A number of things come to mind when one thinks of wine: a romantic evening, a relaxing day, a great accessory for a bath and a lovely drink for a much needed light buzz after a long day at work. It is the ultimate 'adult drink', the grape-based drink that goes well with virtually anything! Personally, I enjoy a light fruity moscato over red wines because I like sweeter flavours so herbal wine is definitely on the other spectrum of my taste scale. There has to be a logical reason behind the very existence of this subset of wine. And I am nothing if not adventurous so I gave it a chance and did my research (of course), and to make it more fun, I wanted to look into DIY wines. It won't be the easiest process but it is certainly highly rewarding! It isn't everyday you get to serve DIY wine at your cocktail parties, no?
Getting the poor elephant out of that tiny room, herbal wine is definitely far less common than the traditional grape wines and they are simply herb-based wines. Herbal wines are either a dry-herb infusion or a fresh-herb infusion. The former infuses at room temperature and for a longer period of time, while the latter infuses in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
On the archaeological record, the earliest wine-making activities go back to as far back 6,000 years ago across the globe. It has been used as a populist medicine that stimulates the nervous and circulatory systems and offers a strong boost to digestion. All types of herbs are used to achieve these results, as well as offering other health benefits such as improving one's mood, promoting internal movement, cleansing the organs and supporting various bodily system functions. Apart from the numerous health benefits, did I mention it actually tastes fragrant, floral and light? Much like a spring/summer breeze on a nice sunny day by the ocean. You're welcome for that spark in your imaginary dreamscape.
Now, moving on, I will share the process of making DIY wine or home-brewed wine and a recipe for you to kickstart at home. Your resulting wine should taste like a cup of quality tea with a slight alcoholic taste; basically the wine version of herbal fruit tea.
Simply put, the fermentation equation for an aspiring winemaker is as follows:
Sugary liquid + yeast (and the occasional friendly bacteria) + time = delicious fermented beverage (Christensen, 2013)
Fermentation is what turns a regular fruit like grapes into an alcoholic beverage. Yeast is required to transform the sugars in the juice/liquid into ethanol (alcohol) and carbon dioxide (a by-product). The total duration for complete fermentation can take up to 3 weeks. Deliciousness and perfection takes time and cannot be rushed!
Note: every recipe follows this basic procedure:
Once you have your equipment and ingredients ready, the creative process is relatively fun and easy. When you become more confident in mixing fruits and herbs, you can wean off known recipes and experiment on your own to find your very own creation. Here is a recipe to get you started on your wine-making journey:
If made right, this home brewed wine should taste almost like an herbal fruit tea and you'll be the talk of the party no doubt! Watch out wine stores, DIY wine just might be the next big thing.
Chamomile tea, a herbal infusion made from dried chamomile flowers, is packed with health benefits. It is often used as an inexpensive natural remedy to common ailments like colds and menstrual cramps.
Chamomile tea can soothe menstrual cramps by reducing muscle spasms and encouraging your body to relax. Apart from being a gentle sedative, this tea can help promote regular period cycles by stimulating blood flow around the pelvic area.
Apart from fighting inflammation and guarding against diseases, antioxidants are vital to slowing the ageing process and reduces visible signs of ageing like wrinkles or skin sagginess. Drinking chamomile tea regularly can go a long way in ensuring your body stays in top condition!
Chamomile tea is often recommended as a natural remedy to beat insomnia and promote sleep. Best taken before bedtime, this herbal tea is sure to soothe and relax you, ensuring you have a restful night.
Chamomile tea contains chrysin, which is known to ease anxiety. As a mild sedative, this tea naturally relaxes the body and makes it easier for one to fall asleep, combating insomnia.
A cup of chamomile tea can be a quick and natural way to soothe digestion problems from nausea to vomiting. If your digestion has been feeling sluggish, this herbal tea can promote bowel movement to get your body back to its normal working order!
The immune system boosting potential of chamomile tea means this tea is a great natural remedy to common colds or flu. This tea contains antibacterial properties and relieves nasal congestion associated with colds or flu.
By fighting harmful bacteria, this herbal tea has the natural ability to boost your immune system. Not only does chamomile tea prevent you from falling sick, drinking this herbal tea while ill will help you recover faster.
This herbal tea is a powerhouse of antioxidants that protect the skin from damage. Drinking this tea regularly will promote cell and tissue regeneration, slowing down the ageing process to retain your skin’s youthful appearance.
Not only does chamomile tea's antioxidants provide protection against cancer, but chamomile also has certain chemicals that have proven effective in fighting cancer. Apigenin, a compound found in chamomile tea, has been shown to slow the spread, growth and lifespan of certain cancer cells.
Late nights often mean waking up with tired-looking skin and dark eye bags. With chamomile tea’s anti-inflammatory properties, this herbal tea acts as a natural remedy to tighten and perk up skin. Leave two tea bags in warm water for 5 minutes. Once cooled, place them on your eyes for a calming compress.
