Keeping within the theme of cleansing our liver and gallbladders during spring (to accompany our Spring Salad recipe), we thought we would provide you with one of our staples for this time of year. Not only can this tea be enjoyed iced, we also love waking our bodies up with a warm mug of this goodness each morning. This blend of goodness helps to calm the mind and flush the body of toxins that have accumulated over time. In order to create a state of wellness it is vital that we pay special attention to cleansing our livers at regular intervals. A seasonal cleanse is an incredible place to start. Take a look below to see how this tea can help to support you in this process.
Calendula is a native Mediterranean flower that has been used by herbalists for centuries. Calendula is a rich source of flavonoids and linoleic acid that help to fight inflammation, and it has the strong ability to inhibit pro-inflammatory cytokines. Calendula contains both antiseptic and anti-fungal properties that enable it to speed up healing. It also has the incredible ability to help heal the gut lining and reduce elevated liver enzymes.
Dandelion is most commonly recognised for its role in reducing water retention and as a liver tonic. Dandelion tea has an extensive history of its role in increasing the bile flow which helps to break down fats, increase the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and boost your energy.
Fennel seeds provide your digestion with incredible support where it helps to decrease bloating, gas, and stomach cramps. Due to fennel seeds content of phytoestrogens, they help to decrease heartburn, muscle spasms and acid reflux. If you suffer with excess fluid retention and a slow metabolism fennel tea supports the elimination of excess toxins that are extracted from the blood and kidneys and increase urination.
Spearmint has been used for centuries to help relieve gastrointestinal distress, respiratory problems, stomach ache, dandruff and bad breath. Spearmint also provides those suffering with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) with support thanks to its ability to reduce testosterone levels which tend to be in excess in this condition.
Turmeric is a rich source of antioxidants which help to reduce inflammation, provide pain relief, boost skin health, helps to reduce the risk of cancer, reduce rates of depression, helps to prevent blood clots and assists liver detoxification.
Contains Gingerol – a substance with powerful medicinal properties that assists digestion, reduces nausea and helps fight the flu and the common cold, is effective against exercise-induced muscle pain, helps to regulate blood sugar and decreases the risk of heart disease.
Springtime Cleansing Tea
Makes 6 servings
1 tbsp dried calendula flowers
1 tbsp spearmint tea
3 tbsp dried dandelion leaves
3 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tsp fresh turmeric, grated
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
Fresh lemon juice
Local raw honey (optional)
Hot Tea Method
- In a large airtight jar add all the ingredients, secure the lid and give the jar a good shake to combine.
- To prepare one serving of the tea add 3 tsp of the mix into a tea strainer, add the grated ginger and turmeric and fill your mug with boiling water.
- Allow the goodness to gently infuse for 8 – 10 minutes to ensure you get the most out of herbs. Once the tea has infused nicely, strain, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, honey (if using) and a splash of cold water so it is comfortable to drink.
- Take 3 deep breaths and enjoy this time to connect to your mind and body once again.
Iced Tea Method
- To make 1L iced tea triple the ingredients above.
- Add the dried herbs to a measuring jug (more than 500ml capacity).
- Boil the kettle and fill the measuring jug with 500ml of boiling water, allow the tea to infuse for 8-10 minutes with 3 tbsp fresh grated ginger.
- Strain and pour the tea into a large jug 1L capacity. Stir in 1 tbsp of raw honey. Fill the jug with filtered water until it reaches the top and squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon.
- Store in the fridge for up to four days.