Cold and flu tea recipe


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In the cold winter months, nurses are especially at risk for catching viruses from patients and coworkers. While there may never be a cure for the common cold, this herbal remedy is the next best thing. This mug of hot grog will make you feel stronger while giving you a break from cold symptoms (especially a runny nose!).

Cold and Flu Tea
This recipe makes one mug.

3 slices fresh ginger (spicy, warming, immune-balancing)
5 to 10 leaves chopped sage (spicy, antihistamine)
2 to 3 sprigs fresh thyme (spicy, antibiotic, antiviral)
1 tbsp. honey (sweet, simple sugar)
Juice of half a lemon (sour, vitamin C)
Dash of cayenne pepper (hot, immune-enhancing) (optional)

Tip: Keep a jar of horseradish handy at home, in your car and at work. Horseradish will help open your sinuses!


Diane Carbo
Diane Carbo is a licensed registered nurse with more than 35 years of experience practicing in a variety of organizations and community settings, and is an advocate for older adults and their families. She has developed two websites that grew out of her nursing and caregiving experience and her love of tea: and Diane and her sister-in-law, Connie Bednar, have found a tremendous amount of happiness and joy in sharing their knowledge and expertise with others, including their passion for tea.

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