Herbal tea (also known as tisane) is an ancient concoction made from infusing botanicals and hot water. Many varieties of tisane are naturally caffeine free, and they are enjoyed for their exquisite taste, aroma, and potential medicinal values.
Lemon Zinger is a popular choice for herbal tea drinkers. It is made from a blend of nine different ingredients including Citrus limon, lemon grass, and hibiscus. Considered to be healthy and beneficial for the body and mind, this herbal tea can be enjoyed both as a hot beverage and as a refreshing glass of iced tea.
Origins of Lemon Zinger
Even though herbal tea can be traced back centuries, the development of this specific variation is somewhat of a mystery. What is known, however, is that the company Celestial Seasonings seems to have put this herbal blend on the map.
While this blend of tea is mainly available in tea bags and tea pods for quick and hassle-free brewing, it can also be purchased loose from a select few companies for those who love the art of brewing tea.
Brewing Lemon Zinger (Loose Tea)
With just a few steps and minor details, you can brew a fresh cup of this lemony herbal tea with loose botanicals.
- Bring water to a rolling boil. For the best results, it is suggested to use fresh or spring water. Once it has boiled, let it set and cool until it reaches approximately 195°F.
- Pre-heat your mug with some of the boiling water. Allow the hot water to sit just long enough to heat up the mug. Then, discard the water.
- Place the measured-out portion of tea leaves into a reusable tea bag or tea infuser basket. (It is recommended that 1 tsp of the loose botanical mixture is used for every 12 oz of water that will be poured into the mug.)
- Add the filled tea bag or (infuser basket) and water into your pre-heated mug.
- Steep the tea leaves for five to ten minutes.
- When the time is up, remove the tea bag and enjoy. If desired, a sweetener can also be added.
Lemon Zinger Ingredients
Being naturally caffeine-free, this herbal tea is comprised of a handful of plant pieces, flowers, and fruit. Depending on the company that is selling the tea, however, the list of ingredients can also vary.
The peel and dried parts of the lemon fruit are used in this type of tea. Considered to be rich in calcium and vitamin C, people who practice herbalism consider it beneficial for promoting strong bones.
The leaves from this plant are commonly used for achieving a tangy lemon flavor in tisanes. Although research has not been done to prove its effectiveness, this plant has been relied on in folk medicine to help with upset stomachs, headaches, and relief from the common cold.
This white flowering plant has a strong lemon-citrusy aroma and taste, and is considered to be an evergreen. Native to Australia, it has been consumed and relied on by aboriginals for centuries as part of an overall healthy life.
This flower produces the Lemon Zinger’s distinct rich red color. It also adds a subtle and calming flavor to the Lemon Zinger tea. Although research is limited, people who practice folk medicine believe hibiscus can be used to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
The root from this plant is sometimes relied upon to improve gut health. Rich in taste comparable to coffee, it is a great caffeine-free alternative as a morning beverage.
This vibrant colored fruit is considered to be full of antioxidants. Although not a lot of research has been done to prove its medicinal benefits, those who practice traditional medicine use it in connection with heart health and blood sugar maintenance. These fruits add a tart flavor to teas as well as a pink tinge.
With roots to the mint family, the leaves of this flowering plant produce a lemony scent. Its mild flavor pairs well with other natural flavors, like lemon and mint. Unlike some other botanicals, the leaves of this plant are not dried when being used to brew tea.
Considered to be vitamin-rich, these edible flower petals are often used in tisanes to add subtle floral flavors and smells. Also considered to be full of antioxidants, folk medicine uses this ingredient in connection to balancing mood and gut health.
Known for giving off a pleasantly strong citrus aroma when used to make tea, orange peel is considered to be rich in vitamin C. Although little research has been conducted, traditional medicine believes adding orange peel to tea can help aid in digestion and blood sugar management.
This herbal tea, like many others, is naturally caffeine-free. Coupled with that, it also has a low caloric value. In one standard 8 oz serving, made with one tea bag, there are zero calories, fats, carbs, sugars, and proteins.
A Remarkable Cup of Tea
Lemon Zinger tea is enjoyed for its citrusy flavor and beautiful aroma. Although it has not been researched, many who practice traditional medicine regard it as healthy and beneficial for many different reasons.
This caffeine-free beverage is made up of a blend of lemon, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, hibiscus, rosehips, lemon balm, roasted chicory, rose petals, and orange peel. With each ingredient bringing something different to the tea cup, from flavor and color to antioxidants and vitamin C, this tisane can be enjoyed hot or cold.