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3 Healthy Homemade Teas and Their Health Benefits

Thelma Alberts is fond of gardening. She is a health-conscious person and is fond of making teas out of the flowers and leaves of plants.

3 Healthy Homemade Teas

  1. Hibiscus or Gumamela Tea
  2. Guava Leaves Tea
  3. Moringa Oleifera / Malunggay / Miracle Tree Tea


1. Hibiscus or Gumamela tea is made of fresh or dried hibiscus flowers. It should be the red hibiscus for making this healthy tea.

Having a garden in my home country allows me to enjoy the red hibiscus flowers for my tea. I have planted this flower a few years ago when I visited my Philippines home. Every time I long for a mug of hibiscus tea, I just harvest a red hibiscus flower in my garden and put it in a boiling water, added with honey and lemon or calamansi juice before drinking.

2. Guava leaves tea is made of a few leaves of a guava tree which we also have in our garden. I use the light young green leaves of a guava when making this tea and just drink it without any sugar or honey. I love it real.

3. Moringa Oleifera / Malunggay / Miracle tree tea is made of the leaves of this super healthy plant. We had a miracle tree before in our garden but due to too much rain, it died. Now I have to buy Moringa leaves in the supermarket or in an open market in our town to make this super healthy tea.

Here is the link to my Moringa Oleifera hub https://hubpages.com/living/What-Is-Moringa-Tree

Hibiscus/Gumamela tea.

Hibiscus/Gumamela tea.

How to Make Hibiscus Tea

From fresh hibiscus flower:

1 red hibiscus flower (if dried, 1 teaspoon)

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

1 mug of boiling water


  • Put the washed fresh (or dried) hibiscus flower in a mug.
  • Add the boiling water. The red flower turns a bit brown.
  • Add a lemon juice in it and the flower will have its color again.
  • Let the flower stay in the mug of boiling water for at least 5 minutes before getting it out from the mug.
  • Add the honey or any sweetener you want to enjoy your tea.

Tip: If you have red hibiscus in your garden, you can dry some of the hibiscus flowers when there are many to harvest. Just wash them and let them dry in the air for a few days and keep them in an airtight container or a jar.

Hibiscus flower from my tropical garden.

Hibiscus flower from my tropical garden.

Hibiscus Tea Quote

I put hibiscus flower in every tea that I have. It's sweet, sexy and cleansing.

— Mario Batali

Homemade Guava leaves tea.

Homemade Guava leaves tea.

How to Make a Guava Leaves Tea

From Fresh Guava Leaves:

2 young Guava leaves
1 mug of boiling water

a teaspoon of sugar (optional)

a teaspoon of lemon juice (optional)


This is a very simple way of making a guava tea. Just wash the young guava leaves and put them in the mug. Add a fresh boiling water. Let it stay for at least 5 minutes. The longer you let the leaves stay in the mug, the bitter it will get. Drink this tea the way you like it by adding sugar or honey. I love this tea without sweetener and lemon. This is the very healthy taste that I love. Guava tea is loaded with vitamin C and other vitamins.

How to Make Moringa Leaves Tea

1 teaspoon Moringa leaves powder

1 mug of boiling water

honey for your taste, optional

a teaspoon of lemon juice, optional


  • Put a teaspoon of Moringa leaves powder in a mug.
  • Add boiling water to the mug. Let this stay for a few minutes or at least 3 minutes. Depends on how long you like it. Keep on tasting.
  • Sieve the tea before drinking.
  • Add honey and lemon juice if you want.
Unsieved Moringa/Miracle tree tea.

Unsieved Moringa/Miracle tree tea.

Health Benefits of Hibiscus, Moringa and Guava Leaves Teas

Sources: Wikipedia
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/moringa.html
https://www.guavatea.com.au/how-it-works/

Hibiscus/Gumamela TeaGuava Leaves TeaMoringa / Malunggay/ Miracle Tree Tea

it can reduce high blood pressure

it helps in treating diarrhea

lots of Vitamins A,B,C,E,K

it has anti-inflamatory properties

it helps in treating cold and cough

it contains iron, calcium, potassium and protein

it helps lowers cholesterol

it has a lot of vitamins C, antioxidants and lycopene

it contains selenium and is rich in amino acids

it has an antioxidant properties that helps in treating liver illnesses

it helps in normalising blood pressure due to the potassium in it

it helps in treating urinary tract infections, rheuma and gout

it is rich in Vitamin C

it is rich in fibers which helps in losing weight

it increase the milk production of lactating mothers

it gives relief when having a menstrual cramps

it helps in regulating blood sugar after eating meals

it helps in losing weight

How To Make a Homemade Moringa Powder

Moringa powder is very expensive in Europe and so I decided to make my own homemade Moringa leaves tea while I have access to this plant here in the Philippines. I bought a package of Moringa leaves in the market which included a piece of lemongrass. I used the lemongrass for my soup and dried the Moringa leaves for making moringa powder for my tea. Here's how I made it.

