There are so many things I love about winter- snow, bundling up in warm clothes, sitting by the fire and watching the snow fall – but getting sick isn’t one of them. The cold weather means everyone is forced to stay inside with the windows and doors shut. All our time trapped indoors with everyone else makes it much easier for germs to make their way around.
When I was young and suffering from a scratchy throat, my mom would boil water and pour it into a mug of freshly squeezed lemon juice. She’d squeeze in some honey and pass the steaming cup to me across the counter. I’d lean over the citrusy vapor and inhale deeply, its aroma clearing my nasal passages as the hot contents cooled. I’d sip slowly and let the piping hot brew drip down my throat, working it’s magic by soothing my swollen glands. The instant relief was much appreciated by me and my aching throat.
Today, I’m a self-proclaimed tea fanatic. I drink a ton of tea; I think it cures all ails from an upset stomach to a headache to a sore throat (or, at the very least, makes them a lot more bearable). In the past few years when I came down with a cold, I decided my body needed some TLC in the form of an adult version of the soothing tea my mom made for me as a child. Made with the “healing” powers of organic white tea and apple cider vinegar, this lemon detox tea is a great recipe when you’re trying to cleanse, but is just as good when you simply want something extra refreshing on which to sip.
I used this tea to clean out my system when I was doing a detox to rid my body of heavy metals, but it’s also great for relieving cold and flu symptoms. The lemon in the tea contains Vitamin C and antioxidants that combat the effects of free radicals. Apple cider vinegar is a great natural food that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments including diabetes and indigestion. Apple cider vinegar is also wonderful for a cold or allergies because it helps break up mucus and clear out your lymphatic system. It can also help balance your body’s pH levels, which detoxes our body and leaves us feeling more energized.
Lemon detox tea is great for staying healthy and warm this winter, but also makes a delicious, refreshing summer drink. Make a big ol’ batch of this delicious tea and store it in a sealed glass pitcher in the fridge. You’ll be happy you did- it’s a little treat every time you open the refrigerator door! Enjoy.
About the Author:
Humble Seed welcomes guest bloggers. This great content was submitted by Amie Valpone. Amie is a Manhattan-based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple Gluten-free, ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook. For this Detox Tea RECIPE, visit Amie’s website HERE: http://thehealthyapple.com/2013/08/05/lemon-detox-tea/