As we head into the holiday season, many of us begin feeling the mounting pressure to manage it all – travel, gifts, guests and amazing food. With memories of childhood gently nudging us to create magic for our own families, we often push ourselves to the edge, feeling run-down, sad, and even sick. Our immune systems become taxed due to a lack of sleep, lowered vitamin D levels, disrupted exercise routines, and poor nutrition. I absolutely LOVE the holidays but not if it means I can’t join in on the festivities and fun. Over the years I have come up with a solution; by starting each day with a prayerful intention and cup of my Immunity Boosting Tea, I’m able to set the tone for “Balanced Abundance”.
What is Balanced Abundance?
When we choose to remain in balance (body, mind & spirit), abundance seems crystal clear. I’m not talking about a new iPhone, iPad, or TV, I’m talking about what is right in front of us. Take a moment to slow down, adjust your to-do list, and enjoy the sights, sounds and angels of the season. It’s such a gift!
What makes up an IMMUNITY TEA:
Immunity tea consists of a few flavors of the season and some sort of immune boosting punch. It’s a personal mix and should be adapted to incorporate your own tastes.
My cup of tea this morning was adapted from a blend given to me from Jay Stafford, founder of Asana Foods. I’ve loved this tea for quite some time, but have adjusted it to suit my current needs. What a special gift to receive something so thoughtfully created.
My Basic Immunity Building Tea Recipe for Fall:
Note: I love Mountain Rose Herbs for my tea needs. They provide organic dried herbs, pre-made tea blends and accessories. A one-stop shop for holiday gift ideas.
Ceylon Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum): Well known as an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial agent. Also studied for its benefits on blood sugar balance.
Ginger Root: Potent anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-flatulent, and anti-microbial properties.
Cloves: Potent anti-viral and anti-bacterial qualities, also beneficial for stabilizing blood sugar levels.
Licorice: Supports both respiratory and digestive systems. (Note: use with caution if you have high-blood pressure)
Reishi Mushroom: Potent Antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. Also supportive for normal blood pressure.
Elderberries: Potent antiviral qualities, as well as, anti-inflammatory effects. Contains more vitamin C than oranges.
Schisandra berries: Utilized as an adapotgen, known for increasing energy and containing both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Combine your favorite herbs, spices and mushrooms.
- Combine 1/3 cup of tea to 6 cups water.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer for 45 minutes.
- Strain and enjoy.
- Refrigerate leftover for later use
Remember to slow down, take a deep breath, and love the one you’re with! Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season to you!