Sick Day: Choosing The Best Tasting Teas For Me

What a Sunday. Its 80 degrees today in Akron, Ohio and who would have thought I would be sick. Super sick. In light, if you will, of me being under the weather, literally, I found some awesome tea recipes to try.
Tea, Photo: Everyday Health
I am not a tea person basically at all. The only tea I accept is when I am sick, can barely taste it and its decaf with extra honey. Don't get me wrong, I love my caffeine but more of the latte kind. My husband and I have tried so many teas to find some we like in order to switch from coffee to tea and it failed...miserably. Until today.

I decided to check out a few different recipes that I have found are not just good tasting, but are good for you. Especially when your not feeling well. These teas will get you up and moving and feeling better in no time. The first two teas come from the award winning and my favorite celebrity blogger, Lo Bosworth.

Turmeric Tummy Tea (Tumeric Golden Milk):
For those days when you need to boost your immune system and heal your tummy. I have had the same bag of turmeric sitting in my cabinet for months not knowing what to do with it so this was a great recipe to try.
Turmeric Golden Milk, Photo: The Lo Down
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of coconut milk or almond milk (I did almond)
  • 1 teaspoon organic honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Pinch grated ginger
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cloves
Directions:
  1. In a small saucepan, bring all ingredients to a boil
  2. Whisk ingredients together
  3. Simmer on low for 10 minutes
  4. Serve warm with a dash of cinnamon to finish
When you have that cold you just can't break. I love the taste of ginger so trying this one really won me over. 
Ginger Tea, Photo: The Lo Down
Ingredients:
  • Fresh ginger root, peeled, and cut into 1 cm slices (about 1/4 cup total)
  • A few slices of lemon
  • Honey or agave syrup (about 1 tablespoon)
Directions:
  1. Boil 4 cups of water to a rolling boil (the water will reduce when you boil so more is better than less).
  2. Add ginger root, 2-3 slices of lemon, and honey, and reduce to a simmer.  Cook for at least 20 minutes until the flavors come together in a strong way when you do a taste test.
  3. Strain out the ginger root and lemon into a small, round colander directly over your favorite mug.  Add a squeeze more lemon and honey to taste.
  4. Enjoy, and feel better!
If your a fan of Starbucks, then you know they bought out Teavana and now sell their teas. If you are looking to bust that cold then here is the recipe for Starbucks secret menu item: The Cold Buster.
The Cold Buster, Photo: Starbucks Secret Menu
Ingredients:
  • Venti Cup w/ a bag of Jade Citrus Mint Tea and a bag of Peach Tranquility Tea
  • Add half hot water and half steamed lemonade
  • Add a little honey for its anti-microbial effects
  • Optional: Add a pump of peppermint

I love this recipe as it has no tea it in so I didn't have to worry about masking the taste. This was a super simple recipe, also.
Honey and Lemon Tea, Photo: Simple Recipes
Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup or more of hot water
Directions:
  1. Put honey and lemon juice into a tea cup or mug. 
  2. Add hot water and stir. 
  3. Add more lemon juice, honey, or hot water to taste.

I found this tea online. It is great for boosting your immune system even when your not sick. Its full of healthy herbs that boost your immune system the old fashioned way, all natural.
Immune Boosting Herbs for Tea, Photo: The Hippie Homemaker
Ingredients:
  • 1 part nettle leaf
  • 1 part calendula flowers
  • 1/2 part eleuthero root
  • 1/2 part rosehips
  • 1/2 part echinacea root
  • 1/2 part dried elderberries
Directions:
  1. Combine herbs together in a bowl. 
  2. Store in an airtight container when not in use. 
  3. Label blend and date made. 
  4. Combine 1-2 Tbsp. herb mixture to 8-12 oz. boiling hot water. 
  5. Allow to steep for 5-15 minutes before straining and drinking. The longer you steep the tea, the more potent it will be.

And there you have it. Wether you like tea or not, just like me, these are recipes that I have tried and loved and they are tasty and good for me. If you have any suggestions or recipes of your own for me to try let me know!

Signed Opinionated Fashionista

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