How to Make a Simple and Effective Immune Tea

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As we navigate through various seasons, particularly the colder months, maintaining a robust immune system becomes a priority for many. While a balanced diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep are fundamental to overall health, incorporating specific herbal extracts can provide additional support. Today, we’ll explore the benefits of echinacea, Sambucus (elderberry), and mullein, and how to combine these powerful botanicals into a delightful immune supporting tea.

The Power of Herbal Extracts

Echinacea

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea/angustifolia), also known as purple coneflower, is a perennial herb native to the United States. Growing up to twenty inches high, it produces large, beautiful, daisy-like purple flowers. The root of this plant is considered the best part for preparing herbal extracts. Echinacea is recognized as a “power plant” that is an excellent choice to support your immune system*. Native Americans, early settlers, and eclectic physicians in the 1920s used the echinacea plant for its health- supportive benefits.

Sambucus

Sambucus Nigra L., or Black Elder, produces dark blue/black berries rich in naturally occurring nutritional substances such as Rutin, Quercetin (flavonoids), and Anthocyanins. Current research supports the long-held beliefs about elderberry’s health benefits. Sambucus Black Elderberry Extract has traditionally been used to help support the immune system, especially during the winter season or when experiencing extra stress.

Mullein

Mullein extract is prepared from the leaf of the mullein plant (Verbascum thapsus L), a flowering plant in the figwort family, native to Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean. It’s widely found in fields throughout the United States. The leaves, known for their soft velvety texture, historically served as a “smoking herb.” Herbalists recommend a liquid mullein leaf supplement for natural respiratory health and healthy mucus membrane support*.

Crafting Your Immune Tea

Ingredients: 
  • Echinacea Extract: 1 teaspoon
  •  Sambucus (Elderberry): 1 teaspoon
  • Mullein: 1 teaspoon
  • Raw Honey: 1 tablespoon (optional, for sweetness and additional antimicrobial properties)
  • Lemon Juice: 1 tablespoon (optional, for added vitamin C and flavor)
  • Warm Water: 1 cup

Instructions:

  1. Combine the Extracts: In a small bowl or directly in your favorite mug, combine the echinacea, sambucus, and mullein extracts.
  2. Add Honey and Lemon: If using, add the raw honey and lemon juice to the mixture. Stir well to ensure the honey dissolves.
  3. Mix with Warm Water: Pour a cup of warm (not boiling) water over the mixture. Stir thoroughly until everything is well combined.
  4. Enjoy: Sip the tea slowly, savoring the flavors and allowing the herbal extracts to work their magic.

When to Consume:

For optimal immune support, drink this tea once daily during cold and flu season. It can also be consumed as needed to support respiratory health or during times of increased stress or exposure to illness.

Additional Tips for Immune Health

While this herbal elixir can be a powerful addition to your wellness routine, it’s important to maintain overall healthy habits. Here are a few additional tips to keep your immune system in top shape:
  • Eat a Balanced Diet: Focus on whole foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Get Adequate Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night.
  • Exercise Regularly: Engage in moderate physical activity to boost circulation and overall health.
  • Manage Stress: Practice mindfulness, meditation, or other stress-reducing activities.
Incorporating echinacea, sambucus, and mullein into your routine can provide a natural and effective way to support your immune system. This combination is not appropriate for daily use, but is great to use during periods of stress, weather change, or if you are feeling a little run down. This herbal tea is not only beneficial but also easy to prepare and enjoy. Cheers to your health and vitality!

Create Your Own Instant Tea

With over 180 extracts in our line, you have endless possibilities for creating a variety of instant teas. While using a single extract is great, the combinations you can explore are limitless. If you come up with a blend you love, share it with us on social media and tag us @naturesanswer!

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