As winter, and flu season, rapidly approaches, people start to look for immune boosts. While there are expensive supplements, pills, and more that can be used, many people overlook tea. A great drink for any time, a nice warm tea can contain immune-boosting and flavor-enhancing ingredients that can turn a chilly winter night into a comfortable and happy evening.
According to ASEA, stress, a poor diet, excessive alcohol use, medications, a lack of sleep, and not getting enough exercise are just a few things that commonly weaken the immune system and leave people vulnerable to becoming sick. All-natural teas like strawberry tea are a great way to combat these problems and to boost your immune system. Additional ingredients can provide a further boost. Strawberries are full of antioxidants and vitamin C and have long been linked to effective disease-fighting properties. Whether specially brewed or just used as a flavor infuser, strawberry tea can provide a sweet pick-up on a cold night.
Ginseng is another popular ingredient for teas. Ginseng teas can be premade or powdered and brewed with hot water. Ginseng is also often added to other teas. It has an earthy and slightly bitter taste that pairs well in green and black teas. While ginseng has many potential health benefits, its antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting properties are well-known. But its potential health benefits don’t stop there. In fact, according to ProHealth, ginseng has also been used to treat memory problems, diabetes, cancer, and ADHD.
Honey, especially raw and locally sourced honey, is a potent force. It is also a great way to boost your immune system as well as add to a great punch of flavor to your tea. Honey is excellent at fighting infections, and it has powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, according to Pure Healing Foods. On a cold night, a sweet spoonful stirred or drizzled into your mug can give you a shot of energy as well. Raw honey is honey that has not been pasteurized. However, it is safe to consume except for infants or for those who have allergies to bee pollen.
Sweetly earthy chamomile has long been a popular ingredient for teas. Considered to be a great aid for relaxing and stress relief, evidence points to it also being a strong immune booster. It has been shown that chamomile can greatly increase white blood cell counts and macrophages, elements that are key to fighting off the various cases of the flu and colds that proliferate during the winter months.A mug of hot tea can be a special treat during the cold winter months. Even better, many teas and ingredients have powerful health benefits that allow you to protect yourself from illness. Browse through our tea shop to get a tasty treat that will keep your immune system strong.