Yesterday my husband started feeling rundown and feverish and woke up today feeling like he was hit with a truck. No bueno… As some of you may know, when deciding to make the change to eating cleaner foods (organic, non GMO, minimally processed) we also make the choice to use food as our medicine.
Some of these over the counter medications are filled with such awful toxins and GMO’s, they cause more side effects than actual healing. I happened to come across this great recipe and thought I would try it with a few changes of my own. First, I chose to omit the turmeric since I didn’t currently have any on hand, but also thinking that it can be a difficult item for many of you to get your hands on anyway. However, each ingredient used has a special purpose in this tea.
Organic Star Anise is a good source of shikimic acid which is apparently used in the manufacture of Tamilflu, has anti fungal and antibacterial properties making it great for lung inflammation and cough, and is an antioxidant.
Organic Cinnamon is an effective remedy for headache and migraine relief, has anti fungal and antibacterial properties.
Raw Honey contains antioxidants and trace minerals and elements such as magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper, and manganese. It also contains vitamins B-complex, A, C, D, E, and K. It is an antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory.
Organic Coconut Oil has antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties.
Organic Cayenne Pepper is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a potent anti-oxidant and immune booster. The capsaicin (what gives the pepper its heat) helps fight inflammation, is a natural pain reliever, and clears congestion.
Organic Lemon juice contains antioxidants and vitamin C. The addition of lemon in green tea brings out the antioxidants of the tea, making it more readily available for the body to absorb.
Organic Vanilla Extract is an antioxidant.
Organic apple is rich is vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin B-6, and antioxidants.
Green tea has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Organic Chamomile tea (Matricaria retutica) is an anti-inflammatory, can treat a variety of digestive conditions, relaxes and soothes, and is an immune booster.
Ginger Root has a very high level of antioxidants, is an anti-inflammatory and pain reducer, and an antiviral.
- 4 1/2 cups filtered water
- 1 large mild to sweet organic apple ( I used a Pink Lady), cut into wedges
- 2 – 3 inch piece fresh, peeled ginger – cut in chunks (larger for more spice)
- 2 organic cinnamon sticks
- 1 organic star anise pod
- 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp organic cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp organic coconut oil
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 2 tbsp organic lemon juice
- 2 organic green tea bags (or 2 tbsp loose green tea and tea bag)
- 2 organic chamomile tea bags (or 2 tbsp chamomile flowers and tea bag)
2. When everything begins to boil, reduce heat to a low simmer for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes add chamomile tea bags and stir together. Let tea simmer for 5 minutes more. Then add green tea to the mixture and steep for 3-5 minutes longer.
3. Once the tea bags are done steeping, shut off heat and strain tea bags. Stir in raw honey and lemon juice. Stir well and be sure to smash all the juices from the apples. Strain tea with a fine mesh strainer into a heat proof container.
This tea is delicious hot. It can also be saved in a tightly covered container for up to 1 week in the fridge. Although we didn’t have any left over, my husband loved it, and it is helping! He calls it a miracle tea. He is able to walk without being dizzy and it lowered his fever pretty quickly. A success! I’m off to make some more…
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