Best Herbs for the Common Cold: Runny Nose Herbal Tea

| September/October 1998

Herbalist Sunny Mavor, owner of Herbs for Kids, a manufacturer of herbal extracts, has a favorite recipe for treating colds and flus. She says this tea opens bronchial passages, helps fight viruses, and reduces watery secretions from the eyes and nose.

  • 2 tablespoons dried echinacea root
  • 1 teaspoon dried eyebright leaf and flowers
  • ½ teaspoon dried boneset leaf and flowers
  • 1 teaspoon dried lemongrass
  • 1 teaspoon dried lemon balm leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves
  1. In a covered saucepan, gently simmer the echinacea root in 4 cups of pure water to create a decoction. Keep an eye on your pot; you want to reduce the tea down to approximately 3 cups.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat, add the remaining herbs, and cover and steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain into mugs.

Linda B. White, M.D., is a freelance editor and writer with a focus on herbal healing.

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2/2/2016 5:40:25 PM

Thank you for this delicious idea. Here´s one for you. I have been living in Brazil for the past 45 years. We had a serious problem with dengue fever until it was discovered that tea from the marigold plant brought the immune system back up in just hours and eliminated the dengue in a couple of days. Since then we have found that it works for any virus disease. I use it as soon as I feel a cold coming on and by the next day it´s gone. Sounds to good to be true but try it ! You´ll wish someone had tolled you about it years ago. happy that someone tolled me Roger

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