Antioxidant Rich Herbal Tea from Acumen Nutrition
This delicious herbal tea is high in Antioxidants, Vitamins A, B6 and C and is a great anti-inflammatory and blood pressure reducer. This tea is also an excellent cold and flu fighter during the winter months. I usually double the amount of water used during simmering (since you will not be adding sparkling water), and add about 1/2 inch of fresh grated ginger to the water for a tastier "warming" tea.
2 1/2 Parts Organic Hibiscus Leaves- Hibiscus contains protocatechuic acid, which has antioxidant properties. I addition, hibiscus lowers blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and hypertensive individuals.
1 Part Organic Elderberry- Elderberry contains flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties that can help prevent cellular damage. They are naturally high in vitamin C, vitamin A, B6, and iron.
1 Part Organic Hawthorne Berry- Hawthorne berry improves circulation, calms the nervous system and may be effective in relieving gout symptoms.
2 Parts Organic Rose Hips- Rose Hips have an abundant amount of vitamin C, antioxidant components, flavonoids, phytochemicals, and carotenoids. They have been known to help with blood sugar management, cholesterol reduction, and aide in the prevention of asthma.
1 Organic Cinnamon Stick- Cinnamon has antibacterial properties and is quite effective in the relief of sore throats and cough. It's warming properties help increase blood flow, and oxygen levels.
1 Organic Orange- Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, B vitamins including vitamin B1, pantothenic acid and folate as well as vitamin A, calcium, copper and potassium.
- Add all ingredients except for orange, to a small sauce pan or tea kettle.
- Add 4 cups of filtered water and bring to a simmer. Simmer on low about 10-15 min.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Pour liquid into a pitcher through a small mesh strainer. If you have a couple of large tea balls, you may wish to use them during simmering, otherwise I find this method just as easy!
- Add orange slices and stir, breaking up the pulp to release some of the juices.
- Pour about 4oz into glass (more if you like it strong) and top with your favorite sparkling water. Enjoy!