Warm to the Core: Two Immune-Boosting Teas for Cold & Flu Season
This month, I formulated two teas to support friends and colleagues on the picket lines, but they are perfect for any long-haul situation where sustained emotional and physical stress, cold weather, and circulating viruses are the perfect storm for a nasty cold or flu.
Nourish & Energize
This rich, spicy brew is reminiscent of spiced black teas, but with an even-keeled energizing effect rather than a caffeinated boost. Its backbone is reishi mushroom, an incredible powerhouse tonic that builds deep immunity and carries the deeply grounded, quiet strength of the forest it comes from. With astragalus root for additional immune support and gentle balancing to the adrenal glands, vitamin C-packed rosehips, and a bevy of warming spices that increase circulation, this tea is an incredible ally in cold and flu season.
- Reishi mushroom
- Astragalus root
- Dandelion root
- Burdock root
- Sweetened with honey or maple syrup
- Served with or without milk
Soothe & Sustain
This take on licorice spice tea is formulated to deliverer soothing action for sore throats and gentle toning to the adrenals from licorice root, liver support via dandelion root, vitamin C from rosehips, and a big dose of yum from a bevy of warming spices that increase circulation.
- Licorice root
- Dandelion root
Both teas should be simmered in hot water for at least 30 minutes, but up to a few hours (Nourish & Energize in particular will reach maximum extraction of medicinal properties after 8-12 hours. Use about 10g of dried herb per litre of water. The prepared teas will keep for about 4 days in the fridge. If you want to extend this time, make a concentrate by reducing the liquid by up to 90%of the original amount. Then add an equal amount of 40% alcohol such as bourbon, whisky, or vodka. The resulting 20% alcohol solution will keep in the fridge for two weeks, and you only need to add hot water to taste ( if desired, you can also simmer the diluted concentrate gently to burn off the alcohol.)