I write this as I lie in bed, sneezing up a storm. I have a cold, and in my experience they’re always so much worse when you just wake up since they’ve had a chance to settle overnight. So it’s warming spices and elderberries to save the day.
This tea does wonders for boosting the immune system, sick or not.
Elderberries are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and various other vitamins and minerals. They’re used to help lower cholesterol, boost the immune system, and help in bacterial and viral infections.
Ginger is well known for use in aiding nausea, IBS, chills, cold and flu viruses, menstrual cramps, and poor circulation.
Cayenne helps boost the immune system and produces a warming effect on the body. It can help with sore throats and swollen glands.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and disinfecting properties, good for colds.
Cinnamon can help with relieving symptoms of colds and flu and has remarkable anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It’s also great for gastrointestinal problems.
So, throw them all together and you have a wonderful immune boosting tea!
2 Tbsp Dried Elderberries
2 Tbsp sliced fresh ginger
1 tsp turmeric powder (or fresh turmeric if you can get ahold of it!)
1 tsp ground cinnamon (or cinnamon sticks if you have them)
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper powder
2 tsp maple syrup (optional- one really shouldn’t consume sugars when you have a cold, but this tea leans toward being a bit bitter)
Put all ingredients in a cup and pour in 2 cups boiling water. Allow to steep for 5-10 minutes, then strain. You may still have particles of the powdered ingredients remaining. Drink ’em up and let them boost your immune system!
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