Dh's Basil and Lemon Balm Tea for Cold Relief or Just Drinking

Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 10 mins

My Dear Husband came up with this one winter when we caught head cold after head cold. Its especially soothing on a sore throat and as good as chicken soup for steaming open clogged sinuses. With or without the optional slug of whiskey or brandy it makes a head cold less unpleasant to cope with. And its tasty enough that you'll probably brew up a pot at other times too.


  1. Mix basil with lemon balm.
  2. To brew tea, place the same amount of the mix as you would use for black tea into a tea ball. Put into your teapot and fill with boiling water. Let steep for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Serve hot, sweetening with honey if desired.
  4. Note -- Its traditional to add a shot of whiskey or brandy to your tea when you have a head cold, but DON'T do it if you're taking ANY cold medicine -- prescription or OTC!
  5. Note -- "Cooking" time is boiling the water and brewing.