Winter's kicked in! And sometimes it can feel like no matter what you do, someone in the family ends up with the sniffles, a head cold or the flu. Often - and thankfully - it's just an uncomfortable nuisance.
Here's a 'super herb' tea recipe that packs a punch for colds, viruses and bacterial infections. Herbalists recommend it for its quick-acting effects and it has been a constant in our household this last week.
The leafy celebrity at the heart of this tasty brew is none other than... Sage. This amazing garden herb is antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory! It's great for colds and although a virus just has to run its course, this tea helps reduce nasal congestion, fight infection, curb a runny nose and is sooo soothing for sore throats.
Sage Tea Recipe:
(Important: never use aluminum utensils or containers for your tea extractions. Glass, porcelain, silver, and Pyrex are best)
1 litre Water
12 Fresh Sage Leaves (Dry is ok too, but fresh is more potent!)
2 Tablespoons Local Honey
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
A pinch of Cayenne Pepper
1. In a teapot or saucepan, bring water to a boil.
2. Add the sage leaves and remove the teapot or saucepan from heat.
3. Let steep for 15 minutes.
4. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
5. Pour a cup full, breath in the beautiful aroma and enjoy!
Please note; Sage is generally viewed as being a very safe herb to experiment with, but as always, do your own research and make sure it feels right for you.