Nothing is more beautiful than the changing of seasons—except for all the pesky ailments that come with it. Not to fear, it’s time to double down on your oHHo! We love dropping our oils into tea, so here are our top pick of health busting botanical tea recipes to help you stay nourished this holiday season.
Botanicals have been used for centuries by cultures all over the world to treat common complaints. Drawing from nature’s rich medicine cabinet, the roots, bark, stems, leaves, seeds, flowers and fruits of plants can be used to enhance and support some of our key needs. You can find most botanicals in their raw form online or good health stores. Here are our top botanical medleys!
An ancient herbal recipe for longevity, stamina and balance, this tea recipe is also highly recommended in ayurvedic medicine. The golden turmeric root contains many medicinal properties , the most effective of which is curcumin which is a strong anti oxidant with anti inflammatory properties.
Add ginger (also high in anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties) and lemon (for vitamins) for flavour, and black pepper which enhances the body’s ability to absorb curcumin by 2000%.
Schisandra berries, hibiscus and rosehip + oHHo Oregon
A ‘wonder herb’ in Traditional Chinese Medicine, schisandra has been proven as a mild anti depressant that increases energy metabolism in the brain, improves mental focus and gets your cardiovascular and respiratory systems going. The berries are quite sharp in taste, so steep in hot water for at least 5 minutes, Add rosehip (anti inflammatory) and hibiscus (good for blood circulation and balance) for extra tang
Chamomile, lavender and sweet peppermint + oHHo Colorado
The US National Library of Medicine calls chamomile “a herbal medicine of the past with a bright future”. Used to treat everything from period pain to hay fever, it is a true balancing herb, which explains why it is one of the world’s most popular herbal teas.
Add lavender (for more relaxation) and peppermint for extra flavor
Valerian, lavender and licorice + oHHo New York
Known as an “all-heal” in the middle ages, Valerian has been used as a sedative and relaxant since roman times. Also known as a ‘nervine’, a herb to support the nervous system, valerian can relieve muscle tension and anxiety.
Sweeten with licorice root, and lavender (also a mild nervine aiding sleep).
For Cold & Flu
Echinacea is a scientifically proven immune modulating herb that can activate white blood cells to fight infection. A famous University of Conneticut study, published by The Lancet found that echinacea could reduce the time affected by a cold virus by up to 1.4 days, and reduce the chance of getting one by up to a half. To which we say, yes please.
Add lemongrass (also packed with anti-oxidants) for flavor and cayenne (a great metabolism booster) for some zip.