Did you know that your Medicine Cabinet is masquerading as a Kitchen Pantry? There’s so much good stuff tucked into the cupboard that we don’t know or realize is super holistic-health enhancing. And, of course, as a big fan of tea, I’m going to start with some Tea Magic.
I love spicy teas, especially at this time of year. But, unfortunately for me, most holiday and seasonal blends contain Cinnamon. And I’m allergic.
(Honestly, burn a cinnamon candle and my tongue begins to swell.)
And this year, I was kinda ticked-off to pick-up something called ‘Candy Cane Tea’, which I expected to be a delicious peppermint…you’ve guessed it…it’s got cinnamon. Oh well, my clients will enjoy it!
Anyhoos, back to tea. There are alternates to cinnamon. One I particularly enjoy is Cloves.
And yes, you can make clove tea.
Cloves are full of something called ‘eugenol’, which fights bacteria. (Remember clove oil as an analgesic for tooth pain…or am I seriously dating myself?) Well, as well as the analgesic property it was useful in fighting bacteria.
It’s also anti-fungal, which means it’s a handy to sip clove tea when you’ve been on the rich foods and wine. Helps to bring the dietary tract back into balance. Including flatulence and diarrhea.
So, if you aren’t familiar, all you need to do is pour boiling water over a few cloves. Honestly, about 5 or 6 to a cup will do the job. Let it steep for at least five minutes, but as long as you like. Voila…clove tea.
(Btw, I always add a few cloves to a hot-toddy when I’ve a cold coming on…yummy and extra healing.
Where do you get cloves? In the supermarket. Right there with the spices and condiments in the baking aisle. And, of course, get lovely organic and non-gmo ones.
Want to jazz it up? A few slices of lemon or orange. And I’ve a friend whose making some tonight with fresh ginger…spicy warming goodness.
Don’t you just love it that our kitchens can be medicine cabinets?
I’m all over bringing this knowledge back into our lives.
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PS Hot toddy?
Pop the kettle on. Grab a glass from the kitchen cupboard…yep, I’m always in the kitchen. Wrap a napkin around it…it’s gonna get hot. A tablespoon of honey (raw and local is best for immune building). Give a non-gmo, organic lemon a wash and cut three nice slices. Add to honey. And then…my preference is Irish whiskey (it’s not whiskey if it hasn’t got an ‘e’.) A shot or two. Pop in 3 or 4 cloves. Top with boiling water. Drink as hot as you can.
You’ll sweat the cold out during the night. If it doesn’t work? Oh well, it was a tasty beverage and you may find you sleep soundly…teehee!
Don’t do whiskey…make it without the alcohol and enjoy too!
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