As nature continues to transition into autumn, let’s continue to do the same.
Keep in mind, everything that’s happening in the Universe is also happening within you. You’re a miniature universe. With each change in season comes a new energy filled with personality. The autumn season is about slowing down and letting go of what no longer serves you. It’s about moving forward, bringing only what you need—the bare necessities. In doing this, you’re creating space for new to arrive in your life. New opportunities, relationships, things, beliefs, and thought patterns.
Again, nature’s shifts are also happening within you.
When you’re out of sync with nature, disharmony surfaces within. When you don’t slow down and let go, the body responds with a respiratory illness, unsettled digestion, and the arrival of the common cold and flu.
Can you take a moment to reflect on what you can let go of? What’s weighing you down or hindering your progress? Start with your physical space. Clean out the closets. Donate some clothing and items around the house. Shred all those papers that have accumulated on your desk and stacked on the floor. Whatever way that you can, create more open space. Then go a little deeper. What belief systems, memorized emotions, and thought patterns no longer support where your life is going?
As we begin the process of letting go, let’s find ways to keep respiratory illnesses at bay while attending to the digestive system, the home of our immunity. Let’s use our food to do so. Our food choices can be strong supporters of our well-being.
Let’s look at some of the healing benefits of each ingredient of the Star Anise Citrus Tea:
Spices, in particular, pack a healing punch. Use this healing tea, Star Anise Citrus Tea that I share below to support you during this autumn season.
Star Anise is known as the “flu fighter” with its antiviral and anti-bacterial properties. Star anise helps to clear mucus from the respiratory tract while soothing the digestive system from bloating, indigestion, and constipation.
Cloves are an anti-inflammatory, whose pungency helps to get everything moving—blood, energy, and emotions. Cloves help in clearing congestion, healing sinus infections along with stimulating gastric secretions for effective digestion.
Cinnamon is an immune boosting, blood sugar regulating, digestive healer. Cinnamon is loaded with healing qualities and great tasting!
Orange Peels are not to be wasted! The peel has its own array of health-promoting phytonutrients with qualities that help maintain the health of your cardio-respiratory system, an important objective at this time of year.
Consider adding this tea to your mornings.
Star Anise Citrus Tea Recipe:
Yields: 2 cups
- 4 star anise; broken into pieces.
- ½ teaspoon whole cloves; crushed not ground.
- 1 cinnamon stick.
- Peel of 1 orange.
- 2 cups filtered water.
- Splash of coconut milk (optional).
- ½ teaspoon Manuka honey (optional).
- Gently crush the whole cloves with a mortar and pestle. Break the star anise into smaller pieces. Place crushed spices in tea ball infuser.
- Bring water in the teapot to boil, turn off heat, and steep the crushed spices, cinnamon stick, and orange peel for 20 minutes. Keep top on the teapot.
- Strain into a cup. Taste. Add a splash of coconut milk, honey or squeeze of the orange to your liking.
Have you ever tried Star Anise Citrus Tea before? What did you think? Please share your experiences in the comments section below!