Cold & Flu Fighting Apple Green Tea Turmeric Tonic

Cold & Flu Fighting Apple Green Tea Turmeric Tonic

Now that cold and flu season is here, I wanted to create a healing hot tonic to help you stay healthy and strong so you can make it through the season without getting sick. My comforting Cold & Flu Fighting Apple Green Tea Turmeric Tonic is one of the easiest ways to fight inflammation and keep your immune system strong! Even though this green tea tonic is a powerful aid to protect and help heal the body, it has a delicious taste that will satisfy you completely.

 

During the fall and winter months, I like to drink lots of hot herbal and green teas that warm my insides and help me feel rejuvenated. I also create tonics like today’s recipe when I feel like I may be catching a cold and it always makes me feel better!

 

Sweet apple, fragrant cinnamon, tangy lemon, floral raw honey, earthy turmeric, nutty coconut oil, and spicy ginger, cayenne, and black pepper create a tasty blend of flavors that are really wonderful especially when paired with organic green tea. This superfoods tonic should be taken on a weekly basis during the fall and winter months.

 

Green Tea

Green tea is one of my favorite teas to drink. This delectable tea is high in polyphenols which are phytochemicals that function as antioxidants. Polyphenols are the key to most of the health benefits associated with green tea. The most studied is the flavonoid catechin epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). One cup of green tea contains 20-35 mg of EGCG.

 

Catechins play an important role in the antioxidant effects associated with green tea. The health benefits of green tea have been extensively studied and these studies have shown that green tea offers important protection against various cancers, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, LDL cholesterol, and strokes.

 

All of the ingredients in this tonic have potent medicinal properties. These amazing healing foods are renowned for their anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-cancer properties. They also help relieve chest and nasal congestion, support a healthy digestive system, and naturally detoxify the body.

 

Make a batch of my cold & flu fighting apple green tea turmeric tonic today so you can experience all the benefits it provides and stay healthy during this season.

 

What your favorite home remedies to help you stay healthy during cold and flu season? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.

 

Share this recipe with family and friends and let’s all get healthy and radiant together!

 

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Cold & Flu Fighting Apple Green Tea Turmeric Tonic

 

Cold & Flu Fighting Apple Green Tea Turmeric Tonic

Vegetarian, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Makes 4 cups

4½ cups purified or spring water

1 large organic Fuji apple—cut into wedges

2 cinnamon sticks

1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder (good source for turmeric) or 2-inch piece of fresh turmeric-peeled and cut into chunks

2 inch piece fresh, peeled ginger—cut into chunks

2 teaspoons organic virgin coconut oil

⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

⅛ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons raw honey

2 organic green tea bags

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

 

1. Pour water into a saucepan and add apple wedges, cinnamon sticks, turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, cayenne, black pepper, and vanilla. Stir to combine and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

2. Once mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, add green tea bags and stir together.  Let tonic simmer for 3-5 minutes longer to allow the tea to steep.

3. After the tea has steeped, remove tea bags and stir in raw honey and lemon juice. Strain tea into a heat proof container and pour into serving cups.

4. Add more honey if you like your tea tonic sweeter. You can also eat the cooked apples and ginger because they are yummy too! Enjoy hot. Tea tonic will last for 1 week if covered and refrigerated.

 

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Comments

  1. Hi Shelley,

    I downed quite a bit of turmeric in Nepal, straight from the bag. Powerful stuff! Love the recipe and message here. Eat clean. Drink clean. Be healthy.

    Thanks!

    Ryan
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  2. Hi Shelley, that sounds REALLY yummy! Except for the black pepper, I think I’ll leave that out. To add to your discussion of green tea, I read some research that was done in a Japanese Nursing home, where they gave elderly people with a low cognitive ability green tea every day. Within a week, they found much improvement in these people, and they could communicate much better with them!

    I love green tea and make it every day with green tea leaves, in a teapot. I like the leaves better than the bags.
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  3. Shelley,

    I love your tonic and I will have to make it. In the past I have created my own teas with herbs such as dandelion greens. I know how powerful turmeric is and cayenne pepper, and then adding the sweetness of apple and the tangy taste of lemon. And the cinnamon. I was told that cinnamon and honey help to alleviate arthritis symtpoms, but I think your tonic would be even better.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica
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  4. Oh this sounds lovely Shelley – and best of all not complicated to make. I know the valuable properties of green tea but confess I still have to practically choke it down. Last week a friend gave me a box of green tea w/pomegranate so maybe between that and your recipe I’ll grow to enjoy the taste. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  5. Hi Shelley,
    wow, what a potent recipe! It sounds yummy enough to drink even if you don’t have the flu and probably will prevent it?

    I have been wondering how to include some of these beneficial spices into non savory recipes.
    How does the coconut oil ‘behave’ once the tea is in the cup?

    Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!
    To Well Being!
    Yorinda
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  6. Hi Shelley. Do you think this would work without the green tea? I like green tea, but I’m a Latter-Day Saint, and we don’t drink tea. This sounds like something that would help me with my allergy suffering. You always have such great things going on here.

    All the best,
    Leslie
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  7. Green tea? I love green tea!
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  8. Wow, so timely. I am just recovering from a 6 week bout with a nasty bug. Wish I had this recipe earlier. I will definitely make some to ward off the rest of the season.
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  9. Armand Norris says:

    Staying healthy can be tough at times; when cold and flu season hits, preventative measures are key. Thanks for the recipe!
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