This immune boosting tea is the best way to stay healthy during the cold winter months and be ready to fight off colds.
Cold winter months are not only hot cocoa, hot cider, warm socs, and the smell of bonfires. It also means that people are more prone to catching a disease.
In particular, the cold, dry air, and lack of sunlight negatively affect our ability to fight off respiratory infections like cold or flu.
It's the right time to boost our immune system.
One of my favorite herbal teas for this purpose is this immune boosting herbal tea with elderberry, echinacea and other herbs that help to boost our immune system.
The taste is great, it's easy to make, and has some amazing health benefits! In this blog post I will give you a recipe for making your own batch of elderberry echinacea tea at home.
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Why immunity is important to boost
immunity is simply the ability of our body to fight off disease. Immunity-boosting herbs such as elderberry or echinacea are great for this purpose, because they can help us defend ourselves against catching a cold or getting stomach flu.
Of course, there are other contributors that can help us to stay healthy and prepared. Like enough exercise, sunlight, well balanced diet, enough sleep, etc.
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Benefits of elderberry for immunity
Some people found elderberry tea to be soothing if you have a sore throat. Elderberries can relieve sinus congestion which is what causes the annoying stuffiness that accompanies a cold.
Benefits of echinacea for immunity
Echinacea is very well known as an immunity booster, and can also help fight off infections during cold and flu season.
This herb has been used by native Americans for years, and is now popular in western medicine too. it's very effective at boosting immunity, as explained in this study from the University of Maryland Medical Center (5)
Echinacea comes into many different forms, one being liquid tinctures that one can easily apply under the tongue as a mouthwash or drink to boost immunity. Or can make a powerful tea that you can drink regularly to keep immunity at an optimal level.
Together with elderberries, echinacea make a great immune boosting combo.
Rosehips contain polyphenols and galactolipids that are important anti-inflammatory compounds
Using elderberries and rose hips have a great advantage as they have similar properties and ripen at the same time. I used their power in this tincture
Ginger has a very long history of use in traditional as well as alternative medicine. Its main compound gingerol is responsible for much of ginger’s benefits such as aiding in digestion or fighting the flu and common cold
I enjoy ginger in this fire cider too.
The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is credited for most of the medicinal benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties that can help to boost immunity.
Cinnamon gives tasty hint to your tea and is also an effective antiviral and antifungal warming spice often used to fight fever and cold.
Immune boosting tea recipe
Before i share with you my go-to natural immune boosting tea recipe, let's look at the best way to extract immune boosting properties from elderberries
While making ordinary herbal tea requires dried herb and hot water, elderberries won't release their medicinal properties that easily. If you want to get the immunity-boosting benefits of elderberries, you need to gently simmer the berries to make a decoction. The same applies to dried roots of echinacea, ginger and turmeric. Simply pour enough water over the ingredients to cover them. When the tea just starts to boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
The following recipe is the one I usually use, and I've been very happy with the results.
Immune boosting tea ingredients
To make the immune boosting tea blend mix the following herbs:
Combine all herbs above together in a saucepan.
Add 5 cups of water and slowly heat the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a minimum and let it steep for 20 minutes or longer to extract all medicinal properties
Strain the herbal material and drink pure warm tea slowly, enjoying every sip.
add honey or sweetener if desired and enjoy!
Immunity boosting teas work by stimulating the immune system in different ways. For example elderberry stimulates immunity via increasing white blood cell count. It can be a great way to add antioxidants and other nutrients to your diet and can protect you and your children against colds and flu
Elderberry echinacea immune boosting tea has a mild sweet and tart taste of berry flavor with a hint of echinacea. However additional ingredients such as ginger, cinnamon sticks, and rosehips give this immune-boosting tea tasty flavors. Don’t hesitate to sweeten it with honey or stevia.
Drinking elderberry echinacea tea or other immunity boosting herbal teas every day is not recommended. One should drink it only when feel very beginning of a sickness is coming or that you are looking for a quick immunity boost. Continue taking for up to 2 weeks if needed.