Here is a tea when you need a little more than the plain herbal variety…
1½ cups water
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp rooibos tea (optional)
3 cardamom pods
3 whole cloves
2 black peppercorns (optional)
5 slices of root ginger
Stevia/Rapidura sugar (sugar without the nutrients removed) to your liking.
1 tsp coconut oil (can be skipped but a great way of getting a good oil into you)
- Steep cinnamon in boiling water for 2 minutes
- Return pan to heat and bring to boil
- Add tea, spices and coconut oil if you like, remove from heat
- Allow to steep for 3 minutes
- Add sweetener (not artificial)
If any of you have looked on our Longueville Road Chiropractic Facebook site you would have stumbled across many articles on the benefits of coconut oil.
Firstly, for any high temperature cooking, this is the oil you use as others will degrade. Olive oil is fantastic for low temperatures and salad dressings but does break down at high heat.
Coconut oil is made up of predominantly Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA’s). These are made up of Caprylic, Capric, Lauric and Myristic acids. All these demonstrate anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. Lauric acid has the greatest anti-viral activity. Caprylic acid the most potent yeast-fighting. Quality coconut oil made from mature coconuts, organic virgin and raw will have the higher MCFA. A study in the journal “Neurobiology of Ageing” determined that coconut oil MCFA’s improved cognitive function among older folks with memory problems and even Alzheimer’s disease. So a teaspoon a day…..
Proposed benefits: Increase your energy, detox your body, eliminate food cravings, assist in thyroid function, increase metabolism, antioxidant, enhance your immunity, beautify your skin and hair, hormone balance, support weight loss, whiten teeth… (Quite a list don’t you think?)