Hot foods, soups, stews, and teas are a great starting point for boosting your immunity.
When I hear someone at home is feeling a cold coming on, the first thing I do is draw up a tea. I rummage through the kitchen for herbs with anti-microbial and decongestant activity. Below are some recommendations for what to add to your Immune Tea. It’s always okay to customize based on what you have available and find delicious!
- Start with a pot – add 3 cups of hot water
- Add the following:
- Lemon (2-3 slices)
- Rosemary (one teaspoon)
- Thyme (1/2 teaspoon)
- Oregano (1/2 teaspoon)
- Sage (3 leaves)
- Fennel seeds (1 teaspoon)
- Ginger root (1/2 inch sliced)
- Turmeric root (1/2 inch sliced)
- A dash of cayenne pepper
- Cover pot with lid, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and let simmer 30 minutes.
- Add 1 teaspoon of molasses or honey and stir
- Strain and pour into a cup. Cover with a lid until ready for consumption.
- Serve tea warm.
- If you can tolerate the taste, the herbs remaining in the pot are safe to chew and consume for an extra boost.
**This recipe is intended for adults only.
**Honey is not safe for babies under the age of one.
**Caution: Sage, oregano, and thyme may decrease milk flow during breastfeeding when taken in large quantities.