Who doesn’t love a warm cup of tea on a snowy winter day? Or a warm cup of tea on a summer day, even. “You know, during WWI, the British drank tea while they were in the desert to maintain an internal body temperature similar to the external temperature” according to my pops. 😉
So how about this: a tea you love that loves you back?! With just a few household ingredients, you can create a multitude of simple, homemade teas to ease the body of inflammation, nausea, digestive complications, and much more. So what are you waiting for? Let’s brew!
For each recipe, it is best to use a mason jar, or to place a plate over your mug as the tea steeps to be sure that all of the awesome and healing nutrients stay in the cup rather than evaporating into the air.
1. Anti- Inflammatory Ginger and Turmeric Tea
What you’ll need: 2 cups water, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp ground turmeric, raw honey (optional), a slice of lemon (optional)
Bring water to a boil. Add the ginger and turmeric and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes. Take the mixture off of the heat and strain it into a tea mug. Add a bit of honey and a slice of lemon for flavor (optional).
2. Thyme to Heal Your Cold and Throat
What you’ll need: 1.5 cups water, a few springs fresh thyme, half a lemon
Bring water to a boil. Add thyme to your mug (preferably something you can seal, such as a mason jar), pour the water over the thyme, seal and let steep for 6-8 minutes. Remove the lid, squeeze the lemon juice into the jar, and enjoy! (Hint: add a bit of raw honey to help further soothe the throat.)
3. Ginger Tummy Tea
What you’ll need: 1.5 cups water, 1 medium sized knob ginger root, 1 stainless steel tea ball, a slice of lemon (optional)
Bring water to a boil. While you’re waiting, grate or finely chop the fresh ginger and place inside of the tea ball. Place tea ball and freshly boiled water into your tea mug. Let steep 5-6 minutes. Remove tea ball and add lemon slice (optional).
4. Ayurvedic Digestive Tea
What you’ll need: 1.5 cups water, 1/4 tsp ground coriander seeds, 1/4 tsp ground cumin seeds, 1/4 tsp ground fennel seeds, raw honey (optional) Note: you can use whole seeds if that is what you have on hand. Just grind them in a coffee grinder before using in this recipe.
Bring water to a boil. Add the seeds and reduce heat to a simmer. Let the mixture simmer for 3-5 minutes. Strain into a tea mug. Add raw honey to taste (optional).
It’s important to remember that while the above herbs and spices are safe to consume, they can conflict with different medications, or have an undesirable effect due to varying health problems. Please, consult your doctor before brewing your holistic teas.