Make a Cozy Immunity-Boosting Tea with 9 Common Household Ingredients

Winter is a difficult time for your immune system, with flu season and the cold weather in addition to the ongoing pandemic. However, now you can brew up your own cozy immunity-boosting tea at home! All you need are nine common household ingredients. But don’t worry if you’re missing any of the items, this tea can still work its wonders.

What You’ll Need:

tea with fresh lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, and ginger

 

  1. 1. Lemon or Orange Peel

Citrus is packed with Vitamin C to give your immune system a natural boost!

 

  1. 2. Ginger

Effective against respiratory viruses, ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

 

  1. 3. Onion

This surprising ingredient packs a flu-busting punch with antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.

 

  1. 4. Garlic

Garlic is antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, filled with nutrients, and generally great for your health.

 

  1. 5. Rosemary

Rich with anti-inflammatory compounds, rosemary is fantastic for your gastrointestinal tract.

 

  1. 6. Fennel

Fennel is also great for your gut! It can soothe and balance your system.

 

  1. 7. Clove

Not only do cloves contain important vitamins and minerals, but also, they have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties!

 

  1. 8. Green Tea

Green tea isn’t technically needed for this recipe, but overall, it helps with flavor, contains antioxidants, and is good for your gut and oral health.  

 

  1. 9. Raw Honey

Sweeten things up! In addition to having anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, raw honey is delicious and can really take your tea to the next level.

 

As you can see, each of these items have unique health benefits that complement each other. However, you can make this cozy tea with any combination of these items – whatever you have on hand!

To brew up this ImmuniTea (based on a recipe from home health genius Organic Olivia [Kitchen Medicine: How to Make "ImmuniTEA" At Home | Organic Olivia]), all you need is a large pot, water, and some love and care.

 

pot of water boiling on stove with steam coming out

Fill the pot with water and add any combination of the ingredients above but save the green tea and honey for later. Turn the burner on high and wait until the water boils. Once boiling, turn the heat down and simmer for at least 20 minutes. However, if you want to keep it simmering all day, go for it!

You can steep green tea or even chamomile in this hot water mixture. Add a bit of raw honey and sip away the sniffles! 

 

Bonus immunity-boosting tea ideas:

  1. 1. Ceylon Cinnamon Tea

One of the oldest known spices, cinnamon is considered a natural remedy. In addition to natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon can help fight various bacterial or fungal infections. Using Ceylon cinnamon, also considered “true” cinnamon, you can make a delicious tea that is great for your body.

  • First, infuse a Ceylon cinnamon stick in a mug with hot water, steeping for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, add your tea of choice (we recommend black or herbal tea, regular or decaffeinated) and steep for an additional two minutes.
  • Lastly, remove the cinnamon stick and tea bag, sweeten with raw honey if so desired, and enjoy!

    1. 2. Fresh Mint Tea

    Mint is fantastic for your tummy and your immune system. You can pick your fresh mint in late spring and make tasty, iced mint tea when the weather warms up! Simply infuse fresh mint with hot water, then serve as is or with green tea, adding honey or lemon. Don’t forget to garnish with an extra sprig of mint for style.

    warm tea with cinnamon stick and mint leaves

    In conclusion, there are ways to boost your immune system from home with basic ingredients you may already have in your kitchen or pantry. Get creative and try your own combinations, and feel free to leave a comment with any tips or tricks you tried. Stay healthy!

    Looking for more tea recipes? Visit our PolyTEAK Outdoor Living blog for cozy tea ideas!

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