Three tea recipes for winter colds

December 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

A sniffly nose, sore throat, an aching head – we’re all too familiar with the common cold, especially this time of year. Here are some natural remedies that you can use to recover:

  1. For early symptoms of the cold: Slice up a fresh ginger root and add to 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Add brown sugar, honey, or your favorite tea for some nice flavor.
  2. For a cold with fever: Wash, peel, and core 2 cucumbers, then cut up into pieces. Bring to a boil in 3 cups of water, then turn the heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in honey.
  3. For a cold with nasal congestion: Slice up a fresh ginger root and 3 scallion stalks (also known as green onion). Bring to a boil in 3 cups of water, then simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Add brown sugar, honey, or other sweetner.

All of these teas should be consumed while still hot. For best effect, drink 3 times a day, re-heating the tea each time (each recipe makes 3 servings). If you’re experiencing high fever or severe body aches, contact your doctor immediately as you may have the flu.

And To Prevent Colds Altogether…

  • If you’re feeling chilly, warm the base of your neck (where your neck turns into your back) with a warm water bottle or blow dryer. Take care to keep this area warm daily by wearing scarves or turtlenecks.
  • Soak your feet up to the ankle in hot water and Epsom salt (regular salt works too if you don’t have any Epsom handy).
  • As you probably know, wash your hands often and get plenty of rest.
  • Massage acupoint ST 41. This point is in a little nook at the front of your ankle, straight down from the kneecap, and will help strengthen your immune system.
  • If you have a cough, try massaging acupoint LU 5. You can find this point by going to the middle of your elbow crease, then moving 2 inches right on your right arm or 2 inches left on your left arm.

Stay healthy this holiday season, and as always, thanks for letting us tend to your health!

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