Peppermint is one of my all-time favorite herbal teas. Many of my evenings during the fall and winter are spent relaxing with a book (or TV show) and a mug of comforting peppermint tea. Since I drink it so often, I decided to turn it into an immune boosting tea by mixing in some other herbs. I liked the blend so much that it is now my go-to herbal tea.
Immune Boosting Herbal Tea Ingredients
Peppermint, rosehips, elderberries, and nettle are the herbs that make up this tea blend. When combined, they are a powerful way to strengthen your immune system and improve overall health. I recommend drinking a cup of this tea daily, especially during the winter months when illness is more prevalent. If you have been recently exposed to an illness, you can increase it to 2-3 cups per day.
Peppermint is not necessarily an immune boosting herb but it makes a great base for an herbal tea combination. It helps balance out the other herbs and I love the minty flavor it gives the tea blend. Peppermint is not without its benefits though. They include improved digestion, decongestion during upper respiratory infections, and decreased nausea.
You may have heard of rosehips for use in skincare but did you know that they are also a powerful immune boosting herb? Rosehips are very high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, even more so than citrus fruits. One serving of rose hip tea contains approximately 70mg of Vitamin C while a whole orange only contains 51mg. Vitamin C helps increase collagen production, reduce overall inflammation in the body, and improve immunity.
Elderberry is an extremely popular herb known for it’s antiviral properties. Elderberries help build up the immune system by increasing cytokine production and stimulating the immune response. They are also high in antioxidants which protects cells from damage and have been shown to decrease the activity of viruses. There are many ways to take elderberry in addition to drinking it as a tea. I also love to make homemade elderberry syrup and elderberry gummies!
Nettle leaf is an awesome immune booster and is great for improving overall health. It contains flavonoids that help to stimulate the immune system. The diuretic properties of nettle leaf help flush toxins out of the body. Nettle also helps protect the lining of the gut from irritation and inflammation. I have to admit, I do not prefer the taste of nettle tea as it tends to be quite bitter and strong. But I added it into this tea because of the amazing health benefits. When combined with the other herbs in this blend, the flavor is barely noticeable.
Immune Boosting Herbal Tea
- 1/2 cup Peppermint Tea Leaves
- 1/2 cup Dried Rosehips
- 1/4 cup Dried Elderberries
- 1/4 cup Nettle Leaf
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and mix well.
Store at room temperature in a tightly sealed container.
To make one cup of tea: Pour boiling water over 1 tbsp dried tea mixture. Allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. Sweeten with honey if desired.
Where to Find the Herbs
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I highly recommend purchasing organic herbs when making this tea blend. Peppermint leaves can sometimes be found in a local grocery store but it can be difficult to source the other ingredients. Because of this, I usually purchase my herbs in bulk on Amazon. Mountain Rose Herbs is also a great source for organically grown herbs that I purchase from regularly.
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Read my post, Five Natural Ways to Stay Healthy this Winter if you are looking for other great ways to boost your immune system.