Hibiscus contains high levels of vitamin c which helps fight colds and it helps strengthen the immune system. This plant also has an abundance amino acids, fruit acids, vitamins (especially vitamin c), bioflavonoids and other nutrients.
Calendula while best perhaps best known for its topical skin healing properties, is also soothing internal remedy with antimicrobial components; this healing plant gently stimulates the immune system and promotes lymphatic drainage. Calendula petals also have wound-healing properties most likely due to it’s high content of iodine, manganese and carotene, which promote cell regeneration.
Historically chamomile has been used treat many illnesses, from colds to viruses. Studies suggest that chamomile tea helps to boost the immune system by increasing levels of polyphenols (antiviral, antibacterial, anti-cancer properties) in the bloodstream. It is also anti-inflammation and a relaxant.
Ginger is antibacterial, anti-parasitic , and anti-inflammatory and is great for digestion.
The following recipe makes a potent tea that has immune building properties. A small cup a few times a day, everyday or as often as needed will help to give your body the antioxidants it needs to function exceedingly well .
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Tastes WAY better than it looks.
I’m always trying to think of new and delicious ways to pack in my veggies. Don’t get me wrong, I was raised in a household where you ate your veggies; my dad is a vegetarian, and my mom, while she is a big meat eater, is definitely pro veggie as well. So I definitely don’t mind eating my vegetation the “regular” way, and I rather enjoy them, but sometimes you just don’t feel like chewing all that roughage. Here is where smoothies save the day! *insert dramatic hero sound effect*
While I really liked the first smoothie recipe I posted, it wasn’t the as simple as I would have liked. It was delicious, but it required too many ingredients, and at this point in my life, simplicity is EVERYTHING. Seriously. I decided I needed to come up with a very simple recipe that is not only delicious, but pretty darn good for you. For me, a good smoothie is not sickeningly sweet, but rather subtly so, with a smooth and creamy texture that goes down easily. But most importantly, a good smoothie is GOOD for you. With this recipe, I think I’ve captured all of the components that make a great smoothie.
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Tagged chia, chia seed, coconut, Coconut milk, Dietary fiber, fitness, food, fruit, green smoothie, greens, Health, mango, nom, protein, Recipe, Smoothie, vegetables, veggies