The tickle in the back the throat, a sense of dryness and touch of congestion are often the early warnings. Could a seasonal bug be brewing? News reports are constantly warning us that a severe flu season is well underway.

Warm up after your next chilly workout with a cup of grapefruit (or other citrus) tea. Grapefruit tea works as a nice addition to support defending against or simply soothing that seasonal bug. I found this Martha Stewart tea some time ago, but modified it just a touch to better suite my taste. It’s so soothing and wonderful this time of year. The recipe can work with most citrus fruit. It can make a great nightcap for adults and kids alike.

Why it works:

A major benefit of tea from citrus fruit is the mega dose of vitamin C it carries. Research has linked vitamin C to fighting off the highly contagious common cold. Vitamin C supports reducing the duration and severity of common cold symptoms. It can cut the risk of getting the common cold in half for those exposed to extreme stress, such as marathon runners.

Adding honey to this tea has beneficial components as well. Honey has been linked to reducing nighttime coughing and improved sleep. The oils from cinnamon have been studied for their ability to inhibit growth of bacteria. Allspice is coined as having anti-inflammatory properties.

Its soothing sensation and wonderful flavor make it a must have this time of year!

Warm Grapefruit Tea

  • 1 grapefruit, fresh squeezed
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5-7 allspice berries

Directions:

Combine the grapefruit juice, cinnamon, water, and allspice in a small pot over medium to low heat. Cover and bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain into a cup and serve.

Recipe makes 1 serving.

Each serving is approximately 96 calories, 0 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbohydrate, 0 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of protein

Note: Consider switching from grapefruit to a different citrus fruit if you are taking certain prescription medications.

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