Who doesn’t love a ‘cuppa’, black, green, white, oolong, blended teas, herbal teas, etc. We all have a favourite, often drinking 2 or 3 cups daily, warming, soothing, comforting and great for dunking biscuits!
Tea also has numerous health benefits, including, detoxifying the body, helping with weight loss, boosting immunity and mental alertness, helping to prevent heart diseases and arthritis. Tea also helps prevent hair loss (not restoration 😉), fight fatigue and depression and much more!
Whilst fully admitting to being avid tea drinkers all year round there’s just something extra special about sipping a delicious cup of hot tea on a chilly winter’s day. In fact, we can incorporate tea into our health routine in the colder months, it’s easier to fight or sooth the symptoms of winter coughs and colds and flu if we take advantage of the natural health benefits of different tea infusions.
Here are some homemade tea recipes that are not only delicious but are packed full of nutrients to help keep us healthy:
Moroccan ‘sore throat’ tea
The best tea for sore throats and cough. Simple and easy – ‘3 ingredients’
1 teaspoon ground ginger (fresh ginger if you prefer)
1 teaspoon honey (raw is best)
Juice ½ lemon
1 ½ cups boiling water
Pour water into a mug
Stir in honey, ginger and lemon
Adjust honey and lemon to taste…sip slowly!
Cold & flu fighting apple green tea turmeric tonic
4 ½ cups water
1 large apple (organic if possible)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons organic virgin coconut oil
¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons raw honey
2 green tea bags or 2 teaspoons loose green tea
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Boil water and the stir in all ingredients well. Allow to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
Strain and enjoy!
Winter Chai tea
4 cups Darjeeling or Rooibos tea
1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup cardamom pods
1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients into a pan and stir well.
Allow to simmer for 3 minutes. Leave to steep for 3 minutes
Strain and drink with raw honey to taste
Homemade Black Apple Tea
½ cup loose leaf black tea
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey or unrefined sugar
1 cup chopped dried apples
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 level teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
Steep the black tea for a couple of minutes in a small jug with 2 mugs of boiling water, stirring well.
Strain and add all the other ingredients stirring well until apple softens and serve.
You will need your teaspoon as the pieces of apple are delicious too!