Tis the season of colds and flus. Being around people who are sick is inevitable this time of year, especially in the chilly great Canadian north that I call home. Whether its friends, kids, co-workers or a person from your yoga class, colds and flus are going around. Since its pretty well impossible to avoid people who are feeling under the weather (aka avoid human contact for the next few months), what we can do is strengthen our immune systems so we are less likely to get sick in the first place. Already caught something? That’s okay too. Drinking this tea will give your immune system a boost so that you can get better sooner.
The Low Down
I drink this tea regularly during the week but if I feel a cold or flu coming on, I make a big pot on the stove and drink it religiously until I’m feeling better again. Doing this lets me know that I am supporting my body and giving it extra power to fight the invaders in my system. Here’s how these ingredients work their magic:
Ginger: this warming little root has strong anti-viral properties so it makes the perfect cold and flu remedy. If that isn’t enough reason to drink it, it’s also good for nausea, indigestion, boosting the circulatory system and immune systems and is highly anti-inflammatory to help with achy muscles/joints.
Lemon: a splash of vitamin C is just what you need to give your body a boost. In addition, lemons help to alkalize the system, purify the blood, and provide detoxification support, particularly to the liver.
Cayenne Pepper: this spicy powerhouse is the perfect addition to your tea, as it has strong anti-bacterial properties. Ingesting this spice causes the body to heat up, which helps to break up and move mucous and stimulates detoxification pathways. Cayenne is also great for normalizing blood pressure, assisting digestion, easing migraines and calming upset stomachs.
Honey: not only does it taste great but it is packed with beneficial properties. Honey is anti-bacterial and reduces cough and throat irritation, making it a perfect addition to this tea, especially for treating colds. Remember that honey contains natural sugars, which although much, much better than artificial sweeteners/refined sugars, are still sugars and should be eaten in moderation.
The Goodness that Goes into it
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 piece of ginger root (fresh)
- Cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
How to Create
- Bring water to a rolling boil
- Slice ginger into small pieces and cut lemon into small wedges
- Add lemon and ginger to a diffuser and let stand for 5 minutes
- Remove diffuser from tea
- Stir in 1 tsp of honey if a slightly sweeter tea is desired
- Sprinkle a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper into the tea and stir
- Squeeze the lemon wedges into the tea if you want additional lemon flavor
If you do not have a diffuser, this can also be made on the stovetop in a small saucepan. Combine all the ingredients (except honey), bring to a rolling boil, let stand and strain tea. Honey should be added last as exposing it to high heat destroys its beneficial properties.
Heat alert: cayenne pepper is extremely spicy and only a small amount is needed. Start with a few sprinkles and increase quantity until desired heat is reached.
So, there you have it. Not only do you get to enjoy a nice, warming cup of tea but you can rest assured knowing that you are doing so much good for your wonderful body. It’s definitely a win, win!
Keep Shining — Kate☀️
*Note: This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.