It’s cold and flu season in the Northern Hemisphere! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), February is historically the “peak month of flu activity” in the United States.
If just the thought of getting sick stresses you out, here’s a recipe for a natural Cold and Flu Tea from DIYNatural. You can mix the tea up in advance and brew whenever you feel the first signs of a cold or flu coming on.
The herbs in this cold and flu blend were chosen for their ability to stimulate the immune system, fight viruses and bacteria, and ease the uncomfortable symptoms of a cold or flu. You can purchase the herbs at a natural health food store or online.
1/4 cup dried echinacea leaves
1/4 cup dried peppermint leaves
1/4 cup dried lemon balm leaves
3 Tbsp dried elder berries OR 1/4 cup dried elder flowers
Add all ingredients to a glass jar and shake gently to combine. Seal jar tightly. Label well and store your Cold and Flu Tea away from heat and light for up to a year. This blend will make approximately 24 cups of tea.
To Make One Cup of Tea:
1 cup of filtered water
2 tsp Cold and Flu Tea blend
Green stevia for sweetener, if desired
Add tea blend to tea infuser or tea ball. Bring water to a boil, remove from heat. Pour water into mug and add tea. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Add green stevia (if using) and stir until dissolved. Drink up to 3 cups of tea per day as needed.