Now although you lucky readers who live in the northern hemisphere are heading into Summer, here in Australia winter is well and truly upon us, and with that comes sub zero temperatures, icy winds, rain, fog and snow so it stands to reason that coughs and colds are inevitable.
And as we all know, once one person in the family affected, a cold quickly spreads from person to person until everyone in the house is sick with running noses, temperatures, coughs, achy bodies and many other symptoms.
And what with the cost of Doctors visits becoming more and more expensive, taking a full house off ailing patients to the doctor can be very costly.
So we have found a more natural approach to helping ease the symptoms of coughs, colds and flu which can actually be used just as well for summer colds.
I am lucky enough to have an earth mother who brews lotions and potions from natural ingredients and this tea was first introduced to me by her many years ago. The first time I used it was to help my grandfather recover from a summer cold which left him bed ridden for 5 days. And although once a cold has taken hold the ailments often need to run their course, taking this remedy will certainly ease the symptoms.
I personally use it as a preventative measure at the beginning of winter so find I am less likely to contract a cold but if I do this tea increases the speed of my recovery.
This is what you will need:
- Teapot a strainer is not required but can be helpful
- Enough hot water to fill the teapot
- grater or microplane
- 2 Large lemons
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 small knob of fresh ginger
- 1 small red chilli with the seeds removed
- A handful of fresh mint
- A handful of fresh lemon balm (if you grow it)
- 3-4 sultanas
- Honey to taste
- Grate the lemon zest of both lemons into small or large pieces I like to do it into small pieces.
- Peel and grate both cloves of garlic and the ginger.
- Remove the seeds from the chili and chop very finely, making sure to wash your hands very carefully afterwards to remove any residual chili oil from your fingers.
- Roughly chop the mint and lemon balm.
- Put all the ingredients including the sultanas into the teapot with a big splash of honey.
- Cover it with the boiling water.
- Cover the tea with the teapot lid and allow to sit for 2-3 minuets.
- Pour into a mug and drink it up.
Don’t throw the tea out or make a new one, when all the water is gone, just refill the teapot with more hot water and continue drinking.
I have prepared this tea many times for the family, my friends and colleagues. Generally I have found that this tea helps to relieve symptoms within 2 days.
So when winter hits your place next, be prepared with my tea and thumb your nose at coughs and colds.
This article written by Ishta, a free lance writer who contributes to a number of blogs.