Magic Golden Wellness Tea
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Lots of fresh ginger, turmeric, peppermint and lemon come together to create this Magic Golden Wellness Tea. I think it tastes absolutely delicious on top of being a great natural remedy to prevent and fight colds. Get the recipe for this decoction and learn about the traditional healing properties of these herbs.
This might come as a shock — I hate being sick. Breaking news, I know.
For some reason in my 20’s, I swear my immune system has gotten worse and I end up getting sick at least 2 or 3 times a year. I used to be that annoying kid in elementary school with perfect attendance because I magically never caught whatever infectious kid disease was going around.
When I got sick last November though, I made myself a version of this Magic Golden Wellness Tea, drank it nonstop and I swear I started feeling better within a day. It has lots and lots of fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, peppermint tea plus a little lemon. I think it tastes absolutely delicious on top of being a great tool to fend off colds. Now I like to make it even when I’m not sick as a preventative measure.
Curious why I picked these ingredients?
Ginger is one of the most common herbs in the world to be used as a remedy for colds and flus. It has an incredible laundry list of immunity & cold relief properties. From the book Nature’s Remedies: “It’s phytochemicals have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. These compounds may work together to inhibit rhinoviruses, the types of viruses that cause a common cold. Ginger is used both as a preventative measure and a fierce cold-fighter, treating all major symptoms: sinus inflammation, congestion, coughing and sore throat. Its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving compounds, called gingerols, help soothe achy muscles and may relieve some types of headaches.” WHEW! I love the taste of ginger in general so the fact that it’s a cold fighting powerhouse is just a plus.
Turmeric is in the same family as ginger but boasts some additional healing properties. It reduces the levels of inflammatory chemicals in the body which in turn essentially help reduce the number of pain signals being sent to your brain. It is also used to help ease digestion, upset stomachs, cramps and aid mental clarity.
Peppermint is one of the oldest remedies for soothing an upset stomach. It works because it contains a high amount of menthol which helps the muscles in the walls of the stomach and intestines relax. I like using Yerba Buena Tea Company’s Tummy Mint tea. It has peppermint but also marshmallow root, more ginger, chamomile and fennel. You can use any peppermint tea you like or a mix of peppermint and chamomile.
Fresh Lemon Juice
It’s obvious but lemon juice is high in Vitamin C which helps boost the immune system. It’s just what you need if you’re fending off a cold.
Other things you can add to your tea:
- Cinnamon (either sticks when you steep or ground when you heat up your tea)
- Any additional healing root you enjoy: nettle, ashwagandha, marshmallow root, rhodiola root, milk thistle.
If you’re curious to learn more about the healing properties of the herbs I mention above, check out Nature’s Remedies: An Illustrated Guide to Healing Herbs. It's a short book, with easy to digest information on herbs and how they can help heal common ailments. That’s where most of my information comes from. Plus the illustrations are beautiful.
One of the things I want to explore more in 2018 is how I can use healing herbs to my advantage not only for cold relief but also for increased energy and to naturally help relieve stress and anxiety. The history of herbs is so rich with knowledge and I’m hoping to tap into Ayurvedic and other traditional herbal medicine practices and share them with you though tea, oils, capsules — whatever is working for me.
Disclaimer: There is no real live magic in this tea. There’s turmeric! And ginger! Peppermint can come too! But no magical fairy dust. I am not a doctor or wellness coach or anyone with formal training in herbs or wellness. This is just something that has worked for me.
Magic Golden Wellness Tea
Makes 8 cups. (4 cups of concentrated tea mixture, dilute by half when you want to use)
Lovely little things
- I freaking love this Detox Crockpot Lentil Soup recipe from Pinch of Yum. I’ve made it twice now, and it’s fantastic. I personally like to have soup or chili in the freezer at all times in the winter as an easy weeknight meal or in case Chris or I get sick and need easy healthy food fast. This makes 8 servings so I can have it a few times during the week and freeze the rest in 1-2 portion servings.
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- I’ve mentioned this before but it’s making the list again because it’s cold and wintery — this Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner is fabulous. I put it on every night before bed and it keeps my lips moist and happy. It really stays, I can still feel a bit of it on my lips in the morning. If you’re in the ice cold nether regions of the country, I would recommend it.
Nature’s Remedies: An Illustrated Guide to Healing Herbs by Jean Willoughby