I was fighting a cold the last few days. It was really bad over this past weekend. Time to prepare some herbal tea. It helps to keep the fever down — even away, most times — adds a boost to the immune system and helps to loosen that cold that is stuck in the chest and throat.
You will need the following things:
- herbs like sage or fennel
Bring about 1L water to a boil. Add ginger* (about walnut size) to it: grated or cut in slices or pieces. Add 1 tbsp of sage and/or fennel, 2-3 tbsp freshly pressed lemon and 3-4 tbsp honey (more or less to taste). Mix well, let sit for at least 5 minutes. Pour tea through strainer into a thermos or tea pot.
Ginger is good to boost your immune system. It can often prevent colds so you won’t get sick in the first place. Best to use ginger in every day cooking, to make a drink or tea and to chew bits and pieces of it. If you already have a cold it will help your body fight the symptoms and fever. Imagine, it can act very similar to medication that contains acetylsalicylic acid but without the side effects.
Sage is a herb you might already have in your kitchen. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties — the perfect herb that soothes inflammation within your throat.
Fennel is another herb that will help to loosen that mucous out of the bronchia. It will ease a running nose and a cough.
Lemons contain a good portion of Vitamin C which will boost your immune system some more.
Honey gives this hot beverage its sweetness. It is antiseptic and can kill more germs than most of the antibiotics on the market.
My friend was sick, too, so I made some of this and brought it over for her to try. I could tell by the look on her face that she needed to add more honey to it. Many are not used to drinking herbal teas and the lemon taste can be a touch to sour for some; so adding more honey will help in both cases. 😉
*Add the ginger after you poured the mixture through a strainer. Leave the pieces in the pot and eat as many as you like.