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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Walmart, I also grabbed lemons, ginger, cinnamon sticks and raw honey for my concoction.
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.
Just add hot water and tea and you have the most soothing drink.
2 pieces of fresh ginger
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup raw honey (or more)
12 oz mason jar
Cut lemons into thin slices.
Repeat the same with ginger.
Layer lemons and ginger in a mason jar. Add cinnamon sticks.
Pour honey over the ingredients.
Close the lid and store the jar in the fridge.
This recipe will keep in the fridge for up to two months.
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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