Daily infusions that deliver
There are few times in a busy week that you take time just for yourself, a small window to stop, breathe, hear your thoughts, and set an intention. Preparing and slowly sipping a cup of tea is a ritual you can find time for over the course of the day. It can be minutes in the morning before the hectic day begins, a 15-minute break in the afternoon, or a quiet moment in the evening when the world finally slows down.
During the winter months we are more susceptible to illnesses and many of us might feel that we want to make sure we are getting all the nutrients our body needs to maintain a healthy immune system. Making the simple switch from coffee to a caffeine-free herbal tea can be helpful in two ways. First, you keep the dehydrating effects of caffeine at bay and supplement it with stimulant-free plants and botanicals that work at detoxing your digestive tract, calming your adrenal system which regulates your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, and response to stress.
There’s a powerful, functional elixir to be found in a cup or two of herbal tea loaded with superfood ingredients. We love to use warming ginger as a base for our herbal infusions. High in anti-oxidants, ginger also contains key phytonutrients known as gingerols, and research has shown that these can have an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effect which, when drunk as a tea, may help support a healthy microbiome.
Why not try our base recipe for fresh ginger tea which can be easily adapted to create a variety of healthy infusions.
Ginger Tea – Base Recipe
3cm piece root ginger, finely sliced
honey to taste
200ml water, boiled
Divide the sliced ginger between two mugs. Fill the mugs with boiling water and leave to steep for 3 mins or until cool enough to sip. Sweeten with honey if you like.
Ginger Tea – Twists to try
Ginger, lemon and chilli
Try adding a fresh red chilli sliced and a few slices of fresh lemon to your mug of boiling water and leave to steep for a few minutes. This fiery combination is set to kick start any day.
Ginger, lemongrass and turmeric
Why not add the peel of 1 lemon, ½ tsp turmeric and 1 stick lemongrass, crushed and sliced for a refreshing twist to a mug of boiling water. Drink when it is warm.
Ginger and spiced apple tea
Fill a tea pot with boiling water, add sliced apple with a cinnamon stick, this makes for a lovely seasonal twist. Drink when it has had a chance to cool down.
At Balance Box we love creating freshly prepared meals to your door. We use seasonal produce and always include a wide variety of immunity boosting fruit and vegetables. If you’re prioritising your health this winter, hop over to our menu page and choose your box. Designed by nutritionists, prepared by chefs – enjoy tasty, nutritional meals, ready to eat in minutes.