Feel-Good Teas


The tissue box has made an appearance in our kitchen and the honey and lemon have been keeping watch over the countertop for the last few days. Alas, poor Kat has a cold. Thankfully I’m here to help! If you’re not feeling your best these days, reach for some feel-good teas! Here are some of our favorites. A few sips you’ll feel right as rain in no time:

Try an infusion of honey, lemon, and ginger. Kat drinks this combination just about any time she’s not feeling her best. Whenever I see that she needs a little lift, I remind her that it’s time for the comfort of this drink. She grates about 2 teaspoons of ginger in a cup, pours over boiling water, and squeezes in a few lemon slices. A few teaspoons of honey to taste, and she’s feeling better after just a few sips. The honey and ginger are good for soothing sore throats and achy bodies. The lemon brightens the brew up, and helps battle those sniffles. Be sure to inhale the warm steamy ginger aroma. Char always said that a little garlic is always good for what ailed you, so if you can stomach it you could add a few garlic slices to the mix.

Speaking of ginger, one of Kat’s most favorite teas to drink when she’s feeling under the weather is Holy Ginger from Happy Earth Teas. This herbal blend includes tulsi, a plant in the basil family that makes a wonderful herbal tea. The tulsi is earthy and sweet. The added ginger gives a spicy kick. She always breathes a large happy sigh after a few sips of this tea. She looks relaxed and comforted. Kat learned of this tea while chatting with friends on Twitter, and someone called it her ‘cure-all’. Once Kat tried it, she agreed- it just feels good to drink it.

Char also swore by elderberry tea. Her coughs and sniffles always eased a bit after a warm mug of this restorative tea. You can find it in teabags in most health-food stores. The taste is naturally sweet, tart, juicy, and soothing. You can always add a little bit of honey if it’s a bit too tart for your liking.

For something old-fashioned yet very comforting, you could also try a hot toddy. The drink can be prepared with bourbon, whiskey, or rum, and Kat likes to add a teabag of her choice. Kat combines ¼ cup of boiling water and lets a teabag steep for about 3 minutes. Then she adds 2 tablespoons of bourbon, a tablespoon of honey, and a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice (it’s all your preference). You can of course omit the alcohol for an equally relaxing brew. Sometimes she’ll add a cinnamon stick, or a few splashes of apple cider (she’ll warm it up first). It’s a warm cup of TLC for your body that’s also nice for sipping during chillier months.

Simply holding a warm mug in your hands and inhaling the steamy tea will help remedy what ails you. Add a few of Kat’s favorite ingredients and a cozy blanket and you’ll be on your way to feeling better in no time.

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