Something To Sip On: A Nutritionist & Reiki Master's 3-Ingredient Immunity Tea
When it comes to immune-supporting foods, there are tons and tons of options to choose from—after all, each fruit and veggie boasts its own impressive list of antioxidants and nutrients, which is why most experts recommend a diverse, vitamin-rich diet at large to really punch up the immune-supporting benefits.
But, like other professionals, Poon does have her favorite selects, one of which happens to be thyme—she steeps the powerful herb with a few other top-notch ingredients (you'll see below) to make a soothing, herbal tea. "It's something so simple, but it [helps] so much," she adds.
Find her three-ingredient recipe, below.
How to make Poon's thyme tea.
Of course, you'll need the star ingredient—some fresh thyme. Thyme's immune-supporting powers are well-documented1, with its load of antioxidants and flavonoids. In particular, the herb's essential oils (extracted from its leaves) have been touted as a cold and cough remedy—one double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial even found that a combination of thyme and ivy leaves alleviated coughing fits, as well as other symptoms of acute bronchitis2.
Finally, she stirs a bit of manuka honey: The golden goop is also a well-known immune system stalwart, as it contains tons of anti-inflammatory flavonoids4. One study even showed that manuka honey could stimulate immune cells5, while another revealed that it may help inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines6. Plus, sipping on a honey elixir just feels good: The viscous texture has been shown to help coat and soothe the throat7.
Now that you have the recipe breakdown, here's exactly how to replicate Poon's thyme tea:
- Place 3 sprigs of fresh thyme in 1 cup of boiled water. Let it steep and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Strain the mixture into a teacup, then squeeze in half of a lemon and stir in 1 tbsp. of manuka honey.
- Sip and enjoy!
For a feel-good, easy-to-make herbal recipe, try whipping together Poon's thyme tea. It not only feels amazing for your respiratory system as you gulp it down, but it also has some promising immune-supporting benefits.
Jamie Schneider is the Beauty Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in Coveteur, The Chill Times, and more. In her role at mbg, she reports on everything from the top beauty industry trends, to the gut-skin connection and the microbiome, to the latest expert makeup hacks. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.