Limonene Tea

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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. 

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About the 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. 

  • 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 (we recommend Potli’s CBD Honey)

  • 1 c water

  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!


Opportunities for Cannabinoid Infusion

If you'd like to enhance this recipe with cannabinoids, consider using one of the products below. We recommend using between 5-30mg of CBD per serving, depending on your needs and body weight (typically 1-5mg of CBD per 10 lbs of body weight, learn more about dosing here). Remember to always start low and go slow when it comes to cannabinoids, and be sure to read our CBD Safety article and talk to your doctor before incorporating something new into your routine.

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Potli’s CBD Honey

To enhance this recipe with cannabinoids, consider substituting some or all of the honey in each recipe for Potli’s CBD honey.

Potli CBD honey is a full-spectrum product made from hemp grown in Kentucky without pesticides, fertilizers, or chemicals. Their CO2 extracted CBD is then blended with Grade A wildflower honey harvested by hand from their own bees in the Bay Area of California. This female-owned company is passionate about “empowering you to experience and enjoy life your way” by creating products designed to help you live a high-functioning life.

1 tablespoon of Potli’s CBD honey is approximately 10 mg CBD. When substituting infused honey for regular honey, be aware of how many mg CBD are in each portion of the recipe you are making. The standard dose of CBD is 10mg, but varies based on tolerance, reason for use, severity of condition, etc., and can be used at regular dosages as high as 50mg or more. We always recommend starting small and working up as needed to cut down on overall costs of using CBD as medicine. 

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LEVO Oil Infusion Machine

If you're in a legal state or have access to hemp, you can also add available cannabis flower to your LEVO herb pod to infuse the butter in this recipe. To infuse cannabis flower with butter, set your LEVO to 165˚F for 2.5 hours.

Learn more about the LEVO Oil Infusion Machine here!


The product shown here was gifted to Hempsley by LEVO and Potli during their Heart of Health Exchange sponsorship. All opinions are our own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Hempsley!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products have not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

The product shown here was gifted to Hempsley by LEVO and Potli during their partnership for our Heart of Health Exchange. 

LEVO and Potli’s sponsorship supported our mission to bring you free, quality education by allowing us to purchase props, create original imagery, perform research, write and edit content, & host events in our local community. Although this is a sponsored recipe, we assure you that we are committed to bringing you unbiased information and promise that all thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank you for your support!

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This review was written by Kristen Williams. Copyright  Hempsley 2019, All Rights Reserved