As we head into winter, there’s one thing on our minds, perhaps more than most; staying healthy.
Whether it’s keeping your kids healthy through the school year, or trying to boost your own immune system so we can stay healthy to keep the household running, we’re all just a tiny bit terrified of coming down with wintertime bugs.
And we’ll do just about anything to help our immune systems stay on top of whatever happens to be floating through the air around us.
And by “anything” of course we mean anything that tastes pretty good, and doesn’t require too much work. 😉
Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered on both counts with this immune boosting herbal tea.
Iced peppermint tea has always been one of my favorite drinks in the summer, but in the winter, I like it hot, and I love to beef it up with a few other herbs to make a fabulous nutrient dense herbal tea recipe.
For a lot of years, I avoided all teas because I couldn’t bring myself to drink them unsweet, and I didn’t want want to drink sugar, but eventually I found stevia, and now I’m back on the tea train again
My current favorite sweetener is Pyure. 100% organic stevia. Win!
Hot tea is the best way to start your morning. Just measure your herbs into a french press, add hot water, wait a minute, pour yourself a cup, add a little squeeze of Pyure, and your all set, plus you have the rest of the tea in your press ready for when the kids wake up.
This tea is super simple, but oh-so good for you!
- Elderberries offer immune boosting properties and are commonly used in homemade cough syrup, and wellness remedies. They also promote sinus health, and help stabilize blood sugar.
- Rose hips are high in vitamin c, help keep a healthy stomach, and help the body defend agains lower bowel issues.
- Peppermint is sometimes called the “stomach healer” because of it’s soothing power on the stomach. It also contains many vitamins and minerals that aid digestion, and bolster the immune system.
- Cinnamon is high in antioxidants, and contains anti-inflammatory properties, along with many other benefits.
Immune Boosting Herbal Tea Recipe
- 1 Tablespoon dried elderberries
- 1 Tablespoon dried rose hips
- 1 Tablespoon dried, cut peppermint leaves
- 2 teaspoons chipped cinnamon
- Break up rose hips, using a blender or knife to make them nutrients more accessible
- Combine ingredients into a French press
- Fill press with hot water, and let steep five minutes before pouring and sweetening
- Tie herbs up in a cheese cloth and add to pot of hot water to steep
- Add herbs to hot water to steep, then filter out with a coffee filter
- Mix herbs together, and store in a tight-lidded jar in a cool, dark place. To use, add 2 teaspoons of the mixture to your favorite tea strainer, and steep.