Allspice tea is well known for its healing properties and, it proved to be an important ingredient when cooking stews, soups but not only.
Allspice Tea description
The Allspice plant was discovered by Christopher Columbus on a Jamaican island, in 1494. The Spaniards called it “pimienta” (pepper) and started to use it widely when cooking.
It is a small berry, tasting like a mixture of pepper, cloves, juniper, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Nowadays, this plant is added to recipes and brewes in order to obtain a healing beverage.
Due to its taste, Allspice is commonly used to flavor stews and soups. Rice dishes become tastier when this spice is added.
Allspice tea is best known for its aid in digestive processes but not only.
Allspice Tea brewing
To prepare Allspice tea:
- place 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried allspice fruit (or powder) in 1 cup of boiling water
- steep them for 10 to 20 minutes
- drink the tea (sugar or honey might be added)
Allspice Tea benefits
Allspice tea is said to:
- facilitate and promote good digestion
- help bloating, belching and flatulence
- help in preventing allergies
- help lower blood sugar
- help relieve toothache and muscle/joint pain
- help uplift the mood and relax the body
Allspice Tea side effects
Breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women must not take allspice in any form.
Allspice tea may cause serious allergic reactions in hypersensitive individuals.
It is contraindicated for those with chronic gastrointestinal conditions such as duodenal ulcers, reflux disease, spastic colitis, diverticulitis, disarticulates and ulcerative colitis.
It should not be consumed by patients with cancer. Also, allspice tea should not be intaken by people with a high risk of cancer.
Discovered by Christopher Columbus, allspice plant was firstused in cooking recipes and afterwards, the resulting beverage turned out to be a useful aid in treating several ailments. Allspice tea is a good choice to treat oneself and to strengthen the body.