Best teas of Bulgaria

Elderflower tea

The beautiful flowers of elderberry represent a yellow-white bouquet. They bloom in May-June and are harvested before they overripe. Once the color is determined, it is plucked from the stalks to obtain pollen with a combined color that gives a specific floral aroma.

In the form of syrup or hot tea, a decoction of elderflower helps with colds, bronchitis, runny nose, fever, sore throat and tuberculous cough. The herb enhances cell growth, accelerates healing processes, stimulates liver function, has a sedative effect on the nervous system. It has purifying properties.
Such a big health effects for the human body is difficult to be found in one herb.

Preparation: 2 teaspoons are prepared in 500 ml of boiling water for 10 minutes.

Usage: 2-3 cups of hot tea a day.

The herb should be taken after consulting a doctor, especially if you need regular intake, and dosed correctly. It is good to avoid pregnant and breastfeeding women. Read more on: White elderberry – the color has invaluable benefits.

Linden tea

The fragrant herb contains vitamin A, vitamin C, glycosides, aglycones, tannins, saponins, sugars, bitter substances and more. The valuable ingredients, collected in the lime blossom, determine its excellent antimicrobial, diaphoretic, diuretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, soothing and tonic effect.

Linden tea has a calming effect, especially before bedtime or with increased excitability, its scent fights depression, reduces stress and nervous tension.

Linden is a very good medicine against colds, helps strengthen the body, relieves sore throat and cough, it facilitates the passage of mucus from the bronchi.

Probably a lesser known fact is that linden is especially rich in selenium and 2 cups of tea a day can cover some of the body’s normal needs. And the unique aroma is due to the essential oil contained in its color.

To prepare a linden tea, just add 2 teaspoons of flowers to a glass of boiling water and infuse for 15-20 minutes.
Pure linden tea has a good effect on inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, as well as on laryngitis and pharyngitis. Anti-inflammatory lowers the temperature slowly, as recommended.

Mursal tea

Mursal tea is one of the medicinal plants in our country, due to the large amount of flavonoids it contains, it has antioxidant, strengthening and antianemic action, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart attack.

It has long been used to treat diseases of the respiratory system – coughs and bronchitis.

For 1 liter of tea use 3 spikes. Place in a porcelain dish with a lid and pour 250 ml of boiling water. Leave to cool to room temperature.

Ironwort herbal tea  (Sideritis Scardika) also know as mountain tea, shepherd’s tea, pirin tea and mursalian tea  is a genus of flowering plants well known for their medicinal properties. Very popular in the Balkans, the plant is used as a herb either for the preparation of tea (more accurately infusion) or for its aromatic properties in local cuisines. Preparation of tea involves boiling the stems, leaves and flowers in a pot of water and serve with honey and lemon. In Bulgaria that herb grow high in the Rhodope Mountains and Slavyanka (Alibotush) at an altitude of 1400 to 2200 meters.

Rosehip tea

Rosehips have been widely used in folk medicine for centuries. Rosehip tea is rich in vitamin C and minerals that stimulate blood circulation and metabolism. With its daily intake, you will ensure the good tone of your body.

Other useful substances included in the composition of rose hips are carotene, vitamin B2, K1 and P. Sugars, pectin substances and organic acids are found. The seeds also contain a fatty oil rich in vitamin E. They strengthen the capillaries and help for a better process in the cells. The fruits of the plant are applied for a serious illness, increasing the body tone and helps the metabolism. The herb has a beneficial effect in preventing bleeding gums.

The vitamin C in the rose hip is around 300 mg, which is remarkable, given that our daily needs are covered by 100 mg. Also carotene around 6 mg and minerals 3.25%, calculated relative to the weight of the fruit, exceed these amounts in all other fruits: potassium – about 512 mg%, magnesium – 122 mg%, phosphorus 54 mg%, calcium – 50 mg% and sodium – 47 mg%.

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