How to make tea
Your one thing this week is to get comfortable making a cup of hot tea or infusion.
Place your herb in a cloth or paper tea bag or in a tea ball. Put it in your heatproof mug. Pour boiling water over the herb in the mug.
Cover and steep the herb for at least 15 minutes. (You can use a tea pot if you like.)
Sweeten with honey or stevia. (I prefer raw honey for colds and flu, as it soothes and energizes.)
Sip it slowly.
One thing for a cold or flu? Well it’s complicated
Honestly there isn’t just one thing that you can do for a cold or the flu because what you should do depends on what stage you are at in your sickness.
At the beginning of a cold or flu when you are just beginning to feel achy and tired the fire cider you made last week is a great way to fend off the microbes or viruses. The increased circulation and warmth help your immune system to get into high gear and kick those microbes out of your body. As long as your stomach can handle it, you can take Fire cider often, up to a teaspoon every hour. Go ahead and take it in the middle of the night, too.
Other herbs that can help in the early stage of a cold or flu are echinacea, elderberry, or olive leaf. All three prevent the replication of viruses, either by preventing them from getting inside your cells or by preventing the virus from dividing. These herbs can be taken as teas, tincture, or syrups and you can take them as often as necessary, even hourly. This may be enough to fight the virus, provided you also get sufficient sleep, and maintain good hygiene. (I can’t recommend hand washing enough to help you stay healthy.)
In the next stage of a cold or flu, these remedies don’t work well. In fact you may even feel worse when you take them. This is stage is sometimes called a Herx Reaction. This occurs when your organs of elimination can’t clear the virus or microbes from your body as fast as the microbes are multiplying or dying off. It is indicated by inflammation – flu-like symptoms including headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, sweating, chills, nausea or other symptoms. When you do the things you were doing to ward off the sickness, that seemed to be working, suddenly you feel worse. This is the hezx reaction. What should you do?