common cold and cough.
Echinacea tea is a good remedy for inflammations in the body, it eases the inflamed areas and hence provides relief from pains and aches.
Reduces anxiety and stress:
Being an herbal tea, Echinacea tea promotes calming effects in the body. Drinking it early in the morning will help your body to relax more, reduce stress and anxiety. And drinking it before going to bed will help you to relax your mind and sleep better.
Dosage and Side Effects
The per-day dosage of Echinacea is one area where people still need to research more. Currently, there is no such dosage recommendation by scientists or doctors but 2 to 3 cups of Echinacea tea per day is a pretty good amount for good results for your health. Please bear in mind, though, consuming large amounts of this tea is not advisable, most of the side effects that occur to people are due to allergies from daisies, the Echinacea family, and/or similar flowers. Since Echinacea has proved to stimulate the immunity system in people, patients with autoimmune disorders, or people taking immunosuppressive drugs should consult with their doctors before consuming this tea.
- Itchy skin
- Shortness of breath
- Stomach aches
…are some of the side effects of Echinacea tea for people who may be allergic to this one.
Echinacea is a beautiful, aromatic, herbal flower that has some great therapeutic properties. It is a fancy herbal tea that has become common in the lives of many tea lovers. Also, because it is caffeine-free, many people enjoy it daily. But there are blends of the Echinacea tea that are not pure herbal teas, so always make sure to check the ingredient list before making your purchases and buy from the best and renowned brands of teas. Do try our blend of Echinacea tea and tell us about it in the comments below.