There is no down side to boosting your immune system, especially to fight off a cold. We need our immune system to always be in tip-top shape since it protects our body from bacteria, viruses, fungi and so much more. It’s a good idea to show it some love every now and then, especially with the things we eat and drink.
This tea easily gives a boost to the immune system. It is loaded with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties, ensuring the immune system gets some assistance when battling all those foreign entities.
Making this warm beverage is a breeze and only takes a matter of minutes. It is fragrant, spicy, and delicious. The oregano offers a peppery taste, while the ginger brings its signature spicy kiss to the drink. Add lemon to give it a bit of citrusy brightness. Although I normally enjoy it hot in the winter time, this tea can be served over ice on a warm, sunny day as well. I left the sweetener out of this recipe, since there is already a lot going on, but feel free to add any if needed. Just remember certain sweeteners like refined or artificial sugars can cause inflammation – something that counteracts the immune-boosting effects this tea offers.
1 ½ tsp dried oregano: the oils in oregano have antibacterial and antiviral properties;
1-2 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced (use less for a milder flavor): contains gingerol which is anti-inflammatory;
1-inch piece of lemon peel plus juice of ¼ lemon: contains vitamin C, to boost immune function
2 cups of water
Place all ingredients, minus the lemon juice in a medium saucepan on low to medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Tea is ready once fragrant and the water has turned an amber color. Strain into a cup. Squeeze lemon juice into drink and give a stir. It is delicious on its own, but add sweetener if necessary. Top with a lemon slice or wedge if desired for an extra lemony kick. Sip away.