I like to make this tea and set the teapot on my desk while I work. I drink a little at a time throughout my work day. It’s great because it gets more lemony and cinnamon-y the longer it sits which means the flavor evolves over time so I’m not drinking the same exact tea all tea. This works best if you have a teapot that has a warmer underneath. Mine goes into a holder that suspends it above a tea light. Here’s a quick rundown of what the ingredients do:
- Green tea - antibacterial and full of antioxidants and polyphenols to protect your health
- Manuka honey - antibiotic, antibacterial and full of antioxidants to help you stay well and get better
- Ginger extract - anti-inflammatory, fever reducer, cough suppressant, nausea reducer and pain reliever
- Vanilla extract - provides trace minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron and zinc, plus it reduces anxiety through nervous system support
- Cinnamon - anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory and fever reducer
- Lemon - antibacterial, antiviral, good source of vitamin C
- Clove - anesthetic, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, germicide, helps reduce gas, indigestion, nausea and hiccups
About the ingredients:
- Green tea - you can use any green tea, even flavored ones. If you use a flavored one, try to pick one that would compliment the other ingredients in this recipe. I recommend using high quality, loose leaf, organic green tea.
- Manuka Honey comes from the manuka tree in New Zealand. It can be found in the honey aisle at health food groceries like Whole Foods Market and Sprouts as well as on Amazon. However it is pricy, so if you don't want to spend the money then you can use regular honey but I'd recommend a raw honey as it has a higher quantity of antioxidants than regular honey.
- Ginger extract is very spicy. The amount used in this recipe does not make a very spicy tea but if you would like it with a little more kick feel free to add more. You can find ginger extract in the vitamin section of health food groceries.
Makes: 5 cup of tea
Equipment: Teapot with a warmer or saucepan
Written by Anne Beaubien