Cilantro tea is a great option if you want to enjoy some of that havrest you have at home. It’s refreshing and very aromatic, the perfect summer drink really. Since the cilantro plant will grow pretty quickly, I will never not be able to make this tea from the fresh leaves.
It’s rich in nutrients and some very interesting properties that make cilantro a great introduction to your diet. With antioxidants and vitamins, it really is a superfood. The tea is simply made by steeping the fresh leaves in warm water for a few minutes. It will release all the nutrients and leave you with a powerful tea to drink.
What Is Cilantro
Cilantro is a pretty common herb that is grown by a lot of people. It’s one of those herbs that you either like or don’t like. Some people actually have a genetic thing that cilantro more or less tastes like soap, but it’s for a small subset of people this applies to.
It’s been used for many many years and provides a very aromatic option to your food. It will taste the best when it’s still fresh. Unlike thyme or rosemary for example, the quality and flavor of cilantro really goes down when it’s dried instead.
Growing the cilantro is very easy. It likes areas where there is a lot of sun during the day. But the soil should be pretty well watered all the time to help support the plant during the summer. Make sure the soil is well draining too, meaning that you shouldn’t see any water pool at the top of the soil.
Making Your Own Cilantro Tea
Actually making the tea is very easy. Like we mentioned previously, the best type of cilantro will be fresh ones. The dried cilantro really doesn’t taste that much, instead we find it much more rewarding harvesting your own and making tea from that.
Let’s look at the steps we take to making cilantro tea:
- Pick about 2 – 3 large sprigs of cilantro
- Boil about 2 cups of water
- Pour the water of the cilantro and let it steep for about 2 – 3 minutes
- Strain it and add a small amount of honey if you wish to have some sweetness
This will produce a very nice and fragrant tea for you. But we want to stress the fact that it should be consumed while still warm. It will taste much better, but the nutrition in the tea will be richer like this. Waiting for it to cool down will instead let some of the beneficial properties go away, at that point you might as well just drink water instead.
Pairing Cilantro With Other Herbs
Cilantro is a very aromatic herb that goes very well with other plants too. It wont take over and will instead just leave a more aromatic and flavorful tea if combined. Some of our favorites to pair with are thyme and basil.
Neither of those will take over the flavor profile, instead just make a very well balanced tea. We like to divide cilantro, thyme and basil equally when making the tea, one third of each. The recipe we use is the same as the regular one, steeping the herbs in warm water for a few minutes and then straining it.
The Health Benefits Of Cilantro Tea
We mentioned in the beginning that cilantro is actually very rich in nutrients, some of these being vitamins, but especially antioxidants. These antioxidants are very important to have in the diet, it protects the body against the risk of future sickness, like colds or fevers.
Antioxidants are meant to help mitigate “free radicals” which causes inflammation (headaches, joint pain). This makes it very valuable to have. Luckily you will get more than enough of the dose if you drink cilantro tea about 2 – 3 times a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s been researched that cilantro can actually help with diabetes. There are properties in the cilantro that get released when we eat it that helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level. So drinking tea made from cilantro can actually protect you against heart diseases too.
It helps reduce cholesterol. The leaves rich in antioxidants are great for protecting the body against future sickness like colds and fever. It should be mentioned that there is still research to be made around this topic, but going off what other people are reporting then cilantro tea seems like a great option.
Helps With Weight Loss
Cilantro tea can actually help with weight loss. It’s pretty interesting really, the cilantro can help with maintaining a lower blood sugar level. It makes the body consume more sugar and converts that into energy. It basically lowers the spare sugars in the body and makes the most of them.
A boosted metabolism is more or less what it does. This will long term make it easier to shed some weight if that’s a goal of yours.
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