Comforting Cold and Flu Tea

Total Time
5 mins
10 mins

Easy to make and inexpensive (you might even have all the ingredients on hand), this homemade tea is packed with ingredients that have natural antibiotic and immune-boosting properties. Adapted from Alex Jamieson's book The Great American Detox Diet.

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  1. Place all ingredients (except honey) in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Turn off heat and steep for about 10 minutes.
  2. Strain into a pitcher (I like to leave the cinnamon sticks in the pitcher for extra flavor). Stir in honey while still warm.
  3. Store pitcher in refrigerator. Reheat one cup at a time in the microwave, adding more honey to taste, if desired. Drink twice a day, breathing steam through nose, for maximum benefit.
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5 5

This is better than my favorite herb tea made from a tea bag and much cheaper. No colds or flu in my house, but it is swirling all around. I am on my second cup this morning, looking out the window at the dreary wet weather--but I feel all warm and comfy. Thanks so much for posting.

5 5

I had all the ingredients at home / in the garden. Perfect fo this cold winter weather.

Very simple recipe and delicious tea. The children wanted more!

5 5

I just happened to have all of the ingredients like she said. Right before I added the sage, I realized that sage dries up your milk if you're nursing so I did not add it. Since the tea is for a cold, you want drying herbs. I did not have a cold or flu but this sounded really good so maybe I prevented one. This is a good mix. It was very soothing and warming. It was delicious! I added some rose and later, when I added the honey, I put in a few drops of some herbal syrups that I made. It turned out so good!