Natural Immune Boosting Tea

Tis the season, for me at least, to wake up suddenly with a head cold and a stuffy nose!  I think it is in part due to the change in weather.  As Fall is the most beautiful of seasons, especially in the North East, I refuse to let such a common ailment prevent me from enjoying the weather!  Several years ago, at the onset of my attempt to lead a healthy life driven by a healthy, clean, organic diet, a chef in a restaurant I worked in shared a recipe with me, to help combat the common cold.  Put down your Advil cold and sinus, throw out your Sudafed, and make the tea below for Mother Nature's immune boosting natural remedy.    

Even if you don't have cold symptoms just yet, it is a good idea to begin strengthening your immune system as Fall approaches. I am a strong believer that the best way to treat a cold is to prevent it. I was recently introduced to the Ayurvedic approach, which focuses on keeping the body balanced and the immune system at peak efficiency so that infections and various aliments seldom manifest. Ayurveda does not ‘kill’ an infection like antibiotics do, instead it strengthens the body’s immune system to fight disease or infection.  In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is the king of spices. It’s most known for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits and is used for a wide variety of treatments, from improving digestion and circulation by purifying the blood and cleansing the liver and gallbladder, to strengthening the metabolism. It also contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. I used it in this tea alongside my favorite immune booster, ginger. According to Ayurveda, ginger warms the body and helps to break down the accumulation of toxins in the organs, particularly in the lungs and sinuses. Ginger helps to cleanse the lymphatic system, which is our body’s sewage system. By opening up these lymphatic channels and keeping things clean, ginger prevents the accumulation of the toxins that make you susceptible to infections, especially in the respiratory system. It doesn’t take long to see the benefits of ginger when you have a sore throat and a cold. Ginger is a must-have food during flu season.

I N G R E D I E N T S: 

1 inch of fresh ginger
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Juice of 1 lemon
Dash of Cayenne Pepper

R E C I P E: 

To make this tea, cut an inch of fresh ginger, slice thinly and boil in 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes. Add the juice of 1 lemon. Cool the tea for a few minutes until mildly hot. Once cooled add the raw honey. It's important that you do not add the honey to the boiling water as you will lose many of the important properties of raw honey. Add your remaining spices and stir.