I love tea! I have it multiple times a day. I often turn to tea when I’m not feeling well instead of traditional medicine when possible (cue hippie joke).
Every Sunday I make a pitcher of my immunity boosting detoxing energy tea (it’s a bit of a working title). I love this tea mixture because it helps me flush out some of the toxins I’ve probably disgusted on the weekend.
So how do I make it? Well, I’m glad you asked.
First let me tell you what you need and why each ingredient is important and amazing for you.
8 Cups of boiling water
Well this one is pretty simple it’s not only the base of the tea but the base of our bodies.
5 bags of green tea
Green tea has so many amazing features in it. Unless it’s specified otherwise most green teas are caffeinated so this is probably a tea you want to have in the morning or as a post lunch pick-me-up.
- Green tea helps burn fat.
- It can help kill cancer cells.
- Green tea can help lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
- It has many detoxifying qualities and lots of antioxidants.
2 bags of Dandelion Tea
Dandelion tea is a very popular ingredient in detox teas because of it’s many benefits:
- It helps purify your bladder and kidneys.
- It can ease bloating.
- Helps decrease congestion in your liver
2 Bags of Lemon Tea
Lemon tea is great for this recipe because not only does it add flavor, lemon has so many benefits.
- Lemons are full Vitamin C which is great for the immune system
- They are known to boost your mood and energy levels
- Reduces throat infections
2 Bags of Strawberry Tea
Because I don’t add sugar in my tea I am all about adding flavor instead. I use a black strawberry tea.
- The strawberry leaf is believed to possibly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Strawberries are also full of calcium
- They provide a natural sweetness
1 Bag of Echinacea tea
Echinacea is a very common herb used to prevent colds and boost your immunity.
- Fixes infections
- Can shorten the length of colds.
I don’t feel the need to add a lot of strawberries because I’m not a huge fan of sweet. But feel free to use more if you’d like. I also typically use fresh but frozen will work just as well since the tea needs to settle a few hours and the strawberries will defrost.
Slice up the lemons for some extra Vitamin C.
Extra Boosts- I use these but they are optional (As are the amounts if either is too strong)
¼ Cup lemon juice
I can’t get enough of lemon flavor
¼ Cup apple cider vinegar with the mother
Apple cider vinegar has huge health benefits; it boosts energy, aids in weight loss, helps digestion and also detoxifies the body..
Bring water to a boil, remove from burner, place tea bags into pot and cover for 10 minutes. (Be sure that none of the tea bag tags are touching a warm burner…only you can prevent kitchen fires.)
While tea is brewing place sliced lemons and strawberries in the pitcher and cover with the (optional) apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. When the tea has cooled down pour it over fruit and put in the refrigerator. Drink chilled.
Drink with a straw, this drink has a lot of acidity which can be harsh on your teeth’s enamal.
If you aren’t used to drinking tea I’d suggest starting with a glass a day.
l love this mixture if it isn’t sweet enough for you consider sweetening it as you drink it (don’t try to sweeten the entire pitcher).
Instead of using white processed sugar I’d recommend some organic local honey (which may dramatically change the taste).
Honey has many benefits as well (in moderation) and local honey can help build your immunity to local allergens.
If you don’t like honey there is also Stevia (my personal preference for a sugar substitute).
Added bonus: I have used this as a mixer when pregaming with the girls. It goes great with vodka and has nutrients and vitamins that will help reduce hangovers (unlike sugary mixers that can contribute to hangovers) .
Give it a try and let me know what tweeks or changes you make!