Comforting Cold and Flu Tea

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  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.
Most Helpful

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.

ratherbeswimmin' January 13, 2013

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!

awalde February 02, 2011

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!

HCAZNS July 08, 2009