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The Kitchen Apothecary - Rita Heikenfeld

WARMING TEA

Yield: 1 quart

Ingredients

• 5 cups water

• 2 cinnamon sticks, 4-6” each

• 1 piece ginger, 2”, peeled and sliced

• 1 piece turmeric, 2”, peeled and sliced OR 1 tablespoon ground turmeric

• 5 black peppercorns

• Honey to sweeten (optional)

Instructions

1. Pour water into large pot.

2. Add all ingredients but honey. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes.

3. Remove from the heat and strain. Sweeten to taste.

4. Serve warm or chilled.

Tips:

• Wear gloves while working with turmeric. It stains easily.

• Make a big batch of tea. It lasts about a week in the refrigerator.

Drink to good health with warming tea!

• Cinnamon helps improve blood sugar and cholesterol.

• Turmeric, ginger and black pepper contain antioxidant and anti-inflam-matory qualities.

• Ginger calms the tummy and has antiviral benefits.

• Raw honey has antibacterial and antioxidant qualities. Avoid giving honey to babies under the age of 1 year.

Bone Broth Benefits

Tucked deep inside are lots of nutrients like gut-healing proteins, healthy fats, and easy to assimilate vitamins and minerals. All this goodness cooks right in the broth. Bones contain collagen, which makes the stock gelatinous and looks like Jello-O. Collagen is great for joint, skin and digestive health.

For lagging appetites, bone broth is easily digested and will boost the immune system. It’s powerful medicine for colds and flu. Plus liquids are easier to digest than solids, so you get a quick energy boost from bone broth.

Secret Ingredients

A splash of organic cider vinegar. Vinegar pulls calcium and other minerals from the bones into the broth.

Parsley: Iron, calcium, vitamin C, parsley has all these, plus the ability to soften stiff muscles and provide relief to inflammatory conditions.

Garlic/Onion: Anything in the garlic/onion family is good for your heart and lungs. Garlic has antibiotic properties and can help reduce swelling in joints, plus lessen joint pain. It stimulates the immune system and improves circulation and blood flow. It also has selenium, an antioxidant that fights free radicals which can damage joints.

Bay: A salt buster and is antiseptic and antibacterial. Bay leaf “tea” good for skin. Reduces puffiness and is moisturizing.

Celery: Alkalizing, good digestive, antioxidants, reduces inflammation

Thyme: Expectorant qualities, immune system benefits, antiseptic, antivi-ral, peppery flavor.

Basil: Helps relieve tummy distress. Arthritis pain reducer. Asian varieties most healthful.

Olive oil has an impressive secret – it can work as well as popular NSAIDs like ibuprofen for arthritis pain. However, not all olive oils are created equal; be sure to use the FRESH extra virgin variety containing lots of polyphe-nols, which has more of the healthy compounds that your body needs to re-duce the pain and swelling.


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