Learn to make tea to prevent or shorten colds and illness


Echinacea is one of many herbs that helps keep you from getting sick when taken at the first sign of a cold or illness. Enjoy this delicious recipe for immune-boosting tea that incorporates it and other powerful herbs that promote well-being.

You’ll need:

  • Fresh, organic herbs ~
    • Echinacea and red clover (boost immunity)
    • Cleavers (helps the body cleanse itself after an infection)
  • Water
  • Tea ball

To make:

  1. Heat water to a near boil (simmer).
  2. Fill tea ball with herbal mixture and steep in cup for 10 – 20 minutes. Longer steeping leads to stronger tea. When steeping a long time, it’s helpful to put a lid or saucer over the cup to keep the tea hot.
  3. Enjoy. It’s important to stay well-hydrated and drink extra water when having tea, as it can be dehydrating and the body needs water to fight infections and illness.
  4. Drink 1 – 3 glasses a day.

A note on herbal medicine:

Medicines are only as potent as the herbs used to make them are fresh.

If you’re not noticing herbs are making a difference, look at the quality of the herbs you are choosing. Bagged teas on the shelf have often sat for a long time, and are far from being fresh. The freshest, cleanest herbs are most potent, and come straight from the garden or your neighbors garden.

If you don’t have a local source like this, think about growing an herbal garden (most herbs can do well even in a small urban container garden). Health food and herb stores can also be a source, but have often lost their potency after sitting on the shelf and should be used as a last resort if fresh local options aren’t available.

Echinacea ~ delicious, immune boosting tea

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