The current global health crisis is showing us that our immune system health has never been more important. This is the third in my series of blog posts about how to BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM with the use of natural products given to us so freely by Mother Earth.
Here are 3 spices that my mother and I traveled the world to find the best of, that we use in our tea blends. Please enjoy, use, and share.
#1: STAR ANISE IS AN IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPERSTAR
Star anise has a magical inbuilt immune system booster in the form of shikimic acid + quercetin (a plant antioxidant). These two work in tandem to enhance immune system function, ward off colds and flues and help to protect the body against viral diseases.
WE SOURCE OUR STAR ANISE IN VIETNAM
Star anise is a flavorsome blending spice with a deliciously satisfying aroma.
The dried, star shaped fruits of Illicium verum (Star Anise) are one of the main ingredients of Chinese, five-spice powder. It’s also one of the ingredients that gives the Italian liqueur, Sambuca, its distinctive aniseed flavour.
Star anise has a unique taste; combining the richness of liquorice with the freshness of fennel. The organic variety that we’ve chosen for our delicious Taka Turmeric recipes is 100% free from pesticides and harmful additives.
#2: CLOVES CAN BOOST THAT IMMUNE SYSTEM TOO!
Cloves also bring the wonderful healing properties of antioxidants. Using cloves to power up the immune system by fighting off oxidative damage and free radicals is a great idea. Added to that, cloves can help reduce inflammation AND also help to get rid of mucus should you have any.
OUR CLOVES COME FROM INDIA
Delicately balanced organic clove is a signature ingredient in our Taka Turmeric Golden Chai and other specialist teas.
Clove is one of the essential spices that seems to have been used since the dawn of civilisation. These familiar brown spikes are actually the dried flower buds of Syzygium aromaticum. Clove trees are thought to have originated on the Maluku Islands of Indonesia.
With each individual clove packing a powerful punch of flavour, clove is a spice that demands sensitive blending. With the balance just right, clove delivers an exhilarating zing of refreshment to a mix of complex spices.
#3: ROSEHIP IS AN IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTER OF NOTE!
Rosehip is renowned for its rich antioxidant properties, immune system boosting, and ability to help fight off infections. For viral infections and problems in the respiratory and sinus areas, rose hips bring much needed vitamin C, E, and K. Colds and flus, beware!
OUR ROSEHIPS COME FROM CROATIA
Scarlet rose hips are a common sight in European hedgerows at the end of summer. Hips are the seed pods of wild roses. After the roses bloom, the petals fall away, leaving the hips to ripen in the waning sun.
In the recent past, rose hips were collected for home jam-making, herbal teas and winemaking. Rose hips are a great source of vitamin C, and have a natural fruity sweetness.
We use organically sourced rose hips to add luscious juiciness to our ginger & lemon tea.
And to make it a fab 4, once again I include the top immune system booster, our beloved Turmeric!
TURMERIC IS AN IMMUNE SYSTEM POWER-BOOSTER
Turmeric is a natural way to help bolster the immune system. Curcumin is the orange-yellow component of turmeric that is known for its abundance of anti-inflammatory effects. Curcumin is a potent immunomodulatory agent and has been known to be highly effective both as a treatment as well as to stave off those dreaded, dreaded lurgies before they can land!
Turmeric is a cornerstone ingredient in our full range of Taka Turmeric teas and drinks. For dedicated turmeric fans, we even produce our own organic Taka Turmeric capsules with black pepper extract!
TAKA TURMERIC TEAS ARE PACKED WITH IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTERS!
Our Masala Chai tea bag ingredients are: Turmeric, Black Tea Nam Lanh, Ceylon Cinnamon, Desiccated Coconut, Cardamom, Fennel, Black Pepper, Clove.
Our Rooibos & Vanilla tea bag ingredients are: Turmeric, Rooibos, Desiccated Coconut, Ceylon Cinnamon, Liquorice, Vanilla Pod, Star Anise, Black Pepper.
Our Ginger & Lemon tea bag ingredients are: Turmeric, Ginger, Desiccated Coconut, Lemon Peel, Rose Hip, Fenugreek, Black Pepper.
Our Hibiscus & Cinnamon tea bag ingredients are: Hibiscus, Turmeric, Desiccated Coconut, Ceylon Cinnamon, Liquorice, Orange Peel, Star Anise, Clove, Black Pepper.
You can order these easily, right here on our website. Click here for our online tea shop. And also check out our Turmeric Capsule – a pop of gorgeous glow, in a 100% organic capsules. Our warehouses uphold strict sanitation measures, and we will get your tea to you within days.
Keep safe, keep strong, and many blessings to you and your loved ones. Let’s strengthen our bodies, minds and spirits in whatever ways we can during this time.
PLEASE NOTE that using any natural products in excess requires a discussion with your doctor first!