Five Healing Teas of Albania: Delicious and Beneficial for Body and Soul - Into Albania

Five Healing Teas of Albania: Delicious and Beneficial for Body and Soul

Though tea-time in Albania is not a regular thing, the teas of Albania are! The country’s teas are so amazing that they definitely deserve one, or two, or three moments of the day for their taste and nutrients to be properly absorbed.  

Most of us rush to our tea counter when we first detect signs of a coming cold. Tea, however, should become part of our daily routine. It is only through daily doses that teas can release all of their natural healing nutrients into our bodies and boost our immune system. Teas are an ideal and tasty way to stay hydrated, as well. The recommended daily dose is 1-4 cups a day.

Because of its mild climate and fertile soil, Albania grows some of the best tea plants, flowers, and fruits like sage, linden, sidertis, chamomile and blueberries. The all-natural organic teas below are some of the most popular in Albania! When you visit, be sure to drink as much as you can and then get some more for you, your family and friends back home.  

Sage tea

Sage tea 

Most frequently used to fight depression, anxiety and stress, Albanian sage tea is one of the most potent in the local tea market. If consumed regularly, it is a major healer of various body aches, including those of the joints but also headaches. It can lower sugar levels and high fever. A powerful antioxidant, sage tea can also prevent harmful cells from forming in your body. 

Preparation: It is very important that the leaves are not boiled with the water. Rather, they should be added once the water has been boiled and left for 7-8 minutes before drinking. This ensures that all nutrients stay intact and are absorbed by the body. 

Mountain tea

Sideritis Raeseri (or Mountain tea)

Perhaps the most popular of all Albanian teas, mountain tea, or çaj mali as locals refer to it is the king of anti-inflammatory teas. The Albanian varietal, specifically Sideritis Raeseri (not to be confused with other types of Sideritis teas) fights infections and swollen joints or muscles. It can help lower blood pressure and tension, leading to a more relaxed body and general well-being. It is mostly used to relax before bedtime but, strangely enough, if consumed with honey and lemon in the morning, it can boost your energy. The acidic lemon helps the body absorb the iron found in the tea! 

Preparation: Place the entire stem or simply the flowers in boiling water and lower the temperature, letting it simmer for 5-10 minutes for best results.  

Linden tea

Linden tea 

Another magical tea, widely used to fight anxiety and control mood swings, is linden tea. The magical part is that this highly effective mood regulator does not affect hormonal levels, at all. It helps boost the health of the respiratory tract, one of the vital parts of our body. Anti-inflammatory linden works to ease headaches and bodyaches, leaving your body more relaxed and better prepared to withstand any health issues. Only one cup a day of linden tea is recommended! Linden tea is NOT recommended for those who suffer from heart disease or pregnant women.

Preparation: Place the flowers in boiling water and lower the temperature, letting it simmer for 5-10 minutes for best results.

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea

Chamomile is consumed all over the world and is universally known for its calming properties! While the flower can be grown in many areas of the world, the Albanian chamomile is especially robust and boasts wonderful potency in taste and in healing property. One of the strongest, most effective natural sedatives and relaxants, chamomile is perfect at the end of the day. Locals prefer to drink chamomile at night but this tea should be consumed at any point in the day that you need to relax. Before an important presentation and after! 

Preparation: Place the flowers in boiling water and lower the temperature, letting it simmer for 5-10 minutes for best results.

Blueberries in Kukës Albania. Photo by Ermal Hallaçi.

Blueberry tea

Many praises have been sung to the blueberry! Though small, this highly nutritious fruit, chockful of antioxidants, does the job of a giant. It protects braincells, aids in concentration and can lower the risk of sclerosis. It can lower blood pressure and boost the health of the heart, eyes, and skin. You can expect to find all of these benefits and nutrients in the blueberry tea. The latter is wonderful for the health of the urinary tract. By boosting blood circulation, this tea detoxifies the body and cleans the kidneys. Made with the wonderful Albanian blueberries of the northern mountains, this tea is bound to boost your immune system!

Preparation: Let the tea seep in hot water for 5-10 minutes for best results.

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