This tea is a popular beverage in North Africa. The green tea leaves are high in antioxidants and the mint is soothing. Traditionally, the tea is sweetened heavily with honey, but it is still delicious with just a little added.
Because of its menthol, mint is a great aid for the digestive system, stimulating biliary secretion that helps digest fats. Mint is also recommended to treat asthma, bronchitis, and the flu because of its antispasmodic properties. Finally, mint is a great source to assist with mental fatigue, depression, and stress. Apply mint oil to the temples and backhead to relax.
Try this delicious, healthful tea to feel rejuvenated and relaxed. During the hotter days, refrigerate with ice cubes (for an expedited cooler process) for an iced tea version.
6 cups water
2 Tbs loose green tea leaves
2 large bunches fresh mint, reserve ½ a bunch for garnishing raw honey, to taste
1. Heat the water in a pot to a light simmer and the turn off the heat. Add the green tea (in a tea ball) and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the green tea and add the mint (except the reserved ½ bunch) and cover. Allow to steep for 15 minutes, or until the desired flavor is achieved. Remove the mint.
2. Re-heat the tea before serving and stir in the honey to taste.
3 To serve, put some of the reserved fresh mint at the bottom of each small glass and then pour in the tea. You can also just serve honey on the side and let people sweeten to their liking.