Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial Daily Herbal Tea BlendBy Laura D. Field of Potpourri of Health ~ Feb 28, 2018
As one who balances a lifestyle goal of nutritional health along with the long-term challenge in living with chronic Lyme disease, it becomes essential in understanding one’s own health. We become an expert in our own health and how different foods and herbs benefit our well being. Although I work closely with a LLMD (Lyme Literate Medical Doctor), I have found it beneficial to not only focus on nutrition through the foods I consume, but also add various herbs to complement the guidance my LLMD continues to provide for me.
The reason I consume an anti-viral and anti-bacterial tea blend is the result in finding I also had EBV (Epstein Barr Virus). Don’t be alarmed, it is something many of us carry within our bodies, yet my level was slightly elevated. With that knowledge, I researched what I could do to support my immune system. Did it keep me from enjoying this years viral load that seems to be rampant? Nope!! But, it was the first time a cold virus knocked me down. Then again, it has been over 10 years since I have been sick, so I continued drinking tea and consuming other natural sources of viral fighting remedies, while listening to my body by resting.
Following is my “basic” herbal tea blend, meaning I sometimes add/replace other herbs, depending on my mood or what I have on hand.
Although it is always preferable to use fresh herbs, which one can acquire in one’s local grocery store produce section, dried herbs work quite nicely as well. The first 4 herbs are commonly available, and easily grown in pots. During the growing season I use the basic 4, by snipping off springs of herbs and letting them steep for 10-20 minutes. The longer you steep, the more medicinal benefit. Although, steeping for less, provides a more palatable flavor.
Since honey is a natural source of antioxidants with cough suppressing benefits, adding a teaspoon to one’s tea can also make the stronger steeped tea more enjoyable. Please note: too much honey is not necessarily good for you, so it is wise to limit your use to no more than 10 tsp. per day. If one is a strict vegetarian, consider using stevia leaf as your sweetener. It adds a lovely sweet flavor that is not over-bearing.
Herbal Tea Blend – Anti-viral & Anti-Bacterial – 1-2 sprigs of each, or 1 tsp. each of dried herb
I tend to mix even amounts (1 tsp), blended together, to steep in hot water for 20 minutes. One can steep for 10 minutes, but the longer one steeps their herbs, the stronger the flavor as well as the benefit it provides. The less one steeps, you still gain medicinal benefits yet with a more delicate flavor.
I personally remove the herbs prior to drinking, but some individuals enjoy leaving the herbs in as they sip their tea.
Oregano provides vitamins such as Vitamin A, B6 C, E and K, as well as fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium. In addition, oregano provides anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal benefits. It can also benefit the viral effects from the cold and flu.
Thyme provides a rich source of many important vitamins such as B-complex vitamins, β-carotene, vitamin-A, vitamin-K, vitamin-E, vitamin-C, and folic acid. In addition Thyme provides anti-septic and anti-viral benefits.
Rosemary provides anti-inflamatory and anti-bacterial benefits, analgesic properties that will help with pain and headaches, will boost ones immunity, along with providing other health benefits.
Lemon Balm calms the mind, boosts one’s ability to be alert, yet can balance the system to acquire a more restful sleep at the end of the day. It also sharpens ones memory while enhancing ones mood. Lemon balm is a great source of antioxidants (I tend to add two sprigs) and for those of us who use/or have used antibiotics, lemon balm provides liver support.
Olive Leaf is both an anti-viral and anti-bacterial herb. Please note that this is not the essential oil or extract one might find, but rather the dried leaf. Olive leaf supports the immune system, which can also provide energy and healthy blood pressure.
Hibiscus has a tart yet pleasant taste. It is beneficial for those with blood pressure and cholesterol concerns. Lyme patients can tend to have high blood pressure when previously not an issue. I found that adding hibiscus has personally improved my BP readings. Lyme also contributes to digestive as well as inflammatory issues, which Hibiscus can improve. Another benefit is that of supporting the liver. Hibiscus is rich in Vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants. And those with hypertension and anxiety issues will find that Hibiscus can provide some relief.
NOTE: As always, please be sure to discuss any and all potential side effects and/or potential medication interactions with your physician
Relax, enjoy and be well,
Laura D. Field – Blogger and paid Freelance writer
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