Cough. Sniffle. Sneeze. Snort. Wheeze.
Cold and flu season is upon us. Germs flying everywhere as people tax their immune systems with sugary treats and grains galore. Poor immune systems don’t have a fighting chance this time of year under these conditions.
The immune system certainly should receive tender loving care all year round but it needs an extra boost during those cold weather months. I know how tough it can be to take a bunch of supplements religiously or to totally steer clear of all those holiday treats. But honestly, your immune system does need something to give it a push in the right direction.
Good thing there’s a tea for that. An immune boosting tea to be exact!
Tea is an oh-so-simple way to pump your immune system full of supportive herbs. Make a batch up and sip on it for a few days. Enjoy it warm or cold. It doesn’t matter. Not only will you stay hydrated but your immune system will be doing the happy dance as it gets the support it craves.
This immune boosting tea tastes pretty dang good. Not all of them do. Trust me. I’ve tangled with some pretty outrageous flavor combos. I know that I am less likely to drink something that has to be forced down after a half hour pep talk in the hallway. So the fact that this is easy on the taste buds is a plus. It is also mostly kid-friendly as my daughter has enjoyed it since she was 4 years old. I only say mostly because this isn’t a “typical” tea flavor. It has a more earthy flavor with a little kick from the cinnamon. Some children with sensitive palates might find it strong. But every child I have served it to has liked it a lot.
Immune Boosting Tea
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 cup licorice root (shredded or grated)
- 1/2 cup echinacea root
- 1/4 cup astragalus root
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger root (finely chopped)
- 1 – 2 cinnamon sticks
- Honey and lemon or orange to taste
- Bring the 6 cups of water to a gentle boil and turn off the heat.
- Place the licorice root, echinacea root, astragulus root, fresh ginger, and cinnamon sticks in the pot and cover with a lid.
- Let stand for 45 minutes.
- Strain out the herbs and store the tea in a glass jar or bottle.
- If you would like to sweeten the tea, simply stir in honey to taste. Add lemon or orange if desired.
This tea can be made ahead and reheated on the stove or served ice. It is also nice at room temperature.