Have you found that since lockdown you’ve been reaching for the comfort of a warm tea more often? Our health and wellbeing is a top priority during these challenging times so it makes sense to learn about the health benefits of different herbal teas.
We’ll show you three types of herbals teas with medicinal benefits to boost your immune system.
Apart from the herbs that you’ll choose to help you, the most important thing when you’re brewing tea is the temperature. Using the iKettle you have total control of the water temperature via the Smarter App, so it doesn’t matter the type of tea you’re brewing, you’ll always have the perfect temperature for it.
Echinacea & Elderberry Tea
This little beauty has sound medicinal and immune system boosting evidence, hence our top choice.
Echinacea contains essential oils and polysaccharides that boost the immune system and can trace its healing credentials back to the North American plains Indians. Different tribes used the plant extensively for a range of ailments, from sore throats to bowel disorders.
It is used today as a preventative for the common cold by alternative medicine gurus.
The addition of Elderberry to the tea offered by Pukka includes ripened Elderberry that adds a superb, naturally sweet berry taste. Elderberry comes from the Sambuca species and is known for its immune system boosting qualities.
Based on Ayurveda, the ancient art of living wisely, all the ingredients in this tea are organic.
Green Tea with Chamomile
Loaded with antioxidants that play a role in lowering your risk of contracting diseases, a lot of people drink Chamomile Tea as a relaxing drink in the evenings. This caffeine-free tea has a sweet, earthy taste that has a calming effect that is perfect for the evenings.
According to healthline.com, A 2016 study of the links between Chamomile Tea and sleep quality and depression in women found that those who drank Chamomile Tea every night for two weeks had better sleep quality than those who did not.
Why not give it a try if you have difficult nodding off in lockdown?
Immune Boon Tea
Feeling a little rundown or your throat feels tickly? It’s time to strengthen your immune system, enter Immune Boon Herbal Tea.
This tea is formulated to give your immune system that well needed shot in the arm at the beginning of an illness.
The base of this tea is echinacea, which is a classic immune-boosting herb, but many of us are not aware that echinacea is only a short-term immune booster. Echinacea is the supercharge to your immune system—but only for a day or two. It boosts your white blood cell count temporarily, and then after that, its effects can drop off dramatically, and herbs that are specific to your symptoms will be more effective.
This tea is very easy to make at home, so why not use the recipe below to help you to boost your immune system.
Immune Boon Herbal Tea Recipe
This recipe is straightforward, but the most crucial part of this recipe is getting the perfect temperature for the water. Using the Smarter App, you can choose the exact temperature for your iKettle. In this case, you need to boil the iKettle to 95º degrees celsius. Check out our website for more information on the features of the iKettle.
- 1 part dried echinacea leaves and flowers* (*if available, if not, just leaves is fine)
- 1 part dried rose hips
- 1 part dried elderberries
- 1 part dried astragalus
- 1 part dried ginger root
Instructions for making all herbal teas -
To mix - combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Store in a labelled, airtight jar or container out of direct sunlight.
To brew - combine 1 tablespoon of the tea mix with 8 ounces of boiling water (95 degrees celsius). Cover and let steep for 30-45 minutes. Strain, sweeten to taste with honey and serve.
Tip: If you have one, a French Press is an easy way to allow your tea to brew with room and strain without mess!
Recipe from wholefully.com - Check out the website for more information.