Cold and Flu Season Tea: Mix and Match

I have really enjoyed the process of making my own tea to both deal with symptoms of colds and prevent future colds. By mixing and matching the following ingredients I am able to create a perfect tea for whatever the cold season brings! Just add your ingredients of choice to a small saucepan and simmer.I prefer to add certain ingredients such as the vanilla and honey at the end. Strain into a mug and enjoy!

A note about honey: Honey loses many of its medicinal benefits at 104F.

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INGREDIENT HEALING PROPERTY
Ginger  Anti-inflammatory/Boosts immunity/Loosens congestion
Honey  Boosts immunity/ Loosens congestion
Bay Leaves  Boosts immunity
Onion  Boosts immunity
Lemon Boosts immunity/ Loosens congestion
Vanilla  Anti-inflammatory/Boosts immunity
Cinnamon Boosts immunity
Apple Cider Vinegar  Boosts immunity/ Loosens congestion

Each ingredient is linked to an external site that provides additional information on each ingredient. I am still working on learning more about the benefits of each ingredient and will update each link as I find sites that provide better, well researched information.

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The Dreaded Cold: A Tea

I have been struggling with an icky cold that has been muscling its way into my life. I tried to keep it at bay, but due to lack of sleep and not paying attention to what I have been eating, it got me! The tea below really helped to soothe my throat, clear my nose and de-fuzz my head. A lot of this is done to taste. Have fun with it!

What You Need:

  1. 1 1/2 cups water
  2. 1-2 inch hunks of fresh ginger root (peeled and chopped into small, but hearty pieces)
  3. 1 lemon (squeeze the juice into the saucepan; it’s ok if the seeds fall in as you will strain the concoction)
  4. 1-2 cinammon sticks
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (extract is fine as long as it is not imitation)
  6. 1 -2 teaspoons local, raw honey (to taste)

What To Do:

  1. Put ingredients 1-5 in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. I prefer to add the honey at the end. Simmering it for a few minutes will really bring out the flavor.
  2. Strain into a mug and enjoy!

An Allergy Experiment

Everyone in my family suffers from seasonal allergies, especially my husband. His nose becomes congested, his head aches; his eyes turn puffy, red and watery. This past week he has been especially uncomfortable following a surfing trip out past Neah Bay on the Washington Coast. Incredibly beautiful,  however the experience left him miserable.

IMG_0109I felt terrible for him, but thought it would be a perfect opportunity to test out an allergy remedy. So I challenged him to try a teaspoon a day of a delicious, all natural allergy/cough syrup:

What You Need:

  1. 1 half pint mason jar
  2. 1/4 cup extra virgen olive oil
  3. 3/4 cup honey (LOCAL)
  4. Juice of 3 lemons
  5. Cinnamon stick
  6. Vanilla (half a bean with the seeds scooped out is best)

What To Do:

  1. Heat ingredients 3-6 on stove top until steaming.
  2. Pour into mason jar.
  3. Whisk in honey until well mixed.

I tried this myself a few weeks ago with good results. First of all, it’s delicious (especially with the addition of the cinnamon and vanilla). Second of all, it was incredibly soothing to my throat and body. I wouldn’t say it was an effective cure, but it absolutely soothed my symptoms and made life a lot better.

UPDATE (NOVEMBER 16)

My husband loves the stuff! He has faithfully taken 1 teaspoon everyday for a week and has noticed a significant reduction in his symptoms.