About the Limonene Tea Recipe

With the sick-season in full swing and a toddler running between their germ-infested preschool and our homes, it feels like we've been in an ongoing battle against illness for months now.

We've found that this is a great tea to help strengthen the immune system when someone in our space comes down with an illness — and if we do get sick, this tea has been great for soothing sore throats and coughs. 

Limonene is a powerful terpene with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

When it comes to cannabis, this terpene is commonly found in strains such as Super Lemon Haze and OG Kush, both strains that are well-known for their stress-relieving effects. But for those of us without access to or interest in cannabis, there are TONS of other plants with limonene, including citrus fruits, eucalyptus, peppermint, juniper, rosemary, elderberry, and more — and all of these plants have a unique chemical makeup that can provide lots of therapeutic benefits! 

When it comes to health, lemon is a great source of: 
  • Vitamin C: protects the immune system; aids in bone and collagen formation, healing wounds, and gum health

  • Antioxidants: helps stop damage to cells that can cause diseases like cancer, heart disease, and more

  • Limonene: terpene with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties

Elderberries are great for: 
  • Reducing the length of your cold: studies have shown that elderberries can support your body during stress

  • Antioxidants: helps stop damage to cells that can cause diseases like cancer, heart disease, and more

  • Limonene: terpene with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties

And honey is a wonderful: 

When shopping for honey, look for something local and as naturally processed as possible. Generally, the darker the honey is, the better quality it will be.

Please note: You should never give honey to a child under one year old. 

Limonene tea with lemons, spoon, elderberry

Opportunities for Cannabinoid Infusion

If you'd like to enhance this recipe with cannabinoids, consider one of the suggestions below. When substituting or adding cannabis-infused products, be aware of how many mg of CBD (or, if you're in a legal state, THC) are in each portion of the recipe you are making. The standard dose of CBD is 15-30mg, but varies based on tolerance, reason for use, severity of condition, etc. We recommend starting low and going slow; click here to learn more about dosing) and be sure to read our CBD Safety article and talk to your doctor before incorporating new cannabinoids into your routine.

How to add cannabinoids to your Limonene Tea 

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp dried elderberries

    • If simplicity is important to you, consider investing in elderberry syrup from your local natural market. It's not cheap, but it will last you all year, streamline the making of this recipe, and make it easy to add the benefits of elderberries to lots of other recipes. If you decide to substitute dried elderberries for elderberry juice/syrup, we recommend still using 1 tsp.

  • 1/4 fresh lemon

    • or about 1 tsp lemon juice

  • 1 tsp honey 

  • 1 c water

Directions

  1. Boil water

    • If you're in a pinch, you can microwave your water — but this way of heating is more disruptive to the water, so try to boil it on the stovetop when you can!

  2. Place elderberries in tea ball or bag and place into your cup

    • To learn how to make your own tea bag out of a coffee filter, check out this post

  3. Pour water over elderberries and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes

  4. Remove the tea bag and squeeze your lemon piece into the cup (or add juice)

  5. Stir in about 1 tsp honey (if you have a particularly sore throat, try adding a little more)

  6. Enjoy! 

 

Limonene tea styled with lemon, elderberry, spoon, vintage napkin

Kristen Williams
Tags: Drinks