March 20, 2014
This is a quick post about a morning tea I've "learned" to love on my 2014 journey to detoxify my body, lose weight and embrace a healthier relationship with food and life! Jill Samter "strongly" suggested I drink this every morning before anything else (yes, I still have my coffee). I added a drop of cinnamon to my version and although it's an acquired taste this tea has grown on me! Drinking a cup of warm water first thing is beneficial because cold water must go through the process of warming up and doesn't have the same stimulating effects. Warm water triggers an immediate hydration process.
This is how a Morning Detox tea jumpstarts the lymphatic system: Lemon stimulates the lymphatic system to remove the toxins accumulated in the lymph glands, colon, and bladder overnight. Adding ginger further helps in elimination of waste through the colon and studies have shown that it provides protection against the development of cancer cells and polyps. Lemon and ginger in water is so beneficial in cleansing the liver. Chronic dehydration, a problem in our society, leads to stress on the adrenal glands leading to adrenal fatigue. Starting your day with a mug (or jar) of Morning Detox Tea is an everyday detox that helps you flush toxins, nourish your adrenals, and boost your metabolism. Lemon helps to bring the body to an alkaline state which helps to calm chronic inflammation, a culprit of autoimmune diseases and illnesses with immune factors such as rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and various other muscular disorders and has been proven to be an effective form of treatment, in some cases, even more so than NSAIDs traditionally prescribed. Cinnamon is also an anti-inflammatory, an appetite suppressant and, research has shown it to be effective in leveling blood sugar levels, particularly for type 2 diabetes.
ACV or Apple Cider Vinegar (organic) is a wonder too! An all purpose tonic that soothes digestion and acid reflux. In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol that we want to avoid. This miracle vinegar helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.
Most people have used honey to sweeten, but few realize that it’s a powerful food, beauty aide and a topical antibiotic. Honey naturally contains 18 amino acids, plus small amounts of a many vitamins and minerals. The old wives’ tales we hear are actually often based in truth, as honey has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years. Use raw, organic honey whenever possible! If you can find local honey, you'll help your body's ability to reduce seasonal allergies. Like me, you might need a little time to get used to this beverage first thing every morning but give it a chance as you can see, the health benefits are worth it! It's tea time!
May 10, 2017
Question: Does the ACV act as a carrier like using coconut oil or does the EOs float on top of the water as usual? Also, do you drink this before or after doing the oil pull?
I understand the health benefits of drinking this first thing in the morning however, do you think this would be beneficial drink throughout the day? I am currently detoxing and looking for different healthy liquids to drink. Thanks!
Pure EOs are a concentrated version of the plant chock full of the essence a plant manufactures and uses as it’s immunity. If you choose to use the plant itself make sure it’s organic and steeped well to get the benefits!
More of a question: do you think lemon juice and ginger cut in pices with ground cinnamon and organic honey would have the same effect? Somehow the less processed stuff is more appealing to me.
I think it’s best to make it fresh each day.
Teresa, my thought is that this is a detox reaction.
Any time I try using ACV regularly, I get itchy all over my body! Any ideas why this happens? I may try it without ACV and see how it goes.
Can you make this ahead of time and warm it up each morning or is it best to make fresh each day?
Eve click on one of the essential oil links in the post, that will take you to the Spark Naturals website, my preferred pure EOs!
Where do you buy the essential oils?
Yes, of course you could drink this anytime of the day but it’s especially beneficial first thing in the morning.
I have pretty much the same question as HW, can this be used at other times of the day or must one drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach?
Both the ACV and the honey will act as an emulsifier!
I have been drinking a generous teaspoon each of ACV and honey in a glass of warm water each morning for several weeks, but for a couple of days I have had your morning detox tea instead. I have wondered if I could blend several days worth of the EO’s into a 5-10 ml bottle and then dispense the 5 drops daily? Also, I had purchased cinnamon leaf instead of cinnamon bark and wondered if this is OK until I use it up? My last question is that I have also been drinking a glass of Sole, water saturated with Himalayan salt which is an inexpensive supplement to help the body detox, boost energy, improve digestion, bone health, weight loss and more, which I learned about from WellnessMama. I would like to continue with both but I am unsure when or in which order I should drink them. I then have my morning coffee with coconut oil, eat breakfast, do the body dry brushing and the oil pulling while I shower. I love your website and I have learned and applied many of your “recipes” to help keep my soon to be 68 year old body and mind healthy. Thank you for what you do.
