Sunday, October 19, 2014

Immunity Boosting Tea

It's that time of year again and the weather is changing. Cooler days, even colder nights and it seems like everyone I know is either recovering from or fighting off a sore throat or cold. 

I myself have been feeling a little under the weather this weekend and so I decided to make my go-to immunity boosting ginger tea. 

It's quick and very easy to make, not to mention delicious! It's also a great drink to warm you up at night since it is caffeine free. 

The ginger is definitely the star of this show and has many health benefits. It is a naturally warming food so it's great when there is a chill in the air, but it also aids in digestion, helps with nausea and can act as an anti-inflammatory making it helpful when you are battling a cold or congestion. 

In this tea I also use lemon, a great source of Vitamin C and honey which also has lots of natural healing properties. 

Honey was used by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians for its health benefits and is also widely used in Aryuvedic treatments. Honey has been called a natural cough supressant, is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and some types of honey even contain large amounts of probiotics. 

So how do you make this amazing tea? Recipe is below.


1 lemon wedge
1 tsp. honey
1 or two slices of ginger (about one inch in diameter)
Boiling water 

1) Squeeze the lemon juice into a cup or mug and leave the rest of the wedge in the cup
2) Add the ginger and honey to the cup
3) Add boiling water and let it steep for 5-10 minutes
4) Give your tea a stir and drink up, buttercup

This recipe makes one cup but you can adjust if you want to make a pot of it. A simple and fresh addition is a mint leaf which changes the flavour slightly for variation during cold and flu season. 

*please note that very young children should not be introduced to honey until you have cleared it with your family doctor

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