Could a simple cup of tea help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions? Can a simple cup of tea act as medicine?
I drink four cups of tea with herbs in it daily. Each batch is slightly different. I will make a month’s worth of tea at a time. This month’s tea is made up of many herbs that help with the lymphatic system, essentially boosting immunity since I work in a busy apothecary with lots of folks with colds! I also added plenty of herbs for circulatory and heart health. A bit of wild yam for progesterone. And some chai tea to make it all taste amazing (which is also for the circulatory system).
I love this thermos I got from Teavana. It has the tea strainer built into the top. I can also easily add ginger, or orange, and honey to my mixture. I drink more fluids if I have it with me. Here are some additions to your daily tea, green or black, that will help you achieve your physical goals.
If you want to increase focus and memory so you can get organized– Add 1 part rosemary and/or sage to 3 parts loose black or green tea.
If you want to lose weight– Dry your citrus peels in a paper bag for three weeks then store in a sealed container or freezer bag. Or just purchase dried orange peel. 1 part citrus peels to 3 parts green tea with a little cinnamon added will help metabolism and detoxing.
If you want to help your heart and circulatory system be stronger– Add 1/2 part each; ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom to 3 parts black tea like earl grey or even chai.
To decrease inflammation and boost immunity- Add one part basil to 1/4 part turmeric and 1/8 part pepper to green tea.
If you want to find more inner peace and calm– Combine 1 part each chamomile and lemon balm with 1/2 part roses and lavender with 3 parts Earl Grey. Delightful.
Simple kitchen herbs and teas can be powerful, safe, and delicious medicine!