History of Lotus Tea
The name of the drink comes from a mythological flower. The story…
….goes that when Buddha was meditating, he saw a beautiful woman floating in water. She had long hair and she looked like a Lotus Flower. So Buddha asked her what kind of flowers were growing under her feet. Her answer: “There are no flowers there.” And if you look closely at the picture above, you’ll see they’re not really flowers but small leaves on stalks. It’s called ‘lotus’ because it resembles one of those plants!
This beverage has been around for centuries – even before Buddhism was founded. In China, people have used herbs and spices such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamom etc., to brew up some delicious beverages. They call them Chinese teas or chinese herbal drinks. These kinds of drinks can be found all over Asia, especially India and Japan. But most commonly we find these types of teas sold in supermarkets here in Europe.
Lotus Tea Caffeine Content
Lotus tea is nothing more than a herbal infusion of lotus leaves, petals, roots, rhizomes, or seeds. Herbal or fruit infusions do not include any components derived from the genuine tea plant, Camellia Sinensis. Tea consumers are well aware that any tea derived from the real tea plant contains caffeine.
However, because lotus tea is created from lotus plant components, it is simply an infusion and is not called tea, despite the fact that we name it that! So, in its purest form, lotus tea is caffeine-free. In other words, an authentic lotus tea will just utilize the lotus and not any actual real tea plant leaves, and hence will not contain any caffeine.
However, there is a lot of lotus tea that has been mixed or blended with genuine tea. Lotus tea has no caffeine. The quantity of caffeine in Lotus leaf tea when blended with other teas, on the other hand, varies on the kind of tea used. The caffeine level is also impacted by the tea mix-to-lotus-leaf ratio.
Lotus Tea Benefits
According to ancient Indian texts about health and medicine, drinking this type of tea will keep your body healthy. Because it contains flavonoids, which help protect against heart disease and cancer. Also, it helps lower cholesterol levels. It also promotes good digestion and strengthens the immune system. This makes sense since it’s made with fresh green vegetables. It doesn’t contain caffeine so it won’t give you any jitters after having a cup. You don’t need milk either, just plain hot water or maybe honey too
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Benefits of drinking this tea beverage include:
- A healthy alternative to coffee
- Improves brain function
- Helps reduce stress levels
- Promotes good sleep habits
- Boosts energy
- Contributes towards better digestion
- Can help with constipation
- Reduces cholesterol
- Alleviates headaches
- Increases metabolism
What Else Can I Add?
Some people prefer adding honey, milk, cream or sugar to their lotus tea. Some others sweeten theirs by using lemon juice instead of plain water. Others still may want to spice things up by adding fresh fruits, nuts, dried fruits, coconut flakes or crushed ice into their lotus tea. You could also try brewing your own special recipe of your favorite flavors.
How Often Should I Consume Lotus Tea?
You can take 1 cup every morning. Or 2 cups per day. There is no upper limit though. Just remember that each person needs different amounts depending on his/her age, weight and activity level.
Is There Anything Wrong With Consuming Too Many Cups of Lotus Tea?
It depends on the individual. If someone consumes more than 3 cups of lotus tea daily, then they might experience mild side effects related to dehydration.
However, this would probably happen after several days of excessive consumption. Most people don’t need to worry about having too much lotus tea.
If anyone feels dizzy, nauseous, lightheaded, weak, tired, anxious, confused, sleepy, agitated, depressed, irritable, restless or unable to concentrate, then they should stop taking lotus tea immediately. This means that they’ve consumed way too much of it.
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