So...I've been dealing with this wicked cold and was too tired to even attempt a blog yesterday. I went to bed way early and slept like the dead. I'm feeling a little better today....throat is less sore and my head doesn't feel like it's stuffed full of cotton batting. However, I still can't breath. I detest not being able to breath. It makes me grumpy.
In light of this awesome illness that has taken over my immune system...I'm dedicating this weeks Tea post to teas to drink when dealing with cold/flu/or other onslaughts to the immune system.
For sore throats: Slippery elm and licorice teas are wonderful soothers. Marshmallow root tea can also be used as it's an anti-inflammatory. Combine all three herbs for a powerhouse tea to help with that sore throat.
For breathing issues: Black teas (oolong, etc) and even coffee are used to open up the lungs airways as they contain compounds that help to clear out mucus. Caffeine is an excellent bronchodilator. Chamomile tea is used as it has many useful properties...it's an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, etc. Combine w/ Rose Hips for extra Vitamin C and a sweet taste.
Peppermint: Used to induce sweating to help break fevers.
Ginger: Helps to relieve nausea, as well as muscle aches and pains associated w/ the flu.
Thyme: antiseptic properties that help to heal infections.
Rosemary: contains disease fighting compounds.
Eucalyptus: cools inflammation and eases congestion.
The 5 herbs above can be used not only in teas but can be combined into a pot of boiling water and used as a vapor tent.
Remember to use a natural sweetener like agave nectar or honey for your teas.
What teas do you use to help relieve the symptoms of colds/flu/etc.??
**Please do your research on these herbs and make sure they don't react to any regular medications you may have to take. Also make sure that you aren't allergic to anything before consuming. Double check with a doctor if you are unsure.**