Spice Tea – Yummy Cold and Flu Blaster

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015 in Health, Recipes | 40 comments

spice teaSince the cold weather has arrived I’ve replaced my morning smoothie with this Spice Tea, a variation of the popular Chai Tea. It’s made with everyday spices selected for their immunity boosting properties and specifically aimed at keeping colds and flu away.

A great thing about this Spice Tea mix is that the ingredients are everyday spices and products found in most homes thereby eliminating the need to run to specialty stores.

The basic Spice Tea Mix contains the following ground spices:

1 Tbsp. each of – Allspice and Cloves

1/4 cup each of – Cardamom and Nutmeg

1/2 cup each of – Cinnamon and Ginger

Contents from 16 Tea Bags – Can be black or green

Mix everything together and store in air-tight jar in a dark location. This makes slightly less than two cups or about 28 tablespoons mix.

To make a pot of Spice Tea:

  • 2 cups milk – whole, soy (best for lowering cholesterol) or rice milk (most hypoallergenic) may be used
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 – 3 tsp. raw honey
  • 3-4 Tbsp. spice tea mix, more or less depending on personal taste. (Best contained, see note below).

Directions: Put all the ingredients in a medium size saucepan and slowly bring to a boil. Let simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the spice bag(s) and pour into a teapot (or straight into cups if preferred) and serve. Lightly sprinkle with favourite spice – our spice of choice is cinnamon, it really is yummy.

spice teaNOTE: The first time I made this I added the loose spice mix right to the liquid in the pan. That was a mistake. I didn’t realize that the spices would expand the way they do and ended up with such a thick mixture that only half of it would go through the strainer. Because of my herbs I always have a quantity of self-sealing tea bags around and use them to make up spice tea bags ahead of time, filling them loosely to allow room for expansion.  The  large tea bag (pot size) is filled with 1/4 cup mix and the smaller ones use 3/4 Tbsp. mix. The same could be done using squares of cheesecloth, as shown. The packages will still need to be stored in an air-tight jar in a dark location.

To make Spice Tea for one:

1/2 cup milk – whole, soy or rice milk

1/2 cup water

Dab of raw honey

1 to 1 1/2  Tbsp. spice tea mix (2 tea bags).

Directions: As above.

Health Benefits of the Spice Tea components:

BLACK TEA – Helps prevent cardiovascular disease; controls cholesterol; protects HDL the good cholesterol; strengthens the immune system; rich in the antioxidants that help cut the risk of cancer; promotes a general feeling of well-being.

ALLSPICE – Soothes symptoms of colds and flu; relieves stomach related problems – constipation, flatulence, indigestion, vomiting; eases menstrual cramping; stabilizes blood pressure and blood sugar levels; anti-bacterial, kills germs on teeth and gums, relieves tooth ache.

CARDAMOM – Immune system booster; soothes mucous membranes and lessens respiratory allergies; improves blood circulation; relieves stomach related problems – flatulence, heartburn, nausea, vomiting; increases appetite; supports the digestive system.

CINNAMON – Natural pain reliever; fights colds, flu and sore throats; anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal; stimulates circulation; helps detoxify the body; helps balance blood sugar levels; lowers cholesterol; helps relieve stomach problems – nausea, diarrhea; lessens menstrual cramps; calming agent.

CLOVES – High in antioxidants that help support the immune system. An expectorant, helps clear mucous membranes and cut phlegm; warming, soothes symptoms of flu and colds; pain reliever – relieves toothaches and gum pain; soothes ulcers; lessens nausea.

GINGER – Boosts the immune system; fights colds, flu and sore throats, loosens congestion; reduces sinusitis; anti-inflammatory relieves aches and pain from arthritis; improves circulation; soothes the stomach; reduces flatulence; used in the fight against cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

NUTMEG – Reduces drying of mucous membranes; keeps airways moist and open; supports digestive system.

