There’s nothing I love to drink more in the winter than a hot cup of tea! It soothes me on a dreary, cold day and completely comforts my body and soul. Tea is also an easy way to stay hydrated (it’s mostly water!) while incorporating the many medicinal benefits that plants provide, into our daily diets.
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I want to share with you my go-to immune-system-boosting herbal infusion 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.
Use Fresh, Organic Ingredients (makes 4 cups)
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)
4 cups Boiling Water
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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. Pour over with boiling water and let steep for 20 mins, keeping covered so beneficial oils do not evaporate.
Drink 2 cups daily for several weeks to support gut health and strengthen your immune system! It’s fun to 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!