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It’s the time of year when building up your immunity to fight off the cold and flu is at the top of a lot of people’s priority lists. A lot of us increase our vitamins and hand washing, and we generally try to stay healthier. Ain’t nobody got time for a cold or the flu.
Stay hydrated during flu season with a cup of tea
One of the things I love to do to help protect myself is to stay hydrated. And to me, there’s nothing more soothing than a nice cup of tea. If you don’t have the crud, it’s a great way to stay hydrated to keep your immune system happy. And if you do have the crud, tea is not only good for hydration, it’s also really soothing on a sore throat.
While I love a great tea by itself, I also like to create a tea elixir or even a hot toddy. I recently tried Tetley’s new Immunity Green Tea with lemon and honey and their Immunity Peach Orange tea. They not only taste good, but they also add a nice dose of Vitamin C. In fact, the immunity tea has 25% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C.
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I like to drink it as an elixir. I mix in other things to give me a boost.
How to make an immunity tea elixir
After living in England for a few years, I grew accustomed to using an electric kettle. So naturally, I have to have one in my kitchen. Mine has a digital thermometer so that it brews the water to the perfect temperature. For this elixir, I like to brew the water to 175 degrees Farenheit. I find that green tea tastes better at that temperature.
The electric kettle I use is this one from Cuisinart. I really love being able to adjust the temperature settings.
Here’s how I make my immunity tea elixir. I use:
- 1 Tetley Immunity Green Tea bag (smooth green tea cleverly combined with lemon, vitamin C and honey)
- 1 Tetley Immunity Peach Orange Tea bag (a lovely peach and orange infusion)
- 8 oz. hot water
- 8 oz. hot lemonade
- Honey to taste (suggested ½ tsp)
- Optional: 1/8 tsp. peppermint extract, 1 drop of peppermint essential oil, OR 1 pump peppermint syrup
Then I steep the tea bags in the hot water and lemonade for 3-5 minutes. If you like a stronger tea, be sure to steep for the full 5 minutes. Then I stir in honey to taste and sometimes add another flavor to the mix like peppermint.
Another substitution that tastes great with this elixir is to use warm pineapple juice in place of the lemonade. Pineapple juice is very soothing to the throat. It’s excellent at cutting through mucous.
And of course, if you opt to turn your immunity tea elixir into a hot toddy, well, we’re not going to tell anyone…
How to make hot lemonade
You can use your favorite lemonade from the grocery store in this recipe and it will work fine. That’s the simplest way to do it. But if you are opting for more a lemonade with more natural ingredients, you may want to whip some up yourself. It’s so simple.
I like to make mine with Meyer lemons. I find that they are just a little bit naturally sweeter than other lemons, but if you can’t find them, regular lemons will work just fine.
Juice a handful of Meyer lemons until you get 1 cup of lemon juice. I like to use this citrus juicer to extract the lemon juice. I like it because the bottom of it has suction so that the bottom doesn’t slide around when I press the juice. It’s a bit heavy duty, but I have tendinitis in my hands, so this is easier for me than the citrus juicers you squeeze manually. And this southern California gal loves her fresh-squeezed juice!
Then I add 2 cups of water, heated using my electric kettle. I heat the water to boiling in this case since the lemon juice will be at room temperature and will cool the water a bit once mixed.
If you like your lemonade a bit weaker or stronger, you can tweak how much water to use. I add a bit at a time until the taste hits the spot. If I’m making the lemonade by itself, I add a bit of honey to sweeten it, but if I’m making the lemonade for the purpose of using it in the elixir, I wait until I mix the elixir to add the honey. I don’t want too much honey so it won’t overpower the immunity tea elixir.
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How to Make an Immunity Tea Elixir
- 1 Tetley Immunity Green Tea bag
- 1 Tetley Immunity Peach Orange Tea bag
- 8 oz hot water
- 8 oz hot lemonade
- Honey to taste suggested 1/2 tsp
- Optional: 1/8 tsp peppermint extract 1 drop of peppermint essential oil, OR 1 pump of peppermint syrup
- Heat water
- Steep tea bags in hot water for 3-5 minutes
- Stir in honey
- Optional: Stir in peppermint extract, peppermint essential oil, or peppermint syrup