Fuel Good Tea
It’s time to ring in the new year with shots….of vitamins! With the holiday season often comes the holiday bug. It’s the cold and flu season at its peak. It’s easy to get run down rushing around prepping for the holidays, going to parties or movies where people are sick. If you unfortunately catch a cold or a flu, we all have a pocket full of go-to’s for comfort such as a warm cup of tea, or a glass of OJ. Choosing what to put in your body during this time can actually help or hinder the healing process. I’ve come up with a concoction that is commonly used in our house that we call the fuel good tea!
Before I jump into the recipe, I think its worth noting that my old default habit would typically include getting my hands on a glass of OJ. It was ingrained in me that OJ has tons of vitamin C, so it is doing my body good. In my opinion, if you are slammed with a cold or a flu, a glass of OJ may not be the best route. Unfortunately juice of any sort is quite high in sugar since the pulp is traditionally removed when extracting the juice. The minute you remove the pulp, there is nothing to slow down the process of your body digesting it. This even goes for vegetable juices, such as carrot juice. Pulp should be consumed so that it slows down the ability to have the juice flow through quickly, causing a spike in your sugar. What’s the big deal about spiking up your sugar? An influx of sugar is another form of inflammation (not the good kind). Your body will need to put out that sugar ‘fire’ and will take energy away from healing your illness that is brewing in the background.
Back to the tea! I’m sure another tradition you have likely heard is a tea made from honey and lemon, likely for its anti-viral properties (honey) and vitamin C (lemon). That mixture is super comforting, but I have added a couple things in there to pack it with more of a punch. One of the ingredients is Chamomile tea. Here’s a little about chamomile tea that is worth noting:
- it helps to strengthen the immune system
- soothes the digestive tract
- helps ease headaches
- is calming for anxiety and stress (which your body is likely experiencing while being sick)
- aids in combating insomnia as sleep is so key when sick
If you have the cold or flu, I hope the fuel good tea can help kick your illness to the curb! Give it a try. Please note that my recipe is an elixir, so you make it once, and you can store it for up to 3 days, if it lasts that long!. Add it to warm/hot water for a quick mix…
1 cup of hot water
2 bags of chamomile tea
1 lemon (peeled and deseeded)
1 orange (peeled and deseeded)
1 inch of fresh ginger
1 Tbsp of honey
dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
- Boil the water and steep the 2 bags of tea for at least 15 mins.
- Prep the citruses by peeling and deseeding both the lemon and orange. We’re using pulp and all!
- Cut an inch of fresh ginger. I typically rinse the piece I intend to use, and leave the skin on for the extra minerals.
- Toss all ingredients into a high speed blender, including the honey.
- Blend until all ingredients are mixed together well and the ginger is completely broken down.
- Pour into a mason jar, or something that will allow you to store in the fridge for future use.
- When prepping your tea, add about 1/3 of the elixir in with 2/3 of hot water for a nice, warm comforting tea. If you want an extra kick, add a dash of cayenne pepper in, and give it a good stir (so you don’t set your lips on fire!). Enjoy!