“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” -Thich Nat Hahn
Herbal tea is awesome to enjoy year-round but can be a saviour during a deep freeze. Try these herbs alone or in combination. There’s nothing like a hot cup of herbal goodness to warm you up on a chilly day. Bottoms up!
5. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) – familiar and comforting, chamomile tea is subtle and helps bring on a solid snooze. Chamomile is also known for improving digestion and has mild anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties. Bonus: This can be used in bathwater, too!
4. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) – fresh, grated ginger to make a warm and spicy tea is a great way to enjoy this root. Beyond treating nausea, ginger promotes healthy circulation, can ease an upset stomach and help digestion.
3. Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) – packed with flavonoids, elderberries are your best friend if you have a cold or flu. They are known to support your immune system, combat inflammation, and reduce the duration of an infection. You can drink your tea and eat it, too.
2. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) – has it been a long, exhausting winter for you? Consider licorice root tea! This herb is an excellent support in recovering from periods of stress, a protector of the mucous membranes (respiratory, gut, urinary) in cases of irritation, such as ulceration or coughing, and has anti-inflammatory properties, too.
1. Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) – Chaga mushroom has been a dietary staple in Eastern Europe and other parts of the world for centuries for treating ailments from parasites to cancer. It’s very high in antioxidants, is used to treat and prevent cancer, nourishes tired, dry skin and hair and is an overall tonic. Chaga must be hot-water extracted to produce the immune benefits, which makes tea a perfect fit for this medicinal mushroom.
This blog is meant for educational purposes only. Always check with your naturopathic doctor to ensure these do not interfere with your medications and/or supplements and are safe in your state of health.