My Natural “Flu Shot” Recipe

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Flu and cold season is here and I often hear people talk about getting the flu shot. Not me. I like to protect myself from the flu naturally by eating a nutritious diet, exercising, getting enough sleep, and drinking lots of tea. Also, during the cold season I get a little obsessive with wiping down counter tops and washing my hands a lot. One more thing, essential oils are something I use regularly. They are immune-boosting and germ-fighting and I put them to work on my body and around my home. The best way is to apply them undiluted to the soles of the feet at bedtime.

I recently made this all-natural immunity boosting concoction  for when the germs start “going around”.  I keep it in the fridge and I just scoop out a few tablespoons, add hot water and Bigelow tea and enjoy this delicious and soothing drink daily.

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Tea is one of the most tried and true methods of fighting off colds and flu. As children, my sister and I drank chamomile tea instead of juice. We loved it so much then, and still do.

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I  drink tea all-year-long. In the summer, I prefer my homemade iced tea. It’s my favorite drink to have after hours of mowing and weeding in the heat. Bigelow herbal teas are my favorite – green tea, chamomile, and peppermint. In the winter, I like a warm cup of tea before bed. It helps me relax and sleep better. On the rare occasion that I do get a sore throat, a cup of hot tea is all I want to sooth the throat and warm my body.

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Recently, I started drinking the Bigelow Lemon Ginger herbal tea with Probiotics, which supports a healthy digestion.  It’s delicious and so good for you. I like the foil pouches the tea comes in. They protect the tea and keep it fresh. I stick a couple of pouches in my purse and bring them to work with me.

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Walmart carries a nice assortment of caffeine-free Bigelow teas in their tea and coffee aisle. I usually get a few boxes because I love having a nice stash on hand. As far as quality, Bigelow is a family-owned business that  prides itself on using high quality ingredients. If you drink tea as often as I do, you want to tea proudly with Bigelow.

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At Walmart, I also grabbed lemons, ginger, cinnamon sticks and raw honey for my concoction.

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Lemon:  High in vitamin C, which keeps the immune system strong.

Ginger: Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia. It  helps improve the immune system.

Honey: Honey contains antioxidant, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties that fight against the virus and bacteria to treat the cold.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is beneficial as it contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties.

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 Lemon, Honey, Ginger, Cinnamon in a Mason Jar

Just add hot water and tea and you have the most soothing drink.

Ingredients:

2 lemons

2 pieces of fresh ginger

2 cinnamon sticks

1 cup raw honey (or more)

12 oz mason jar

Directions:

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Cut lemons into thin slices.

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Repeat the same with ginger.

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Layer lemons and ginger in a mason jar.  Add cinnamon sticks.

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Pour honey over the ingredients.

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Close the lid and store the jar in the fridge.

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This recipe will keep in the fridge for up to two months.

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When you want a cup of soothing tea, scoop 2 tablespoons into a mug of hot water and add  Bigelow tea —be sure to get whole pieces of ginger and lemon. Allow to steep for 3-4 minutes.

How do you keep the flu and cold away? Any tips and tricks?

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