  1. Getting of the small Moringa leaves from its branches before washing the leaves in a strainer under the flowing tap water. This is to get rid of the dust.
  2. Arrange the leaves on a tray and let them air dry for about 3 days but not under the heat of the sun.
  3. Then I made the leaves into powder by grinding them with a nut grinder.
  4. Store them in a clean glass container or a small tupperware.

Live a Healthy Life

Live a healthy life by drinking healthy herbal teas like Moringa, hibiscus and guava teas. Enjoying them give me the feeling that I do something good not only to make me relax but also for my well being and to take the needed liquid that I should drink to keep me hydrated.


Thank you very much for reading and I hope you will try drinking at least one of these herbal teas.


© 2018 Thelma Alberts

Comments

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on December 09, 2019:

Hi Umesh Chandra Bhatt! No, I have not tried black pepper or ginger in them but I think I will try that. I usually make ginger root tea with honey and lemon. Thank you very much for commenting.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 07, 2019:

Interesting tea recipes. Thanks. Have you ever tried black pepper or ginger in them? These two items used in little quantity, go well with many tea preparations.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on December 27, 2018:

Thank you Chitrangada. I did not know before I did the research that Mallungay, is called Moringa tree in English. It was also the time I knew that it is called drumstick tree in other countries.

Thanks for your wonderful comment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 25, 2018:

Excellent article about herbal teas.

While I do make Hibiscus tea and I pick up the flowers from my garden, I would love to try the other two.

Guava tree is easily available here, so I can make it. I was curious to know, what is miracle tree, which you mentioned above. It’s known as drumstick tree here and it has immense medicinal properties.

Thanks for sharing the useful information .

Merry Christmas Thelma to you and your family.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 06, 2018:

The hibiscus is one of my favorite flowers but I never knew I could drink it. I have guava leaves in my yard; will try that too. Done the moringa from tea bags. Thank you for sharing.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on November 30, 2018:

Hi Linda! Guava leaves have many uses and one of them is making tea. The guava leaves were the common medicine my late grandparents used for healing many illnesses here in the Philippines. Thanks for your nice comment. Have a lovely day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on November 30, 2018:

Yes, it is always nice for me to be in my home in the Philippines especially that I have a garden where I can make some teas from my plants. It is good that you have herbs in your garden Peggy. Yes, it is good to learn the health benefits of the teas we are drinking. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2018:

It is so nice that you are able to pick your hibiscus flowers and more to make your own teas when in the Philippines. I have some fresh herbs in my garden from which I can make fresh teas. It is also good to learn of health benefits from drinking the various types of teas.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on November 28, 2018:

Hi Poppy! I love Yorkshire tea. It's very delicious with fresh milk. Maybe you can find these teas sold in Japans supermarket. I think green tea is the best in Japan. I love green tea, too. Thanks for your dropping by. Have a great day!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 28, 2018:

I love the idea of using plants from my garden to make herbal teas. Thanks for sharing how you make the teas, Thelma. I especially like the thought of making a drink from guava leaves.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on November 28, 2018:

Hi Liz! Fresh mint tea is better than a store bought mint tea. I always buy a pot of mint tea plant in the supermarket. It is very handy not only for cooking but also for making tea. Thanks for your nice comment. Have a lovely day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on November 28, 2018:

Hi Lisa! I have discovered these teas a few years ago when I was searching for the English names of the plants in my garden and if they they were poisonous. Gladfully they are not. Thanks for your comment. Have a nice day!

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on November 28, 2018:

These all look incredibly healthy! I might have a go at making some of these. I usually drink Yorkshire tea, but of course, that just comes in a ready teabag. There are so many different kinds of teas out there. Thank you for sharing this article with us.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 28, 2018:

These are great ideas for tea. I had not thought of making my own until recently when a friend took a mint leaf from her garden to make my husband mint tea.

Lisa Bean from Nevada on November 28, 2018:

I enjoy drinking tea but I've never had any of the above mentioned teas before! I have only ever had dried tea leaves in my tea so this idea is super cool to me to pick from your own surroundings to make into a tea!