The most common illness people suffer from is the common cold. While you can catch them any time of year, winter time is when a majority of people fall victim to them. Even though colds are caused by a virus, there are no effective immunizations against them since this type of virus is constantly changing. When you have a runny nose, a horse voice, a constant cough or a sore throat, rather than running to the pharmacy and grabbing a bunch of over-the-counter medications, you can just as easily treat these symptoms with herbal teas. When you make your own teas, you are saving money as well of gaining additional health benefits.
You can stock your cabinet with different blends of bagged teas or you can brew your own blends with herbs. When you use herbs to make your own teas, you can use the herbs that are needed to treat specific symptoms. For example, you may have a sore throat but do not have a cough. Therefore, the herbs you would use are the ones that have pain-fighting properties. Fill up you spice rack and keep some potted herbs so you are ready when cold and Flu season comes for a visit.
Sage, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and honey contain many different healing properties. When combined, they are very effective in combating many, if not all, of the symptoms you may suffer from when you get a cold or the Flu. Put two teaspoons of sage in a tea ball and place it in a cup of hot water. Allow it to brew for fifteen to twenty minutes. Add a tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice along with a pinch of cayenne pepper. You can also combine sage with catnip, red clover and comfrey to relieve overall cold symptoms. Combining all three makes a winter tonic that may prevent you from catching the colds and the Flu.
Other excellent cold and Flu fighting herbs include:
Allspice-Helps with overall symptoms of colds and the Flu
Cloves-Pain reliever and clears up chest congestion
Dandelion-Helps with overall symptoms of colds and the Flu
Echinacea-Gives the immune system a major boost and may prevent you from catching a cold or the Flue
Eucalyptus-Fever reducer, clears up chest congestion, loosens phlegm
Lemon-for sore throat pain, coughs and chest congestion
Mint- sore throat pain and clogged sinuses
Willow Bark-fever reducer and headache pain reliever
Mullein-clears up coughs
Licorice Root-Sore throat pain
Linden flower-relieves sore throats
Ginger-Relieves sore throat pain and helps clear up sinuses and chest congetion
When you brew you own medicinal teas you can use different parts of a plants such as leaves, flowers, roots or a combination of all three. Always seek the advice of a qualified herbalist is you are unsure of which parts of a plant you can use. For the maximum healing effect, make sure that you steep the tea for fifteen to twenty minutes before drinking. It is important to keep the cup-or pot-covered while you are waiting for the tea to brew. This helps prevents the loss of the healing properties of the herb you are using from escaping during the steaming process.
While many people will drink their tea without any added sweeteners, adding lemon, honey or a combination of both, will help with your cold symptoms. Both honey and lemon plays wonders in soothing sore throats and clearing up chest congestion.
When you are suffering from a cold or the Flu, you may not have a good appetite. When you drink tea to relieve your symptoms, you are also supplying your body with fluid intake. Herbal teas-while they speed up your recovery-also provides your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs for it to remain healthy.