Citrus & Turmeric Tea
We’re coming into that time of year again, here in the UK we are heading into the winter months and with it the odds of catching a cold begin to increase.
In the past I like many people would reach for traditional over the counter medications to relieve the aches, runny nose and cough that a nasty cold can bring. Since my forays into the world of natural healing my regime for fighting
off this seasonal Winter sniffles has shifted dramatically. Now a days my first go to is a citrus and turmeric tea by Youtuber Honeysuckle that I stumbled across some time ago.
This tea recipe is straight forward to make, only taking a few minutes to prepare and contains just a few natural ingredients that are easy to keep to hand during the winter months. This natural soothing cold remedy gently alleviates cold symptoms and is packed full of immune boosting vitamins.
The tea is an ancient recipe that tastes great, harnessing the natural powers of turmeric, honey, ginger, orange and lemon. I think it taste so good that I drink it even if I don’t have a cold just to keep my immune system boost. Drinking immune building teas on a daily basis during the winter months may just help you to stave off any colds this winter.
What’s in citrus and turmeric tea?
- Lemon: a natural anti-inflammatory, boosts vitamin C levels, antioxidant and contain many nourishing vitamin and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese along with small amounts of thiamin riboflavin and vitamin B-6. Lemon can help with fevers and may bring some relieve to respiratory discomfort. A natural diuretic it can aid the flushing of toxins from the bod.
- Oranges: containing many of the same mineral and vitamins as lemons, oranges help support the production of infection fighting white blood cells due to their vitamin C content.
- Ginger: root ginger is a fantastic anti-inflammatory, helps reduce nausea and muscle and joint pain. Ginger is a natural antiviral and can help to stimulate perspiration allowing the body to natural cleanse its system and bring down its temperature. It also acts as a anti histamine and decongestant which is great for blocked noses. Containing the chemical sesquiterpenes it can get to work on targeting rhinoviruses which are the most common causes of colds.
- Turmeric: The medicinal compound curcumin in turmeric is considered to be a natural antibiotic in Ayurvedic medicine it can bring relieve to the respiratory discomfort often associated with colds and coughs. It has powerful anti- inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
- Honey: raw honey can help to ease a sore throat. It contains antimicrobial, antibacterial and antioxidant properties and can help to boost the immune system.
How to make citrus & turmeric tea
The below video by Honeysuckle shows you how to make the tea. The only changes I have made to this recipe is to allow the boiled water to cool for a while to reduce the chances of destroying some of the beneficial properties of the honey. You might like to try adding a touch of cinnamon or cayenne pepper to your tea for added extras and don’t forget to use unwaxed oranges and lemons.
Wishing you a cold free winter.
This post is not intended to diagnose or treat illness. Please consult your healthcare provider before trying any homemade remedies.