Red Clover REmedy
This time of year in the east coast is ripe for respiratory issues. I know for myself, my lungs are much more sensitive this time of year due to the kapha nature of my constitution as well as the environment and the organ itself. In Ayurveda, like attracts like and opposites balance. So, when I find myself in the throws of a winter cold, I like to comfort myself with astringent and warming foods and drink.
One of my favorites is red clover tea because of the herbs natural healing and anti macrobial properties including anti oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Including in this tea are additional fever combating and sore throat soothing herbs - sage, thyme, ginger and lemon.
2 cups boiling water
1 tbsp dry clover flowers (if you use fresh herbs, triple the amount)
1 tsp each dry thyme and dry sage (if you use fresh herbs, triple the amount)
Honey and lemon to taste
Simmer all the ingredients in the water except the lemon and honey for 8 minutes and then strain. Add the lemon and honey and enjoy!
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