Now more than ever, a healthy immune system is an absolute necessity. So, we will be sharing this family based herbal medicine immune boosting and healing tea best for Winter that you should try, as well as, share with your loved ones. There are several variations of this tea used by many families across West Africa. But here is a simple recipe to get you going.
Herbal Medicine | What Ingredients You Will Need
2 large ripened pineapples (rinds and all)
3 large lemons halved (with rinds on)
1 large grapefruit (optional) – rinds on
2 Thumbs of Ginger (freshly grated or finely chopped) or 1 tsp Ginger Powder
1/2 thumb of Turmeric
1 tsp peppercorn (you can omit if not adding in Turmeric)
1/2 Fresh Aloe Vera leaf – use only the rind (chopped)
1 1/2 Tbsp Cloves (whole)
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1-2 Cinnamon Bark
Tip: For an extra clean, wash and soak pineapple rinds in water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
- Place all ingredients in a large glass kettle or pot and fill pot 3/4 of the way with filtered water.
- Cover pot and bring it to a boil (~10 minutes)
- Once boiling, let ingredients simmer for 30 minutes. NOTE: KEEP pot COVERED throughout the entire boiling and simmering process to help lock in the essential oils and make the tea much more potent.
- Reheat and ladle out tea as needed over a period of 2 to 3 days. 8oz in the morning and evenings will help strengthen or boost the immune system. There is no need to refrigerate as long as used within a three day time frame.
- Add a teaspoon or two of honey to your cup if you choose. Do keep in mind that this tea is for medicinal purposes, so no need to indulge in the sugar. In fact, it is best to forgo the sugar altogether. But if you must, a smidge of honey will do as long as your tea is not piping hot, since this will destroy the beneficial properties of the honey, as well as, add negative by-products….
Benefits of Adding This Herbal Medicine to Your Regimen
This tea is superb in that it is highly beneficial to the body. The many benefits of adding this tea to your immune boosting regimen make it absolutely worth the effort.
Just a word of caution, this tea is a diuretic, so expect frequent urination. …be sure to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day to compensate for the excess loss of water as it flushes out your system….
It can also aid in detoxification of the body and will help cleanse the body, removing toxins and giving a good boost to your body’s defense system. Loaded with Vitamin C and lots of other nutrients, this tea provides immune boosting benefits that help fortify the body’s immune system.
What are the Benefits of the Ingredients Used?
Pineapple – great for for fighting disease, it boosts the immune system and fends of inflammation. Plus as an added bonus, it helps reduce the risks of cancerous cells developing in the body. And it is loaded with lots of Vitamins and minerals such as potassium, manganese, thiamin, vitamin B-6, magnesium, to name a few.
Lemons – this fruit is well known for its high levels of vitamin c along its fellow members of the citrus family. So, it is no wonder it is included in this herbal medicine tea.
Lemons also aid in digestion and help with fighting disease, which further boosts the immune building properties of this tea. Lemons ar wonderful when it comes to iron absorption, so if you are anemic or have issues with iron uptake, then load up on these and many other citrus fruits for high and quicker results when it comes to your iron levels.
Grapefruit – increases iron absorption and is chuck full of antioxidants. It also boosts the immune system and is loaded with lots of vitamin A, C, Potassium, fiber and many more nutrients and vitamins.
Ginger – a wonderful rhizome/ plant when it comes to easing colds, flus and other viral illnesses, especially when it comes to the upper respiratory tract. This rhizome is a powerful addition to any tea or medicinal cocktail. It is great for clearing congestions, reducing inflammation, and relieving pain that can come from various ailments.
Turmeric – this herb is great for treating inflammation, much like its cousin ginger. It is also fantastic for treating infections and various ailments. This is a good herb to also consider when looking for herbs that reduce pain.
Just a word of caution, this herb does have some side effects that can be counterintuitive to its purpose (i.e. overuse or excessive dosage can cause inflammation in the stomach creating issues with digestion, bloating, and excesssive gas), so use it sparingly and wisely.
If you are iron deficient, then be sure to use very little of this herb, as too much can result in condition worsening. Turmeric works best when paired with pepper to help release the curcumin, so adding a pinch or two of black pepper and or cayenne pepper (increase this amount for large quantities…) will help you get the benefits and the full potential of this herb working for you.
Medicinal Herbs, Spices, and Fermented Beverages
Aloe Vera Leaf – Aloe Vera is a well known healing plant that has been used for many years and helps in bolstering the extreme benefits of this tea. This plant has lots of antiviral and antibacterial properties, is great for relieving constipation because of its laxative properties, and promotes healing for the body both inside and out.
Cloves – a well round herb to include in your teas and here is why. Cloves are loaded with antioxidants, they highly antiseptic and will kill various bacteria. Cloves also, help with blood sugar regulation and protect against cancer. And added plus of drinking tea made with cloves is that the cloves will help bolster your bone health! Plus they are good for pain, especially oral or dental related and can help boost the immune system.
Apple Cider Vinegar – this fermented version of the apple is highly beneficial to the overall health of our bodies, and helps keep microbes in check. It is high in antioxidants and can help rid the body of toxins.
Cinnamon – a great herb with lots of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds and is highly beneficial lowering the risk of heart disease and blood sugar levels. It is also highly beneficial in treatment of some types of infections that are caused by fungi. Plus, it is anti-parasitic, antiviral, and antimicrobial.
We hope this article proves helpful to you and that you will go ahead and give this tea a try. It is a simple herbal medicine, but a wonderful immune boosting tea that will prove helpful in lowering your risks of getting sick by boosting your immune system. If you find this and any of our other articles helpful, then please share and consider subscribing to our site for new informative articles. And don’t forget to leave us a comment in the comment section below to let us know what you find helpful in the article and if you have any information you would like to add.
Disclaimer: In case you are on blood thinning medication or any medication for that matter, be sure to consult your physician before including this tea in your regular diet.
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