Healing Teas You Can Make at Home

It's such a beautiful time of year to be outside. It's also such a beautiful time of year to come back inside and curl up with a hot cup of tea! If you have a few extra moments to prepare your cuppa, while it's obviously not quite as convenient as a teabag, homemade teas are a wonderful way to nurture yourself. They can help you guard against and get you through the colds and flus that tend to emerge as the seasons shift!  We put together a list of a few of our favourites. You'll notice honey and lemon have a starring role in this collection. Both ingredients have a wealth of health benefits—among these, lemon offers vitamin C which boosts your immunity, while honey is great for soothing a sore throat or cough, and has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Also, they taste fantastic together! Whether you find a few quiet moments first thing in the morning, pause for an afternoon pick me up, or have a relaxing sipping session before you head to bed (probably the recommended option if you're trying the 'Garlic Lemonade'!) these warming, healing beverages will make you feel great from the inside out.


 

Garlic Lemonade

Ingredients:
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
3-4 cups of boiling water
lemon and honey to taste

Preparation:
Place crushed garlic into a quart sized mason jar, and cover with boiling water. Let this sit for 15 minutes, then add lemon and honey to taste. 


Thyme-honey tea

Ingredients:
1 cup of boiling water
½ teaspoon of thyme tincture or 4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme
2 tsp of good quality honey

Preparation:
Boil water and add tincture and honey! If you're using fresh time, allow to simmer in the water (while on stovetop) for 5 mins or so, and then remove the sprigs and add the honey.


Ginger and Turmeric Detox Tea

Ingredients:
1 glass of boiled water
Fresh juice of half a lemon
4 slices of ginger
1 tsp of turmeric
1 tsp of (raw) honey
a pinch of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Preparation:
Place the ginger, turmeric, pepper and lemon juice in a mug. Pour in the boiled water. Right before you drink the tea, add honey.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Tea

Ingredients:
1 cup of boiled water, slightly cooled off
1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
1 tsp of organic, raw honey
1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice

Preparation:
Mix the vinegar and honey in the cup. Add the lemon juice.


Ayurvedic Detox Tea

Ingredients:
1/2 tsp of whole cumin seeds
1/2 tsp of whole coriander seeds
1/2 tsp of fennel seeds
4-5 cups of water

Preparation:
Boil bring water to boil in a pot, add seeds, cover and boil for 5 mins. Strain out seeds, pour liquid into a thermos and sip throughout the day. 


Hot Toddy

(Ok so this one is not really a tea or tisane... exactly. But a Hot Toddy sure is nice on a cool evening, especially if you have the sniffles!)

Ingredients:
1 oz (2 tbsp) of bourbon
1 tbsp of mild honey
2 tsp of fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup of boiling-hot water

Preparation:
Put bourbon, honey, and lemon juice in a 6-ounce mug. Top off with hot water and stir until honey is dissolved.