Give Us All The Tea
Nothing warms the heart during the cold winter like a cup of tea. Tea is among the most used beverages in the world. People have used tea for centuries as a natural medicine to treat and or prevent many illnesses and improve pieces of their health.
The benefits of drinking tea are numerous, and we cannot summarize them in just one post.
The benefits of tea comes from its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties found within the leaves, flowers, and additional ingredients added. Drinking tea may help strengthen the immune system and help fight diseases. Tea may boost metabolism, help in weight loss, and help the digestive system. It might also help lower stress levels.
There are two types of teas. Regular teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant which includes black tea, green tea, white tea, Pu’er tea, and Oolong tea. Herbal teas come from fruits, leaves, stems, roots, and herbs of a variety of plants. Herbal teas include chamomile tea, Turmeric tea, ginger tea, peppermint tea, and lavender tea, just to name a few.
One of my family’s favorite teas in the winter is our homemade lemon, honey, and ginger tea. THese simple yet powerful ingredients help boost our immune systems and fight colds and coughs with its combined benefits of Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties.
Here is how we prepare it:
2 Fresh Lemons washed and thinly sliced with peels on
About one cup of your favorite local honey
¼ cup Fresh ginger peeled and thinly sliced (alternative: Frozen ginger)
16 oz Jar for storage
Place washed and sliced lemons in the jar, preferably a glass jar
Add ginger to the glass jar
Pour honey slowly to cover the lemon and ginger, leaving room on the top to allow for stirring.
Close the jar and store it in the fridge for a couple of days before you enjoy it.
How to use it:
Put 1-2 tablespoons of the mix in a mug and pour hot water. Enjoy it