Herbs, Tea

Holiday Teas

pexels-photo-1721090.jpegIt is holiday time and I have already made hot chocolate, drank cinnamon coffee, tried eggnog for the first time.(loved it!)  This week it’s tea time. While tea is great any time of the year it is especially important to me this time of the year when colds and flu viruses are running around. Tea is a great way to help you body’s immune system fight off germs and can help to improve your mood on rainy days. (if rain bothers you) Try  a herbal tea to warm up at night if you are trying to avoid the caffeine in coffee and hot chocolate. Herbal tea can help to keep you hydrated as cold temperatures tend to make us want to drink less water. Here are a few you may want to try.

Peppermint Tea

Orange Spiced Yule Tea 

Haitian Ginger Tea (Te Jenjanm)

Cinnamon and Orange “Tea”

Ginger and Lemon Tea (Hot/ Chilled)

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Health, Herbs, Tea

Easy Marigold (Calendula) Tea

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How to Make Tea

  1. Bring water to  a boil for 3-5 min
  2. Remove from heat
  3. Add a tablespoon of water for every cup of water.
  4. Let steep for 5 minutes.
  5. Add Honey or lemon for added flavor if desired.marigold-flowers-blutenmeer-flower-meadow-45173

Health Benefits 

  • Immune system booster 
  • Detox 
  • Menstrual
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Digestive support 
  • Tamra
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Anti-fungal 
  • Anti-viral 
  • Antibiotic activity

Do not take if you are nursing or pregnant. This herb has hormonal properties that can affect your menstrual cycle  

 

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Haitian Ginger Tea (Te Jenjanm)

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Makes: 6 cups tea

Ingredients:
6 cups water
Fresh ginger, peel and grate
1 stalk lemongrass, take the outer dry leaves off and trim top & bottom
2-4 star anise pods
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch salt
Honey/ Brown sugar, to taste

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How to Make

Heat water on medium add ginger, lemongrass, star anise, and cinnamon stick as water is heating.
Bring tea to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
Simmer it longer for stronger taste
Strain tea into cups add honey or brown sugar to taste.

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Easy Sage Tea

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Here is what you will need

  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves or 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 cup water
  • Half a lemon (adjust to your taste)
  • 2 teaspoons of honey (adjust to your taste)
  1. Heat water to a boil
  2. Remove water from heat
  3. Drop sage leaves into water.
  4. Allow to steep for three to five minutes.
  5. Strain the leaves before pouring into your tea cup
  6. Sip and enjoy

Health Benefits of Sage Tea

  • Helps to detox the body
  • Menopausal Symptoms -Hot flashes
  • Anxiety
  • Digestion
  • Free radicals
  • Helps To lower cholesterol

Cautions Sage is a herb that interacts with hormones in the body, this is why  you should avoid sage tea if you are pregnant or nursing or if you have allergies to sage or other plants like such as peppermint and oregano. If you have any type of  hormone-sensitive conditions do not use sage without talking to your doctor.  Over use of sage can cause nausea so use with caution.