Draining Infusion

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Hi there! I’d like to share with you a herbal tea, prepared by a herbalist friend, who should have a draining effect (ie… removing the excess of water)… I’ve been trying it for about a week and, I must say, I think works! While she was preparing it, I saw the ingredients, which are all in equal parts.

Ingredients:
rooibos *
green maté **
melissa (lemon balm)
lemon zest
fresh mint and / or lemon juice

Method:
Bring the water to a boil, turn the heat off and pour a spoonful of infusion for half a liter of water in a jar. Place a lid on the jar to avoid losing the volatile properties and let it rest 15-20 minutes. Then, filter the infusion through a sieve and squeeze the herbs (let’s use them until the last drop!). Usually I prepare a liter and a half of it (ie 3 tablespoons of infusion), which I then pour into a bottle and then in the fridge, so I can have it nice and chilly!
Here in the photo, I also put a cherry from my orchard, the first ones that are ripening! 🙂 What a joy!

* Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), red bush in English, also known as Rooibos, is a plant belonging to the family of leguminous, and its leaves are used to prepare an infusion called Rooibos, or Red Bush or red African tea. The leaves are caffeine free and contain many antioxidants and minerals, including magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin C. The roobois is becoming popular in Western countries, especially among health-conscious consumers, for its high content of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, and for the absence of caffeine and  a low tannins content, compared that of black fermented tea or not fermented green tea leaves.

** Green Mate: Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) is a plant belonging to the family of Aquifoliaceae, native of South America. The consumption of mate has diuretic effects and is mildly exciting, because of its caffeine content; it also tends to quench the appetite and to give a sense of satiety. Recent studies have shown that mate contains almost all the vitamins necessary for the human beings, and can meet their daily requirement.

Chef: Ambrosia from VeganBlog

  1. acorn 2 June 2011 at 07:10

    Thanks for this – now that the heat is coming is quite common to suffer from water retention, specially for women. Also the info you gave us are interesting. I’ll try it!



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