This cold season try this immune system building tea blend. Take your normal herbal tea up a notch in flavor and immunity boosting properties.

This tea is can be enjoyed cold or hot and sweetened with your favorite local honey.

Healing Properties of Tea

Tea is made by blending herbs, spices, and natural flavors to create a delicious beverage. The ingredients in your tea will determine the health and wellness benefits you receive from drinking tea. For a complete list of which ingredients in common tea blends help with specific aliments, MyRecipes.com offers a thorough overview of the healing properties of tea varieties.

Hot or Cold?

While many teas are just as tasty served over chilled over ice, if you are looking for cold relief, it is best to drink hot tea. Hot tea is an age-old remedy for the common cold. Hot tea can help thin mucus and provide relief for a sore throat. Drinking hot tea can also help you stay hydrated when you are sick.

Be careful not to over heat your tea. The correct brewing temperature depends on the type of tea you are brewing. If you’re looking for a complete guide on tea brewing temperatures, The Spruce Eats offers a full article on the correct temperature for each type of tea.

For this recipe, you should use an herbal tea as your base so the brewing temperature is a full boil at 212 degrees F.

Benefits of Local Honey

Fresh local raw honey is a staple at many Farmers Markets. At the market you will find a variety of honey options and can often sample the honey before purchasing. Many local varieties of honey offer health benefits specific to your region as the bees pollinate with local flowers. This can help build your immunity to the natural allergens in your neck of the woods.

Raw honey and cinnamon offer their own health benefits including relief for upset stomachs. Cinnamon and honey are packed with antioxidants and have a lot of noted health benefits. Alone they may not fight the common cold, but they will help you re-build your immune system as part of a regimen of healthy eating, hydration, and medication prescribed by your physician (if necessary).

Turmeric and Ginger

Turmeric and its main effective ingredient- Curcumin have natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This can help you when rebuild your immune system with cur cumin’s anti-viral properties.

Pairing turmeric with ginger gives you the added benefits of ginger’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These two spices together may also relieve pain.

Quality Counts!

As with anything, studies showing benefits from ingredients like cinnamon, turmeric, honey, and ginger use highly concentrated doses. So your average ingredients from the store may have little benefit if they are low-quality. Always look for high-quality spices and ingredients.

Two brands I use regularly for spices are Penzey’s and Shafa Blends (which I buy at my local Farmers Market). Both are available online.

If you’re looking for more immunity boosting recipes check out:
– ✳️Spicy Tropical Green Smoothie
– 🍲 Chicken and Wild Rice Homemade Soup