Since going more natural and cutting out toxins and eating whole foods, I rarely get sick these days, but sometimes when the weather changes, I’ll get a few cold symptoms that have me not feeling at my best. I decided to start experimenting with teas, even though I’ve never really been a tea drinker before, but the amazing health benefits of tea had my curiosity peaked.
Whenever I start to feel a few symptoms coming on, my first course of action is to increase my vitamin D and vitamin C intake through supplements and food. Just make sure you’re taking the right vitamin C when you do, otherwise you may be doing more harm than good. I personally use the naturally sourced vitamin C supplements from Pure Radiance.
Once I know my immune system has a good dose of vitamins, my next course of action is to make a nice soothing tea to enjoy before bed. I like to use chamomile for its calming and relaxing properties that are great for a cold or flu, plus it has anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting flavonoids. I find that having a nice tea before bed helps me sleep better, which in turn helps my immune system gain the strength it needs to keep me healthy.
Soothing Tea Recipe
This is a super simple recipe that has a ton of benefits from the relaxing chamomile, to the soothing honey and ginger. You can change it up a bit and add lemon instead of ginger, or add a few drops of peppermint to help open up the sinuses. There are many variations of this recipe you can try, but this is one of my favorites!
- 1-2 bags of good quality chamomile tea– (I love these artisan bags from Mighty Leaf, but Stash Tea is a good option as well)
- 1 cup of boiling water – (preferably purified or spring)
- 1/4 inch piece of fresh ginger root
- 1 thin slice of lemon
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey – (adjust for desired sweetness)
- 1-2 drops of peppermint oil – (optional)
- Add cut ginger root, lemon slice, and honey to the bottom of a big mug and cover with boiling water. Add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil if desired.
- Add 1-2 bags of chamomile tea and let steep for 4-5 minutes.
- Remove tea bags, lemon, and ginger and sip tea slowly, allowing the steam vapors to relax you.
- Repeat throughout the day as needed.
You should instantly feel more relaxed and calm, and the steam from the hot tea should help open up your airways and clear your sinuses, especially if you added some peppermint oil. The honey is amazing for soothing a sore throat, and the ginger will calm an upset stomach if you have one. There are so many benefits to this tea recipe, and it’s super simple to make so you can sip a cup several times a day if you choose.
Do you have any cold & flu drink recipes you love to use? I would love to hear your recipes!