Fight the signs of stress and aging with this simple but tasty tea

Add ginger, lemon peel and fennel for extra flavour and goodness.

Add ginger, lemon peel and fennel for extra flavour and goodness.

Fresh sage leaves are perfect to steep into hot tea.

Fresh sage leaves are perfect to steep into hot tea.

This naturally caffeine-free tea is perfect for supporting you through the winter months and beyond. It can be served hot or cold and while I don't think it needs any sweetener, you could add in some honey, liquorice root or fennel seeds for some natural sweetness.

Sage has anti-aging qualities that are perfect for balancing female hormones during menopause and supporting bone health (because its very high in vitamin K). Its been shown to reduce wrinkles , lower LDL cholesterol (the one associated with heart disease), and reduce blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.

I've blended it here with ginger and a couple of pieces of lemon zest to give it an even bigger antioxidant punch; perfect if you are suffering with a winter cold or flu symptoms. Both ginger and sage are also know to treat gum disease as well.

Simply put a couple of leaves (more once you get used to the taste) into a cup with hot water and allow to steep for 10 - 15 minutes for a good strong brew. You can use fresh or dried leaves both of which are readily available at your local supermarket.

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