Fall is meandering its way into our lives now, with some days soaring into the 80s and others as low as 50s. Hey fall! Autumn is a time for reflection: slower paces, and yes, slower digestion, too. It's a time for making space, healing, and getting comfortable for the winter season.
The 5 Elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine consider fall as part of the Metal element. Metal affects our large intestines and lungs. No wonder thes two organs can be impacted the most during our transition from late summer to fall and winter. Colds, flus, you know the drill...
Traditional Chinese Medicine doesn't only look at the physical impact of an element, but the emotional one, too. Metal is responsible for grief. This is why it's so important during the autumn time to surrender, let go, and heal whatever needs your attention. Any grief that you hold onto can affect the partnering organs (your lungs and large intestine).
To help aid in your healing during this autumn season, I've put together 5 of my favorite medicinal and healing teas. Each tea has a different healing property and function. Before choosing which tea to make, check in with yourself and ask: how am I feeling today? What do I need to feel even better? Which of these teas would really feel good right now? It's so important to tap into our bodies and consume food based on how we feel now and how we want to feel.
5 Healing Teas for Aiding Digestion, Circulation, and Liver Detox
- Apple Cider Vinegar Tea: 8 oz of filtered water (I use Berkey filters) and 2 tbsp of organic ACV. Add raw honey to taste. Apple cider vinegar has a crazy amount of health benefits from helping you lose weight, lower cholesterol and blood sugar while aiding in digestion. Tip: If you ever feel like food is sitting in your stomach, or you have any sort of acid reflux, take a small shot glass of ACV and follow with a glass of water.
- Spicy Immune Boosting Tea: If your body is telling you it needs an immune boost, follow the recipe for the ACV tea, but also add fresh grated ginger, lemon juice, cayenne, 1-2 cloves of garlic, and honey to taste. Grab the recipe here.
- Ginger Tea: If you have colder extremities (cold hands and feet), or have any digestive upsets, ginger is your friend. Make fresh ginger tea with organic ginger root. Slice up your fresh ginger root and simmer it with water for 15-20 minutes. Get the Ginger Tea recipe here.
- Winter Cider: As a long-standing folk remedy, winter cider boasts all the medicinal qualities needed in the winter: warming and immune-boosting. Take a shot of winter cider every morning, or add it to 8 oz of hot water for a nice tea. Winter cider takes 4-6 weeks to ferment, so get started early with the recipe here.
- Lemon & Water: Good for liver stagnation and liver detox, lemon water is a great way to wake up your digestive system in the morning. Add honey to taste.
What are your favorite healing teas? Leave me your recipe in the comments below!
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