The immunity tea blend you should be drinking this spring.
As spring approaches, I can’t help but get excited for the feelings this season inspires. The vernal equinox is all about new beginnings: re-birth, emergence from the dark (winter), plants & flowers in bloom, kittens are born, opportunities arise…get where I’m going with this? Spring is a promise that everything can be new again. It’s invigorating, to say the least.
Because spring brings such light and hopeful feelings, I thought that I wanted to create some sort of green tea with orange and lemon balm; something bright and happy that would embody essence of this season. But this wasn’t the direction I decided to go for my seasonal blend.
Flashback to last month when I posted an “ask me anything” question to my Instagram story. Someone asked about the best tea for immunity. I responded with some information about the antioxidants in the tea plant, and at the end of the post mentioned an herbal blend I had been sipping on for a little boost to my immune system. I had SO MANY REPLIES to that story; people saying they would LOVE to have this blend and people saying they NEEDED this blend, and people saying how they would purchase it by the truckload.
That’s when I decided to put a name on this little gem, and release it as my seasonal blend for spring!
Elixir: elderberry, rose hips, ginger, and honey granules. This blend can be an excellent immunity booster. I’ll break each ingredient down for you.
Health Benefits of Elderberry
Elderberry syrup is a common remedy for colds and flus. It’s easy and affordable to make at home, and it’s great because it’s a natural medicine. The reason people are taking elderberry syrup is because the berries are very rich in flavanoids, which help our immune system to remain strong and resilient.
A study from 1995 proved just how amazing elderberry is for treating the common cold and flu. A double-blind, placebo controlled trial was conducted during a breakout of influenza B in Panama. They found that within 2 days of taking elderberry syrup, 90% of people taking the syrup (out of 93.3%) were completely well again. Compare that to the group that had the placebo, which took 6 days to get well.
Elderberry is magic if you ask me!
Health Benefits of Rose Hips
Rose hips are the round parts of the rose just below the petals and contain the seed part of the rose plant. They are a great source of vitamin C, which help with preventing colds, flus, and vitamin C deficiencies. Vitamin C can help boost white blood cells which is important for the prevention of asthma and the health of your respiratory system, making rose hips essential in relieving seasonal allergies.
Besides vitamin C, rose hips also contain vitamins A, E, and B-complex, plus minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. An all around amazing boost to your immunity!
Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger is pretty well known for it’s healing properties. It’s used across the board for many different reasons, like helping with digestion and nausea, but it can also be extremely beneficial for reducing symptoms of colds and flus. It’s considered a spice, so it’s hot in nature, literally warming you from the inside out. This is ideal when you’re trying to get through a cold or flu, helping your body regulate temperature and break a fever. Sweat out those toxins!
Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to relieve that sore throat. It’s also an antiseptic, so if you’ve got an infection ginger can help clear that up. Did you know that ginger can also act as an antihistamine? Goodbye spring allergies!
One last amazing thing about ginger is that it contains chemicals called sesquiterpenes. These target rhinoviruses, which is one of the most common types of viruses.
Drink this tea blend for an immunity boost.
So there you have it! Elderberry, rose hips, and ginger make an amazing boost to your immunity. The honey granules were added in to smooth the three flavors together. You can add even more honey when you make this tea at home. Honey is amazingly nourishing being high in nutrients and antioxidants. Overall this is a wonderful blend to add to your daily tea ritual in order to keep you feeling well!
Make sure you brew this blend for at least 10 minutes- the longer the better! Brewing long durations helps these plants release all their wonderful health benefits. Plus you’ll love a nice strong cuppa! If you’re unsure how to make this type of tea, make sure to check out my guide to brewing loose leaf tea.