Spice up your holiday drinks with healthy herbs

Last week I was holiday shopping and while waiting in line one of the employees was asking the customers what their favourite holiday drinks were.  I mentioned that I liked mixing hot chocolate and a peppermint tea bag and the lady next to me got really excited and immediately punched it into her cell phone so she wouldn’t forget it.  I thought, if she is so excited about that combination she had to put it in her phone, maybe others would also be interested in my favourite holiday drinks and their herbal medicinal properties.

Here’s my top 3:

#1 Peppermint hot chocolate

Ingredients: Hot chocolate mix and peppermint tea

Instructions: Dissolve your hot chocolate mix as the directions recommend into your mug and add the peppermint tea bag.

Healthy herb info: Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is great for assisting the digestive process, especially when it comes to relieving gas.  Therefore, this drink is great following your large holiday meal!

#2 Apple chai cider

Ingredients: Apple cider and chai tea

Instructions: Heat your desired amount of apple cider by boiling it in a pot.  Either add the chai teabag to the pot or place a chai teabag in each individual mug.

Healthy herb info: Chai tea contains a variety of herbs, the most common being ginger, fennel, clove and cinnamon.  Ginger (Zingiber officinale) and fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) like peppermint are useful in aiding your digestion.  They assist in relieving gas, bloating and nausea, also common symptoms experienced after large, fatty holiday meals.

#3 Cinnamon eggnog

Ingredients: Egg nog and ground cinnamon

Instructions: Sprinkle as much cinnamon as you like into your mug of eggnog and enjoy!

Healthy herb info: Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) also aids in digestion and has the added health benefits of lowering cholesterol and regulating blood sugar.

Please share you favourite holiday drinks! Happy holidays!