I recently was sick for more than a month.  What started as a nasty flu-like virus turned into a bad respiratory infection which turned into an annoying sinus infection.  I felt like I had been doing everything right (washing hands, eating relatively well, taking vitamins and supplements, etc…), but I just couldn’t seem to get better.  Then a good friend of mine recommended a version of this detox tea to me.  Of course, I knew about the tea and about the benefits of its ingredients but had never given it the ole college try.  So…..

Out of desperation, I immediately made the tea, drank a cup, and felt better than I had in a month.  My sinuses cleared, and my energy returned.  I felt closer to normal than I had felt in weeks.  Was this tea the cure-all, end-all solution to my ailment?  Of course not.  But I sure learned a lot from it…I learned that taken daily, it is a very powerful contribution to living the well-life that I strive to live.  I now have a cup once a day, typically during that early afternoon “tired-time.”  It’s been the perfect complement to my daily routine!

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***This recipe makes a concentrated form of the tea.  I typically refrigerate the entire batch (a week’s worth) in a large Mason jar and just pour about 1/4 cup into a mug before drinking.  I then add the juice from half of a lemon and top the rest of the mug off with purified water.  I add local honey to balance out the acidity from the lemon and the heat from the cayenne.  This can be taken hot or cold, whichever you prefer.  I prefer hot.

Daily Detox Tea


 

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • Large piece of fresh ginger (6″ or so), peeled and chopped
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Tbsp. ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (less or more to taste)
  • lots of lemons 😉
  • local honey

Directions

  1. Put water in pot and add ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and cayenne.  Bring to boil.
  2. Turn down to simmer.  Simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Let cool, then strain into Mason jar.
  4. To drink, add 1/4 cup of mixture to mug, add juice from half a lemon, and fill the rest of mug with water.  Heat, if desired, and add honey to taste.  Refrigerate remaining mixture for up to a week.