Temperatures are dropping across the country, which means sniffles and flus are on the rise so it’s time to stock your shelves with immunity building herbal tea. We spoke to nutritionist and health journalist Honor Tremain who says, “…I love using herbs and spices to build up immunity and to fight off infections naturally if they take hold!”.
So here’s seven fabulous ways your comforting cup of herbal tea can help fight colds during the chilly months!
1. Time to Enjoy the Benefits of Turmeric!
“One of my favourites is the golden wonder spice; turmeric, which has been used for centuries in the East for health,” says Honor. “More recently it has been scientifically proven to fight colds, flus and infections of all kinds.”
Neo Australia’s Tumeric Tea is a zesty, refreshing tea made with turmeric, citrus, lemongrass, sunflower blossoms and a hint of strawberry. Like all Neo’s teas, it’s 100% organic and made according to ancient Indian Ayurvedic recipes.
2. Ginger Root – The Hero of Herbal Teas
According to Honor… “Ginger is another favourite; able to fight off bacterial infections and flus, ease nausea and tummy upset, it can also additionally assist the body in warming. So on any of those super chilly days, a ginger tea can be your new best friend!”
Neo’s Ginger Jiva tea is a blend of organic Australian ginger, Tulsi, green cardamom pods and apple.
3. Green Tea – The Ultimate Antioxidant Boost
Green tea is a wonderful way to naturally strengthen your immune system. It contains twice as many antioxidants when compared to black tea, while also being packed sky high with vitamin C. Make it a daily addition to your health routine over the winter months and maximise the benefits.
4. Wonderful in White
The benefits of white tea have been known for centuries however it’s often overlooked as people opt for its better-known cousins, black tea or green tea. In actual fact white tea is higher in antioxidants than both black or green tea because its leaves are less processed, which means its far more valuable as an immune system booster. Neo Australia’s Silver Needle White Tea is the rarest of white teas, harvested only two times per year at dawn. It contains a blend of organic chamomile and tulsi and can be enjoyed daily.
5. Empress Tea – The Perfect Trans-seasonal Treat
Not only is Empress Tea sweet to taste, it’s also packed with a mix of nutrient rich fruit and berries. Elderberries are known as natural fighters of autoimmune diseases and allergies while red and blackcurrants are overflowing with vitamins that will enhance energy levels and keep skin looking youthful. Perfect for the harsh winter months! It also includes rosehip, which is rich in vitamin C and flavonoids to help stimulate immunity and anti-inflammatory activity.
6. Sweeten the Deal! Add Some Healing Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is another naturally occurring source of antioxidants. It’s also known for its antibacterial properties, however it’s this sweet substance’s antiviral capabilities that will be most useful to you during cold and flu season. Add a spoonful to your ginger, turmeric, or green tea to give it some added potency, plus bring some satisfaction to any sweet tooth!
7. Mix Your Own Winter Remedy!
If you’re already feeling an itch in your throat or that slight pang of a pre-sickness headache, you can kick start your system by adding the following super-ingredients to your Neo Ginger or Tumeric Tea …
- 1 cup boiling water
- Juice from half a lemon
- 1 tsp Manuka Honey
- 2 cloves of crushed garlic
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of chilli flakes or cayenne pepper powder
- Brew your Neo Ginger or Tumeric Tea using any of our infusers or teapots. Pour yourself half a cup of tea.
- In a saucepan, bring your cup of water to the boil. Add the crushed garlic, lemon, honey and chilli flakes or cayenne pepper powder. Continue to boil for two minutes.
- Then add the mix to your cup of tea using a strainer and sprinkle the cinnamon on top.
With special thanks to Honor Tremain www.honortremain.com.
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