The Art of Self-Defence: Brewing a cup of Echinacea
The threat of catching something from co-workers, friends, or family members feels almost imminent with the passing of each winter’s day. We start reaching for all the precautionary cold and flu remedies that we can get our slippery sanitised hands on because, of course, prevention is better than cure.
If you, like many other cold and flu combatants, are trying to find ways of stemming the onslaught of sickness, then look no further than the old remedial favourite: Echinacea. Echinacea seems to be the go-to herb when we start to feel not our best “Are you coming down with something? You should probably take some Echinacea.”
But why exactly should we be consuming this notable herb? While research continues to be perplexed by the full extent of how Echinacea could be benefitting us, one thing that all researchers have agreed on is the positive effect it has on the immune system. As a detoxifying herb, it works slowly and safely to help purify the system. In terms of immunity, it stimulates the overall activity of the cells that are responsible for fighting infection, particularly white blood cells. Where antibiotics do the work of directly attacking infections for us, Echinacea instead helps in equipping our cells to efficiently do the fighting against bacteria, viruses, and abnormal cells. Also ideal for actively dealing with inflammation, Echinacea is effective in the healing of wounds and helping with acute inflammation such as sore throats that develop from cold and flu. At The Tea Centre we love the bucket-load of benefits that accompany Echinacea, but felt we could do one better and offer an Echinacea blend that's organic and contains a truck-load of healthful properties. Perfect for that little extra boost to the immune system, this herbal infusion is designed to bring out the best in its star ingredient without compromising on taste. This is a clever brew that is both warming and refreshing thanks to the addition of lemongrass, ginger, and spearmint. The warmth of the ginger carries the other, more subtle flavours through. However, the slight zest of the lemongrass, the freshness of the spearmint, and the earthiness of the Echinacea are still evident enough to enjoy.
If you’re doing your best not to touch public transport handrails or are pressing elevator buttons with your elbows, our Echinacea blend would be an excellent addition to your cold and flu arsenal for that added peace of mind.
We also found some interesting recipes you could try. Where it calls for Echinacea try using the Tea Centre's Echinacea Blend instead.
Echinacea and Vegetable Juice - http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/2640/echinacea+and+vegetable+juice
Elderberry & Echinacea Syrup - http://www.crunchybetty.com/your-natural-medicine-cabinet-elderberry-echinacea-syrup-recipe
Echinacea, Mint and Lime Iced Tea - http://betterwithcake.com/desserts/echinacea-mint-and-lime-iced-tea-2/