With all of the amazing health benefits of pomegranates, it is easy to see why this pomegranate tea should be added to your list of self wellness drinks. Made with fresh pomegranate arils, fresh mint leaves, and fresh lemon, there is nothing artificial about this delicious tea. Keep reading to learn how simple it is to make this amazing tea!
5 Reasons You Should Be Adding Pomegranate Tea To Your Diet
Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants that help protect our body’s cells from harmful free radicals that we come across every day in our environment, antioxidants also prevent cell damage and help in reducing inflammation.
2. Cancer Prevention
With the many vitamins and minerals found in pomegranates, one of the most incredible is that scientists have found the pomegranate may help stop the growth of particular cancer cells.
3. Vitamin C
The juice of one fresh pomegranate has more than 40 percent of the daily vitamin C value our bodies need. Remember that freshness is key, pasteurized juices can break down some of that vitamin C, so opting for fresh is best in this case!
Pomegranates have amazing anti-inflammatory properties because of the high amounts of antioxidants which help reduce and prevent damage from oxidative stress.
5. Heart Disease
Another amazing thing about pomegranates is how heart-healthy these super fruits really are. Some smaller studies have shown that the juice from these amazing fruits keeps the arteries from becoming stiff and thick and slows the growth from plaque and buildup. But of course, always speak with your doctor before overindulging in pomegranate juice or tea.
If you want to learn even more about the pomegranate’s health benefits, look over this article here to go even more in-depth.
How To Make Pomegranate Tea – Step By Step
- First things first are to cut open the pomegranate. Now this can get a bit messy, but trust me it is totally worth it to get all the benefits from fresh pomegranates. So I will show you my way of getting these juicy little gems out of the stubborn pomegranate.
- First, I cut a circle around the top stem of the pomegranate and remove it. I do this while having a bowl underneath just to catch the dripping juice and any arils that fall from the pomegranate.
- Once the top part is removed, I cut down the side of the pomegranate, forming wedges.
- Start peeling the wedges downwards towards the base of the pomegranate. Then, using your fingers, try and swipe away the arils away from the pomegranate skin. This is where it gets a bit messy and, as the saying goes, practice makes perfect. The juice may splatter about a bit, but I just wipe it up as I go. I wouldn’t recommend that you open up a pomegranate wearing your Sunday best.
- After removing all the arils of the pomegranate, I took half and added them to a small saucepan. I then added in some mint leaves and a fresh slice of lemon.
- Add in two cups of water and turn the heat on to medium-high heat. Take a potato masher to mash down the arils a bit to start to release some of the juice. You must do this step to loosen the juices to make this delicious tea.
- Bring the water to a boil and let it boil for about 5 to 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the tea steep for another 5 to 10 minutes. This just makes sure all of the flavors have had time to muddle together.
- All you need to do now is drain the tea into your favorite cup, sit back, open up your favorite book and relax. You deserve it!
What About Pomegranate Tea Bags At The Store?
There are many different types of teas that you’ll see as you peruse the aisles at your local grocery store, so you may be thinking instead to just pick up some of the pomegranate tea that you see right there on the shelves. And you absolutely can! From the research that I have personally done, the only difference that I can see (and no, I am not a doctor or any type of nutritionist, –this is just from personal research that I have done) is “the fresher the better” in the aspect that all of the nutrients are more prominent in the fresh pomegranates.
After processing, the pomegranate may lose some of those fabulous benefits we talked about earlier. But by no means would I say buying pomegranate tea off the shelves would be a bad thing!
The benefits to making this pomegranate tea are amazing and well worth it. You can also sweeten this tea up a bit with a teaspoon of honey, but for me, personally, the pomegranates themselves do the trick. It is so tasty and easy to make and sure will relax you after a long day.
- 1 Pomegranate
- Fresh Mint
- Honey (Optional)
- Cut open the pomegranate and remove all of the arils from the pomegranate skin. (Check back to the blog to see the easy steps on how to do this).
- Take half of the arils and place them into a small saucepan, add in some mint leaves and a slice of lemon.
- Add two cups of water to the saucepan and turn the heat on to medium-high heat.
- Using a potato mashed mash the arils, mint leaves, and lemon to muddle all of the flavors together.
- Let boil for 5 to 10 minutes, turn the heat off then let the tea steep for another 5 minutes.
- Strain your tea into your favorite mug, add a teaspoon of honey if you like a sweeter tea but this is completely optional!
This only makes one cup of tea so if you want enough to share just double this recipe!