Immunity Tea

Immunity TeaWith yesterday’s post and today’s post, you may be able to tell that I am sick.  I’ve got a little cold.  I’m not using any medicine since medicine, if anything, will slow down healing time by not allowing the body to do what it needs to do—cough, sneeze, drippy nose, fever, etc.  These are all ways our body makes us better.  So what can someone do to feel a bit better?  Or, better, what can someone do in order to keep their immune system working well even when not sick?

Lucky, lucky, I have an answer for you.  My dad has been swearing by ginger tea and lemon tea with honey as long as I can remember.  I’ve modified his recipe to make it a little tastier (more, different flavors) and to have increased immune and health benefit.  Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory, cloves and cardamom add delicious flavor and depth, and vanilla adds a creaminess and softens the bite of the ginger. Honey not only sweetens the tea, but it is both a throat soother and calms coughs. I’m a fan of local, raw, organic honey and I am fortunate enough to have a dad who keeps bees.  It may be worth it to see if you can get your hands on some at your local farmers market or natural foods store as there are supposed to be many benefits of local, raw honey.

Ingredients:            

Makes one 4 c teapot

 

1 cinnamon stick

4 inches of fresh ginger, washed and thinly sliced or grated (no need to peel)

3 whole cloves

4 green cardamom pods, slightly crushed

1/4 vanilla bean, cut into a few pieces

2  whole allspice (optional)

Lemon and honey to taste

 

Directions:

Add all of the above ingredients except lemon and honey to a teapot and pour in 4 cups of boiling water.  Cover and let sit 10 minutes so the medicinal qualities of the spices is released. Strain into a tea cup, then add lemon and honey to taste.

1 thought on “Immunity Tea

  1. Estera

    Heidi, thanks for your post. I have to try the tea. It indeed seems good.

    I wanted to share with you my favorite drink for when I feel I am coming down with a cold. I found the recipe online and it was given with the purpose of soothing a sore throat.

    It has 5 ingredients:
    1 full lemon (sliced)
    1 piece of ginger (about 2.5 inches long) washed and sliced (no need to peel)
    2 full Tablespoons of honey
    3 cups liquid (I use only water but the original recipe was calling for apple juice – you can do half/half if you want)
    5-7 drops of cayenne pepper extract

    Mix everything in a blender (the original recipe said you do not need to cut the lemon and ginger, but my blender is not strong enough – it depends on your blender). Anyway, you have to mix everything together in a blender and then strain the liquid before drinking it. Everything goes very fast; just the straining part slows down the process.

    This is my favorite drink of all times, no matter if I am sick or healthy! I make it any time I feel like it and I enjoy it enormously!

    One more thing: when I am at home and do not have to go anywhere, I also add garlic to the mix. It makes it a little spicier and gives it a slightly different taste. However, I like spicy a lot, so that is not a problem for me. I also add a double quantity of cayenne pepper extract when I make it just for me, that’s how much I like it!

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