While most people are taking a cup of coffee in the morning to jumpstart their day, it turns out that this habit is far more dangerous than they realize. Caffeine consumed on an empty stomach is likely to wreak havoc to the digestive tract.
Consequently, this leads to health problems like acid reflux and heartburn. When drunk in abundance, caffeine can make your body shakes and jitters, and it can produce mood changes.
A Cup of Tea
Starting your day with a cup of tea, helps you dispose of the toxic matter in the body, it will boost the metabolism, and it will help balance your pH levels.
Wake Up Morning Tea!
This robust, caffeinated morning blend with deliciously dark and enigmatic Keemun tea will certainly start your day off right. It’s ever so slightly bittersweet, which can help improve morning digestion. Hawthorn is a healthy and excellent cardiovascular tonic herb that strengthens the physical and emotional heart. As part of your morning routine, Wake Up! should help increase circulation and provide the vitamins and minerals you need for a get-up-and-get-moving attitude. You can also drink it as an afternoon pick-me-up if you need a little motivation after lunch.
A strong, spicy blend, Wellness should be taken at the onset of colds, flu, and infections, or regularly to support the immune system. Warming spices meld with calming peppermint and earthy Yarrow. As with all herbal remedies, the whole is not merely the sum of the parts: all the herbs work synergistically to strengthen a weakened or compromised immune system.
Yarrow and elderflower are diaphoretics — they are warming and induce perspiration. Yarrow in tea, if taken immediately upon onset of flu, will nearly halt its progression. Once the flu is established in the body, yarrow helps bring on a sweat and supports the immune system. Elderflower relieves respiratory infections and congestion. Ginger is at the center of many herbal formulas because it has such varied tonic properties in the body. In this tea, it helps relieve stomach aches and provide general immune support.
Ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom are all spicy aromatics. Their high antimicrobial properties offer a full spectrum of support against the microbes that are at the root of an infection. Licorice is a sweet, mucilaginous herb that helps balance the flavor of the tea and provides soothing relief to a sore throat or a cough. Licorice is also an adaptogen herb with immune-supporting properties. Mint is another balancing herb used in this formula for flavor and slight calming properties.
- 1 part elderflower
- 1 part ginger
- 1 part mint
- 0.5 part Yarrow
- 0.5 part cinnamon
- 0.5 part cardamom
- 0.3 part licorice root
Steeping and actions
Pour 1.5 cups hot water over one tablespoon tea. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
Taste: sweet, spicy, slightly bitter, minty
Herbal actions: support immune system
Systems affected: immune, digestive
Mint Green Tea
Using fresh mint in this tea is ideal. Fresh mint has such a strong, intoxicating fragrance and mouthfeel that it is worthy of sharing water with sweet-scented jasmine green tea. You can also add a little fresh lime zest and juice for a brighter, even more, refreshing tea.
- 1 part jasmine green tea
- 1 part fresh or dried peppermint
- Lime juice and lime zest (optional)
Steeping and actions
Combine two tablespoons tea and 4 cups water in a lidded jar (along with a splash of lime juice and a little lime zest, if you like). Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Taste: delicate, sweet, perfumy notes of jasmine, and refreshing peppermint
Herbal actions: hydrating, uplifting, energizing
System affected: nervous
Better get a jump on strengthening your immunity before cold and flu season. This tea is a daily tonic for your immune system but also provides a little liver and kidney support. As our metabolism slows down during fall and winter, it is a great idea to drink a daily immune tonic. I prefer general wellness tonics such as this one because they quickly and quietly restore subtle imbalances as they come up. I drink more specific immune-support teas only when I feel like I am coming down with something.
Reishi and Chaga, in addition to being anti-inflammatory, adaptogenic, and providing immune support, are very grounding. Astragalus is an excellent root to have in your daily life because it supports the body’s general resistance to stress and disease and helps strengthen immunity. Dandelion and burdock support the liver and kidneys, which are the primary organs of toxin elimination. The spices in this blend provide digestive support, flavor, and resistance to infection.
- 3 parts reishi mushrooms
- 3 parts dandelion root
- 3 parts burdock root
- 3 parts fennel
- 1.5 parts ginger
- 1 part Chaga mushrooms
- 1 part cinnamon
- 1 part astragalus
- 1 part clove
Steeping and actions
Combine three tablespoons tea and 4 cups water in a lidded saucepan. Slowly bring to a simmer. Simmer for at least 30 minutes.
Taste: smooth, light taste and fragrance
Herbal actions: tonic, adaptogenic, digestive, immune supporting
Systems affected: general tonic for multiple organ systems.
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