I love making herbal teas. I am passionate about herbal medicine and believe that tea crosses the great line of food as medicine. I often recommend clients to slowly build a herbal tea collection so that when you are struck down with an illness you have instant access to therapeutic herbs that are easy to prepare and delicious to consume.
Here is a tea I often make during winter time to boost my immunity and warm me up when even my bones feel cold!
- 1 tablespoon of finely chopped ginger
- 2 tablespoons of dried rosehips
- 1 tablespoon of dried echinacea (root & leaves if you can find)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of manuka honey
- Bring 500ml of water to simmer in a saucepan.
- Firstly add the ginger root and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Next, add the rosehips and echinacea. Continue to simmer for 2 minutes.
- Strain liquid through a sieve and once slightly cooled add fresh lemon juice and honey.
Ginger – is a circulatory stimulant and is incredibly warming
Rosehips – high in Vitamin C & A and flavour!
Echinacea – is an immune boosting and anti-inflammatory herb.
Manuka honey – is a therapeutically active honey. It exhibits anti-bacterial properties which protect you against infections. I use the 5+ or 10+ for everyday use. Be careful adding this honey to a tea which is piping hot as it will destroy the beneficial properties. It is best to add once the tea is at a comfortable drinking temperature.
Replace the rosehips with a dash of cayenne powder for extra warmth. It sounds strange but gives the tea more spice and really warms up your system!
Recipe by Sarah-Jane Purnell, Naturopath