Although there is no denying the glory of summer, there is something so magical – and so important – about the winter. It's an opportunity to slow down, look inward, spend time with loved ones and take care of ourselves. It's for weekends spent in bed, grounding foods, igniting our internal fires and big, comfy chunky sweaters.
That said, even with all the things I love about wintertime, there are a few things that are less fun — runny noses, coughs, cold toes and dry skin. The good news is there are healing remedies for each of them!
Below is a recipe to get you through the winter months runny-nose-free (yes, it's possible!) by boosting your immune system and warming your insides. Plus, with more time indoors, it's the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen! Most people think of muffins, red velvet cake and slow cooked meats when they think of extra kitchen time, and as delicious as that all sounds, remember, there are a million things to do in that magical kitchen of yours, including creating healing balms, tonics, elixirs, body scrubs and herbal teas.
This home-brewed healing tea is packed with immune-boosting medicinal herbs that will nourish you and heal you through and through:
This antibacterial and anti-inflammatory flower has been used for years to soothe and heal infections.
Loaded with cartenoids, flavanoids, and polyphenols to ward off infection and strengthen immunity.
Containing anthocyanins which boost the immune system, elderberry extract can shorten the flu and stop a cold in its tracks.
Reduces inflammation and aids in digestion so that your body can absorb all of these healing nutrients.
Contains antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties to fight foreign invaders and keep your immune system strong
Amla Extract Powder
One teaspoon contains 720% of your daily vitamin C quota to give your immune system a super powered boost!
Ashwaghanda Extract Powder
A natural adaptogen, helps to reduce stress for enhanced immune function.
The Perfect Winter Healing Brew
- 3.5 cups purified water
- 1/2 cup fresh or dried calendula flowers
- 1/2 cup fresh or dried rose hips
- 2/3 cups whole, organic elderberries
- 1 inch knob fresh ginger root, finely diced
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 3 teaspoons amla powder
- 1 teaspoon Ashwaghanda
1. Bring water, elderberries, rose hips, calendula flowers and ginger to boil.Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes
2. Next, strain ingredients into a bowl. Add honey, alma, and ashwaghanda to mixture. Drink hot, or seal and place in the refrigerator to cool.
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