Best Herbs for the Common Cold: Runny Nose Herbal Tea

<p>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.</p>
<li>2 tablespoons dried echinacea root</li>
<li>1 teaspoon dried eyebright leaf and flowers</li>
<li>½ teaspoon dried boneset leaf and flowers</li>
<li>1 teaspoon dried lemongrass</li>
<li>1 teaspoon dried lemon balm leaves</li>
<li>½ teaspoon dried sage leaves</li>
<li>1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves</li>
<li>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.</li>
<li>Remove the saucepan from the heat, add the remaining herbs, and cover and steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain into mugs.</li>
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<em>Linda B. White, M.D., is a freelance editor and writer with a focus on herbal healing.</em>
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