Where are all of my tea drinkers? 

There are many studies that have shown how a variety of teas may boost your immune system, fight off inflammation, and provide incredible health benefits. While each brew is different and provides different benefits, I personally like to drink certain teas during specific times of the year. Yes, I have my go-to's that I drink year 'round but it's fun to switch it up given different properties the ingredients have and how those can be used to benefit my wellness during different seasons. 

Here are a few of my favorite teas that I drink during the Spring time:

Wild Mint Tea

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lemon balm leaves
  • 1 cup spearmint leaves
  • 4 tablespoons orange peel -- grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon cloves 

Directions:

  1. Mix the herbs
  2. For each cup of tea, steep 1 tablespoon of herbal tea mix in 1 cup boiling water. 

Spring Cleaning Detox Tea

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts red clover blossoms
  • 1/4 part olive leaf
  • 1 part nettles
  • 1/2 part chickweed
  • 1/4 part fenugreek seed
  • 1/4 part fennel seeds
  • 1/4 part licorice

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients and store in a covered container. Brew as below. 
  2. Herbal infusion in water:
    1. 1 cup water 
    2. 2 teaspoons herb tea 
  3. Boil water in a glass, enamel coated or stainless steel pan and take off the burner. Add the herb tea to the water. 
  4. Cover, and let it steep for 10 minutes. 
  5. Strain into a cup. Can be sweetened with honey. 

Iced Chamomile Tea

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups water
  • 4 chamomile tea bags
  • Zest of 1 orange and one lime, removed in strips with a vegetable peeler
  • 1/4 cup sliced peeled fresh ginger root
  • 3/4 cup pure cane sugar 

Directions:

  1. In a 4 quart saucepan bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer, covered, 15 minutes.
  2. Remove pan from heat and cool mixture. Steep mixture, covered and chilled, at least 8 hours and up to 24. 
  3. Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher. This tea keeps, covered and chilled, 1 week. 
  4. Serve in ice-filled tall glasses. 
  5. Makes about 2 quarts. 

What are some of your favorite teas? Would you like to see this for all of the seasons ahead?

xox, Dr. G