With the vast amount of medicinal benefits chamomile tea has, there’s no reason not to try it!
Sick of sipping on the same old cup of flower tea every afternoon? Spice teatime up a notch by letting it melt into happy hour - infuse your cup of quality tea with a punch of alcohol. By combining two of your favourite beverages together, you can create your own easy DIY cocktails at home for a beverage fit for a party.
The beauty of quality tea cocktails is that you can always customize cocktails according to your preference of the day, and experiment with the different flavors that flower tea, organic green tea and organic black tea can bring out. Rest assured that quality tea is the best mixer ever - its neutral taste allows it to pick up the flavor of herbs and fruits quickly, it contains no sugar, and is also heart-friendly. Here are 5 delicious, easy DIY cocktails you can make at home to give teatime a whole new meaning.
On days when your special someone is coming to visit, a glass of rose tea martini will do the trick. This cocktail is fruity and flirty with floral notes, and is the perfect addition to a romantic evening at home. Here’s how it’s done:
P.S. Feel free to replace rose tea with any other flower tea such as lavender or hibiscus tea according to your preference.
A sip of this organic green tea mint julep feels like a dive in an icy cold pool on a sweltering hot day. The slight bitter taste of organic green tea mixes well with the smoothness of bourbon and refreshing mint, making this the perfect, easy DIY cocktails for both day and night. Be sure to use quality tea to obtain the best flavor!
This organic black tea and thyme cider cocktail is yet another recipe to add to your list of easy DIY cocktails. This comforting cocktail can be served both warm or chilled, depending on your preference (and also the weather).
The earthy taste of chamomile tea combined with bourbon and a hint of honey makes for a relaxed drink perfect for days in the pool or with a book. This easy DIY cocktails only requires 4 ingredients, and is easy to whip up anytime you feel like it. If you’re not a fan of chamomile tea, any other flower tea works as well such as the floral blossom tea from Nilufer.
This fun, herbal fruit tea cocktail is the perfect twist to your usual cup of iced herbal fruit tea, adding some excitement into your day.
Although tea might have a prim and proper reputation, there’s no saying that it can’t be played up and added to a cocktail; be sure to use the following 5 fresh herb cocktail ideas on special occasions such as parties to wow your guests.
‘Detox’ seems to be the new health trend with various products claiming to help revitalize your skin while getting healthier in the process. Drinking organic herbal tea may not spring to mind when you hear the word detox but it is a safer and natural method of detoxing. For the busy office worker, herbal teas are an easy way to flush pollutants and free radicals without inconvenient side-effects.
This herbal tea packs several health benefits including the ability to detox the body. Chamomile tea contains antioxidants that helps your body naturally clear the gallbladder and your digestive tract. This makes chamomile tea one of the top detox teas due to its ability to ease bowel movement.
Its antioxidants strengthens the body to naturally detox your liver while guarding against colds or flus. Chamomile tea’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a natural way to detox so next time you’re waiting for your printer to finish, why not brew a tea bag in a cup of hot water?
Red tea like rooibos tea help flush out toxins. This aids in detoxifying blood, the liver and gallbladder while revitalizing your skin. Rooibos tea eases digestion, which can help towards giving your stomach a more toned appearance.
This red tea makes metabolism more efficient and improves blood circulation, which is key to providing your body with all the necessary antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Next time you feel an afternoon slump coming, stop yourself from reaching out to a sugary beverage and pop a red rooibos tea bag in a cup of steaming hot water to brew instead. This naturally sweet tea is sure to perk you up while boosting your health.
The benefits of green tea are numerous but one of its key advantages is that it contains active ingredients that support your body’s natural ability to detox. This tea is packed with polyphenols that aid in your body’s natural detox system.
This antioxidant directly works on your liver, the body’s major detox organ, while fighting free radicals. Green tea is a natural way of flushing out toxins while protecting your body against free radicals!
Instead of caving in to health fads which promote artificial ways to detox like pills, why not turn to a natural way to detox?
Instead of working against your body, herbal teas work with your body to help eliminate harmful substances efficiently- An impressive task considering the amount of toxins found in our urban environment!
Your morning routine sets the tone of the day- A rushed and stressful morning may leave you feeling like you spent the whole day running around. On the other hand, an early morning with ample time to get prepared ensures you feel collected enough to face the pressing needs of the day. Having a cup of organic herbal tea in your mornings is a great way to complement a your morning and increase your vitality for the day.
This tea is packed with amazing benefits that will do wonders for your health and beauty. Peppermint tea acts as an appetite suppressant, which will keep your early morning hunger pangs at bay. With the natural sweet taste of peppermint, this tea will definitely brighten up your morning and make it easier for you to eat healthy.
With anti-inflammatory properties, organic peppermint tea can help clear up your skin and calm any stomach pains. If you wake up feeling any nausea or queasiness, a cup of peppermint tea can relieve these symptoms. This herbal tea is a quick fix to any abdominal bloating or cramps, so if you experience any stomach discomfort, perhaps try a brew of organic peppermint tea.