OTHER. A pinch of either one – or both – of the following spices can be very effective in the prevention and treatment of colds, flu and fever. Both promote a feeling of general well-being.

  1. CAYENNE – Cayenne warms the body and a pinch added to the tea can promote the release of mucous from the sinus and respiratory passages. It stimulates sweating which helps to bring down a fever and remove toxins from the body. Increases circulation.
  2. TURMERIC – Excellent anti-inflammatory, turmeric is highly effective in preventing colds and flu. Boosts the immune system and supports liver function. It has anti-viral and antiseptic properties.

RAW HONEY – Anti-bacterial and loaded with enzymes, vitamins and minerals that work together to boost the immune system, fight against germs and prevent or lessen the severity of colds and flu. Greatly increases the antioxidant activity of other foods and spices.

Drinking two cups of Spice Tea a day will significantly boost the immune system and prevent colds and flu – or at the very least, lessen the symptoms. As a bonus, this tea is a delicious, comforting winter drink that lifts your spirits and just plain and simple makes you feel good.

Talk to you again next week,

Lenie

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40 Comments

  1. That is too cool. Great minds do think alike. ? I have a chai tea mix recipe too. It’s a bit different. Among other things, the major differences are I use powdered milk and I grind the spices to a powder and go from there. ?

    • Susan, I thought you’d get a kick out of this after your post with the Spice Tea recipe last week. A few variations but the same general idea. Don’t you love the taste of it? Once I got the mix just right and started drinking this I couldn’t believe how great it tasted. Now I even have my husband drinking it and that says a lot – he usually sticks with the tried and true but he sure likes this. 🙂

  2. Hi Lenie. Thx for sharing your recipe. I absolutely love tea blends, and yesterday, bought a selection of Christmas blends to enjoy and give over the holidays. I’m in BC right now, and enjoyed a Nanaimo Bar Tea Latte in Nanaimo. It was very innovative.

    • Hi Doreen – It’s really amazing, this renewed interest in tea in all kinds of blends. It used to be coffee was the thing and I still have a couple of cups to kick start the day but for morning and afternoon coffee breaks I now have the spice tea. It really does add to the relaxation time. 🙂

  3. Just what I need right now Lenie. I’ve been searching for a natural remedy to help my family’s immune system and you’ve very kindly shared these tips at the right time. Thanks again for sharing an informative post!

    • Good morning Bola – smart lady finding ways to ramp up your family’s immune system. At this time of year we get subjected to so many illnesses and so many people with colds and flu that strengthening the immune system is necessary. An enjoyable tea is much preferred over pills and what not. Stay well.

  4. Everybody raves about chai tea!

    Who would have thought that spice tea would contain so many ingredients that are good for our body?

    • Phoenicia, I think it’s all about getting back to basics. People used to rely on this stuff for years but then the pharmaceutical companies started promoting their chemical products and we believed their stuff was better. Thank goodness we smartened up.

  5. Sounds both delicious and a good way of feeling better when you have a cold or flu. The best is however to avoid getting colds and flu in the first place. A Swedish product called Coldzyme based on enzymes from fish stops you from getting colds and flu. All you do is spray yourself in the throat before you go out. If you are close to people with colds and/or flu you just spray yourself again before going to bed. Have used it for years and never had colds or flu. Stopped once and got flu.

    • Thanks for the tip Catarina, I’m sure it will be appreciated by many. I’ve never heard of Coldzyme before but will certainly check it out next time I’m in the Health Food store or the pharmacy.

  6. Great use of spices and tea to fight cold and flu. And it sounds fairly easy to make.

    • Donna, this tea is easy to make, so good for you and it tastes great. Rather a winning combination.

  7. What a great post, I do have a question? Where were you last week when I sick with the flu?

    • Sorry William – last week I was writing this post….. If you get with the program now you may prevent any more cold or flu. Living where you do it will also be good to have a comforting cup of this tea after you’ve been shoveling all that snow. 🙂

  8. Thanks for sharing, Lenie! I’m a big fan of spice in tea. I love chai tea and made it several time from scratch. I will be trying this one soon.

