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Tea for Cold or Flu Recipe

Updated on August 28, 2007

True story!

A Brazilian friend of mine made me this tea about ten years ago when I was just coming down with a really bad flu. I drank it, and then throughout the night, I woke up about 5 times, each time completely soaked with sweat. I kept changing my shirt, but by morning, I was almost completely well. 100% TRUE! I have never had a recovery like that before - I typically descend into the flu for 1-2 days and spend at least a week recovering (coughing, sore throat, runny nose, etc)

This recipe sounds nasty, but again, it worked beautifully for me. If it helps, pinch your nose before you begin to imbibe:

A few notes

  • echineacea - has not been proven to be effective, and in fact, recent studies have suggested it increases h. pylori levels in your stomach
  • ginseng - I've heard good things about using this earthy-tasting root in tea, but not sure if it helps when you're feeling sick.
  • See Stacie Naczelnik's recipe too

  • 2 cups water
  • head of garlic
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 sprigs baby dill
  • 1 bag black tea
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • honey

Boil the water, and lower to a simmer.

Peel and crush the garlic & gingerroot, and add to water. Add cayenne, baby dill, tea and lemon juice, and turn off flame.

Allow to steep for 5 minutes, and then take out all the stuff floating in the tea.

When it has cooled sufficiently, sweeten with honey (do not add honey to boiling-hot tea).

Drink both cups and have a stack of t-shirts waiting by your bedside when you head to bed!


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    • livelonger profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Menayan 

      9 years ago from San Francisco

      Jay: As frightening as it may sound, the entire bulb. (I'm not talking about elephant garlic here; a small-medium bulb should be fine)!

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      9 years ago

      Is a garlic head the entire bulb or just one clove?

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      Live N Learn 

      9 years ago

      I am definitely trying that!!

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      9 years ago

      Well, Im sick and gave this a try, aside from being spicy, I loved the taste of it, Cleared my sinus' and I think im gonna have more before bed, but Dang was it spicy

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      9 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I'm prone to flu during rainy season or cold weather. And when the symptoms started, its gets severe which ranges a week or more though I already take medicines regularly. Maybe this could be a good remedy, I give it a try next time.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wow this sounds like it would be worth a try.

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      10 years ago

      Yes, this really works. This is also a common Ethiopian practise we use to treat colds and the flu. thanks for this.

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      10 years ago

      Hey would you guys be able to tell me if "something" burns afterwards?

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      10 years ago

      This stuff really works I had actually done this tea before but with garlic cinnamon honey chamomile and star of anis. My 2 yr old always gets sick and this cures him right away!

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      10 years ago from Northern California

      This is a great recipe for a sweating tea! I've bookmarked it AND linked it in my hub. Thanks for sharing this!

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      11 years ago

      I am drinking this right now - it it supposed to be chilli if i have replaced the dill and the pepper for 1/2 tsp of chilli powder??

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      11 years ago

      This was amazing! Thanks so much, I woke up with a cold, made the tea- didn't have the pepper or dill so used chilli powder instead :) it doesn't taste as bad as I thought! Now I feel fantastic!

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      David Parkowski 

      12 years ago

      The reason this works is cause it's packed with anitoxidents, vit c but I use maple syrup not the other fake "Aunt Jemima" krap.....

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      Spencer Alexander 

      12 years ago

      This tea actually sounds kinda scary, but if you say it works, I'll just have to give it a try.

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      13 years ago

      Olive leaf tea seems to do wonders for my colds. Maybe I will mix it with cayenne pepper. YUM!

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      13 years ago

      I'm going for it...I made a tea with lemon,giner and I need to try the cayenne and garlic.

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      13 years ago from North Carolina

      That's a great one, instead of suffering from cold the whole week, this remedy is much better and quicker, healthier. I will try it when I have cold next time. I also use cayenne powder a little every day along with my meals. It has plenty of use like Stacy said.

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      Isabella Snow 

      13 years ago

      Good lord! Sounds powerful!!! :)

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      Stacie Naczelnik 

      13 years ago from Seattle

      Cayenne has so many wonderful health benefits. I used it in a poultice once when I had a really bad infection--the infection was gone within 24 hours.

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      Jimmy the jock 

      13 years ago from Scotland

      this stuff sounds nasty livelonger, but it is usualy the nasty tasting things that cure illness.....jimmy


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