Lung Detoxing Tea
In November of 2018, my community went through a devastating wild fires.
Besides the immediate effects of smoke inhalation, there were major future side effects to consider from these fires.The fine particles of burned materials (formaldyhide, VOCs, asbestos etc from homes, apartment and businesses) in airborne carcinogen smoke embed themselves into our lungs, causing burning and irritation in the short term, and more problems in the future.
Soon after the fire broke out, it became apparent that detoxing was essential. So I went into hyper research mode. I was on a quest to find all sorts of detoxing protocols that were practical (affordable and doable), effective AND natural.
One of the easier ways to detox your lungs is consuming herbs in the form of tea. Different herbs contain different healing properties. Use plant intelligence to boost your own powers.
One of the detoxing protocols I discovered not only would clear the lungs of particulate matters, it turns out it is a GREAT detoxing tool for all sorts of reasons.
Did I say it is DELISH!
Here is my tea recipe that delivers powerful plant healing intelligence AND tastes good. It provides tons of antioxidants while helping your body/lungs naturally detox.
Just like anything that is good for your body, it is not enough to simply consume it just one time. For it to be effective, it is best if it is part of your daily routine.
And if it doesn’t taste good, you most likely won’t be consuming for long.
After many hours of research and interviewing a herbalist who specializes in ancient Chinese forms of healing teas, and after many trials and errors, I concocted this recipe that tastes amazing. Each herb is carefully selected for its lung protecting abilities.
Don’t let the power of the herb fool you thinking that it is going to taste medicinally.
After consulting with herbalists and tea specialist, I learned what to brew for what length of time. It turns out that timing of the brew and how soon after brewing before drinking it makes a difference on what kind of taste it draws out from the herb.
With some herbs, the longer you brew it, the more bitter it taste. Some herbs are so gentle that all they need is to be brewed for a moment. Others need more brewing time to draw out the healing properties.
The following herbs used in this tea contain anti-inflammatory and/or lung supporting properties:
Nettle Stinging Leaf
Dried Seedless Jujube
Along with Essiac tea, which is optional, these herbs together work magically and effectively towards cleansing, protecting and improving respiratory system. Many of these herbs detoxifies the body, attacks cancer cells, and ramps up the immune system with powerful antioxidants.
It would be optimum if the herbs are certified organic or ethically wildcrafted and US-grown.
- 1 tablespoon Plantain leaf
- 1 tablespoon Nettle Stinging Leaf
- 1 tablespoon Pau D'Arco
- 1 teaspoon Rooibos tea optional
- 1 dried seedless jujube optional
- 2 cardamom optional
- 1/4 teaspoon Reishi powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Essiac
- 1 teaspoon Elecampane root
- 1/4 teaspoon licorice root avoid after 3 p.m
- 1 teaspoon peppermint leaf
Bring 8 cups of water to a rolling boil in a steel or cast iron pot for 15 minutes. Add herbs to each pot then cover with a lid. Allow the tea that needs to be steeped for a longer period of time to be steeped for at least 1/2 hour on low heat. Depending on your protocol or dietary guideline, you may or may not want or be able to sweeten it with honey or Jujube Bring 3 cups of water to boil then let it cool for 10 minutes before adding the herbs. Let it steep for 10-15 minutes. It is best to consume the tea that need to be steep separately for shorter time soon after it has been steeped. For me, when it is steeped for more than 1/2 hour, it tastes bitter.
I make a fresh batch of tea every morning and allow the herbs (that needs to be steeped for a longer period of time) to steep all day long, drinking from it continuously throughout the day.
I add a little bit of the tea (with herbs that need to be steeped for shorter period of time) to my cup.
Because licorice may have an energizing effect, I don't blend it in the tea after 3 p.m.
And because peppermint becomes bitter shortly after steeping, I usually add that separately (through a tea strainer) to my tea.
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