Getting enough vitamin C every day is essential for good health. The vitamin helps protect against cardiovascular disease, eye issues, prenatal health problems, immune system deficiencies and more. Although it is most commonly associated with citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit, there are plenty of other ways to get the daily recommended dose of vitamin C. One of the most delicious is through an herbal vitamin C tea infusion.
You can make your own herbal tea at home using this recipe:
4 tablespoons rose hips
1 tablespoon cinnamon chips
1 tablespoon lemongrass
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon hibiscus flowers
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
4 cups of water
Combine your dried herbs in a bowl, then boil the water in a tea kettle or medium saucepan. Remove the water from heat after it starts to boil, then add four tablespoons of the dried herb mixture to the water. Cover the water, and let it steep for 45 minutes to one hour. Strain the tea, add a bit of honey for extra sweetness and enjoy it hot or cold.
Benefits of Vitamin C Infused Homemade Tea
The ingredients in this tea deliver many health benefits. Rose hips are high in vitamin C and can aid in treating the flu and common cold. They also have been found to aid in indigestion and may relieve constipation, diarrhea, gallstones and chest ailments.
Cinnamon gives the tea a warm, spicy flavor while protecting against heart disease, inflammation, high blood sugar levels and neurodegenerative diseases. Lemongrass is an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, folic acid and magnesium, and fennel seed contains many antioxidants that remove dangerous free radicals from the body. Hibiscus flower may be used to treat colds, upper respiratory infections, inflammation and stomach irritation, and lemon zest gives the tea a burst of flavor while providing an extra dose of vitamin C.
Make this tea every day to increase the amount of vitamin C in your body and enjoy its many health benefits.
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