Healthy Tea Elixirs

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Immune Booster Tea
Oranges are packed with vitamin C, a known antioxidant that may help protect your body from cell damage and boost resilience from disease and illness. Cinnamon and honey both have antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, which means they are effective in warding off infections. Mint not only brings a fresh aroma, but it’s a leafy green that carries with it antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that keep you healthy.
The Formula:
  • 8 ounces hot water
  • Juice of 1/2 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 2 dashes cinnamon powder)
  • 1 teaspoon high-quality (raw) honey
  • 4-5 mint leaves, muddled
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Beautiful Skin Tea
This may seem like an unlikely concoction, but it’s actually quite delightful! Carrot juice is packed with beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A, an essential part of skin health. Sage inhibits the growth of bacteria and has anti-inflammatory properties. Cayenne contains vitamins A and C, which help to absorb free radicals that break down your skin’s collagen.
Warm this recipe, without bringing it to a simmer. You want to retain the carrot juice’s potency.  Let the leaves sit in the juice for a bit before drinking so that their flavors become infused into the tea.
The Formula:
  • 8 ounces warmed carrot juice
  • 2 sage leaves
  • Dash of cayenne
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Brain Power Formula
Blueberries contain anthocyanins and flavanols, which are able to cross the blood-brain barrier. These antioxidants rid the brain of free radicals, which can otherwise lead to oxidation, memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Ginger is commonly used to stave off migraines and basil naturally reduces tension and fatigue in the brain and mind.
The Formula:
  • 8 ounces hot water
  • 1/2-inch nob fresh ginger, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh blueberries, muddled
  • 3-4 leaves fresh basil, muddled
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Regularity Tonic
This tonic is geared towards those of you with difficulty digesting. The taste of this tea is very comforting and earthy. The pear and apple slices bring pectin to the mix, and pectin acts as soluble dietary fiber in humans. It helps promote healthy digestion, prevents diarrhea and constipation, and reduces the risk of colon and gastrointestinal tract cancers. Purple grapes contain quercetin, a plant pigment that contributes to healthy digestion, while cinnamon warms and stimulates metabolism.
The Formula:
  • 8 ounces hot water
  • 2 small slices of pear
  • 2 small slices of apple
  • 4-5 purple grapes, muddled
  • Dash of cinnamon
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Lady’s Tonic
For that time of month, this raspberry ginger tonic is just what the doctor ordered. Raspberries are a uterine tonic, relaxing and toning the uterine muscles as needed. The fruit is also beneficial during pregnancy, easing morning sickness, stabilizing digestion, and soothing the pelvic area. According to a 2009 study, women who take a dosage of ginger for three days from day one of their period witnesses the same pain relief as those who treated their menstrual cramps with ibuprofen.
The Formula:
  • 8 ounces hot water
  • 6-8 raspberries, muddled
  • 1/4-inch fresh ginger

 To put together the following recipes, make sure to mix them until evenly combined and let the teas involving herbs or fruit to steep for several minutes before drinking. Sweeten as you see fit and enjoy!
 

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