Monday, December 16, 2013


My friend Jamie and I have a favorite little tea shop in our area we visit from time to time. Frequently we order their "Temple of Health" tea, touted as increasing immunity and overall vigor. I perused the ingredients list and found sure enough, the herbs listed are great for combating the colds and flu so frequently caught this time of year.

This is not only our take on the recipe but also one of our defenses against those yucky bugs. Lucky for us [and you!], it's also delicious!

Check out the "Cold & Flu Prevention and Remedies" page on this blog for more herbal ammunition along with a list of natural ways to prevent and treat general illness.

To find organic [something I cannot stress enough here] loose leaf herbs, visit a local tea supplier, co-op, or health foods store. My favorite place is Global Infusion [they also happen to have the best house chai ever and boast a typically amazing "chai of the month"]. If I'm looking for a large quantity or have a bulk order I find many of my herbs online from either Bulk Herb Store or Mountain Rose Herbs.

A note about measuring in "parts": "parts" is a general measuring term that can mean any form of measurement. The thing to remember when using parts is if you start with 1 tablespoon equating 1 part then you need to continue that measurement throughout recipe. For example, if 1 tablespoon equals 1 part then 2 parts would  be 2 tablespoons and 1/2 part would be 1/2 tablespoon. 

Inspired by LJ's "Temple of Health" tea blend

2 parts each:

dried ginger root, cut
cinnamon chips
lemon grass, cut
licorice root, cut

1 part each:

astragalus root, cut
echinacea root, cut
echinacea leaf, cut

splash of organic lemon oil

Place all herbs and splash of lemon oil in a large glass jar or container. Secure lid tightly and shake gently to combine. Store in an airtight glass jar in a cool, preferably dark place.

To use, place 2 - 3 teaspoons of tea mix in a metal tea strainer, tea ball, or unbleached cotton tea bag. Put in a mug suitable for hot liquids and pour 1 - 1 1/2 cups of boiling water over tea. Steep for 2 - 3 minutes for mild strength, 5 - 7 for medium strength, and 10+ minutes for bold tea [the stronger the tea the more health benefits you receive]. I like to let my tea steep to room temperature and drink warm rather than hot. I will add more water if tea is too strong.

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