There’s nothing I love to drink more in the winter than a hot cup of tea – it’s warming, soothing, and completely comforting for body and soul. Indulging in tea is also an easy way to stay hydrated while incorporating the many medicinal benefits that plants provide, into our daily diets.
As we enter a new week of flu season, I want to share with you my go-to immune-system-boosting herbal tea* recipe and encourage you to make it yourself. Mostly fresh ingredients are used in this recipe, so make sure to set aside an extra 20 minutes for peeling and chopping. More than anything, make this tea with intention – enjoy the time you take preparing your tea by showing gratitude and love for the plants that are providing your natural medicine, and gratitude for yourself for taking the time to make it.
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Makes 1 teapot (about 4 cups)
Note: Use all organic ingredients when making teas, whenever possible. You’re taking the time to take care of yourself, so let’s leave the pesticides out of it!
½ Lemon, peel and all
4 inches Ginger Root, chopped
4 inches Turmeric Root, chopped
Few sprigs of Rosemary (I like lots!)
1 Cayenne Pepper
1 tbsp Raw Honey (use local honey, if possible – eating local honey will, over time, strengthen your immune system and help alleviate
pollen allergies in the summer).
Optional: Echinacea (break apart 2 powdered capsules and add to teapot)
Squeeze the lemon into your teapot and place the remaining rind in with the juice. Add the ginger, turmeric, rosemary, and cayenne to the teapot. You can leave the cayenne whole, but if you like really spicy foods, cut the cayenne in half, lengthwise. Pour over with boiling water and let steep for 45 mins, keeping covered so beneficial oils do not evaporate.
Using powdered ginger and turmeric from your spice cabinet is totally fine, just know that powdered herbs are much stronger in flavor so you won’t need to use more than 1 tsp each (and much less powdered cayenne!)
I’ve been drinking this tea in the winter for years and I seldom get sick. Drink 2 cups daily for several weeks to support gut health and strengthen your immune system! Feel free to get creative with your tea recipes, too. Other additions you could use are: Elderberry Syrup, Fresh Cranberries, Fresh Mint Leaves, Fresh Thyme, Dried Chamomile Blossoms, Fennel Seeds… the possibilities are endless!
*This isn’t really a “tea” since we’re not using leaves of any tea plants. This recipe is really for an herbal “infusion.” But I’m calling it tea anyway. Cheers, peace & love 🙂