When you’re huddled at home nursing a cold or flu, a warm cup of herb tea is comfort in itself. An advantage to drinking tea is that the liquid thins congestion and flushes out toxins. It’s true that tea is time-consuming, but try to find time to take care of yourself when you’re sick. Drinking two to three cups of the following tea, nice and hot, will make you sweat and lower a fever. Afterward, if possible, tuck yourself into a warm bed.
- ½ teaspoon yarrow flowers (Achillea millefolium)
- ½ teaspoon elder flowers (Sambucus canadensis)
- ½ teaspoon peppermint leaves
- ½ teaspoon echinacea root
- ½ teaspoon schisandra berries
- 3 cups boiling water
- Combine the herbs in a teapot and pour the boiling water over them. Steep for at least 20 minutes.
- Strain and drink throughout the day. You can make a double batch and keep it in the refrigerator. Just be sure to warm it before drinking.
Kathi Keville is the author of eleven books, including Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art (Crossing Press, 1995) and Herbs for Health and Healing (Rodale, 1996). She teaches herb and aromatherapy seminars throughout the United States and is director of the American Herb Association (
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