April is Stress Awareness Month. Stress can take a toll on your health if you don’t take the time to manage it and minimize it. For example, stress lowers your immune system’s ability to fight off sickness. It has also been found to aggravate symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Of course, the first step is to become aware of the things in your life that are causing you stress, and then do something about it!
When I feel stressed, I find that a cup of hot tea relaxes me at any time of day. I just sit back, with my feet up and sip tea for about 10 minutes. This orange ginger mint tea is incredibly easy to make at home. It’s mostly water, with all its flavor from fresh ginger, mandarin oranges, and mint leaves.
Water is important to keep your body hydrated. It’s vital for colon health because it helps your colon move waste out of your body. Water also helps you sweat out toxins. The general rule is that each day, you should drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water.
The focus of this tea is ginger because it can calm your mind and improve your mood. It’s also great for digestion, reducing inflammation, and it has been used to relieve the common cold and sore throat. Fresh orange juice, packed with antioxidant vitamins A & C, is another natural immune system booster, especially needed in stressful times.
So sit down, take a deep breath, relax and enjoy a hot cup of orange ginger mint tea. Those 10 minutes will be worth it if it means cutting down the stress in your day.
Ingredients (about 6 (6-oz.) servings):