Light lemony refreshing and full of nutrition, this tea has been my go to blend over the past few hectic weeks.
Lemon aids digestion, acidifying the stomach and helping particularly with the digestion of protein in the diet. Protein is necessary for all the immune factors in the body that ward off coughs colds and flu. Lemon is, of course, an excellent course of vitamin C.
Herbs in general provide potent nutrition and the thyme that has been baking all summer long in my front yard is no exception! I am delighted to have a recipe that requires me to slip out with a pair of scissors and snip a bunch of the most fragrant ingredient.
Thyme is an excellent source of vitamin C, a good source of vitamin A and has been used in natural medicine over millennia to soothe respiratory congestion including coughs and bronchitis. Science has recently identified the volatile oil thymol as being instrumental in this process. Thyme is a powerful anti-viral and anti-microbial.
Both the lemon and thyme coupled with raw honey that is added for sweetness make this tea beneficial for boosting immunity during cough and colds season. I brewed it up for my daughter to help her shake off the hard cough that she was left with after suffering from pneumonia.
I can’t get enough turmeric in my diet at the moment as it is just so good for your body and a powerful preventative of ill health. Clinical trials show turmeric to be anti-cancerous (it can actually kill cancer cells and also prevents metastasis) and to increase liver health and function. Turmeric has been shown to prevent depression and also Alzheimers disease. It is a potent but safe anti-inflammatory and a good ingredient to include in your diet if you have inflammatory bowel disease. It helps to both lower levels of and prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the cardiovascular system that may lead to a heart attack or stroke and relieves symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Truly a ‘superfood’ turmeric is high in the minerals manganese and iron. I chose fresh Turmeric root for the mellow flavour and beautiful colour that it gives to this tea and I find turmeric root at the ethnic grocery store and in many of the natural food health stores across Calgary.
I drink this tea for it’s delicious and warming flavour, but I enjoy this refreshing cup with the knowledge that it is excellent nutrition for my health.
- 1-2 tbsp turmeric root roughly chopped
- 1 small fistful of thyme
- 1 lemon cut into eight pieces
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- Add all the ingredients to a large teapot and top up with boiling water
- Steep for 10 minutes
- Serve through a tea strainer
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