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EFFECTIVE Herbal Tea for Colds Recipes

Let’s face it. Winter is here and we’re all vulnerable to the seasonal ickiness that comes along with it. The holidays are knocking on our doors, and so are colds and the flu. Sometimes we try everything to avoid getting ill, but ultimately it’s unavoidable. So, for when you happen to catch a cold, keep this herbal tea for colds recipe handy and pick up the ingredients now (if you don’t already have them in your cupboard). Now, will this tea cure your cold? I can’t assure it’ll cure it (it did for me but results will vary), but it definitely eases the symptoms.

DISCLAIMER: check with your doctor before going on any herbal regimens and also to be sure none of your medications interact with the herbs. We here at Otherworldly Oracle are not certified herbalists or physicians. Your health is in YOUR hands.

Herbal Tea for Colds Recipe #1:


1. Nettle (1 tsp): 

Nettle is known to be high in vitamins C, B complex, and vitamin E. It’s been used for centuries because of its diuretic and healing properties. Part of the mint family, it energizes the body and helps to restore the body’s nutrients which most of us are sorely lacking. As a gentle diuretic, nettle is known to flush away toxins in the body and is said to be good for colds.

2. Elder Flower (1 tsp):

Not only does it add a sweet, musky flavor to your herbal tea for colds, elder flower will decrease inflammation in sinus passages and the respiratory system. Herbalists have used elder flower for centuries for colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses. It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. In the Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, a study in 2010 showed elder flower to be effective against certain strains of bacteria including MRSA. 

3. Yarrow (1 1/2 tsp): 

Yarrow is one of those all-purpose healing herbs. If you keep any herb in your cabinet, let it be yarrow. It’s a featured ingredient in many herbal tea for colds recipes and has been for centuries. It has antiviral properties, as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Our ancient ancestors in Europe knew this and brought yarrow to the Americas, where it was used medicinally by the Natives for digestive problems as well as colds and flu. 

4. Local Honey (1/2 tsp):

Honey has been used for thousands of years, all over the world, for its health benefits. Not only does taking local honey on a daily basis help relieve seasonal allergies, it also helps to relieve sore throats, coughs, and colds. The honey you buy in a grocery store won’t do – buy from a local beekeeper and get it raw. Add a bit to your tea.


Add herbal ingredients to 8-10 ounces of steaming hot water. Let steep for ten minutes then strain. Add 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of local honey to tea and drink hot. Drink herbal tea for colds recipe 2-3 times a day while symptoms last. 


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