    • Sabrina, I think you will really enjoy this tea – very smooth and with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, oh so yummy.

  9. A really innovative approach to a healthy winter. Thanks for this tip.

  10. I’ve never had spice tea. I’m not a huge tea drinker, but I will give this a try if I get sick. Something about a cold does make tea seem more appealing. And I can see how many of the spices would be beneficial for strengthening your immune system. I rarely ever get sick (the joys of living in a warm climate), but I will definitely keep this in mind the next time it happens. And maybe I’ll just try putting the spices in a soup as prevention.

    • Erica, I’m not a great tea drinker – the regular black or green tea, that is – but I sure enjoy this. Drinking a couple of cups a day keeps me from getting colds and since I do have a weak immune system it definitely needs all the help it can get.

  11. Lenie this sounds wonderful and I’m definitely going to try it! I’ve never drunk a lot of sodas or even commercial juices or teas, but last year I stopped drinking them all together and began making my own so this is perfect. It doesn’t get cold where I am – well at least not like it does where you live, but it is chilly these mornings so this sounds like a real winner. Thanks!

    • Marquita, this tea is a real nice relaxant – great way to start the day. Even though I’m not a Starbucks person we do have to thank them for the increased interest in different teas and coffees. Who would have thought about adding spices to tea a few years back – not me, that’s for sure. Learning all the time Marquita, isn’t it great?

  12. What a timely post Lenie! And it sounds delicious too. I haven’t been drinking my smoothies lately because it’s so cold. Now I have something new to try!

    • Meredith, knowing you are such a coffee drinker I think you’ll really enjoy this Spice Tea. It’s a nice bridge between regular tea and coffee. I’ve replaced my smoothies with this too. Hope you enjoy.

  13. Great for just enjoying tea as well, much like spiced Chai tea.Almond, coconut and cashew milks are also hypoallergenic. I use coconut milk to make hot chocolate and oat meal.

    Again, a great article and wonderful information!!

    • Hello Randy, welcome to my blog. Thanks for your comment. I’ve just visited your blog and really enjoyed the article ‘Herbs for healthy kids’. I also appreciate the tip about the different milks – my evening snack is a bowl of oatmeal, cooked in soy milk (have to watch that cholesterol) and topped with almonds. I’m going to try cooking it with almond milk instead of soy while keeping the rest the same. Sounds rather good. Anyway, this tea has become a favourite of mine – very smooth and comforting – great for seeing me through the Canadian winters.

  14. Sounds like one I will have to try. I can’t seem to find mullein tea anywhere now and that was my staple in the winter to avoid colds (courtesy of you!!) I have been drinking a warm turmeric drink in the mornings as it is a great anti-inflammatory and with the neck troubles I have been having it really helps! It also contains lemon and honey so might help prevent colds also. Love my hot teas. (But of course still have to have that morning coffee or 3 to kick start my day!) Just half a teaspoon of turmeric, honey to taste (1/2 to 1 tsp), juice of half a lemon and hot water. Top with a sprinkle of fresh ground black pepper. All your aches and pains will go away! Took a bit to get used to the taste (and to get the amount of honey needed just right) but now I start every morning with it. My neck feels great!

    • Nancy, I can’t believe it but I actually forgot about mullein tea and yet that was a mainstay at our house when our boys were still at home and they were never sick. As far as finding the mullein, come to our place late summer and you and I will go on a mullein hunt – actually we won’t have to go far because it grows all over here.
      Thanks for the pain remedy – what exactly is the pain you have in your neck – is it arthritis or something else? You gave me the idea to do a post on natural pain relief – I’ll look at that for next year sometime and use your remedy.
      Enjoy this drink – I really enjoy it and you know what kind of coffee drinker I used to be. Now it’s two cups of spice tea a day.

