This is another tea blend I made my family for the holiday. It's packed with everything your body needs to fight, or ideally prevent, a cold. During the winter months, I drink this tea several times a week--usually before bed, since it doesn't contain caffeine--to boost my body's immune system. The tufts of marshmallow root in the blend look like mounds of snow, adding a fun winter touch to the tea and making it a festive gift for those you know who need a little extra winter TLC.
Winter Wellness Tea Blend:
1 cup tulsi (holy basil)
1 cup marshmallow root
1/2 cup ginger
1/4 cup cinnamon
1/2 cup elderberries
1/2 cup calendula
1/2 cup rosehips
1/2 cup rose petals
Blend all ingredients in a bowl and transfer to an airtight container. Keep away from direct sunlight and heat. To brew, use a heaping tablespoon per cup of hot water. Enjoy!
Health benefits of ingredients:
Tulsi: helps body adapt to stress by balancing out cortisol levels, antibacterial, and anti-fungal.
Marshmallow root: anti-inflammatory (especially for throat); contains protein, vitamins A, B1-3, and C, magnesium, potassium, and other vital nutrients.
Cinnamon: antiseptic, aids digestion, calms nervous system, anti-inflammatory.
Ginger: soothes stomach pain; anti-inflammatory; aids digestion.
Elderberries: clears respiratory tract, reduces phlegm and congestion; eases throat pain; reduces fever; contains vitamins A and C.
Calendula: anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, reduces swollen lymph glands, soothes irritated skin.
Rosehips: anti-aging; contains vitamins A, D, B, C, E, and K, iron, calcium, zinc, and other vital nutrients; promotes healing and boosts energy; antibacterial.
Rose petals: contains vitamins A, B, C, D, and E; mild sedative; anti-inflammatory; antibacterial; cleanses system of toxins.
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