A growing body of research has determined that herbs can help us during the cold and flu season. These herbal remedies can boost our bodies immunity to prevent illness or support the body’s natural fighting tendencies, shortening the time we spend suffering.
Try easing your cold symptoms with one of the following herb tea recipes provided. If nothing else, a hot steaming mug of delicious herb tea on a cold day is very soothing and relaxing.
Peppermint is a known natural decongestant and will help reduce inflammation in your sinuses and soothe your throat so you can breathe easier. Thyme is known for its expectorant properties. For best results, use fresh peppermint and thyme to make your tea.
Place 6 – 8 fresh peppermint leaves and 2 sprigs of thyme in a mug. Pour boiling water over the herbs. Let the tea steep for 5 minutes strain out the leaves and enjoy.
Rosemary and Licorice Root Tea
Rosemary stimulates and improves circulation throughout the body, it is a mild stimulant (but contains no caffeine) so it will boost your energy levels while you’re recovering from your cold. Licorice is often used in bronchitis and cough remedies to soothe sore throats. It is an expectorant, anti-inflammatory, and directly antiviral. Licorice root contains a compound called glycyrrhizin, which has been shown to help the body fight off viruses.
Place 2 teaspoons of rosemary in a tea ball. Place the tea ball and a peeled stick of licorice root in a mug. Pour 8 ounces of very hot, but not boiling water over the ingredients. Let the tea steep for 8 – 10 minutes. Remove the herbs and begin sipping your tea.
Ginger, Lemon and Honey Tea