Cold and flu fighting tea

Cold and flu fighting tea

Even though the winter is officially past us, it’s still cold season here in the north of Germany. There are still lots of people reaching for their tissues and taking cold symptom relief medicine. So I thought it was a great idea to post this  cold and flu fighting tea. You should take it from the moment you first notice you’re getting a cold.

 

This tea will soothe your throat, hydrate and warm you, give your immune system a boost and loose up any mucus you might have in your throat, nose and sinuses.

Medicinal plants used to make the cold and flu fighting tea:

Willow bark (Salix alba, Salix purpurea, Salix daphnoides) lowers fever and pain. It also has flavonoids which is a plant based compound with powerful antioxidant properties.

European elderberry flowers (Sambucus nigra) is a natural anti inflammatory that boosts the immune system. Herbalists and native peoples have been using it to treat colds, flu, rhinitis and allergies. Studies show its berries have anticancer properties.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) has antiviral and antiseptic properties. Herbalists use it to treat acute and chronic bronchitis, whooping-cough, sore throat, laryngitis and swollen tonsils.

Rose hip (Rosa canina) is the fruit of the rose. It has as much as 3000 mg of Vitamin C per 100 g of fresh fruit but most of it is destroyed in the drying process. But this loss is balanced out by the high flavonoids content. And to boot, rose hip also has vitamins A, B1, B2, K and P.

Cowslip (Primula veris, Primula elatior) is a wonderful plant to treat conditions such as acute and chronic sinus infection, catarrh in the air passages, colds and the flu. If you harvest the flower yourself, make sure to take the whole flower with the stem the petals are attached to. The green part that holds the petals contains most of the medicinal compounds needed to treat respiratory diseases. Cowslip also has anti inflammatory and analgesic properties.

Malva flowers (Malva sylvestris, Malva neglecta) contains a high amount of mucilage that acts as a demulcent. This means it produces a soothing film in the throat relieving it of pain and inflammation.

If you live in a temperate climate, you can grow all these plants in your garden and harvest your own ingredients for this tea. Cool!

Cold and flu fighting tea

You will need:

  • 35 g willow bark, chopped
  • 30 g elder flowers
  • 20 g thyme
  • 5 g rose hip
  • 5 g cowslip flowers or root
  • 5 g malva flowers

To do:

  1. Mix all ingredients and add them to an air tight tin.
  2. Put 2-3 teaspoons of the mix in a tea filter or strainer.

  3. Put filter or strainer in a large cup or mug.

  4. Add hot filtered water and steep for 10 minutes before drinking.

  5. Sweeten with raw honey. (Optional)

 

Drink throughout the day

 

Cold and flu fighting tea
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Ingredients
  • 35 g willow bark, chopped
  • 30 g elder flowers
  • 20 g thyme
  • 5 g rose hip
  • 5 g cowslip flowers or root
  • 5 g malva flowers
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients and add them to an air tight tin.
  2. Put 2-3 teaspoons of the mix in a tea filter or strainer.
  3. Put filter or strainer in a large cup or mug.
  4. Add hot filtered water and steep for 10 minutes before drinking.
  5. Sweeten with raw honey. (Optional)
  6. Drink throughout the day

 

 

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