It has become more important than ever for people around the world to keep themselves in good health and boost their immune systems to combat Covid-19 amid the prolonged pandemic. Turkey has many practices that help people stay strong and healthy, such as drinking natural herbal teas. According to the World Tea Report compiled by the International Tea Committee, Turkey took the first place for the highest consumption of tea with an annual 3.5kg per capita. In 2019, 260,000 tonnes of tea were consumed in Turkey. Turks taking first place in this field was not surprising, since the country has a habit of drinking tea from breakfast all through the day until bedtime. The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism suggests drinking Turkish herbal teas from various plants, noting that some of them strengthen the immune system while others are good for fighting disease. The ministry added, however, due to their varying effects, those with certain diseases must be careful of the herbal teas they consume. Live like Oprah: 4 of Lady O’s surprisingly down-to-earth daily habits Linden tea is known to be effective against the flu, colds and coughs, and can help relieve headaches. The tea also helps reduce anxiety and stress, and lower blood pressure. It is also consumed to fight liver disease and arteriosclerosis, and is known to have benefits for the digestive system. It is usually consumed with lemon. Rosehip tea that is rich in Vitamin C is recommended for fighting bone and joint inflammation, such as osteoarthritis. It is known to regulate blood pressure, relieve rheumatic pain, slow the spread of cancerous cells, lower cholesterol levels and protect against diabetes. The tea is also used in treating colds. Sage tea helps lower blood sugar and has a soothing effect. The tea cleanses the liver, is good against stress, and rids the body of harmful toxins. It relieves the symptoms of bronchitis and asthma, and is also good for a sore throat. The tea can even be used as a mouthwash. But experts recommend that those with blood pressure problems consume it only after consulting a doctor. Intermittent fasting: when it works, and when it doesn’t Fennel tea is recommended for indigestion, stomach pain, heartburn and other digestive disorders. It helps the body produce bile and is effective in easing stomach spasms and contractions. It relieves toothaches and coughing and can cleanse the intestines. Echinacea tea helps relieves cold symptoms. Its antiviral properties help prevent damage to the throat and lungs by controlling the number of inflammatory factors caused by viruses. It is recommended to be sweetened and consumed with honey. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Moon Moon Hossain (@moon.moon.hossain.83) Hibiscus tea made from mallow can be consumed either hot or cold depending on personal taste. When consumed regularly, it is known to improve blood lipid levels. Its antioxidant effects, immunity support and vitamin C are among its other known benefits. Hibiscus tea has an anticoagulant effect, therefore people who use certain medications, especially high blood pressure medication or diuretics, must consult their doctors before consuming it. Beetroot juice and dancing: how Nita Ambani lost 40kg just like that Turkey has tea rituals unlike any other country in the world, from brewing to serving. Even the choice of glass it’s served in and spoon used to stir it is important, according to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. After being brewed, the tea is not consumed directly, but first weakened with hot water to lighten the taste. Therefore, teapots in Turkey consist of not one but of two separate parts stacked on top of each other. While the tea is brewed in the upper chamber, water is boiled in the lower chamber. During the serving of the tea, the proportion of the two is adjusted depending on taste, resulting in stronger or weaker tea. In Turkey, tea is not served in teacups, but in a special curved, tulip-shaped glass and a small matching saucer. The tulip-shaped cup made of transparent thin glass fits right into the palm and is usually preferred since it shows the colour, clarity and the balance of tea and water. When Turkish tea lovers take the tea glass in their hands, you’ll see them look at the colour to see if the tea and water balance is appropriate for their taste before taking their first, comforting sip. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter . This article originally appeared on Korea Times.