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Where you have kids, you have germs. But it makes sense why kids get colds so often; they haven’t finished building their immune systems! So if they’re still building their immune systems, every cough or cold they get is actually a good thing…theoretically. Practically though…colds and flus stink. No one likes getting them and they can wreck havoc on an otherwise productive day.
But since getting sick is a good thing and helps build immunity, I want to treat the illness as naturally as possible, by boosting the immune system and supporting the body to do it’s thing.
When someone gets a cold in our house I bust out the natural remedies:
- Rest, rest, and more rest! This is sometimes all you need.
- Homemade Elderberry syrup.
- Herbal cold care tea (recipe below), up to 4 cups a day.
This DIY herbal cold care tea recipe is super easy to make and tastes seriously yummy. The sage gives it an Earthy taste and the combination of the ginger, lemon, and honey make it almost like decadent treat. If the tea gets cold I just add a bit more lemon and it tastes like a gourmet lemonade. Yum!
Why DIY Herbal Cold Care Tea Works
This yummy herb is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. It is a wonderful herb for sore throat and swollen nasal passages. High in antioxidants, sage can protect your from the cellular level. Sage has also been used in folk medicine for digestive upset, and a host of other historical uses from treating typhoid fever to cancer.
Ginger is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It’s fairly well known that ginger is useful to tame an upset stomach, but it actually does a lot more. It’s said to assist the body in sweating to remove toxins and has been shown to reduce muscle soreness.
High in vitamin c, lemon juice is great at boosting the immune system. It also helps to alkalinize the body (we run best when we are slightly alkaline). When we allow our bodies to become too acidic from eating too much processed food and sugar for example, it doesn’t work optimally. Alkalinizing resets the body so that it can heal.
Raw honey is an excellent all around feel-better ingredient. It’s antibacterial and antiviral. It’s really a yummy way to soothe the throat, which helps with a dry cough as well. It’s also quite uplifting to have a sweet treat when you’re sick that can also help you feel better!
So the next time you or your family members get a cough or cold give this herbal cold care tea a try. It may just become your favorite tea!
DIY Herbal Cold Care Tea Recipe
- 1 quart mason jar
- 20 fresh sage leaves
- ½-1 whole lemon
- 10 slices of fresh ginger
- Hot water
- 1-2 teaspoons of honey, per cup – raw, organic honey
- 1 quart mason jar
- Place the sage and ginger into the mason jar.
- Pour hot water over it to almost fill the jar.
- Add lemon juice.
- Let steep for 4-6 minutes.
- Using a mesh strainer, strain the tea into a tea cup.
- Add honey to taste.
- This recipe makes a quart which is enough for a day or two of tea.
A note on safety: Sage tea is not safe to drink during pregnancy as it has been linked to miscarriage. Sage is also not a good idea while nursing because it may decrease milk supply. However, I don’t worry about a lowered milk supply because my nursling is over 2 years old and I don’t drink a lot of tea or for extended periods of time. Talk with your doctor or lactation consultant about what’s right for you. 1 2 3 4