By Sam Derbyshire
One thing I love about Natur-Tyme is the bulk department. We carry more high-quality herbs than any other place in CNY.
I rely on the bulk department for ingredients for my immune-boosting tea:
– 1-part hibiscus
– 1-part rosehips
– 1-part red tea
Lay out a tea ball and fill half of one side with red tea and half of that same side with hibiscus, then on the other side, fill half way with cut/sifted rosehips. Hang that tea ball in a gallon pitcher of cold water. Let it steep overnight in the fridge.
The rosehips have lots of vitamin C, bioflavonoids, and carotenoids, making them great antioxidants.
The hibiscus also has a lot of vitamin C, is a diuretic, and is great for high-blood pressure. Studies have also shown it to be helpful in atherosclerosis, reducing triglycerides, LDL, and overall triglycerides. It is an overall antioxidant, contains phytosterols, and vitamin E.
The red tea (or Rooibos tea, or red bush tea) has the same antioxidant and polyphenol qualities as green tea, but without the caffeine and with much lower tannins.
The combo is a great option as a cold summer tea, which, in my opinion, needs no sweetener. It is also great as a warm tea with just a dash of honey.