When Flu and Colds Strike
Teas are a great way to treat cold/flu symptoms. Not only do you get the medicinal benefits, but they are soothing, warm, and relaxing too.
Strike back with the following ingredients:
- Garlic – Anti-viral, antibiotic, and antiseptic.
- Onion – Good for coughs, keeps the respiratory tract open.
- Ginger – Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.
- Sage – Antiseptic and astringent. Used for sore throats and coughs.
- Thyme – Antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant, and astringent. Thyme is great for respiratory infections and coughs.
- Cayenne powder – Stimulant, anti-microbial, analgesic, carminative, diaphoretic and expectorant. Cayenne can help prevent colds and flu as well as speed up recovery. It brings heat to the body, which can help dispel coldness.
- Honey – Antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic.
- Lemon – high in vitamin C, lemon can help decrease the strength of a cold or flu virus and reduce phlegm. It is common to use lemons to build resistance to cold and flu symptoms.
The recipe for ‘Flu Tea’: 3-4 slices fresh ginger. One clove chopped garlic. Cayenne powder. One Puerh tea bag. One Oolong tea bag.
Bring 3-4 slices of fresh ginger (skin on) and one clove of chopped garlic to the boil and simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
- Use the ginger water to steep the Puerh and Oolong tea bags in a normal tea pot.
- Add cayenne powder.
- Honey to taste.
- Drink 3-4 cups per day.
- Drink before bed and wrap up to induce sweat.
Remember, you don’t have to be unwell to enjoy this autumn beverage.