It isn't surprising that traditions and customs are getting blurred out by the spotlight of our modern lifestyles. It also isn’t surprising that traditions and customs have persevered for millennia and we are slowly but surely tracing back to our roots. Some of our traditional beliefs are with medicinal home remedies. We have spent our childhood being treated with home remedies for minor cuts and bruises or cough, cold or even stomach ailments.
One such herb is Ing Makhir (Botanical name: Zingiber Rubens), an indigenous variety of ginger well know among native inhabitants of Meghalaya for its potent medicinal properties. Widely used by the locals in cooking and home remedies, it is also an active ingredient used by traditional healers or medicine men of Meghalaya.
What makes Ing Makhir more potent than the common ginger (Zingiber officinalis) is the higher concentration of gingerols. Ing Makhir’s most abundant essential oils are (Z)-citral, camphene, beta-phellandrene, 1, 8-cineole and zingiberene (read more).
Tea is probably one of the most consumed non-alcoholic beverages in the world. And with its ever-gaining popularity, introduction of many blends is only a small start. The history of tea dates back thousands of years to China where it all began. It is believed that the Chinese were the first to use tea as a medicinal plant. But it did not start with boiling or brewing the leaves, instead by chewing the leaves like most Asian cultures where beetle leaf chewing is common.
Although the Chinese did realize its medicinal benefits, it was only later that processing of the green leaves started to produce tea, the beverage we know today. With early trade done by exchange of products and commodities, tea slowly found its way around the world. From Asia, the Middle East and Europe through the silk route to now the North and South America.
Tea is gaining popularity in the Americas too because until recently they were more of a coffee drinking nation. Although coffee still captures over half of the American market, tea is also enjoyed by much of the population.
What is a Herbal Tea Blend?
It’s an assortment of two or more herbs blended to make a herbal drink. The ingredients of the blend promote health benefits that can be accompanied by a healthy diet plan. A herbal tea blend can include tea (white, green or oolong) or just the herbs or edible flowers. More on herbal flower teas in upcoming blogs.
Ing Makhir Fit Tea by Zizira
A unique tea blend with handpicked assorted ingredients to increase energy and burn belly fats the natural way. With potent plant properties of Ing Makhir, Oolong tea, Lemongrass and Szechuan peppercorns. Ing Makhir Fit tea can be paired with a healthy diet plan. The blend will help speed up metabolism, help in reducing fat absorption by the body and provide an energy boost.
Just to give you a snippet on the health benefits of the ingredients of Ing Makhir Tea blend, we have already mentioned a few uses of Ing Makhir by the natives of Meghalaya. Oolong tea does carry its own health benefits from boosting metabolism, lowers cholesterol, increases mental awareness and strengthens the immune system to name a few.
Lemongrass is used as a medicinal herb as it contains vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, minerals, and anti-oxidants. It benefits the body by controlling the bad cholesterol level, by detoxifying the body from impurities.
Szechuan pepper is spicy berry belonging to the prickly-ash tree. These peppercorns have a sharp, pungent flavour with a numbing or tingling aftertaste. It is believed to help to stimulate blood circulation, reduce inflammation and lowers blood sugar.
Try Out The Recipe Below or Make Your Own Variation.
2 teaspoons Ing Makhir Fit Tea
4 cups water
2 teaspoons lime or lemon juice
2 teaspoons raw honey
4-6 ice cubes
Method of Brewing Fit Tea:
To infuse the tea, heat the water in a pot till it boils. Place the tea blend in another pot and pour the hot water over the blend. Cover the pot with a lid and let it steep for 5-6 minutes. Remove the lid and let it cool down till room temperature. Use a strainer and strain the tea in a serving pitcher. Add the honey, lime juice (if using lemon juice then add more honey) and stir. Add the ice cubes and serve chilled. Enjoy this herbal bleany timeime of the day, perfect for a hot sunny afternoon.
Herbs and spices have been used and consumed for more than 2000 years now and have features such as colour, flavour and aroma. They consist of phytochemicals which are the chemicals produced by the plants through the primary or secondary source of metabolism. They play a huge role in the growth of a plant as they protect plants from pathogens. Due to this, they are also used in the preservation of foods and beverages.