Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cold and Flu Recipes

Cold and Flu Recipes

Cold and Flu Tea

4 cups water
1 tablespoon echinacea root
1 tablespoon red root
1 tablespooin calendula flowers

Simmer the Echinacea and red root on the lowest heat for fifteen minutes. Turn off the heat and add the calendula. Let everything steep for another thirty minutes after the calendula has been added
Symptom Specifics: Useful when there is lymph congestion. If your throat lymph nodes get engorged and sore when you get a cold, this is a helpful tea

Cold Care Tea

4 cups water
1 tablespoon elder berries
1 tablespoon elder flower
1 tablespoon yarrow leaf and flower
1 tablespoon ginger root

Bring four cups of water to a boil in a pot and remove from the heat. Add the herbs to the pan or pour the water over the herbs into a tea pot. Steep the herbs for one hour. Warm the tea up again and enjoy.
Symptom Specifics: Sinus congestion and compacted mucus in the sinus area
Cinnamon Ginger Tea

2 cups water
1 tablespoon ginger root
1 teaspoon cinnamon bark

Simmer on low heat for thirty minutes
Symptom Specifics: Feeling chilled or catching a cold that is triggered by exposure to wind or cold weather

Soothing Throat Tea

2 parts echinacea root
1 part ginger root
1 part licorice root

Decoct on low heat for thirty minutes
Symptom Specifics: Good for when your throat is scratchy or sore

Easy Cough Tea

3 cups water
2 tablespoons slippery elm bark
1 tablespoon fresh ginger root
1 tablespoon licorice root

Decoct the ginger and licorice root for thirty minutes. Turn off the heat and let the tea cool down a little before adding the slippery elm bark. After adding the slippery elm let everything infuse for another half hour. Drink at room temperature
Symptom Specifics: Spasmodic, non-productive cough

Vitamin C Tea Blend

2 parts rose hips
1 part red raspberry leaf
1 part orange peel
1 part pine needles

Make an infusion and let steep for four hours. Warm the tea up and add a little honey before drinking.
Symptom Specifics: Drink a few cups a week as a prevention tea at the onset of winter

Cinnamon Ginger Honey

1 cup honey
2 tbls. dried powdered cinnamon
1 tbls. dried powdered ginger

Let herbs steep in honey for at least two weeks before eating. Leave the herbs in for the shelf life of the honey, about one year. Put on toast and warm cereal


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