Cheers to Your Health
As I mentioned earlier, chai tea is one of my favorite. It think it’s one of those comforting, spicy blends that just calms and soothes and I just enjoy it. There are many varieties on the market, but if you’d love to have a blend that’s put together by your very own hands, here’s a basic recipe.
Basic Black Chai
One 2-inch piece cinnamon stick, broken
2 heaping teaspoons black tea
Seeds of 3 cardamom pods
One ¼-inch thick slice fresh ginger
3 whole cloves
2 black peppercorns
To make the tea, bring 1 ½ cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add cinnamon, cover and remove from heat. Let steep for 2 minutes.
Return pan to heat, bring to a boil, adding tea, spices and ¼ to ½ cup milk and 1-2 tablespoons honey. Cover and remove from heat, steeping for 3 minutes.
Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve or strainer. Enjoy.
If you use raw milk and raw honey and don’t want to destroy the beneficial enzymes, slightly warm the milk and honey together (no more than 100 degrees) and add to your cooled spice blend. Let steep together a few minutes.
Elderberry Syrup – Immune Boosting
Elderberry syrup is a proven remedy for preventing and recovering from the flu, colds, excessive mucus, sore throats, and contains large amounts of antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus and Vitamin C.
Serving size 1 tablespoon daily and if sickness strikes, 1 teaspoon every 4 hours.
¾ cup dried elderberries (can find here)
3 cups water
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon ground ginger (or use fresh ginger root)
4 whole cloves
1 cup raw honey
Add the berries, water, cloves, ginger and cinnamon stick to a large pot and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce the berry mixture to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, remove from the heat. Using a potato masher, mash the berries (still in the now juice mixture) to remove any extra juices.
Smash and think of the savings in the pot.
Strain the berries from the juice. I use a cheesecloth and small mesh sieve over a bowl. Push the berries in the strainer down with the back of a wooden spoon to remove any extra juice.
Stir in the honey. The berry mixture should still be warm, not hot, and just slightly warm.
Keep in the fridge. Take 1 tablespoon daily by spoon or mix it in a smoothie.
Recipe and photo courtesy of www.livesimply.me
Makes 2 Quarts
Juice of 6-8 lemons
½ cup Rapadura or Sucanot
½ cup whey
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
2 quarts filtered water
Place all the ingredients in a 2-quart glass container. Cover tightly and leave at room temperature for 2-3 days. Skim off any foam that may have risen to the top. Cover tightly and refrigerate. The punch will develop more flavors over time.
Recipe courtesy of Nourishing Traditions
Lavender Mint Tea
1 tsp. fresh lavender flowers or ½ tsp. dried
1 ½ to 2 tbsp. Fresh mint leaves or 2 tsp. dried
1 cup boiling water
In a teapot, combine the lavender flowers and mint. Pour boiling water over the mixture and let steep for 5 minutes.
Variations: For more interesting blends, add rosemary, lemon balm or lemon verbena, and rose geranium.