Ah, my beloved Feel Better Tea. When I start to feel any signs of a cold, allergies or sinus issues…this is my go to tea! A lot of the time, I’ll make a nice warm cup of this tea before bed to try to kick anything that’s trying to get started!
Tea may not be for everyone but for me, hot tea is my jam! I typically try to stay away from anything with caffeine, hi there jitters. I like to stick with my herbal blends such as chamomile, lavender, ginger, peppermint, etc. I try to have a cup of tea at least once a day. It’s like a hug in a cup! Not to mention all of the health benefits the different teas have!
These past two weeks, it seems like half of my office has some type of bug. Cold, flu, strep throat, bronchitis, you name it and those germies are probably floating around in my office. Ugh. I’m trying my best to avoid those that are ill but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Germs don’t discriminate. Last night, I started feeling some drainage in my sinuses, oh great, and my week long slight headache came back. As I mentally started cursing all of the sickies of the office, I thought to myself, “Oh heck no! I better not be getting sick!” Maybe it’s mental and the germaphobe/minor hypochondriac in me is freaking out. Or I could be catching something from one of my lovely co-workers. Love you guys, promise!
I got free tickets for the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert and although my body was telling me to stay home and rest, I pushed myself to go because:
- I love Red Hot Chili Peppers!
- Box seats + free food = WIN!
- The tickets were FREE!
- Oh, and did I mention I love RHCP?!
On a side note, the concert was amazing! RHCP are incredible live and are very talented artists! The light show and graphics were amazing as well as the music.
Anyway, last night I made myself some tea before and after the concert and it definitely helped me out! Now this isn’t a miracle cure, and I’m no doctor. I do feel it does help me bounce back quicker (if I do get sick) and temporarily helps with symptoms I may be experiencing. During the concert, I started to feel some relief which I was very grateful for. This morning…I was a total grumps malumps. Maybe it’s due to the lack of sleep, it was SO worth it, or because I am actually fighting something for real.
Here’s a break down of the ingredients I used and the health benefits they offer you:
- Tea Bag – I prefer chai blends when making this tea. I used a Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea.
- Lemon Juice – Good source of Vitamin C which gives your immune system a boost and helps fights viral infections. It’s also an excellent source of potassium, aids with digestion by cleansing your system, reduces inflammation and gives you an energy boost. Drinking warm lemon water in the morning has become quite popular in the health and nutrition industry. Probably because it’s so good for you!
- Raw Local Honey – A natural remedy for symptoms of allergies and asthma. Consuming locally produced honey, supposedly contains local plant pollens in which a person would be allergic. Honey also reduces coughing, throat irritation, and is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – I use Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Gallon with ‘The Mother’. ACV can kill many types of bacteria. It can help with a sore throat by killing the bacteria that’s causing the infection. It contains potassium that assists with thinning mucus as well as acetic acid that prevents germ growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion.
- Ground Cinnamon – Loaded with antioxidants that can help kick out bacteria and infections. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties that also helps with fighting infections. Cinnamaldehyde is the main active component of cinnamon that may help fight various kinds of infections.
Don’t let the thought of putting vinegar in your tea throw you off. The good thing about ACV is that it’s not as harsh as white vinegar and doesn’t taste bad when mixing it in the tea. Anyway, I’m going to enjoy the rest of my hug in a cup goodness and hope that I stay in good health!
Til’ next time friends,
xo – Irene