Soothe cold and flu symptoms with this tea

This spicy ginger tea will help you stay hydrated and ease your throat during flu season.

Tea. Photo, iStockphoto.

Tea. Photo, iStockphoto.

It’s cold and flu season again. The best way to prevent getting sick is to wash your hands regularly, avoid sick people and get a flu shot. But if you develop a scratch in your throat or a full-on flu, try sipping on this hydrating and soothing homemade tea. Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Lemon
Lemon is full of vitamin C, which can help reduce the duration and severity of symptoms if you already have a cold.

2. Cinnamon
Add this antioxidant-rich spice for a warming flavour.

3. Ginger
Ginger’s been used for centuries to relieve a sore throat and loosen up congestion due to a cold. Best known for its ability to calm an upset stomach, ginger can also treat vomit and nausea. (Click here for a warming apple ginger soup recipe.)

4. Cloves
Cloves can make it easier to cough up and eliminate phlegm. These flower buds can be ground with a mortar and pestle for a sweet and peppery seasoning.

5. Turmeric
One of the most effective anti-inflammatories around, turmeric can help reduce inflammation and relieve gastrointestinal discomfort.

6. Cayenne
Great for warming the body, cayenne help with stomach problems and poor appetite. Many traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicines add cayenne to help circulatory problems.

7. Raw honey
Honey includes small amounts of vitamin C and folate, and can help soothe the back of throats, which often become irritated from coughing.

3 cups of water
Juice of half a lemon
1 cinnamon stick
3 slices (1/4 inch thick) of fresh ginger
¼ tsp cloves
½ tbsp. turmeric
1 pinch cayenne (start with this and add more to taste)
1 ½ tbsp raw honey (can add more or less to achieve desired sweetness)

1. Add all ingredients (except honey) to a pot and bring to a boil.

2. Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes.

3. Add honey and stir, adding more if necessary.

4. Pour tea through a strainer and drink while warm.

5. Rest.

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23 comments on “Soothe cold and flu symptoms with this tea

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  3. There is a typo in the recipe. It says “1/4 inch THINK” instead of 1/4 inch THICK


  4. Ack! Thanks Rockin678 we have made the correction.


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  8. I tried it, I liked it and it worked :) The initial symptoms of the flu went away immediately. Thanks!


  9. Thanks for posting this recipe. Lots all kinds of home remedies! I make my own face and body cream as well as many other recipes for my home. They all works wonderfully!


  10. Can you help me understand how antibacterial substances will help me to defeat a cold or flu, both of which are viral and have nothing to do with bacteria?


  11. Try it the other day. Seem to help but would like to know how ofen do should drink it


  12. Like so many other health drinks I am seeing these days with Turmeric in them, this is making the same MISTAKE. Turmeric is only soluble in fats or oils and needs piperine to increase it’s bioavailability. Heating also helps release the beneficial curcumin to the body, so, unless you are drinking this with a good oil like coconut oil, and adding freshly cracked black pepper to it, the Turmeric will just go through your system with next to no therapeutic value, you may as well not bother putting it in there. You should also make sure the Turmeric has the curcumin content intact and does not contain any additives or fillers. PLEASE do more research before posting health recipes like this.


  13. The quantity of water says 3 cups.When made should I assume that it is 3 servings?I could not find the quantity of servings this recipe makes.


  14. Any time I feel like I’m having a cold, I drink the Secrets Of a tea cold tea which helps me, the taste is great too. Since I read this article I started using the turmeric almost in everything I cook and I love it.


  15. I’m not sure exactly how putting honey into hot tea is any different from the pasteurization process …thoughts?


  16. I just use the secrets of tea Cold Br Gone Tea, it works like magic each time I have a cold, it even prevents it


  17. I basically do this recipe every time I get sick… BUT… I add the lemon AFTER it is boiled. This is because vitamin C is a heat sensitive vitamin, if you boil it for 10 minutes you will reduce it’s concentration in the mixture… so squeeze the lemon in last when you add the honey.


  18. Since Flu is a Virus such as the Common Cold how does this work? It only speaks of antibacterial and such. The drink it’s self is wonderful but don’t believe it would help with viruses. Take the shots, stay out of places with a large number of people and washing the hands is the best thing I have found.


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  20. Too many comments are critical of this because it is not ‘a cure’. It is not meant to be, as both colds and flu are viruses and they have to run their course. I did brew some of this for my husband who is feeling a cold coming on. He loves it and will sip it all day long to soothe his throat. This is something to make you FEEL better not cure you. I did add a little more honey and did not boil the lemon. Good advice.


  21. Someone at the gym turned me on to this a year ago. It is my go to – the minute I start feeling something coming on. If I catch it early, it’s a preventative. If I start drinking it after I’ve already gotten sick, it shortens the duration. This is a great natural remedy. The turmeric will dye anything yellow, so be prepared.


  22. ur weblog is much useful to me. I’ll thnx u a lot for sharing this awesome information.


  23. You lost me at “flu shot”…good grief. So in essence you’re recommending a toxic dose of Mercury (Thimerisol)?? Or maybe we request the “Thimerisol free” shot (which may still have trace/toxic amounts) and then we’re just dealing with Formaldehyade (Formalin) and foreign proteins injected into the blood stream that are never digested. Thanks but no thanks.


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