Herbal or immunity boosting tea are great for boosting the immune system, cleansing the lymphatic system. In times of covid, we all need a magical elixir to keep us hale and hearty. In search of the perfect anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti- inflammatory, healing look no further, we have got you covered!
There is something about a warm cup of tea when feeling run down or isolated during a pandemic. Here are some recipes you can reply on for yourself and the family. They are great to even treat a respiratory congestion, stimulating digestion and packing in immense medicinal punch. The super teas are ideal when your body needs a clean and a boost.
If you are worried about the coronavirus, feel a cold coming on, or start feeling flu symptoms don’t waste time, whip yourself up a batch of delicious tea. All-around goodness decoctions
Ginger & Turmeric
While turmeric is anti-inflammatory, ginger helps sooth the gut, both work wonders for removing toxins from the body.
• Lemon peel; 2 inch piece of ginger root; turmeric root 2 inch piece; orange zest half tsp; 5 cups of water
Bring all the above ingredients to a boil and let it cool then strain it. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper, black pepper, honey, orange zest, coconut or avocado oil.
Lemon & Apple Cider Vinegar
Bring water to boil, add lemon juice, honey, apple cider vinegar to your mug. Stir well, cool and drink.
Flavourful Kashmiri Kahwa
Kashmiri Kahwa Tea is an aromatic, vibrant, soul warming tea made with fine green tea combined with various delectable spices, nuts, and saffron.
• Water – 4 cups Kahwa Tea leaves; Saffron – 8 strands; Fennel – 1 Tsp; Dried Rose Petals – as required; Cinnamon – 1 inch; Cardamom – 2 slightly crushed; Cloves – Few; Star Anise – half inch; Turmeric root – Half inch; Almonds, cherry pistachios, cashews, walnuts – crushed as required; Black Pepper – 2 (Optional- Basil leaves, lemon grass, cherries)
Put all the ingredients in boiling water except saffron and almonds. Once boiled, strain, add the rest of the saffron, almonds to simmer. Serve sizzling.
Basil & lemon Tea
Holy basil or Tulsi, is a great herb, it rekindles your immunity and evil germs besides heals a clutch of skin disorders and balances blood sugar.
• Half cup basil; 2 tsp lemon; 1 tsp honey
Put the basil leaves into a saucepan with one and a quarter cup of water. Bring to a boil. Then bring down the flame too low for 15 minutes. Strain into a cup, then add the honey and lemon juice and stir.
Mint & Rosemary Tea
The combination of mint and rosemary makes a very refreshing tea and helps to improve memory, helps with upset tummy too.
• 10 mint leaves; 1 sprig rosemary; A squeezed lemon (optional)
Put the mint leaves into a cup, set 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 hint of lemon, if you like.
• Water – 4 cups; 1 tsp Tea leaves; 1 inch Cinnamon; 1 tsp Ginger; 1 tsp Caraway seeds; Black pepper – 4; Cloves – 4; 1 tsp Fennel seeds; Jaggery – as per taste
Boil the water, ginger, caraway seeds, black pepper, cloves, fennels seeds. Cool, strain and a hint of jaggery.
• Tonic; 5 cups tea broth; water; 1 inch turmeric root; 1 inch ginger root; 80 grams oyster mushrooms; 50 grams shitake mushrooms; 10 grams astragalus root; 1 sprig rosemary; ¼ tsp sea salt
In a pan, add the water, mushrooms, astragalus, rosemary. Simmer, cover until fully boiled, remove from heat, add the turmeric and ginger, sea salt and steep for 10 more minutes. Strain the ingredients and sip through the day.
Expert, Indira Thounaojam says, “The tea recipes have been passed down to us through generations from ancient times. These immune boosting nutrients act as preventive health measures. It is awesome to grow herbs, roots, flowers, superfood spices and use kitchen ingredients to make your own immunity boosting super teas at home.
“Results of drinking the warm and toasty teas everyday includes detoxing the body, alleviating infections, reduced aches or pains. From lemon & pepper tea, grow your own hibiscus at home to turn the dried flowers into a refreshing tea. Or take dried thyme, dried rosemary, ginger to make a lovely tea. Order some or grow rosehip, Echinacea, elderberry in your teas.
“I even stock up on Licorice root, chamomile, peppermint or cumin, coriander, fennel, black pepper, ginger, cardamom to make a nice tea. And don’t forget to add a dash of cinnamon, honey, turmeric or grated ginger to the concoctions.
“The taste tea is a cinch to make. Along with all this, you still need to eat healthy, stress less and get good sleep each night, but these well help strengthen or heal, boost that sluggish immune system, or even mellow out an overactive one!”