      • I actually have a couple of deteriorating discs in my neck and it was pinching a nerve a few years ago. I am also told I have a bit of arthritis in there now too. The turmeric drink really helps with the inflammation. I will definitely come for a “mullein” hunt! I love mullein tea and I haven’t been able to find it the last few years…probably why I have been catching colds after many years without one! If I can do natural pain relief without drugs, I do it every time! Any hints you can give will be certainly tried out! I find lemon balm tea helps with the headaches I occasionally get still because of the surgery I had 15 years ago. My biggest weapons against arthritis pain in my one knee, my thumb and my neck are the turmeric drink and glucosamine. Gettin’ old! Old battle wounds coming back to haunt me…

        • Sorry to hear about all these aches and pains but looking forward to the mullein hunt. Hopefully this spice tea will keep you cold and flu free this winter and I am now definitely going to write a post on natural pain relief in the New Year. Old battle wounds indeed, I remember those battles well. 🙂

  15. I do tend to drink a good amount of tea in the winter and know I would enjoy this. Thanks for sharing. It would make a great easy gift as well for tea lovers.

    • Jeri, I think you’ll really enjoy this. It is so smooth and of course, so healthy. It would definitely make a thoughtful gift and it doesn’t even have to be tea lovers. I’ve never been much of a regular tea drinker but I have no problem replacing coffee with this Spice Tea. It is very comforting.

  16. This reads so deliciously I cannot wait to try the spice tea! Who knew it also has a health benefit to it. Thanks for this one Lenie!

    • Hi Patricia – this spice tea is a winner, if I say so myself. I love it with a little sprinkle of cinnamon on top. One of the commenters suggested making it with almond milk and that is definitely something I’ll be trying. If we’re going to fight colds and flu we might as well enjoy it, right?

  17. Hi, Lenie

    I always am tea drinker. Never like soft-drink.
    Your tea looks like very tasty. It can protect me from cold during winter. I will go ahead and try that tea.

    – Stella Chiu

    • Good morning Stella, please do try the tea. After experimenting with getting the right amount of spices in the mix, I really enjoy this. I have two cups a day, one in the morning and one mid-afternoon and while I know the tea us healthy I also like it because it is just such a comforting drink. Thanks for your comment, always appreciated.

  18. That sounds like an easy recipe. I need to try it.

  19. This Tea mixture sounds yummy & healthy. Like some other folks have said, I tend to drink more tea in the wintertime. I’ll try anything to keep my immune system operating in top gear, so I’ll be mixing some of this up for sure.

    • Rose, I think you may be surprised just how good this tastes. It just feels comforting and that it boosts the immune system is bonus. 🙂

  20. Earlier this year I went through a box of Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea, and I have to say that I didn’t care for it, so I guess I am the exception to the rule that everyone likes chai tea. After that I went through a box of Carrington Peppermint herbal tea, which was much more to my liking, and I’m currently going through a box of Celestial Seasonings’ Chamomile herbal tea. (FYI: I usually drink tea in the afternoon, and I have to be a bit careful about caffeine consumption late in the day.) Is there anything ‘protective’ about peppermint or chamomile that you know about?

    • Good morning Andy. I like a cup of mint tea too although I don’t care for chamomile – I find it too bland although after reading the health benefits you many even be tempted to combine mint and chamomile. So here goes, the health benefits of mint and chamomile tea. Keep in mind this is only a small part of the benefits – both teas can also be used externally to prevent a host of other problems.
      MINT Tea -Strengthens the immune system; reduces fever; relieves nausea and vomiting; relieves and prevents motion sickness; great digestive aid – bloating, cramping, excess gas; eliminates bad breath; a natural stress reliever.
      CHAMOMILE Tea – Many similar benefits as mint; relieves allergies and sinus problems; treatment for gastritis, colitis, Crohn’s disease and other stomach problems like nausea, gas and heartburn; sleep-aid for insomniacs.
      As I will not be posting until the New Year now I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year.
      -Lenie