Healing Herbal Teas for When You Are Sick

October 7, 2016

Healing Herbal Tea for when you are sick | DIY | Herbs | Elderberry Tea | Immune Booster Tea | Home Remedies

I’ve always loved herbal teas.   Way back when, my favorites were Mandarin Orange and Sleepytime but I’ve expanded my horizons quite a bit over the years.

For many years, I drank herbal tea for no other reason than I enjoyed it.   There’s nothing better than a nice hot cup of tea on a cold day or a fruity herbal sun tea to cool you down during the hot days of summer.  I drank herbal teas regularly with no thought that they could be healing to my body.  It wasn’t until the last few years that I started to think about herbal teas differently.

 

Herbal teas can serve many purposes.  They can be: 

  • Nourishing & strengthening to the body (building the immune system and helping the body to heal)

  • Detoxifying (stimulating the body to self-clean and rid itself of toxins, parasites, or pathogens

  • Comforting & provide pain relief from many symptoms

 

Healing Herbal Tea for when you are sick | DIY | Herbs | Elderberry Tea | Immune Booster Tea | Home Remedies

Today, I have a pantry full of herbs and teas.   There are still teas that I love to drink just because they taste good.   Apple Spice Tea is so wonderful in the fall and the warming, spicy herbs in Cinnamon Tea & Bengal Spice Tea are simply delicious all throughout the winter but now I’m a lot more thoughtful about the teas I drink. Instead of choosing herbal teas based solely on taste, I now choose teas that support my body in whatever way that I need at that moment.

 There are times when I’m feeling run down and I want a nutritional boost.  These are the times that I reach for teas that contain herbs such as nettle, oatstraw, red clover, raspberry leaf and other herbs. These herbs can provide a lot of nutrients, particularly if you make a strong tea infusion.  We’ll be talking more about this in the near future.

Then there are times of illness.   Not only are you looking to soothe your symptoms but you want to support your body in fighting off the illness.  While taking over the counter medications can suppress your symptoms, herbs can actually support your body in healing naturally.  Whether you make your own tea blends or you purchase herbal teas, there are several herbs that can be helpful during times of illness.

 

Herbs that Support the Immune System

 

Herbs that Relieve Queasiness, Nausea & Vomiting

  • Anise

  • Catnip

  • Cinnamon

  • Cloves

  • Fennel

  • Ginger (use sparingly during pregnancy)

  • Lemon Balm

  • Peppermint

  • Red Clover

  • Red Raspberry

  • Spearmint

  • Sweet Basil

 

Herbs for Sore Throats & Coughs

 

Herbs for Sinus Congestion

  • Mullein

  • Peppermint

  • Sage

I buy most of my herbs from my favorite herb store, The Bulk Herb Store.

 

Healing Herbal Tea for when you are sick | DIY | Herbs | Elderberry Tea | Immune Booster Tea | Home Remedies

 

Today, I’ve got two tea recipes for you that are perfect for times of illness or when you feel something is coming on.   Both the “Flu-Busting” Elderberry Tea & the Immune Booster Tea contain herbs that soothe your symptoms while boosting your immune system.  They support your body in healing naturally.

 

 

“Flu-Busting” Elderberry Tea

 

Ingredients: 

Instructions:  

Add all the ingredients except for the honey to a small saucepan.  Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey if desired.

 

 


Immune Booster Tea

 

 Ingredients: 

 

Instructions:  

Bring water to a boil   Add all the dry ingredients to your teapot, a large mug, or a quart jar. Pour boiling water over the herbs.  Cover and let steep for 15-30 minutes.  Strain and sweeten with honey if desired.

 

Enjoy!

–Jen

 

Want to read more about herbal remedies for cold & flu ?  Here are some of my most popular cold & flu recipes.

 

 

 

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"Flu-Busting" Elderberry Tea
Course Beverages
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Ingredients
Course Beverages
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients except for the honey to a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey if desired.
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Recipe by Jennifer Prentice @ www.myhealthyhomemadelife.com

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