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Immunity Elixir Tea Recipe

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Everything revolves around your immunity. The basis of what we do for prevention and healing of every single disease -from obesity to diabetes and even cancer, is based on this powerful and intelligent system called Immunity.

Using Balanced Nutrition , as one of the most important pillars to build immunity, we spend a lot of time in studying the top immunity boosting foods and its mechanism of action in our body. After a thorough research, we finally came up with a consolidated list of the most powerful immunity boosting foods that are also easily available, because good health doesn’t mean exotic ingredients. The most powerful immunity boosting foods are also the simplest … like tea, spices and herbs.

One fascinating aspect of using food as medicine is that – one food offers multiple benefits… as opposed to a one drug working for only a specific health issue.  For eg : a simple spice like fennel  – could help enhance digestion, as well as work as a mouth freshener, reduce acidity, boost lactation in mothers, etc

While stimulating the immune system turns out to be a common property for each of these foods, it also offers a ton of other benefits. My top immunity boosting foods in the category of spices, herbs and tea are  :

Green tea

(Richer in antioxidant content as compared to Vitamin C & E, fat burner, manages bad cholesterol, helps smokers lungs, antiviral, boosts liver health)

Chamomile flowers

(induces a feeling of calm and relaxation, perfect for a bedtime beverage, anti-inflammatory, boosts uterine health, digestive relaxant, boosts oral health)

Oregano

(boosts lung health, decongestant, antiviral, soothes cramps, anti-angiogenic)

Fennel

(reduces acidity, boosts digestion, normalises menstrual flow, galactogogue, increases efficacy of cancer drugs like Tamoxifen, while reducing its side effects too.)

Carom

(digestive spice, reduces toxicity of radiation, soothes colic pains)

Pepper

(boosts absorption of other active compounds, anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, soothes headache, boosts digestion)

Turmeric

(anti-inflammatory, boosts brain health, liver health, anti-cancer, reduces toxicity of cancer drugs, anti-parasitic)

Thyme

(powerful decongestant, clears out lungs of excess mucous, antioxidant)

Rosemary

(reduces toxicity of chemotherapy, antimicrobial, anti-cancer, soothes ulcers, increases efficacy of cancer drugs as well as reduces its side effects )

Peppermint

(soothes digestive system, antiallergic, soothes nausea and vomiting sensation)

Lemongrass

(stress buster, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, anti-viral, protects DNA

The beauty of these top foods is its versatility, synergy and how every ingredient blends into each other well . Use it individually or as a seasoning over foods or brew it together into a tea !

I prefer brewing it all together into a tea because its easy – with the base being either green tea or chamomile- based on what time of the day it is.  A simple brew of these ingredients gives me a cup power packed with so many benefits. You can carry it while travelling. Use it as a replacement for coffee or whenever you feel like tucking in with a warm beverage.

We already use it for clients and individuals for booting their immunity, certain cases of cancer and to reduce side effects of conventional treatments, to boost gut health, inflammatory conditions, pain management, sleep issues etc. and have found it working remarkably well .

Heres a simple recipe for you :

Recipes (serves 2):

Immunity Elixir – Green Tea

  • Green tea – 1 tbsp
  • Oregano – ¼ tsp
  • Fennel – 1 tsp
  • Carom – ½ tsp
  • Pepper – a pinch
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  • Thyme – 2-3 sprigs
  • Rosemary – 1-2 sprigs
  • Peppermint – 2-3 sprigs
  • Lemongrass – 2-3 stalks (fresh or dried)

Method:

  1. Take 2 cups of water in a vessel
  2. Add all ingredients except green tea in it and allow it to boil.
  3. Once it starts boiling, add green tea, turn off the flame, cover the vessel with a lid and let it steep for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove lid, strain into a cup and sip warm.

Immunity Elixir – Herbal Blend

  • Chamomile buds– 1 tbsp
  • Oregano – ¼ tsp
  • Fennel – 1 tsp
  • Carom – ½ tsp
  • Pepper – a pinch
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  • Thyme – 2-3 sprigs
  • Rosemary – 1-2 sprigs
  • Peppermint – 2-3 sprigs
  • Lemongrass – 2-3 stalks (fresh or dried)

Method:

  1. Take 2 cups of water in a vessel
  2. Add all ingredients except chamomile in it and allow it to boil.
  3. Once it starts boiling, add chamomile, turn off the flame, cover the vessel with a lid and let it steep for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove lid, strain into a cup and sip warm.

*One can add raw honey/jaggery to sweeten the beverage

*The longer you steep the tea, the more flavonoids you’ll get in your brew.

*Please note : Due to the presence of caffeine in Green Tea it is advisable to consume it during the day or early evening and its ideal to consume a chamomile based tea before bedtime as its regarded as a mild sedative to calm nerves, reduce anxiety, insomnia and other sleep issues. 

The brand “Dancing Leaf Tea” has pre-mixes of these two magical blends too, if you cannot brew it fresh at home. Hope that it makes things easier for most of you as they can take care of so many aspects of your health.

Heres how you can get your own blend :

Green tea blend :   https://dancingleaftea.com/collections/immunity-elixir/products/immunity-elixir-green-tea-blend

Chamomile blend :  https://dancingleaftea.com/collections/immunity-elixir/products/immunity-elixir-herbal-blend

DISCLAIMER : None of these ingredients or the blend as a whole is a replacement for any medication or medical treatment. Please make an informed decision and keep your health profession in loop before consuming the tea especially if you have medical conditions.

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