Winter in the Midwest can be both beautiful and fierce. This winter, we’ve had a particularly intense season that’s brought one winter storm after another, as well as some drastically cold temps. Even though I’ve lived in Minnesota my entire life, winters here still chill me to the bone.

Add to that the amount of sick people everywhere, I’m always upping my game when it comes to boosting my immune system. I’m pretty minimal in my supplements: I take a daily probiotic (I’m a big geek about gut health – and also fortunate enough to work for LoveBug Probiotics) and a Spirulina + Chlorphyll supplement. Otherwise I eat a diet rich in fiber and fermented foods and steer clear of GMO’s and antibiotics.

I believe in the power of food – to heal or harm our bodies. I’ve recently been diving into roots + herbs and love the process of learning that nothing on this earth was created by chance or for waste.

Back to this tea…it’s loaded with ingredients that not only make me feel great, it tastes incredible. Just to dig in a little about the tea’s ingredients: Ginger is great for digestion, inflammation and cold and flu symptoms. Apple Cider Vinegar lowers blood sugar, kills harmful bacteria in your gut + lowers cholesterol. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties from the antioxidants + lowers blood sugar. Cloves aid in detoxing the liver + is high in antioxidants. For good measure, I added my daily dropper of CBD oil to really up my anti-inflammatory game.

This tea is a perfect way to warm up, plus the antioxidants are a great aid to my skin on those frigid, dry winter days. It’s even better when sipped beside a loved one. My girls both love this tea…and tea parties will never be the same.

Cheers from my kitchen to yours!

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz filtered water
  • 1 blood orange, juiced + one slice reserved
  • 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup (optional)
  • 2″ section of peeled ginger

 

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Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan, including the slice of blood orange.
  2. Bring to a low boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain through a fine sieve and divide between two mugs. Or one large mug should you feel so inclined. Sip. Enjoy.

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