Prevent Illness: Elderberry-Rose Hips Tea

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L.StarLetitia L. Star has written for The Herb Companion, Natural Home & Garden and GRIT since 2005. To date, she's written more than 1,100 published articles, including features on green living, travel and food. Reach her at lstarwriter@gmail.com or visit her website, Letitia L. Star | Healthy Living Writer.  

Inspired by Allison Martin’s editorial “A Practical Guide to Dodging a Cold,” in the March 2012 issue of The Herb Companion,  I created this Elderberry-Rose Hip Tea that combines the amazing immune-boosting benefits of both elderberry and rose hips to help prevent illness. (Rose is the 2012 Herb of the Year.) 

How long has it been since you’ve been stricken with a cold or flu? Many of us suffer from several bouts every year. Drink this tea as a preventative tonic or to help you recover more quickly from illness. This can be enjoyed in warm or cold weather.

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Both elderberry and rose hips are highly regarded for their health-promoting properties.
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Elderberry-Rose Hips Tea 

This healing brew only takes minutes to make. Serve hot or cold. Can be made in advance and refrigerated in a glass jar for several days. MAKES 1 TO 2 SERVINGS  

• 2 cups water
• 2 tea bags (black or green) OR 2 tablespoons loose tea
• 2 tablespoons dried elderberries
• 2 tablespoons dried rose hips
• 1 short cinnamon stick or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
 

1. In a medium saucepan, bring all ingredients to a boil. Remove from heat and steep for at least 5 minutes. 

2. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer. Immediately serve warm in mugs or teacups.   

Healing tip: If you’re unwell, take a few peaceful minutes to slowly sip this tea until you feel better. Drink tea hot or cold as a tonic throughout the day and evening. 

For more healing recipes: Be sure to read my Elderberry-Ginger Tea recipe in my article “Warm Up with Winter Drinks,” published in the January 2012 issue of The Herb Companion.