As one of the most widely consumed beverages around the globe, tea is a legendary drink that millions adore.
Tea-drinking can cleanse the mind, body and soul. And if we’re honest, there is no time like winter to enjoy a warm, freshly brewed cup of tea. Put it in your box of antidotes to the dreaded cold, and sip on these to boost our immune system:
(Note: Be sure to read the recommended way to make your tea of choice. Water temperature is critical.)
A cousin to the mint family and famously known for its culinary uses, sage has a long list of traditional and medicinal benefits. The leaves infused into hot water make for a lovely cuppa. The delightful aroma will soothe the nerves and the slightly sweet and earthy flavour will awaken your senses. Add a bit of honey for taste.
Well known for its healing properties, ginger is a no-brainer if you want to ward off colds and flu. Use fresh ginger to make a refreshing tea when you wake up. Add a slice of orange or lemon for a citrus twist.
This lemony herb is mostly used in desserts but also makes a lovely cup of tea. Be sure to dry fresh leaves for winter months when it is out of season and enjoy it for longer.
Mint or spearmint
Another famous one, and for good reason. The menthol in mint helps soothe sore throats and assists in easing respiratory conditions. Steep until your water turns slightly green.
Lemon is nature’s antiseptic. Adding lemon to black tea leaves or green tea helps with colds and flu as well as sore throats. It’s also used to detox the body.
Although honey can be added to tea or lemon water, even on its own it acts as a cough suppressant.
Just note that in winter, raw honey may be in shortage as most bees go into hibernation and beekeepers need to leave some of the honey for the bees to sustain themselves.
Speaking of bees…
We can learn a lot from the bees. Understand the cycles of nature and fashion your diet around those cycles to avoid disrupting mother nature’s way. Fruits and other foods that are naturally abundant in winter, like citrus, are excellent immune boosters and can add flavour to your favourite hot drink.
This article was written by Siyabonga Mngoma and published by Abundance Wholesome Foods.