Being a little under the weather this week prompted me to make my own cold-busting, immune boosting tisane…AKA homemade NeoCitran without the pharmaceuticals and unpronounceable additives. Although I was fighting more of a mild sinus infection than a traditional cold, this herbal remedy (and several rounds with my neti pot) seemed to heal me up pretty quickly.
This recipe features all the big immune boosting herbals, including ginger, garlic and turmeric. I also opted to use one of my new favorite herbal teas from Blue Hour Tea – handcrafted locally in Edmonton! Their Sleep Blend tea is a recent addition to my evening wind-down ritual and contains a soothing blend of lemon grass, spearmint, chamomile and flower petals.
Immune Boosting Sweet Lemon Tisane (adapted from The Blenderist)
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 heaping teaspoons Sleep Blend herbal tea
- 2-3 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
- 1 inch cube peeled ginger
- 2 whole peeled lemons
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
Steep the loose-leaf tea in the boiled water for about 5-10 minutes. Strain the tea and pour the warm liquid into a high-speed blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high speed for about 3 minutes until completely smooth. Strain the mixture to remove any seed fragments or fibers and pour into a re-sealable container. Keep refrigerated and use within a week.
This is a concentrated mixture that needs to be diluted prior to serving. To prepare the tisane, mix one part hot water with one part concentrate. Add more honey if desired, garnish with lemon slices and enjoy!