As we transition into the seasonal change, it is valuable to check in with the strength of your immunity. Staying hydrated during the hot summer months is crucial for maintaining a balanced gut microbiome as well as maintaining hydration and strengthening your immunity. Additionally, as we transition to the summer season, we are exposed to a variety of plants and herbs which can aid in strengthening our immunity and aids value to be mindful of these changes to support the immune system. Nutrient dense and immunity strengthening herb cubes may be made as a refreshing tea for morning sipping as you wake and spend time in the sunlight.
To make immunity tea, you will need:
1 lemon, peeled
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, whole
1-inch piece of fresh turmeric, whole
A handful of fresh mint leaves
Ice cube tray, silicon recommended
High speed blender
Place the lemon, ginger, turmeric, and mint leaves in the high speed blender, and blend until a thick, viscous consistency
Fill the ice cube tray with the herb matter
Freeze the ice cube tray until the contents are frozen solid.
Once frozen, remove the ice cubes from the tray and store them in a freezer-safe, preferably reusable container or bag.
To use the immunity iced cubes, simply add one cube to a glass and pour boiling water. Allow to sleep as the cubes will slowly melt, infusing the water with the flavors and health benefits of the ingredients. For additional flavor, add raw unfiltered honey.
Turmeric, ginger, lemon and mint are well-known spices and herbs that have been used in traditional medicine for centuries. They both contain bioactive compounds that have been shown to provide several health benefits.
Anti-inflammatory properties: Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has strong anti-inflammatory effects that may help reduce inflammation in the body and prevent chronic diseases.
Antioxidant properties: Curcumin also has antioxidant properties that can help protect the body against damage from free radicals.
Pain relief: Turmeric has been shown to have pain-relieving properties and may help alleviate pain associated with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Improved brain function: Some studies have suggested that curcumin may improve brain function and reduce the risk of age-related cognitive decline.
Reduced risk of heart disease: Curcumin may also help improve heart health by reducing cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure, and improving endothelial function.
Anti-inflammatory properties: Ginger contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help reduce inflammation in the body and prevent chronic diseases.
Nausea relief: Ginger has been shown to be effective in reducing nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy, chemotherapy, and surgery.
Pain relief: Ginger may also have pain-relieving properties and can help reduce pain associated with menstrual cramps, osteoarthritis, and other conditions.
Improved digestion: Ginger has been shown to improve digestion and reduce symptoms of indigestion and bloating.
Reduced risk of heart disease: Ginger may help improve heart health by reducing cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure.
Rich in vitamin C: Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient that helps support the immune system and promote healthy skin.
Aids digestion: Lemon juice contains citric acid, which can help stimulate the production of digestive juices and improve digestion.
Alkalizing: Despite being acidic, lemons have an alkalizing effect on the body and may help balance the body's pH levels.
Hydrating: Lemon water can help keep the body hydrated and may help prevent dehydration.
Antioxidant properties: Lemons contain flavonoids and other antioxidants that can help protect the body against damage from free radicals.
Digestive benefits: Mint contains compounds that can help improve digestion and alleviate symptoms of indigestion, bloating, and nausea.
Natural breath freshener: The strong scent of mint can help freshen breath and mask unpleasant odors.
Anti-inflammatory properties: Mint has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation in the body and prevent chronic diseases.
Promotes relaxation: Mint has a calming effect on the body and may help reduce stress and anxiety.
May improve brain function: Some studies suggest that the compounds in mint may improve cognitive function and memory.
Rich in Antioxidants: Raw unfiltered organic honey contains antioxidants that help protect your body against damage caused by free radicals.
Boosts Immune System: Honey has antibacterial and antiviral properties that help boost the immune system, protecting against infections.
Soothes Sore Throat: Honey is known to soothe sore throats and coughs. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce inflammation and irritation in the throat.
Promotes Digestive Health: Raw unfiltered organic honey contains prebiotics that promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut, improving overall digestive health.
Wound Healing: Honey has antibacterial properties that can help prevent infection in wounds and promote faster healing.
Helps with Allergies: Consuming raw unfiltered organic honey can help reduce allergy symptoms by desensitizing the body to pollen.
Provides Energy: Honey is a natural source of carbohydrates and provides an energy boost, making it a great natural sweetener for athletes and active individuals.