There’s no avoiding it, we are in the midst of cold and flu season. Tea for cold & flu season is my guide to natural ingredients that you can add to tea to help you feel better and help alleviate symptoms, naturally.
When I was contacted by Andy of Plum Deluxe about featuring his tea, I of course jumped at the chance, being the avid tea drinker I am. Plum Deluxe specializes in loose leaf tea and (I’m also going to show you how to properly serve loose leaf tea). For more information and to purchase all the delicious teas that Andy has to offer, visit his website > Plum Deluxe.
The tea is measured into a teapot (1 teaspoon per serving) and boiling water added, then stir. Allow to steep for a few minutes, then strain into a mug or tea cup. You must use a strainer or you will end up with bits of tea in your teeth, which is unpleasant.
I don’t like taking cold or flu medication because I just don’t like the way they make me feel, the side effects tend to make me feel worse and they are full of sugar. I like to treat my symptoms naturally.
There are so many varieties of tea out there and tea is the most consumed beverage in the world (after water). I’m not a doctor or claim to be, this is just what works for me and there’s nothing more soothing when you’re feeling under the weather than a nice hot cup of tea.
Here are some natural ingredients you can add to any herbal tea that have natural soothing effects:
Whole cloves – an expectorant for phlegm
Ground turmeric – natural anti-viral
Honey – strong anti-microbial and antibacterial effects as well soothes a sore throat
Mint – soothes an upset stomach as well as antioxidants and can help breathing
Lemons and limes – Antioxidants and Vitamin C
Ginger – Soothes sore throat and upset stomach
Cinnamon – to soothe aches and pains. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
Avoid any milk or dairy products in the tea because if you’re congested, the dairy will make it worse.
- 4 teaspoons of your favorite loose leaf tea
- 32 ounces /4 cups boiling water 8 ounces per serving
- Optional additions per cup: 1 clove 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon honey, 2 mint leaves, 1 wedge lemon or lime, 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
- Add the loose leaf tea to a teapot.
- Pour over the boiling water and stir.
- Allow to steep for 3-4 minutes.
- Pour into a mug or teacup through a strainer.