6 Incredible Benefits of Lemon Tea

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If you have never enjoyed lemon tea before, you are missing out on a soothing and nutritionally rich part of your diet that can provide a number of health benefits.

What is Lemon Tea?

Quite simply, lemon tea is a form of regular tea to which lemon juice has been added. While tea has its own list of impressive health effects, adding lemon will not only change the color and flavor but also the impact that this tea can have on your health. Lemon tea is a popular tea variation in Eastern India, as well as many other nearby regions, but its proven health effects are making it a popular option in other parts of the world. Black tea, green tea, and other common tea variants already contain catechins, antioxidants, and active ingredients, but the addition of lemon also imparts high levels of vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin B6, as well as caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid.

A close-up shot of lemon tea

Lemon tea is a delicious, calorie-free drink with medicinal benefits. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Lemon Tea Benefits

Lemon tea, rich in vitamin C and low in calories, has benefits that include its ability to improve skin, detoxify the body, boost digestive function, and aid in weight loss, among others.

Nutrition Facts

Beverages, tea, ready-to-drink, lemon, diet
Serving Size :
NutrientValue
Water [g]99.55
Energy [kcal]2
Energy [kJ]9
Ash [g]0.04
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]0.41
Potassium, K [mg]37
Sodium, Na [mg]1
Zinc, Zn [mg]0.01
Copper, Cu [mg]0.01
Manganese, Mn [mg]0.09
Caffeine [mg]8
Sources include : USDA

Skin Care

With the combined antioxidant power of lemon juice and tea, this beverage is excellent for preventing oxidative stress and improving the appearance of the skin, particularly when it comes to reducing the signs of aging and wrinkles.

Immune System

With a very high level of vitamin C, adding lemon juice to your tea will give a kickstart to your immune system, protecting against infections and foreign pathogens.

Heart Conditions

Vitamin C and other antioxidants are responsible for protecting the heart against oxidative stress and ensuring the integrity of blood vessels and arteries.

Weight Loss

Lemon juice can suppress the appetite, as can caffeine, both of which are key parts in this beverage, meaning that it can prevent overeating and the habit of snacking between the meals, aiding you in your weight loss efforts.

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How to Make Lemon Tea?

Making your own lemon tea at home is very easy, although there are a number of variations on this tea that are prepared around the world. In addition to regular tea and lemon juice, some types of tea include honey, ginger, cumin seeds, sugar or salt. These variations each provide their own taste and unique health profile, but the general recipe remains the same. Let us take a look at the recipe below.

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Refreshing Lemon Tea Recipe

Enjoy this delicious beverage, whether served hot and cold!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon tea
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of water (filtered)
  • 2 tsp of honey
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice

Instructions

  • To make lemon tea, pour two cups of filtered water in a saucepan and let it boil.
  • Once done,  pour the boiling water over a tea bag (black, green, white, etc.).
  • Add 2 tablespoon of juice to the tea infusion. 
  • Add honey, sugar or other flavoring ingredients, as desired. Your tea is now ready to be served. 

Notes

If you want to have it cold, you can either refrigerate the tea until it becomes chilled or simply let the tea cool a little before serving it with ice. You have the freedom to adjust the recipe as per your personal tastes.  You can add more or less sugar or honey, more or less lemon, or a different type of tea, whatever works best for you.

Word of Caution

While there are many benefits of lemon tea, there can also be some side effects, such as complications in pregnant and breastfeeding women, blood pressure issues, and gastrointestinal distress, including diarrhea. The dangers for pregnant and breastfeeding women relate to the caffeine content in regular tea, as does the potential problems with blood pressure. Gastrointestinal problems are typically experienced by people drinking an excessive amount of this tea. Moderation is important, and be sure not to drink this tea on an empty stomach, as that is known to cause stomach upset.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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