What with the rough winter weather, the storms, and the temperature fluctuations, many sicknesses and germs are sticking around longer than usual. There’s a constant battle waging against our immune systems. However, our own backyards, wild meadows, and even bulk herb stores on the internet yield much more to preserving our health more than you may think. My family and I forage herbs from the wild (for instance, dandelion in the spring), we grow many plants in our garden and greenhouse, and on occasion we purchase herbs online from Mountain Rose Herbs.
We focus heavily on our health because, sick or not, animals need feeding and the chores sure don’t do themselves. One of my favorite ways to prevent sickness is an immune-boosting tea, shared with me by my friend George over at North 60 Alaska Living.
Now, I’m sure we’ve all come across a medicinal tea that leaves much to be desired in the taste and smell department… But never fear, this tea is healthy and tasty. Not to mention, it makes your kitchen smell cinnamon-y, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a good whiff of cinnamon.
Immune Boosting Tea
Break the astragulus and cinnamon stick into pieces. Put the astragulus and cinnamon, along with licorice root, in 2 quarts of water in a pot. Bring to a boil and then let steep on a warm surface (I use my wood stove; the lowest heat on a normal stove works fine too) for 2 to 3 hours, with the lid on. Remove from the heat and let set for a few hours. Warm it up and drink a full glass once or twice a day. I have successfully added this tea to my kefir as well.
What is your favorite immune boosting tea?
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