Sniffling, sneezing, and all around feeling achey? Try this simple homemade tea made with proven cold and flu fighting ingredients.
If you’ve come down with a cold or the flu, try sipping on this tea to help you feel better faster. It is my new (not-so) secret weapon. And since posting it on Instagram, others have told me it has worked wonders, so I realized, I should do a full post on it!
Both the cold and the flu are caused by viruses (not bacteria), so antibiotics won’t work. But, nature has a few remedies that do!
Kick-a-Cold Tea aka Cold & Flu Relief Tea
This tea is made primarily with two simple ingredients: Fresh ginger and thyme.
Studies have found that fresh ginger effectively fights respiratory viruses. (The same results were not found in powdered form, so to get the benefit, you want to use fresh ginger in cooking or teas).
How I Use It
When I started to feel like I had the flu (muscle aches, tired, sneezing, etc.) I immediately brewed a cup of this, and then proceeded to drink at least 5-6 cups a day, for 3 days.
On day one, I let my body rest. I took off of work (ok I worked a few hours) but let my body sleep. This is important! When you are sick, give your body time to rest and heal. Don’t be a macho woman and power through – you may end up prolonging your illness!
By day two, I was about 50% better, and back to work, albeit blowing my nose quite often. By day 3, I was 80% better and day 4, it was completely gone. My friend (who I think gave it to me) and didn’t drink the tea, was sick in bed for over a week. This is a very unscientific anecdote, but the great thing about using real food remedies, is that they are inexpensive and risk of side effects is low.
Make Kick-A-Cold Tea
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- 5 sprigs fresh organic thyme
- 2 slices fresh organic ginger
- Boil water.
- In a mug place 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme, and two slices of fresh ginger. Pour boiling (or nearly boiling) water over it, and let steep for 10 minutes before consuming. You can leave it in the cup or strain if you prefer.
- You can refill the hot water up to 2-3 times with the same ginger and thyme.
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. She has ongoing group workshops both in NYC and online, and writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.