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Fight Inflammation With This Energizing Iced Tea

August 07, 2021 1 Comment

iced tea garnished with cinnamon and oranges

 

Inflammation is at the root of so many health problems, including allergies, joint pain, gut issues, and autoimmune conditions. The good news is that you can keep inflammation to a minimum with tweaks to your lifestyle, primarily with diet and exercise. There are lots of foods, (including spices), that fight inflammation, and many of those foods are easy to consume in the form of tea.

You can learn more about the connection between diet and inflammation here

 

iced tea with cinnamon and orange slices

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This particular recipe is made with black tea, which is high in antioxidants, and blended with inflammation-fighting spices, all topped off with fresh, zesty oranges. Fun fact: energizing black tea can help control sugar balance naturally. Some of the spices that we're using in this recipe are ginger and turmeric. Ginger is one of my favorite botanicals to use for natural pain relief, and it is also so helpful for pain and inflammation in the digestive tract. Turmeric not only relieves inflammation; it also aids in the breakdown and metabolism of protein and fats. Cardamom is great for relieving gas and bloating, and cinnamon has been used to control cholesterol and blood sugar.

 

fresh ginger root

 

Sounds super healthy, right? So, ditch the soda, and let's head over to the kitchen to brew some inflammation-fighting iced tea!

Note: you can make your own blend of black tea (Darjeeling, for this recipe) and spices, or you can use Lucky Morning Spice, which already contains the spices, and is ready to go. I have included both versions for you.

(Click here to learn why Lucky Morning Spice is awesome)

Serves 2

To prepare version one using Lucky Morning Spice tea, you will need:

  • 2 teaspoons Lucky Morning Spice
  • 2 cups hot water
  • a 1" piece of fresh ginger, sliced and pounded 
  • a few freshly sliced orange rounds, plus extra orange to squeeze into your tea
  • cinnamon sticks for garnish
  • optional: 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup

Steep the Lucky Morning Spice and ginger root in the hot water for 1-3 minutes

Strain out the tea leaves and ginger, and chill the tea 

Strain out the tea leaves and spices, and chill the tea in the refrigerator until cool. If you're adding sweetener, do that now

Fill a tall glass with ice, and pour in the tea

Grab an orange and squeeze some fresh juice over the top of the tea, and garnish with an orange round and cinnamon stick

 

Lucky Morning Spice black tea leaves on light blue background

 

To make version two using Darjeeling black tea, you will need:

  • 2 teaspoons organic Darjeeling tea leaves
  • 2-3 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 cinnamon stick, crushed, plus extra cinnamon sticks for garnish
  • 1 scant teaspoon organic turmeric powder
  • 2 cups water
  • a 1" piece of fresh ginger, sliced and pounded
  • a few freshly sliced orange rounds for garnish, plus extra orange to squeeze into your tea
  • optional: 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup

In a small saucepan, place the spices and ginger in the 2 cups of water, and simmer, covered, over low heat for 5-10 minutes.

Remove from heat. 

Add the Darjeeling tea leaves, and steep for 1-3 minutes. Set your timer to avoid over-brewing it or it will get bitter (click here to learn how to avoid making bitter tea)

Strain out the Darjeeling tea leaves and spices, and chill the tea in the refrigerator until cool. If you're adding sweetener, do that now

Fill a tall glass with ice, and pour in the tea

Grab an orange and squeeze some fresh juice over the top of the tea, and garnish with an orange round and cinnamon stick

 

iced tea with cinnamon and orange slices

Happy sipping!

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1 Response

Mary
Mary

August 11, 2021

Your website is so nice. And I love your teas and all the variety and recipes, but can you come up w/ a recipe for bloating? What about a mild laxative? I’d rather drink a wonderful tea than take anything OTC. Stay well!

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