Welcome to the latest issue of The Right Tea Newsletter!
Winter is almost here! And as temperatures drop and rain falls almost every day, it’s a good time to fill the pantry with herbal teas that help boost the immune system.
If it isn’t a new virus, it’s the seasonal cold that spreads quickly around the office, or maybe it’s just the stress in your life that causes you to be more prone to getting sick around this time.
Herbal teas may help provide you with the additional nutrients that your body craves as well as help to flush out the harmful elements that persist in making you sick every year.
In this issue we will be looking at 5 great herbal infusions that are said to help strengthen the immune system and keep your body in balance so that you are less prone to illness.
Many herbs are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and essential elements that help your body stay fit and healthy, so choosing just five is hard to do.
These five herbal teas are best known for their immunity boosting properties and they are here to help you start the conversation with your family doctor about how your body may benefit from a daily cup of tea.
This herb is native to China and Mongolia, but today grows in other temperate regions of the world. It a flowering plant with deep and long yellow roots that are harvested to make this herbal tea.
Astragalus tea is popular for helping to strengthen the immune system, by providing your body with essential elements. It may also help by stimulating your body to produce antibodies and thus naturally building your defenses and expelling harmful toxins from your body.
This is also a balancing tonic as it is said to help restore adrenal function and help you achieve hormonal balance, keeping your body cleansed, easing symptoms when you do happen to get ill.
The great thing about this herbal tea is that it is sweet tasting and super easy to make as all you need is to infuse a teaspoon for dried root in boiling water for 10-15 minutes and you are good to go.
Learn more about this specific tea here.
(Echinacea angustifolia, echinacea purpurea)
This herb is found in many tea blends or on its own when you are looking for an herbal infusion to stimulate the immune system.
Drinking this tea is said not only help soothe nasty cold symptoms, speeding up recovery time, but it also helps you build strong defenses against future infections or inflammations.
This nutritious tea is made by infusing a teaspoon of dried plant material in boiling water. You may add a little honey and lemon to add flavor to your healing tea.
Find out more about echinacea infusions here.
This root grows in many parts of the world, appearing in different varieties, from American to Japanese, Siberian or Korean ginseng, also often called Asian ginseng.
It is from Korean ginseng root that most herbal infusions are made from. It is considered a health tonic that promotes balance, vitality and health.
Drinking this infusion seems to help your body fight inflammation and boost your immune system, creating resistance against the onset of illness. It may also be helpful to provide your body with healthy energy and endurance stimulating physical and mental performance.
To make this tea you will need hot water, not necessarily boiling, and 1-2 teaspoons of dried root and then just strain for 5 minutes. You may wish to add honey or blend with lemon or ginger, but be aware that ginseng on its own may already be a little bitter.
Milk thistle is a Mediterranean herb that is now grown all over the world and it is widely valued for its medicinal properties. The infusion is made from the leaves which contain a milky white sap that flows when the leaves are crushed.
This herbal infusion benefits your immune system due to the presence of antioxidants that help not only to protect and cleanse your body, in particular the liver, responsible for cleansing your blood.
By helping your body to stay clean of toxins, this tea promotes healthy functioning of your vital organs, delivering clean blood to wherever it is most needed and flushing out unwanted guests.
By drinking a cup made from leaves and seeds of this herb you may be helping your body fight fungal infections and speeding up recovery time when illness does occur.
Learn more about this specific tea here.
Also known as Indian saffron, but much less expensive than actual saffron, turmeric root may be used to brew a warm cup of tea to help improve the immune system.
Particularly in the presence of colds and flus in the winter time, it may help bringing down fevers and fighting other nasty cold symptoms.
As a cleanser and a stimulant for the circulatory system, this tea helps your body to deliver essential nutrients to all parts of the body while maintaining your body clear of bacterial or fungal infections.
All you need is 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder per liter of boiling water, that is then left simmering for a further 8 to 10 minutes. Add a bit of honey to sweeten your tea, and blend with a bit of ginger to turn up the heat on this tea.
Read about these and other benefits of this tea here.
Boost Your Body Defenses
While herbal teas may give you a helping hand in order to keep your body working well, if you are prone to getting sick, then it is best to go to a doctor and have some tests done.
Your body may be lacking an element that even a great cup of tea cannot provide. There are some harmful toxins that your body cannot easily flush out and medication may be required.
You can also be mindful when it comes to preventing illness by making sure you and your family stay safe: washing hands, cleaning cooking surfaces thoroughly, making sure all food is fresh and proper for you, etc.
And last, but not least, drinking tea is not only a form of ingesting healthy nutrients, but it is also a way to take a break, relax, find peace in the moment you share with your cup of tea.
The time you take to brew and drink tea is a great way to help reduce the stress you have in your life and thus make you less prone to illness.
With the help of your doctor or nutritionist you are sure to find a great tea that you can enjoy on a daily basis and that also helps your body stay balanced and strong.
And if you wish to look at more suggestions for immunity boosting teas check out the page below:
Enjoy each cup of tea and stay healthy!
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