Everybody knows that if you build a healthy body and immune system, germs will not be able to survive in your body and therefore they cannot make you sick. By being preventative, you are creating an environment that germs do NOT want to live in. this is actually pretty easy to do – eat lots of fruits and veggies, make time for exercise, limit your intake of processed foods and sugars, and get enough sleep. All of these ingredients add up to you living a pretty healthy life.
But then… oh no! It’s that time of year again – Mother Nature is giving us the cold shoulder and thus the arrival of cold and flu season is upon us! And as great as chicken noodle soup is, I can’t imagine that anyone would want to live on it for the next six or so months. Plus, do we all really want to be chugging back those over-the-counter medications that claim to bring back a state of better health and vitality? If you read the ingredient list on some of those, it’s downright scary!
Well forget about the store-bought solutions… everything that you need to successfully fight and even prevent the flu is already sitting right there in your kitchen! So whether you are just beginning to feel a scratch in your throat or you are already in full-blown flu mode, you can combat it this year by sipping on our Heroic Health homemade, immune-boosting, flu-fighting tea that kills bacteria, loosens mucous, relieves pain and allows you to naturally fight back. Veronika originally started using this tea back in the days when she owned Camellia Bliss Herbal Teas as one of her “special-teas”, so with her high standards you know it has to be good!
Sound too good to be true? Maybe. But it DOES exist (and it does work too), and we want to share the recipe with you. (Stay tuned at the end after the recipe, where we go into greater details on why these ingredients are healthy and will boost your immune system.)
- 3 cups of water
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 slices (¼” thick each) of fresh ginger
- ¼ tsp. cloves
- ½ tbsp. turmeric
- 1 pinch cayenne (start with this and add more to taste… the more you can handle, the better!)
- 1½ tbsp. raw honey (can add more or less to achieve desired sweetness)
- Add all ingredients (except honey) to a pot and bring to a boil
- Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes
- Add honey and stir, adding more if necessary
- Pour tea through a strainer and drink while warm
Please note these recommendations are meant for otherwise healthy individuals. Those that are immuno-compromised, elderly or sick for a long duration of time should consult their physician.
Lemon: lemon is a great defense against germs (which is one reason why it is so popular for use in cleaning fluids). It has natural antibacterial properties, high levels of vitamin C, and the natural ability to support and detoxify your liver. Diseases really need an acidic environment to thrive, so lemon’s alkalizing effect really promotes good health. In short, lemon acts a strong defense against germs in every way!
Cinnamon: this warming spice stimulates circulation and increases the elimination of toxins from the body. Traditionally used to soothe aches and pains because of its natural pain relieving effects, cinnamon is also a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal.
Ginger: used for centuries to relieve a sore throat and loosen up congestion due to a cold, ginger is actually best known for its ability to calm an upset stomach. Ginger can also relieve aches and pains due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Cloves: cloves are what are known as expectorants, which means that they make it easier to cough up and eliminate phlegm. They’re also natural pain relievers and high in antioxidants that support the immune system.
Turmeric: turmeric is one of the best things you can put in your body to prevent and treat cold and flu because it is one of the most effective anti-inflammatories around. Naturally anti-viral and antiseptic, this traditionally used spice works wonders on our immune system, liver and overall health.
Cayenne pepper: cayenne pepper causes you to sweat, which helps with lowering a fever and eliminating toxins. It is also great for warming up the body and stimulating the release of built up mucous in the sinus and respiratory passages.
Raw honey: by using raw honey, you’re getting all the benefits of the enzymes, vitamins and minerals it has that would otherwise be destroyed during the pasteurization process. Raw honey offers tons of protection against germs due to its strong antibacterial and anti-microbial effects.
This recipe originally came from Tara Miller, a Toronto-based holistic nutritionist. Her educational background is from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition is complemented by a degree in psychology from the University of Guelph. You can follow her blog for holistic recipes and tips at www.taramillernutrition.com