Immune Strengthening Herbal Tea Blend

Kari's Immune Strenghtening Herbal Tea Blend

Written by Contributing Writer, Kari @ Living Strong Wellness 

Now that summer break is winding down and kids are heading back to school – we need to start becoming more proactive with our children’s health.

Don’t get me wrong, we should be proactive year round, but during the summer we’re outside more getting fresh air, we’re getting loaded with Vitamin D, getting more sleep and getting more exercise. With school back in session, our children are sitting in air conditioned schools, windows closed, anti-bacterial soap flowing down the halls, little outside time, little exercise and lots of germs.

Germs…

That one word freaks a lot of people out. This is why anti-bacterial soap is a multi-million dollar business. Think about it, though…if it really worked, why are schools filled with scores of sick kids and teachers all the time? I’m not an advocate of this ‘miracle’ germ cure. Not only does it kill bad bacteria – but it kills good bacteria as well, making you and your children more susceptible to germs, viruses and infections.

I’m also not a fan of the toxic ingredient, Triclosan, in the majority of these anti-bacterial soaps. Good ole hand soap and water works just fine. In fact, my son and daughter opt out of using anti-bacterial soap at school. They have been informed the past 4 years that they are to only use soap and water. They literally stand at the door as kids come in from recess and squirt that dangerous and hormone disrupting junk on the students hands. Not good.

It’s not bad hygiene that’s an issue (although it may contribute to some children’s constant sickness). It’s the internal health of the person. This is what will determine if sickness occurs or not.

Plain and simple: we need to boost the immune systems of our children and ourselves as we get back into the school routine.

We will all be surrounded by more germs, viruses and infections and our bodies will need the extra boost to keep the immune system strong and ready to fight any foreign invaders that enter the body!

There are many ways we can aid our immune system in remaining strong throughout the year, especially the school year and winter season. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be proactive, daily taking care of my body and my child’s body to keep sickness from taking root, than having to do all I can to bring health back where sickness came in and took over.

This recipe is easy, quick and yields approximately 12 full strength servings (adults) and 24 half strength/diluted servings (children). I am fortunate to be able to purchase all these herbs in bulk at our local Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers. If you are not able to purchase these locally, you can purchase them online at places such as Bulk Herb Store and Mountain Rose Herbs! If you aren’t into making teas yourself and don’t want to order bulk herbs – you can also order the herbal tea blend from my Etsy shop – Glowing Mama. Each bag contains 12 adult servings or 24 youth servings. Each serving is 1 tablespoon of the herbal tea blend to 8 ounces of water.

It’s a great addition to your daily routine to help keep the immune system strong and functioning at optimum levels! This blend can be served hot or iced. It is always best to get organically grown herbs when buying in bulk, but if it’s not possible, get what is available to you. When ordering from Mountain Rose Herbs, you will be getting high quality, organic dried herbs that you can use safely and without worry of toxins. The other option is to grow what you can as well! That’s always an added plus and you know exactly how it is grown from seed to completion.

 

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Kari’s Immune Strengthening Herbal Tea Blend

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3 tablespoons dried Elderberries
  • 3 tablespoons dried Rosehips
  • 3 tablespoons dried Peppermint (use in adult blends) or 3 tablespoons dried Catnip (for children blends)
  • 4 teaspoons dried Lavender
  • 2 teaspoons dried Sage
  • 2 teaspoons dried Hibiscus
  • 1 teaspoon dried cut Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme

Here’s What You’ll Do:

  1. Thoroughly combine all herbs in a large jar or large bowl.
  2. Store in a sealed container (glass is best), but a sealed bag or other container will work.
  3. Keep in a dark, cool place – such as the pantry.
  4. To use, in a glass jar steep 1 tablespoon of herbal blend in 8 ounces of boiling, filtered water. For a tea, steep for anywhere from 3-8 minutes. For a stronger more potent beverage, you can make an infusion by steeping for around 20-30 minutes. You can place loose herbs in a muslin tea bag, tea ball or leave them loose in the jar.
  5. When steeping is done, remove bag, ball or strain the herbs using a find mesh strainer.
  6. Add RAW honey to sweeten and enjoy! ***

*** Adults can drink this directly after steeping. If making for children 12 and under, fill cup half way with tea/infusion, then add RAW honey, then add water to fill the rest of the cup.

What do you add to your daily routine to help keep your immune system strong and thriving?

 
About Kari

Kari Newsom is a Colorado native who is married to her best friend and they have two children, a turtle and a pug and they live on 5 acres in a small town in Colorado. As a Certified Health and Nutrition Consultant, her passion is to educate people on the realities of living in divine health through simple instruction found in the Bible and through traditions passed down through the centuries. Her motto states: "Health Made Easy. A Life Worth Living." and she is spending everyday fulfilling this ministry God has given her. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, her Blog and Pinterest.

Comments

  1. We try to get adequate sleep/rest, drink lots of water, and eat as many fresh fruits & veggies as possible. Thank you so much for this recipe. I often buy immune boosting teas, but I love the idea of making my own. Pinning this now – thanks again!

    • This really is a staple in my house. I see wonderful results with it. Even when I see the sniffles might be coming on – I will give my kids a couple servings and I know it helps kick their immunity into high gear :o)

  2. Thanks so much for this recipe Kari! I choose natural (prevent and treat) over pharmaceutical and will save this to try!

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