‘Tis the Season: A recipe to help colds and flu



The season of colds and flu will soon be upon us, (or maybe it’s already hit you). What could be better than something which is not only warm and comforting but which actual helps to relieve the symptoms?


I’m not a herbalist but this recipe was given to me by a friend who is a professional and I can assure you from personal experience that it works.

Her recipe is:

1 tsp dried peppermint

1 tsp dried yarrow

1 tsp dried elderflower

1 tsp lemon juice

2 cups of boiling water

Infuse the herbs in the water for 5 minutes, then add the lemon juice and honey to sweeten if necessary (I don’t). Take a wineglassful every 2 hours. This pleasant soothing mixture will induce a gentle perspiration, thus helping to reduce a fever.

I personally make up a jar full of the dried herbs and dried lemon peel then use a large teaspoonful to a mug of boiling water, as and when I need it.

The elderflower is anti-inflammatory and anti-catarrhal, the mint helps with any headache and the yarrow lowers fevers.

Before I retired I kept a tub of this in my office desk and even those who wouldn’t normally touch herbal teas would come and request some of this at the first sign of sniffles.


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