Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early spring by not seeing his shadow this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll have an early end to the cold season. On average, a person with the cold will make a full recovery within 10 days. This doesn’t seem like an overwhelming period of time to deal with a stuffy nose and cough, but even the common cold can force you to use up your limited number of sick days and cancel plans with friends.
For those who want to avoid catching a cold at all, try loading up on certain immune-boosting foods. Simple diet staples like water, apples, eggs, and oranges go far in fortifying your immune system. Leafy greens, like spinach and broccoli, help your immune system and have the added benefit of being good for your brain. They can even counteract Alzheimers, a disease that affects over five million Americans.
Despite all the work you do to boost your immune system, you may still come down with a cold. The next time you feel the sniffles coming on, try these homemade tea recipes to quickly kick that cold to the curb.
Cough Suppressant Tea
Brewing up this easy cough suppressant tea will make about eight cups to help soothe your aching throat.
- First, you will need to lightly whack one bunch of oregano and one bunch of thyme with a wooden spoon in order to bruise them and release their necessary oils.
- In a medium saucepan, heat the oregano, thyme, a one-inch piece of peeled and grated ginger, a one-inch piece of peeled and grated turmeric, half a teaspoon of black peppercorns, and eight cups of water.
- Heat until the mix reaches about 130 degrees Fahrenheit, but do not let it reach a boil.
- Reduce the temperature to low and let it steep for six minutes.
- Add one small grated garlic clove, one-fourth cup of raw honey, one-fourth cup of unsweetened almond milk, and three tablespoons of fresh lime or lemon juice. Stir until the honey dissolves.
- Strain the tea into a pitcher or other large heatproof container. As you strain, push on the herbs to squeeze out all the liquid you can. Drink and enjoy!
This homemade tea will help bust even the toughest cold or flu. This recipe makes four cups for a person feeling under the weather.
- Start by toasting a two-inch cinnamon stick and one-fourth cup of coriander seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, tossing occasionally, for about four minutes.
- Crush your toasted mix with the side of a knife and then transfer to a large saucepan. Add four cups of water and cook over medium-high heat until it reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add one bunch of cilantro and one bunch of rosemary, both lightly bruised with pressure from the side of a knife. Also add a two-inch piece of peeled and finely grated ginger, two bags of detox tea, one tablespoon of raw honey, and one tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar.
- Stir the mix until the honey dissolves, then reduce to low heat and let it steep for about 10 to 15 minutes or until it becomes flavorful.
- Use a fine-mesh sieve to strain the mix into a quart jar or heatproof glass measuring cup. Use a ladle to dole out the cleansing tea, extracting as much of the liquid as possible.
Whether you decide to use your sick days to go full-on couch potato or want to multitask by decluttering your closet and contributing to the 14.3 million tons of donated American textiles that help people around the world, these homemade teas can help get you back to normal before you know it.