High-Antioxidant Christmas Tea
The USDA tells us that consuming high-antioxidant foods (5000 ORACS units/day) may greatly decrease the chances cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. One of the best ways to get antioxidants is through herbs and spices, which I regularly use to make homemade tea.
I love to make my own tea for a variety of reasons; using herbs from my windowsill and garden, organic spices from the cupboard, and fresh organic produce, homemade tea is healthier, less expensive and more ecofriendly than store-bought. It also allows me to experiment with a variety of unique flavors. Christmas Tea is wonderful all year, but it is especially comforting during the holiday season. I use a combination of high-antioxidant and relaxing spices, along with fresh-squeezed orange juice, to provide amazing flavor and incredible health benefits. Try making your own Christmas Tea with the ingredients below.
Cinnamon: Known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, cinnamon helps control blood sugar and stimulates the brain. It provides calcium and fiber, and has a warming effect with a pleasant, relaxing smell.
Cloves: This sweet holiday spice is the highest antioxidant spice on the ORAC scale and is incredibly nutrient-dense, providing manganese, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin K, vitamin C, fiber and calcium.
Turmeric: A superstar spice, turmeric is also highly anti-inflammatory. Studies have shown it to be active in the prevention of cancer as well as inhibiting certain types of cancer cell growth. It is also beneficial to the cardiovascular system and nervous system.
Oranges: High in vitamin C, folate, B vitamins, potassium, vitamin A, and calcium, oranges are a delicious, nutritious, sweet addition to any tea.
- 1.5 cups water
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1-2 shakes (1/16 teaspoon) cloves
- 1 shake (1/16 teaspoon) turmeric
- Juice of one orange
Combine spices in a cup. Add hot water and stir until blended (some sediment will remain at bottom). Squeeze half of an orange into the tea and enjoy! When I near the end of my tea, I love to add more hot water and juice, stir the spices that have settled into the new water, and enjoy again!