Super Immune-Boosting Chai Recipe

Super Immune-Boosting Chai Recipe

-by Anna Marija Helt, PhD | 10/18/2017 |

It’s that time of year. The children in my jiu jitsu class have been showing up with runny noses for the past week or so.  They range from ages 4 to 6, and it’s common for their fingers to be in said runny noses.  As careful as I am, this is a full contact sport and the day after class, my throat often starts to itch, a little cough starts, or I get the chills (or all of the above). Indeed, many of us burn the candle at both ends, leaving our immune systems beat down and needing a little support

Want to strengthen your immunity and help your body better deal with stress?  And want it to taste good?   Look no further. This is a great tasting “chai” blend that should help do the trick. 

Ingredients

Herb mix:

  • 1 teaspoon Roasted Dandelion Root
  • 1 teaspoon Astragalus
  • 1 teaspoon Orange Peel
  • 0.5 teaspoon Chaga (organically produced, not wildcrafted)
  • 0.5 teaspoon Cardamom
  • 0.5 teaspoon Ginger
  • 0.25 teaspoon Licorice
  • 0.25 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 0.25 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Coconut Milk - Dairy is traditional with chai but can be mucus forming.  Not good if your sinuses are already full of boogers.

Black Tea 

Directions

  1. Add the herb mix to 40 ounces of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Steep for 15 more minutes to (better yet) overnight.  Can strain and store in fridge for several days. 
  2. Meanwhile, boil water and add 8 ounces to 1 teaspoon of good quality black tea. Steep for 4-5 minutes. (Can skip the black tea if wishing to avoid caffeine). 
  3. Combine 2/3 cup herb tea with 1/3 cup black tea.
  4. Add full fat coconut milk to taste.  

This also works as a cold beverage but warm is more appropriate during the cold months. 

How the ingredients help for cold & flu season

Black or Green Tea

Dandelion Root

  • Increases white blood cell production
  • May stimulate both innate and adaptive immunity
  • Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for respiratory support and resistance to pathogens
  • Helps clear wastes (an “alternative” herb) via liver, kidneys, and lymph system

Black Pepper 

  • A component, piperine, stimulates immune cell activity and boosts antibody production in response to pathogens
  • Piperine also reduces respiratory airway inflammation
  • Inactivates respiratory viruses
  • Helps with chills, fever, and achiness
  • Increases absorption of the other herbs
  • Warming, blood moving

Astragalus

Orange peel

  • Contains vitamin C
  • May improve antibody production against pathogens
  • Active against respiratory viruses
  • Digestive bitter (these help reduce mucus & help body assimilate nutrients)
  • Anti-bacterial

Chaga

  • Contains immune stimulating polysaccharides
  • Traditionally used in Russia as a tonic and blood purifier

Cardamom

  • Warming, blood moving
  • May increase white blood cell production
  • Antibacterial
  • Traditionally used in India for asthma (dilates airways) and as a respiratory tonic
  • Traditionally used in Pakistan for cough and sore throat

Ginger

  • Traditional cold, sore throat, and asthma remedy
  • Antiviral, antibacterial
  • May relax respiratory airways
  • Reduces achiness
  • Warming and blood moving

Licorice

Cinnamon 

  • Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for colds, flu, and bronchitis
  • Antiviral, Antibacterial
  • Blood moving
  • Warming

Coconut Milk

  • Contains immune boosting, antiviral and antibacterial fatty acids active against multiple respiratory bugs

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