Flu season is upon us, which typically brings sore throats, runny noses, throbbing headaches, and an unhappy boss. Beat the flu this season with these eight immune-boosting tea recipes!
Each of these healthy and natural recipes is packed with vitamins that will reinforce your immune system and prevent you from getting sick. If you make sure to get a daily serving of vitamin-packed tea, you can remain healthy, bright, and alert all season long. As an added bonus, you get to temper the chilly days with a delicious warm beverage in your favorite oversized mug.
Sea Buckthorn Tea
Sea buckthorn berries are fully loaded with vitamin C. Use them to make tea and you’ve got a steaming cup of health! At SIBU, we’ve harnessed the wonderful immune-boosting properties of sea buckthorn in the form of juice blends, purees, and oils, all of which make for a great quick fix substitute if you don’t have the time to boil and steep a cup of tea!
Muddle the berries to release the juice, add cinnamon sticks, and pour over with boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes before straining and then serve with a teaspoon of honey for each cup. That’s all there is to it! Sea buckthorn tea is easy and healthy!
Lemon Honey Apple Cider
According to Joy Food Sunshine, this magical elixir is great for relieving symptoms and fighting off illnesses. This drink is not only tasty, but it’s also quick and easy to make, and loaded with vitamins. It’s also very effective for soothing a sore throat.
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon raw honey
Once you have your boiling water, add it to a mug containing the rest of the ingredients. Stir well and drink.
Cinnamon and Ginger
This scrumptious tea is packed with immune-boosting ingredients and more than enough vitamin C to keep you feeling your best during the flu season. Because this tea recipe must be boiled, it’s easier to make this one in larger batches. Follow the recipe below for three servings or double it for a week’s supply!
4-5 slices fresh ginger
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 lemon, cut in wedges
3 cups boiling water
Touch of honey, to taste
In a small pot, mix ginger slices, cinnamon sticks, half of the lemon wedges, and water. Cover and boil for 20 minutes. Squeeze the rest of the lemon into tea and add honey to individual servings to sweeten according to your liking.
Burdock, Berries, and Balm
This power drink was created to benefit the immune system and the lymphatic system, which are both crucial to combating illness.
1 tablespoon dried burdock root
1 tablespoon dried elderflowers
1 tablespoon dried lemon balm
Simply steep boiling water with herbs for 30-40 minutes and then drink 2-3 cups a day during flu season. We found this amazing tea to boost your immune system on andreabeaman.com.
Turmeric is well known for strengthening immunity and promoting good health. This immune-boosting tea is just about as healthy as you can get.
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 inch ginger root, sliced
1 small cinnamon stick
Honey or maple syrup, to taste
Whisk ingredients together and cook in a saucepan over low heat for 20 minutes. If you enjoy a dairy base for your tea, feel free to use milk instead of water—just don’t allow the mixture to reach a boiling point; let it simmer.
Citrus Turmeric Tea
If you’re not a huge fan of the taste of raw ginger and turmeric powder, you can mix it with other fresh ingredients for an added health boost and an even more enjoyable taste! It’s the perfect tea to boost immune systems.
1 inch fresh turmeric root, sliced
1 inch fresh ginger root, sliced
1/2 small orange, sliced
1 cup boiling water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Pinch of black pepper
Combine the thinly sliced ingredients in a mug and pour boiling water over top. Stir in remaining ingredients. Let the mixture steep for 10-15 minutes and then drink.
Herbal Immune-Boosting Tea
If your tastes lean more toward the herbal side, you’re going to love this tasty immune-boosting tea. Mix a cup of fresh herbs for a delightful-smelling hot drink on a cold day.
1 tablespoon dried rose hips
1 tablespoon dried elderberries
1 tablespoon dried peppermint leaves
2 teaspoons chipped cinnamon
Break up the rose hips to release the sweet aroma and rich nutrients and then combine with remaining ingredients in a french press. Add boiling water and let steep for 5-10 minutes, then enjoy!
This tea for the immune system tastes so fresh and is so easy to make. It’s likely that this cinnamon thyme concoction will become your new favorite hot drink.
4 cups hot water
2-3 small cinnamon sticks
4 teaspoons dried thyme
Sweetener of choice
Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, add cinnamon and thyme and then cover. Steep for 15 minutes before pouring into mugs. Sweeten each serving with honey or your favorite sweetener.