Delicious Tea to Protect and Support You During the Cold Spells
Almost everyone I speak with recently is at war with their body as they fight the invasion of a cold or flu.
Without sounding like I'm gloating, I haven't been attacked yet and I'm doing as much as I can to ensure I remain protected.
I'd love to share with you a very simple remedy that keeps me warm on the inside as the temperature outside lowers. It really helps to keep me free from cold and flu symptoms and works best when actioned regularly and consistently.
Delicious Hot Peppermint Tea
There are a plethora of health benefits for incorporating peppermint into your diet however here I'd like to focus solely on the rewards of using the leaves (dried or fresh) as tea.
Peppermint has extremely high levels of flavonoids which are antioxidants. One of their functions is to protect us against the toxins present in the environment. It's like our own environmental bodyguard but you have to consume flavonoids to be protected. Peppermint tea is a great way to do this.
Peppermint is also a wonderful pain reliever so ideal when you have a pounding headache caused by the cold or flu. It also relaxes smooth muscle tissue which is why it's so brilliant for relieving tummy upsets and excellent for relieving sore throats.
I choose to use dried peppermint tea leaves just because they last longer in the jar and are always available to use. Ideally you'll need a tea pot with a strainer or a separate tea strainer for a mug or cup.
How to Prepare
Simply boil the kettle, put 2 - 3 teaspoons of dried peppermint leaves (dependent on desired strength) in a tea pot strainer and add hot water. If you prefer a mug or cup instead then just place your desired amount of peppermint dried leaves in the tea strainer which will be over your mug or cup and add hot water. You can leave the strainer on top of the mug or cup for a while before removing it to make it stronger if you wish. Tea strainer are wonderful tools and there are various designs so find the one that suits you.
Add whatever sweeteners you wish ie honey, agave, maple syrup or unrefined sugar. No milk is needed.
Even Simpler and Quicker
If you're on the go a lot like me, then just carry some convenient peppermint tea bags around with you and drink whenever you find hot water and a clean cup. Even better carry your own mug! There are so many choices of mugs available to buy right now so there's no excuse really.