How to make Mango Tea
Mango leaf tea is made using the leaves of the mango tree, most often found in south Asia, the West Indies and many parts of Africa. Mango leaves have very powerful health benefits. One of the most popular ways of using mango leaves is to boil them to make a very nutritious tea concoction that has been known to cure and relieve many ailments. This article will provide you with detailed insight into the benefits, the uses and the side effects that one might experience if they drink mango tea.
Things you need:
- Hot water
- Honey to sweeten if needed
You can either pick the leaves fresh off the mango tree, or you can purchase them in dried form or fresh if you live in a tropical climate. Once the leaves have been picked, you can opt to boil them fresh or dry them in the sun prior to boiling them.
Boiling the leaves
For the purpose of this article, we are going to boil the leaves fresh. Firstly wash the leaves well using saltwater. Rinse and leave to dry, then add the leaves to a large pot of boiling water. Leave to boil for at least two hours. Once the leaves are boiled, you can drink the water straight away or you can go ahead leave the water to cool down and heat it up later. Or you can use the water to make a fresh mango iced tea using fresh mango slices, ice and honey.
Health Benefits of drinking mango tea
There are lots of benefits connected to consuming mango tea. Here are some of the potential benefits of drinking mango tea:
- Anxiety Relief
There are certain minerals and chemical compounds found in mango leaves that aid in the reduction of anxiety. Some of the symptoms associated with anxiety include heart palpitations, shaking, and feelings of fear and nervousness. Mango tea can aid in reducing these feelings. One of the chemical compounds found in mango leaves is magnesium which is sometimes referred to as a natural tranquilizer. Drink 2 to 3 cups of mango tea each day to experience the full benefits of the tea. Drinking it last thing before you go to bed is one of the most effective ways of relieving anxiety when drinking mango tea.
- Boosts Metabolism
Mango tea also boosts and increases the rate in which your body metabolizes fat. Thus, if you are on a weight loss journey currently, drink one cup of mango tea after each meal. Doing this will increase your metabolism and help your body to burn fat faster. It is important to remember however, that drinking mango tea alone will not help you to achieve your weight loss goals. The best method is to eat healthy by including plenty of fruits and vegetables into your diet, drinking lots of water and moving your body. Sitting around idle drinking mango tea will certainly provide you with some health benefits but you will not get the desired result without changing your lifestyle completely.
- Skin Problems
If. you are experiencing skin problems such as rashes or acne, mango tea can help with that. Drinking can help to clear up the skin however, the most effective way if clearing up the skin using mango tea is to apply it topically. All you need to do is wash your skin as you normally would, then wipe the affected areas using a clean and sanitized cotton pad. Then rinse off, do this daily to see results within two weeks.
Some studies have revealed that when diabetics drink mango tea, it stabilizes their blood sugar. Reducing the risk of hypoglycemia and other diabetes-related diseases or disorders. Drink at least two cups a day, morning and evening to experience some of the benefits.
- High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a dangerous health condition that could be fatal if not managed well. Mango tea can help with alleviating some symptoms by helping to reduce water retention in the body and by thinning out the blood. If you suffer from high blood pressure or hypertension, it is important to be in constant contact with your doctor. Also before drinking mango tea, talk to your doctor about how safe it is to drink it whilst taking high blood pressure medications. Drink at least 2 cups a day, start off drinking one cup to see how you feel. Discontinue if it makes you feel worse.Gum problems
If you have sore gums, or you have been diagnosed with gum disease, mango tea will help to get rid of the pain. It also has antiseptic properties. Use it as a mouthwash by swishing around your mouth in the morning and evening and after every meal that you have.
- Energy Levels
Just as much as mango tea can help you to feel calmer, it can also increase your energy levels. Drink it whenever you are feeling tired or weak to give you a quick energy boost.
When it comes to consuming mango tea, think carefully about the other things that you might be consuming that could react with the tea. For example, some antibiotics such as metronidazole can interact badly with mango tea and other teas. Consult your doctor prior to drinking the tea to find out if there could be any negative reactions when combined with certain medications.
Are there any side effects when drinking mango tea? When drinking herbal or natural teas, make sure you pay close attention to how the tea makes you feel. If you experience bad side effects, stop drinking it. Here are some of the known side effects:
- Runny stool
- heart tremors
- Stomach pain
These side effects are not so common but they do occur in some people who drink mango tea.
There are some delicious iced mango teas that you would try. Here are just a few of them:
- Mango mint cooler
- Mango tea, cooled
- Mango slices
- Mint sprig
Add the mango and mint to a jug of mango tea. Let it sit in the fridge until very cold. Then add the ice and more mint to garnish.
Mango raspberry cooler
- Mango tea
- Mango slices
- Handful frozen raspberries
Add the mango and raspberries to the cooled tea. Place in the fridge to cool down further. Then add the ice and honey to taste.
Mango apple refresher
- Mango tea
- Mango slices
- 2 small green apples, sliced
Add the mango and apple to the tea. Place in the fridge to cool. Add the ice and honey to sweeten it up.
All these mango iced tea recipes can also be enjoyed hot. You can also make mango tea using teabags or dried leaves. Some also make sweet mango tea using dried mangoes. Make this by placing the dried fruit into boiling water and let it steep for a couple of hours. You can use the tea as a base for iced tea or other beverages. You can even make an alcoholic mango iced tea by adding a splash of good quality whiskey.
As stated in the article, mango tea has lots of health benefits such as weight loss, anxiety reduction, great for reducing gum disease symptoms, also excellent for the skin. Also great for reducing high blood pressure and a whole host of other very powerful benefits. Although mango tea is very safe, when combined with other herbs or medications it might have a negative effect on the body. This is why it is very important for you to contact your doctor prior to drinking the tea.
If you are drinking mango tea to lose weight, make sure that you eat healthily and drink plenty of water too. Incorporate it into your healthy lifestyle as opposed to using it as your sole means of losing weight. Exercise is also very important.
Here are some of the side effects again:
- Runny stool
- Stomach pain
- Skin rash
- Heart tremors
If you experience any serious side effects from drinking the tea speak to your doctor and stop drinking it straight away. Aside from some of the side effects mentioned, drinking mango tea is healthy and recommended for those with the ailments discussed in this article.
One last thing, if you are drinking other herbal teas, make sure that you ask your natural health practitioner if it safe to combine the mango tea with the herbal tea that you wish to consume.
Mango tea can also be used as an eye depuffer. For this, you would need to use the teabags. After brewing your tea, put the teabags in the fridge and let them cool. Once they have cooled down, place them on your eyes for a few minutes. You will notice that after a period of time your eyes will look far less puffy and you might even see a reduction in dark circles. Do this every day to see results, expect to see results after a couple of weeks.