Those who are into herbal medicine, recommend this tea in the winter mornings and evenings. They say it is extremely useful because of the ingredients it contains. Echinacea acts as an herb that strengthens the immune system, ginger will rapidly warm the body, being very efficient in treating classic symptoms of flu and cold (it eliminates congestion, fever and pains), the elder stimulates the sweating and removes toxins and mint calms the stomach that can suffer because of sinus drainage.
Winter Tea – Recipe
– 1 teabag of Echinacea
– 1 teabag of elder
– 1 teabag of mint or basil
– 1 piece of ginger root
– 2 cups of water
Heat the water until it starts boiling, and then add the ginger. Let it boil for 5 minutes, then mix in the other herbs and turn off the heat. Strain it and serve this tea while it’s still warm.
Effects and Benefits
Ginger tea is extremely efficient in reducing stress and tension due to its relaxing and comfortable aroma. In case you already suffer of a respiratory disorder (cough, cold, sore throat), ginger will strengthen the lungs and help you breathe easily; in addition, it calms allergies and sneezing.
Another important benefit of ginger is its capacity to improve the blood flow and reduce fever and chills. By stimulating excessive sweating, ginger eliminates the toxins from the body and speeds up the healing process.
Ginger is rich in antioxidants, amino acids and minerals and it boosts immunity. At the same time, it reduces the risk of heart failure, preventing the fatty deposits to clog the arteries. Moreover, it lowers the cholesterol level and prevents heart attacks.
Last but not least, ginger tea improves the absorption of foods and nutrients, soothing the stomach aches, bloating and gas.
Teas containing Echinacea are very good during the cold season because they prevent viral infections and can reduce the duration of a flu or cold. They are extremely helpful in calming a sore throat.
For centuries, elderberries and elderflowers have been used to prevent flu and colds. Now, the researchers know the reason for this: elder enhances the immune system by stimulating the cytokine production – the small proteins produced by the immune cells. You should know that elderberries are much powerful and beneficial than elderflowers.