Can you put down step by step like a recipe what you do every morning.
I do oil pulling every morning first thing which process should I do first?
Spot on! Yes, it helps with constipation :)
It seem like this may help with constipation? Thoughts?
I seem to be having an issue getting this to emulsify and EOs float on the top. Do you think I am just not stirring enough or is there an order to the “prep”?
Ok love this post, will definitely try, especially if it helps with constipation. But I have a totally different question I thought I’d pose to you since you seem quit knowledgeable with essential oils. Now most posts and books led me to the direct opposite information than what I need. It has to do with bees, when I wear my essential oils outside or near the front door I seem to attract bees, now I know we need bees, but I have allergic reactions to stings, right now I carry a fly swatter with me when I go outside. Do you have any recommendations on what oil/s to make them relocate. I feel bad when I have to kill them, but it’s either me or them, and I like me. Thanks
Thank you Rebecca for your good advice. My cinnamon leaf EO is Simplers Botanicals Organic, therapeutic grade, 100% pure, certified organic by CCOF. Sounds good—however—is it? My Lemon and Ginger Root is Nature’s Oil 100% Therapeutic Grade. Another questionable EO brand which doesn’t give any reliable information. I have a feeling I need to purchase my EO’s that I would ingest, in particular, from Spark Naturals and use all the rest (many) in my cleaning and skin care products. I will slowly then purchase from Spark Naturals when I can. Last summer when I began my EO journey I didn’t know what the heck I was doing—but I love what I’m doing!! Thank you again.
In my opinion, the warm detox tea should come first, then the oil pull. The detox tea will wake up your organs and get systems going – then your morning routine can follow!
Hi Sandy, thanks for your questions! Yes, you certainly could blend a larger batch for convenience and with regards to cinnamon leaf, does it have a “for dietary use” standard label on the bottle? I can’t really speak for other brands of EOs other than what I recommend. However, if there’s a “for dietary use” on the label I would say go ahead and use it up then try the cinnamon bark, it is more potent than cinnamon leaf.
I would take your detox teas first, then your coffee. That’s what I do as well! I’ve read that oil pulling is best done in the morning on an empty stomach but I have a hard time fitting that into my schedule, I do my oil pulling at night. My world’s not perfect but I try :) That’s my two cents worth, sounds like you have a great routine going for you!
Oh gosh I don’t envy that schedule! Whenever you wake up and your systems have rested will be the ultimate time for tea. I hope you can fit it in somehow! …and thank you for kind words :)
First-I LOVE your blog! Thanks for inspiring me to get more EOs in my life! Next, my question: As a 3rd shift worker (10 or 11 PM to 6 or 7 AM), my “first thing in the morning” is a little different than most. Would the tea be as effective when I get home from work? (Before work is hard to add anything more to the routine without getting up earlier and that would be tough.) Or is important that the body be well rested and stomach empty to get the most benefit? Thanks for all the info you provide, I have learned a great deal and am seriously seeing results with many of your recipes, particularly the sleep blends.
So I don’t have to use a carrier oil to take it internally?
Thanks so much for replying.
Bonnie, EOs will pool at the top of water unless you have something in your tea to emulsify it like milk or, you give it a stir before sipping. If you have the kit with a roller bottle, add equal parts of the 3 oils to it. Your husband can roll the bottoms of his feet every few hours. I would also have him drink a tablespoon each of organic apple cider vinegar and water with 1 drop of Shield. Have him down it like a shot! It’s a little nasty tasting but amazingly effective! It might a good idea for you to take a shot too as a preventative :)
I’m new to EO’s. I purchased the both the wellness & cold/flu bomb kits from Sparks but don’t really know how to use them!! When I thought I was starting with a cold/sinus issue, I put some drops of Shield in my tea but it burned like crazy going down. I grabbed a spoonful of honey to help soothe my throat. There are no instructions in the tin how to take it internally. Now my hubby has a cold and I would like to use this product. I must say that I didn’t have a cold all winter after using it even working in an office around others who were sick so the burn was worth it!! ;-)
I’m going to try this right away. I use lots of your recipes. Would it be okay to add one of the coconut dots in this tea?
Hi, love your website! It’s my go-to when trying to find a remedy. Would this tea be safe for kids (11,13,14)? Think this would be good after coming off illnesses. Thanks.
What in the world is oil pulling? What are the benefits of this? Rebecca I love love your site, your ideas and am glad I subscribed.
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