Some of nature’s best natural remedies to keep the winter bugs at bay are herbal teas that are made from common herbs that you may use in cooking every day. Sage, thyme, oregano, and rosemary are herbs that have all been used traditionally by herbalists in herbal tea recipes to treat the symptoms of colds & flu.
These herbs contain strong essential oils that can potentially fight against colds and flu. They are powerful antioxidants as well. So instead of rushing out to buy expensive over the counter cold remedies look in your garden or kitchen cupboard for the herbal cold cures.
Here are some herbal tea recipes:
Sage, whose Latin name salvia means to heal, was considered to be one of four sacred plants by Native Americans . For irritations or inflammation of the throat try gargling with a mixture of sage and apple cider vinegar sweetened, if you must, with a little good quality honey or sip a soothing hot infusion.
Recipe for a herbal tea infusion:
Pour a pint of boiling water onto 1oz of dried sage leaves or 1 tbsp of fresh and leave for 5 – 10 minutes. Drink a small glassful of the strained tea throughout the day. Sage can help to restore appetite as well.
There are many varieties of thyme but common garden thyme will be effective for helping you fight off sore throats and colds. Try it when you have a cough or to clear mucus from your chest. It was once used on bandages to prevent infection and is even reputed to be a hangover cure and can lift your spirits.
Thymol the active ingredient in thyme is one of the strongest antiseptics known. It has also been used to treat fungal problems such as athletes’ foot and is reputed to be a hangover cure.
Thyme herbal tea recipe:
Use 1 tsp of dried leaves or a couple of sprigs of fresh leaves for each cup of boiling water. The time you leave it to infuse is a matter of personal taste and can be from 5 – 15 minutes. Strain and slowly sip 3 cups a day inhaling the vapors until your symptoms improve. You can also crush some fresh leaves gently in your hands and inhale the vapors.
Oregano also known as pot marjoram has a high thymol content too. It is one of Nature’s most powerful natural health remedies against bacteria, viruses, yeast and fungi and has been used as a natural herbal remedy since ancient times. It can be used to treat sore throat, coughs and colds as as well as loosening phlegm in the bronchial tubes.
Oregano is used extensively in cooking throughout the Mediterranean especially as an ingredient of pizza and combines well with thyme and rosemary.
Oregano herbal tea recipe:
Infuse 1 tsp dried oregano or 3 tbsp fresh leaves in 8 oz boiling water for 10 minutes, strain and sweeten with a little good quality honey if wanted.
Rosemary or Rosmarinus officinalis is related to the mint family of plants and is one of the oldest Mediterranean aromatic shrubs in cultivation. With it’s attractive leaves and pretty blue flowers it is a favorite for kitchen gardens.
Rosemary tea can help bring relief for colds, catarrh, wheezing and bronchitis clearing phlegm from the chest. good as a gargle for a sore throat. Infuse sage with rosemary and use as a gargle for a sore throat.
Rosemary herbal tea recipe:
Use 2 tsp of dried rosemary to a cup of boiling water. The addition of fresh ginger root and lemon peel makes this a delicious healthy herbal drink.
Here is the recipe:
1 small bunch of rosemary, leaves gently bruised with a spoon.
1 inch thumb of ginger, sliced into rounds
The peel of two unwaxed or organic lemons
6-8 cups of boiling water
Place the rosemary, ginger and lemon peel in a large teapot. Add the boiling water and leave to infuse for approximately five minutes. Strain and sip slowly. You can add a little good quality honey or stevia if you need to sweeten.
While modern medicine is still searching for a cure for a cold the history of healing herbs goes back thousands of years. Give these herbal tea recipes a try next time you are trying to shake off the winter bugs.