I don’t seem to be able to shake the drag of a developing cold and a scratchy throat. All I can think about is to find some relief to the discomfort and to booster the weakened immune system. It was just so handy that I came across Heidi Swanson’s tea blends on her blog that suited my needs. I like the idea of using natural remedy from everyday food stuff. There is a big herbal tea section in Whole Foods filled with a bewildering mix of chamomile, ginger, ginseng, hibiscus, mint, pomegranate and other preservatives (which I can’t start naming or spelling). I’ve found it difficult to make an informed selection. So I opted for Swanson’s Vitamin C tea blend. It appeals to me because it’s an approachable home-brew solution. After all, I have three out of the four ingredients on hand: hibiscus, saffron threads and lemon peels. I only need to get some rose hips.
It is a psychological booster as well; I feel empowered that I can come up with a natural remedy when I need one. It is also a good way to hydrate the system and add minerals and vitamins to our daily intake. Why do I need a cold to find vitamin-rich wellness tea blends? I’m so glad I made this. The hibiscus and rose hip tea is smooth and soothing and distinctively red. The lemon peel adds a zing and citrus flavor. I don’t find it necessary to add sugar.
This is the quote from Swanson’s Cookbook 101 that sums it all up:
“I thought I’d share an easy favorite with you today – a Vitamin C Tea Blend. This one is much appreciated when an immunity boost is needed, or for the times when we’re stressed, over-worked, or just dragging a bit. Hibiscus and rose hips are both Vitamin C power houses, and I like to add a good bit of saffron, and lemon peel for dimension and flavor. The pronounced tang and vibrancy of this tea is something I love straight, but feel free to sweeten if you prefer. “