What is Strawberry Tea?
Strawberry tea is an herbal tea brewed using the leaves of the wild strawberry, scientifically known as Fragaria vesca. Also called a mountain strawberry or alpine strawberry, unlike the common strawberries found in grocery stores, the medicinal part of this fruit is the leaves. Some other variations of this tea consist of regular white or black tea that is sweetened with strawberries or even using the fruit themselves to brew the tea. However, the type of strawberry tea discussed in the remainder of this article is made from the fragrant dried leaves, resulting in a warm, relaxing tea that tastes surprisingly like strawberries!
How to Make Strawberry Tea
You can make your own strawberry tea at home quite easily, provided you can find dried wild strawberry leaves from a herbalist or natural grocer.
- Step 1: Bring a pot of water to boil and then allow to sit for 1-2 minutes.
- Step 2: Add 2 teaspoons of dried strawberry leaves to an infuser or teapot.
- Step 3: Pour the hot water over the leaves and steep for 10 minutes.
- Step 4: Strain out the leaves and serve warm.
- Step 5: If iced tea is desired, pour the tea over ice cubes and store in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
The top benefits of strawberry tea include the following:
- It has diuretic effects and has the ability to stabilize the digestive tract by reducing the occurrence of diarrhea.
- Strawberry tea is known to reduce chronic inflammation and lower your risks of chronic diseases, such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. This is due to the presence of tannins, anthocyanins, and other antioxidants found in these leaves,
- Studies have also shown that regularly drinking this tea can improve your bone mineral density by improving calcium uptake
- Strawberry tea gives your metabolism a boost, thus helping with weight loss efforts.
- Research has also proven that this tea can boost endothelial function and integrity, which help to protect heart health!
If you consume strawberry tea in excess, it can have some unwanted side effects, including the following:
- Gastrointestinal upset
- Bleeding disorders, since it is blood-thinning in nature
Finally, it is generally safe to drink this tea while pregnant, but as always, it is important to speak with your doctor before adding any herbal remedies to your health regimen during pregnancy.