Tea for cold hands & feet
You’d think that a warming tea recipe should only be shared in winter and not in summer. Weirdly enough, my hands and feet can get quite cold through all seasons of the year. Sometimes it can get so bad that I have to wear two socks – even in summer. At those moments a warming tea for cold hands and feet helps me quite a lot – that and walking around to stimulate blood circulation. The right supplements have also helped me so far. More on that below.
What can cause cold hands and feet?
As our blood plays a major role in keeping our bodies warm, cold hands and feet are caused by bad blood circulation. Cold hands and feet can be a result of iron deficiency (Anemia). People with anemia have poor blood circulation throughout their bodies because they don’t have enough red blood cells to provide oxygen to their tissue. Not getting enough vitamin B-12, or magnesium may also contribute to a feeling of coldness in the hands and feet.
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How can I help cold hands and feet?
In addition to a healthy diet and supplement regimen, some lifestyle habits can also help people improve blood flow.
This one is also essential. Chronic stress can lead to constriction of the blood vessels, as can smoking.
People may also consider scheduling regular massages. Massage therapy doesn’t only improve stress but can also directly help improve blood flow.
Spill the tea
Besides what I just mentioned, something as simple as a warming tea for cold hands and feet can be miraculous. In this case, we will focus on ingredients that improve blood circulation and are anti-inflammatory. The best part is that these ingredients are easy to find, don’t expire/go bad quickly and they can be used for cooking as well. This means that they can be a standard part of your lifestyle/diet and not only be used for tea.
I love that all these ingredients are easy to find, taste delicious, can be used for tea, and also for cooking. Instead of making one cup per time, you can also make a big batch and refrigerate it. Simply warm on the stovetop each time you need a cup. This comes in handy during cold winter months.
Ingredient #1 Ginger
No surprise there. We all know ginger by now. Ginger tea, one of the most popular herbs, has many health benefits. Gingerols and zingerone present in ginger tea have a warming effect on the body and help in blood circulation. It helps improve blood circulation, alleviate respiratory problems, relieve nausea, fight stomach inflammation, among many other things.
Ingredient #2 Fresh cayenne pepper
Ingesting cayenne pepper increases circulation & improves blood vessel strength. One of the main reasons for this is capsaicin, which is an active compound of cayenne peppers. Capsaicin promotes blood flow to tissues by lowering blood pressure and stimulating the release of nitric oxide and other vasodilators. Vasodilators are compounds that help expand your blood vessels, allowing blood to flow through more easily.
Ingredient #3 Fresh turmeric
Turmeric is another spice that has been used for many years medicinally, going back almost 4000 years. Finally, modern medicine is also starting to recognize its importance. Turmeric has many health benefits one of which is its ability to improve blood circulation by opening blood vessels.
Ingredient #4 Peppercorns
Most of our pepper today is used as a food condiment, and often people think of it as a simple food seasoning, but historically it has a broader range of use. Its hot and stimulating characteristics make it useful for a variety of cold and flu symptoms such as fevers with chills (stimulating diaphoretic) and for mucus congestion (stimulating expectorant). Black pepper quickens the circulation by increasing blood vessel size and was used for signs of stagnant circulation (such as cold hands and feet) and for arthritic pain.
Ingredient #5 Fresh lemon
Lemons contain flavonoids that boost Vitamin C, which eventually helps improve our blood circulation. Flavonoids also help control blood pressure and inflammation. It’s also good to make this tea taste better because let’s be honest. So far, ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, and peppercorns don’t sound very appealing.
Ingredient #6 Agave syrup
This one is simply used to make the tea taste better. It’s optional, so omit if not needed.
The how-to for this warming tea for cold hands and feet is simple. There are no ‘standard’ measures – it all depends on how spicy you’d want it to be. If you can take spicy food, then you can double up or add even more. It’s up to you.
- 2 limes/lemons (more if you like e ‘lemony’ taste)
- 1-2 pieces of ginger (the length of a thumb)
- 1 piece of fresh turmeric (the size of a thumb)
- A small piece of fresh cayenne pepper (the size of half a thumb)
- A few peppercorns (I didn’t count them, but let’s just say 15)
- Agave syrup to taste.
- Cut ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper in half. Use a mortar to lightly grind all the spices
- Add them to a teapot (350-500ml).
- Use a mortar to lightly grind the peppercorns and add them to the teapot
- Cut one of the lemons into 4 pieces and add to the teapot as well.
- Add boiling water and let it steep for about 15-20 minutes
- Add the juice of one lemon at the end
- Add agave syrup to taste
One thing I forgot to mention was adding cinnamon sticks. If you have some at home don’t hesitate to add them. Cinnamon is a great spice to help increase blood flow. It will also make your tea even more delicious. Also, I always make this tea using fresh ingredients purchased at the local market or at Eko plaza.
I hope this easy warming tea for cold hands and feet will help you as much as it has helped me. Now tell me, do you also get cold hands and feet? What have you been doing to prevent it?