Immunity-Boosting Recipes: Making Easy Wellness Drinks At Home

Photography by Julie Cassotta

In today’s climate of uncertainty, we grasp for empowerment and healthier culinary choices. Take your power back with these comforting drink recipes. Nourishing your body and soul starts in the kitchen.

Naturacentric already provides a wide range of healthy and practical items, however their latest launch is a household must-have. This Wellness Elixir, made up of Reishi Mushroom, Elderberries, Astragalus, Echinacea, Rose Hip and local raw honey, can be used by the entire family. You can take this handcrafted syrup once a day by spoon, but it works just as well in a refreshing and delicious cocktail. We applaud the Founder of Naturacentric, Natalie Meneses, for thanking the health care workers in her community by sending them wellness elixir shots.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WELLNESS COCKTAIL

Fill glass with ice

1 shot wellness elixir 

A splash of cranberry juice

Top with soda water 

Decorate with a garnish: cinnamon stick or candied ginger

Co-Founder of Naya Traveler company, Sarah Casewit, decided to compile a cook book filled with nostalgic recipes from around the world. Sarah, who was born and raised in Morocco, presented this classic Mint Tea recipe. Mint tea is a big part of Moroccan hospitality. The fresh scent of mint is undeniably distinct. Since we cannot travel, the aromas or taste of a recipe can gently remind us of a place we treasure. Mint tea has the ability to calm headaches, bloating and indigestion, and contains antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. In the Moroccan culture, the ritual of preparing this tea is just as important as the ceremony of drinking it.

MOROCCAN MINT TEA

1 tablespoon of loose gunpowder green tea

A handful of fresh mint leaves, washed (spearmint preferred)

5 cups boiling water

Sugar to taste (2-3 tablespoons)

Put green tea in teapot.

Pour in boiling water.

Swirl gently to warm pot and rinse tea.

Strain out and discard water, reserving tea leaves in pot.

Add remaining 4 cups of boiling water to tea and let steep 2 minutes.

Stir in sugar (to taste) and mint leaves. Steep 3 to 4 minutes more.

Serve in small heatproof glasses, lifting the teapot high above the cup while pouring to aerate the tea.

One of New York City’s favorite Ayurvedic chefs, Divya Alter, provided a recipe using purposeful ingredients. This Ayurvedic tea can be both preventative and a relief for viral infections. If you are wondering what each ingredient does for the body, the chef explains.

Ginger: anti-viral, antibacterial, reduces mucus and inflammation, improves digestion and circulation, relieves constipation

Fennel: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, supports digestion, reduces hypertension, increases breast milk

Cardamom: calms nerves and the gut, supports protein digestion, reduces chronic cough, clears up sinus infection, reduces hypertension

Ajwain: relieves congestion, eliminates toxins, stimulates digestion, disarms 8 strains of infection-causing bacteria, reduces cough and hypertension, increases appetite

For extra anti-viral power, add 1 teaspoon of Tulsi Tea and 1/4 teaspoon Guduchi Powder at the end, before straining. Cover and steep for 10 minutes, then strain.

AYURVEDIC TEA

Makes 3 to 4 cups

4 cups of spring or filtered water

3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

4 green cardamom pods

1/2 teaspoon ajwain seeds

Fresh lime or lemon juice to taste (about 1 tablespoon per cup)

Raw honey to taste

In a small saucepan, bring the water, ginger, fennel, cardamom and ajwain to boil. Partially cover and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.

Strain the tea.

To serve: pour the tea into a cup, let it cool down to sipping temperature, then add lime juice and honey. Stir and sip slowly.

The last recipe comes from our very own editor, Paulina Kajankova. Garlic combats sickness and is a welcomed household staple in the central part of Europe. In this powerful tea recipe, the strong taste of garlic is balanced with ginger, and honey to taste. Garlic contains vitamin C and is known to boost the function of the immune system. Make it at a first sign of a sore throat. Garlic and ginger together make a surprisingly tasty tea, one that is sure to help what ails you.

GALIC-GINGER TEA

1 Clove of Garlic

A thumb sized ginger

Honey

Lemon

Makes one cup of tea

Chop up garlic and ginger, combining the two ingredients in an infusing basket. Pour in boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes. Add honey and lemon. Sip and enjoy!

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