There’s just something extra special about sipping a delicious hot tea on a chilly fall or winter morning. Rather than raiding your grocery store for pre-packaged flavors, why not try your hand at these easy healthy herbal tea recipes? Below are 3 natural teas that WILL HELP fight those winter colds and flu.
Luckily, neither of these methods require any special equipment. The teas we have mentioned below are usually drunk hot and preferably in the mornings.
Ginger Turmeric Tea
This tea is not only refreshingly zingy, but can also boost your immune system during cold season. It also can calm a nauseated stomach, and tastes great with a bit of honey and lemon added to it. Simply grate 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger and 1 teaspoon of turmeric root into 3 cups of water. Boil, and let sit on low heat for 15 minutes. Squeeze some lemon juice into the tea, and enjoy!
Plain Turmeric Tea
- Turmeric paste as required
- Ginger paste (optional)
* Boil one cup of water.
* Add both turmeric and ginger pastes, bringing the water to a boil.
* Now, turn off the heat and let the turmeric tea cool down to room temperature.
* Your fat melting tonic is now ready to consume. Make sure to strain it before drinking.
It can be made using any milk you like, including both dairy and non-dairy varieties.
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1½ inches fresh ginger root, unpeeled and thinly sliced
- 1 Tbsp. whole cloves
- 1 Tbsp. whole green cardamom pods
- 2 tsp. whole black peppercorns
- 4 heaping tsp. loose Darjeeling tea
- 4 cups whole milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)
- ¼ cup honey
Coarsely grind the whole cloves, cardamom, and black peppercorns using either a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder. Add the spices to a saucepan and stir in the ground spices, cinnamon sticks, and loose Darjeeling tea. Simmer gently for 10 minutes.
Strain the spiced tea through a fine sieve and return to the saucepan. Whisk in the milk and honey over low heat. The chai is ready when it’s thoroughly warmed and just beginning to bubble around the edges
Note- Turmeric can cause diarrhea in some people when taken in very high amounts. Limit your intake to 2-3 grams daily (about 2 teaspoons). Other side effects for very high doses include stomach ache, heartburn, overloading the gallbladder, hair loss, and immune impairment.
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