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Saturday, 15 December 2018

5 Herbal Tea Recipes To Boost Your Immunity This Winter


5 Herbal Tea Recipes To Boost Your Immunity This Winter

Herbal teas have long been considered warriors in the battle against bad health. Ginger, tulsi, mint, even pepper and cinnamon are all extremely healthy, landing a strong upper cut against illness of any kind. For instance, a gentle chamomile tea will ease anxiety and calm you enough to put you to sleep – it's great for insomniacs; peppermint tea is well-known as an antidote to stomach ailments; and fennel tea has a light laxative effect on your digestive system.

Alright, so here's the thing about herbal teas – they aren't actually teas (hence they have no caffeine), but rather a decoction or infusion of herbs and spices. The term 'herbal tea' is a misnomer. You can put all sorts of things into your herbal tea – roots, flowers, leaves, seeds, fruit, really whatever you desire.

How to Make Your Own Herbal Tea – by Meher Mirza

1. Ginger Tea

I drink this 
potion when I am doused with cold and cough, and fever. The heat from the ginger helps slay the germs and the honey soothes my sore throat. This one is a multi-tasker because it also heals stomach ailments; ginger and cinnamon are particularly helpful in alleviating the symptoms of a bad stomach.

1 tsp ginger root, grated
1 1/ 2 tsp honey
2 cloves
1-inch piece cinnamon bark
3-inch strip orange peel

Method: Bring your cupful of water to a bubbling boil. Next, add in all the ingredients, bring the heat down to low, and let everything steep for about fifteen minutes. Strain into a cup and drink.

2. Lemon and Pepper Tea

This particular 
drink I use to amp up my immunity when I'm feeling a bit low. It is said also to be excellent for detoxing the system (although scientists have a squabble with the term detox, stating that there is no such thing. Your kidneys are the only thing that can detox your body), and for reducing achy joint pains for arthritis sufferers.

Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp honey

Method: Place the pepper and turmeric in the cup, and pour over boiling water. Stir in the lemon juice and honey, and you're sorted.

3. Ashwagandha Tea

Closer to home, ashwagandha is considered a sort of magic herb that helps kick up the immune system by several notches, stabilises blood sugar and reduces anxiety and stress.

5-inch piece dried ashwagandha root, approximately
1 tsp honey

Method: Wash and then boil the root in a cup of water, allowing to boil for about 15 to 20 minutes. Strain into a cup and then stir in the honey. Done!

4. Tulsi Tea

Tulsi, or holy basil, is a pretty amazing herb. Not only does it rekindle your immunity and battle evil germs, it helps heal a clutch of skin disorders. Apparently, it also kicks some serious diabetic arse, helping to balance blood sugar.

1/4 cup basil
1 tsp honey
2 tsp lemon juice

Method: Put the basil leaves into a saucepan with one and a quarter cup of water. Bring to a boil. Then bring down the flame to low for 15 minutes. Strain into a cup, then add the honey and lemon juice and stir.

5. Mint Tea

This mint and rosemary combination makes a very refreshing jorum and helps to improve memory. It's also good for an upset tummy.

10 mint leaves
1 sprig rosemary
A squeeze lemon, optional

Method: Tear the mint leaves into a cup, while setting a pan of water to boil. Plop the rosemary in the pan. Once boiled, pour the water on the mint and let it sit for ten minutes. Add a splash of lemon, if required. Enjoy!

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