Elderberry & Turmeric Hibiscus Teas

Building immunity is something that we often associate with the fall and winter seasons. As the weather cools and the sunshine gets paler, our bodies become more susceptible to infection. I have been thinking about how to increase my intake of immune-supportive herbs, without solely relying on the tried and true cold-weather recipes that are staples for me in winter. I adapted these hibiscus hydration teas, a basic electrolyte drink that I have on hand all summer long that is made from water, citrus, a natural sweetener and Himalayan salt. I landed on these two variations: hibiscus elderberry and hibiscus turmeric ginger. These recipes can be easily modified to use whatever you have on hand. The salt can be omitted entirely to make iced tea. Hibiscus is both an incredible source of vitamin C and super refreshing. Elderberry is a powerhouse, packed with immune supportive antioxidants called anthocyanins as well as anti-viral compounds. My kids love anything with elderberry and gulp down this drink, which offers them immune support as well as hydration. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant properties. It is a go-to immune ally in the Ayurvedic herbal arsenal. Ginger is a powerful anti-viral as well as natural cold and flu remedy. Ginger increases digestive fire, which indirectly supports the immune system. Wishing you peace, health and connection during this time of physical distancing. Enjoy!
                                               
Elderberry Hibiscus
1/2 cup loose hibiscus
1/4 cup dried elderberry (I get mine from our local health food store but you can order online)
4-inch strip of lemon rind, peeled with a vegetable peeler
scant
1/2 teaspoon himalayan salt
6 cups water 
1/3/1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 lemon, or more to taste 
Place the hibiscus, elderberry, lemon rind and salt in a large heat proof jar and pour in four cups of freshly boiled water. Let steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain out the herbs and add the remaining 2 cups of cool water, the honey, tasting for desired sweetness, and the lemon. Drink room temperature or chill and serve over ice.

 

Turmeric Hibiscus  
1/2 cup loose hibiscus
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon himalayan salt
6 cups water
1 tablespoon ginger juice, made by finely grating and squeezing the ginger through cheesecloth
1/3-1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 a lime, or more to taste Place the hibiscus, turmeric and salt in a large heat proof jar and pour in four cups of freshly boiled water. Let steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain out the herbs and add the remaining 2 cups of cool water, the honey, tasting for desired sweetness, the ginger juice and the lime. Drink room temperature or chill and serve over ice.
 
Dillon is a plant-based chef, mother of three and co-founder of @antararetreat. Her food is influenced by Ayurveda, Macrobiotics and a good measure of hedonism. She lives in magical Taos, New Mexico with her family.

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