Cold & Flu Tea

Cold and Flu Tea-3We’re definitely in the thick of cold and flu season!  We’ve had so many of our family and friends get sick with fever, chills, sneezing, aches and sore throats.  Luckily, we’ve been able to avoid coming down with anything serious . . . so far.  I’m hoping our preëmptive “thieves” oil has done its job.  But, all this illness has reminded me that I haven’t shared our Cold & Flu Tea recipe yet.  If you start feeling under the weather, this tea will help aid in a speedier and more comfortable recovery.  Here’s how:

  • Elderberries help the body defend against disease by boosting the immune system with powerful antioxidants and Vitamins A, B & C.  They are also thought to lower cholesterol and improve heart health.
  • The oil in peppermint kills bacteria and viruses, aids digestion and stomach upset, has a numbing/soothing effect, breaks up phlegm and mucus, and relieves cough and congestion.  These are just a few benefits of peppermint, the list of benefits is quite long.  It’s one of my favorite herbs!
  • Licorice root has many anti-depressive compounds, flavonoids (healing compounds), and phytoestrogens (helpful for hormone regulation).  It is known to heal ulcers and inflammation in the digestive tract.  It boosts the immune system to help fight off viruses.  It alleviates chest infections, asthma, and coughs by soothing irritation and has expectorant properties.
  • Echinacea root is another immune booster that is a wonderful addition to a virus-battling tea.

Cold and Flu TeaCold & Flu Tea Recipe  

1/3 c. Echinacea root

1/3 c. peppermint leaves

1/3 c. licorice root

1/3 c. elderberries, dried

Mix together and store in an air-tight jar.  Brew 1 heaping teaspoonful in 8 oz of water for 3-4 minutes.Cold and Flu Tea-6

The licorice root in this mix makes this tea pretty sweet as it is.  If it’s not quite sweet enough for you and you’ve got a sore throat, honey is always a great addition.

Already in the midst of a bad cold?  This Sore Throat Tea is incredibly soothing.

My other favorite tea blends are found here.

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