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Soothing Tea

posted Nov 17, 2014, 5:25 PM by Ivy Hunter   [ updated Jan 12, 2016, 6:48 AM ]
Perfect for flu season or a frosty night in winter. This tea soothes, and contributes medicinal herbs. Ginger has it's antiviral and antibacterial values when fresh, but when not available, you can use a small amount of powdered dry ginger.

What you need:
1 quart boiling pot, stir spoon, measuring spoons
Whole cloves, 1 orange, 1 lemon, orange or apple juice, star anise
optional 1 shot of brandy

1 lemon
1 orange
1/2 cup orange juice or apple juice
1 quart purified water
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 star anise
2 tablespoons peeled and sliced fresh ginger root
3 tablespoons of honey or Jerusalem artichoke syrup or another organic whole food based sweetener

  • In the boiling pot: Place 1 quart of water into a boiling pot and heat on high until it comes to a full boil.
  • Add the ginger, star anise, and sweetener to the pot. Cover and simmer.
  • On the cutting board: 
    • Slice the orange into 1/4 inch thin slices & remove seeds. Cut it in half through the middle first, and continue to cut thin slices so the rounds stay whole. Repeat for the lemon slices.
  • Take these lemon and orange slices and spike them with whole clove before dropping them into the simmering water carefully. Clove side up
    • This allows the slices to infuse, and they will float on top of the tea. Clove buds pointed up will minimize the breakage of the clove. 
    • Boil for 20 minutes
  • Turn off the heat, and add the fresh juice/s. Cover for 10 minutes, strain and serve - or serve with 1 orange ring in each cup.
Serves 4 Takes 35 minutes
Recipe by Ivy Hunter


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