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8 Simple Alkaline Cold and Flu Herbal Teas Recipes

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Herbal teas have been a popular home remedy for centuries, and for good reason. Alkaline herbal teas can be soothing and beneficial during cold and flu season. Here are a couple of reasons why:

  • Warmth and hydration: The simple act of sipping a hot cup of tea can be soothing and comforting when you’re feeling under the weather. The warm liquid can help loosen mucus and congestion, and the steam can ease a sore throat. Additionally, staying hydrated is important when you’re sick, and herbal teas are a great way to do that without adding unnecessary sugar.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: Many herbs have natural anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce swelling and pain. This can be especially helpful for symptoms like a sore throat, headache, and muscle aches. Some good examples of anti-inflammatory herbs include ginger, turmeric, and chamomile.

Here are eight recipes for alkaline cold and flu herbal teas:

  1. Ginger-Lime Tea:

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
    • 1 tablespoon dried lime peel
    • 1 teaspoon chamomile flowers (optional)

    Instructions:

    1. Boil 2 cups of water.
    2. Add grated ginger and dried lime peel to the boiling water.
    3. Steep for 5-7 minutes.
    4. Strain the tea and enjoy.
  2. Wildmint-Eucalyptus Tea:

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tablespoon dried wildmint leaves
    • 1 teaspoon dried eucalyptus leaves
    • 1 teaspoon 100% agave syrup (optional for sweetness)

    Instructions:

    1. Boil 2 cups of water.
    2. Add dried wildmint and eucalyptus leaves to the boiling water.
    3. Steep for 5-7 minutes.
    4. Strain the tea and 100% agave syrup if desired.
  3. Turmeric-Citrus Tea:

    Ingredients:

    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1 tablespoon fresh orange peel
    • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves

    Instructions:

    1. Boil 2 cups of water.
    2. Add ground turmeric, fresh orange peel, and thyme leaves to the boiling water.
    3. Steep for 5-7 minutes.
    4. Strain the tea and enjoy.
  4. Hibiscus-Elderberry Tea:

    Ingredients:

    • 2 teaspoons dried hibiscus petals
    • 1 tablespoon dried elderberry

    Instructions:

    1. Boil 2 cups of water.
    2. Add dried hibiscus petals, dried elderberry to the boiling water.
    3. Steep for 7-10 minutes.
    4. Strain the tea and sip slowly.
  5. Lemon-Balm Nettle Tea:

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tablespoon dried lemon balm
    • 1 tablespoon dried lime leaves
    • 1 teaspoon nettle leaf (optional)

    Instructions:

    1. Boil 2 cups of water.
    2. Add dried lemon balm, dried lime leaves, and nettle leaf to the boiling water.
    3. Steep for 5-7 minutes.
    4. Strain the tea and enjoy.
  6. Simple and Classic:

    Ingredients:

    • 1 inch knob of fresh ginger, thinly sliced (no need to peel unless it’s not organic)
    • 1 cup water

    Optional:

    • 100% agave nectar to taste
    • Lemon or lime wedge
    • Lime leaves

    Instructions:

    1. Add the ginger and water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea.
    2. Strain the tea into a mug.
    3. Add your desired optional ingredients to taste.
  7. Spicy and Soothing

    Ingredients:

    • 1 inch knob of fresh ginger, grated
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 hemp cup milk (any alkaline milk you like)
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 100% agave syrup to taste

    Instructions:

    1. Combine the ginger, water, hemp milk, turmeric, and cayenne pepper in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes.
    2. Strain the tea into a mug.
    3. Add 100% agave syrup for taste.
    4. Enjoy the warm and spicy goodness!

    Tips:

    • For a milder tea, steep the ginger for a shorter time.
    • For a stronger tea, steep the ginger for a longer time or even smash the slices before adding them to the water.
    • You can also add other herbs like chamomile for additional flavour and benefits.
    • Experiment with different sweeteners and spices to find your perfect combination.
  8. Spiced Elderberry Tea:

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tablespoon dried elderberries
    • 1 cup water
    • 3 cloves
    • Honey (from natural bees) or Agave syrup to taste (optional)

    Instructions:

    1. Add the elderberries, water and cloves to a saucepan.
    2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
    3. Remove the cloves.
    4. Strain the tea into a mug.
    5. Add agave syrup to taste, if desired.

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