It’s December, and that means we’re smack in the middle of a season known for fevers, runny noses, ear aches, and nausea. These annoying and sometimes awful ailments are easily spread because everyone huddles together inside, and there is less air circulation. Cold weather also can lower the immune system, making us more susceptible to bugs, and the increased consumption of holiday spirits definitely don’t help.
I started making a tea with only four ingredients to assist in immune function and lessen cold symptoms and duration. I’m calling it Yellow Wellness Tea, mostly because it’s fun to challenge my kids to say the name three times, fast.
(Spoiler alert: one out of three can do it.)
The ingredients to make this tea can all be found in a regular grocery store (usually), and if not, any decent health food store should definitely carry them.
Here are the four items I use, and why they make an amazing preventative/symptom-reducing drink:
- Tames heartburn and an upset stomach
- Helps lessen joint pain
- Relieves pain
- Relieves nausea
- Contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic properties
- Reduces vertigo
- Helps with digestive upset
- Relieves pain
- Helps with nausea
- Calms a cough
- Soothes muscles and joints
- Prevents bacterial growth
- Reduces fever
- Loosens chest congestion
- Anti-bacterial and anti-viral
- Relieves indigestion and constipation
- Strengthens the immune system
- Relieves respiratory disorders and throat infections
So you can see how combining all of these incredibly helpful things together creates a concoction for wellness and health improvement, right?!
Recipe for one 16 ounce (I don’t fool around) cup of Yellow Wellness Tea:
¼ tsp. ground turmeric
Small thumb of ginger, peeled and minced finely
1 tbsp. dried lemongrass leaves, crushed
½ of a lemon, juice and zest
(1 tsp. honey *optional)
Combine all ingredients and mix together well. Place in tea infuser, and set in large glass or mug. Fill that sucker with boiled water, and let steep for 3-5 minutes, depending how strong you like it. (I recommend starting with 3 minutes.) If you feel it’s too strong, simply add more water to dilute. Add honey if you need some sweetness. Drink hot, and go to bed early.
Happy Monday; it’s exactly half way through the month. Take care of yourself! xo