As with any tea or herbs, please consult with your healthcare provider before drinking any of these brews due to potential allergies and serious drug interactions, or if you are pregnant.
Please keep reading to learn about some other immune-supporting teas to enjoy now.
Echinacea is a beautiful plant whose leaves and roots have been used for centuries to help ward off winter illness and for other medicinal purposes. In clinical trials, echinacea has shown to be as effective as Tamiflu and with fewer side effects due to having antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.
While I am sure trained herbalists grow and dry their own echinacea, I either purchase mine already in tea bags mixed with other herbs like elderberry (another powerhouse) or in bulk at the health food store, and then I add other healing herbs like lemongrass and peppermint. Note: Alone, echinacea is not the tastiest, and the amount of tea you need to drink to reap the health benefits varies depending on the quality of tea itself and how strongly you brew it. In general: Two teaspoons of dried echinacea root boiled in eight ounces of water is considered a serving.
Traditionally, rose hips (the seed pods of Rosa rugosa) were used in teas to cure scurvy and other ailments. Today they are used in everything from body and face products to jams and vinegars, and have been linked to many health benefits, including improved immunity, heart health, and weight loss.
Rose hips develop in late summer and early fall after the roses have bloomed and have not been dead-headed. The best time to forage for rose hips is after the first frost because the cold increases the natural fruit sugars making them sweeter. Fresh rose hips are high in natural vitamin C, in fact 25% more than citrus, making them excellent at warding off sickness.
Easy Rose Hip Tea Recipe:
1. Wash your organic rosehips to remove any dirt and pat them dry.
2. Boil a pot of water and pour over the hips. Roughly use 1/4 cup of fresh hips to 1 cup of water.
3. Cover and let them steep for 15 minutes.
4. Strain out the hips through a paper coffee filter and add honey if desired.