Organic peppermint tea not only treats the symptoms of feeling ill, this herbal tea also boosts your immune systems and prevents you from falling sick in the first place!
While this calming herbal tea makes for a great bedtime brew, it can also be drunk in the morning. If you find yourself feeling anxious and stressed preparing for the day, try swapping your coffee for chamomile tea.
Made from flowers, this sedative tea can calm your frazzled nerves and ease digestion. By soothing the stomach, chamomile tea acts as a natural cure for any indigestion problems, nausea or abdominal pains. The clean, mild taste of this herbal tea is guaranteed to clear your mind so you can start the day feeling relaxed and in control.
Packed with antioxidants, green tea is great to incorporate into your morning routine. Japanese green tea strengthens tissue cells in the body, which guards against symptoms of ageing. This tea helps cells protect against damage due to pollutants.
The antioxidants found in green tea also increases the body’s metabolism. More fat is used as fuel and this improves muscle endurance, making it easier to sustain long work days. With an urban hectic lifestyle, organic green tea is a great way to ensure we maintain our health and youthful skin.
A cup of earl grey tea is a quick way to perk up in the mornings. While the caffeine is lower than coffee, a cup of earl grey tea will power you through busy mornings. The caffeine in this tea will also relax your busy and put your mind at ease, ensuring you stay calm and collected during stressful days.
This black tea is flavoured with the oil from the rind of a bergamot orange and unlike coffee, it keeps your body hydrated. Earl grey’s high potassium levels maintains the level of body fluids.
Earl grey tea also contains anti-viral properties that guard against the common cold. The high amount of antioxidants will also help fight free radicals to ensure your skin stays glowing. A cup of this tea every morning will go a long way in boosting your immune system and revitalising your skin!
High in anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, organic rooibos tea will help protect your cells from damage by free radicals and help ward off illnesses. Having a brew of red rooibos tea in the morning will go a long way in keeping healthy as the antioxidants present prevent wrinkles from forming and protects hair follicles from damage, keeping your locks shiny.
Red rooibos tea also increases production of a hormone called leptin that makes you feel fuller faster and boosts metabolism. This tea is great to incorporate into a weight loss regimen to boost metabolism.
With a wide array of brews to choose from, tea makes for a great morning companion. What’s a greater way to start the day than with a cup of tea, knowing you’re making the best choices for your health.
After a long day, doesn’t everyone want to curl up in bed and drift off to sleep, without any worries? We’ve all experienced the moment of finally being on bed when suddenly an onslaught of anxieties disrupt your momentary bliss. If your desire to dose off mindlessly has repeatedly been interrupted by endless worries, perhaps organic herbal tea can provide a solution.
This small flowering herb packs a punch in terms of health benefits and have been used to treat a range of ailments. This herbal tea has a mild taste, making it easy on the palate. Incorporating this organic herbal tea into your bedtime routine will ensure your nerves are soothed and a peaceful rest ahead.
Drinking chamomile tea is linked with an increase of glycine, which is an amino acid and neurotransmitter. It can play both stimulatory and depressant roles in the brain. The release of this chemical acts like a mild sedative to relax muscles and calm your nerves. Chamomile also contains an active compound called apigenin, which makes one feel more peaceful and calm. This organic herbal tea is a widely-used alternative treatment to relieve insomnia. If you struggle with getting with a full night’s sleep, chamomile can be the cure!
We’ve all been there- a long stressful day followed by late suppers after. As much as we know eating late close to bedtime might mean sacrificing on precious sleep time, it’s natural to turn to food as a quick comfort. Chamomile, with its soothing properties may be beneficial in easing the discomfort of acid reflux. Chamomile tea is an easy home remedy for a troubled stomach.
If you experience indigestion close to bedtime, chamomile tea can help ease your stomach pains. Having a cup of this herbal tea effectively reduces inflammation, ensuring a pain-free night.
Red Rooibos tea can help reduce stress and anxiety levels that often keep you up at night. The tea reduces the production of the stress hormone, cortisol which makes it more difficult to fall asleep. Lower levels of cortisol means a more restful night, boosting your immune system.
Treat your anxieties and any indigestion by winding down with a cup of chamomile tea. To brew our orange chamomile tea, simply bring one cup of water to a boil before adding the tea bag. What’s a better to unwind than having some me time along with a cup of organic herbal tea. Before bed time, simply drink the chamomile tea 30 minutes before you go to sleep. Your body will thank you for it.
While some people laud over little sleep they get with their busy lifestyles, getting enough shut-eye is necessary for a strong immune system and overall well-being. A regular and sufficient sleep cycle means you’ll face a new day with more optimism. Furthermore, having a bedtime routine complete with organic herbal tea and some time alone to yourself will help make sure you go to sleep feeling blissful. Going to bed feeling calm will not only ease you to sleep but you’ll be wake up feeling more rested and invigorated to start the day.
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