Fantastic tea remedy for winter colds & flu

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Sometimes, no matter how hard you try and avoid it, you may feel a little run down this winter.

Cold mornings, chilly nights and drying-out heating systems in the office can leave your throat feeling croaky and dry.

This recipe for a delicious, immune-boosting tea by Cassie Mendoza-Jones is quick and easy to make and great for soothing a sore, dry throat or swollen glands.

Through the lemon juice, you’ll be upping your immune-boosting vitamin C levels; the honey is antibacterial (especially if it’s local raw honey or manuka honey); and the beautiful, spicy, warming ginger provides antiviral and antioxidant protection to boost your immunity.

Here are a few other things you can do when you’re feeling run down:

  • Let yourself rest. So often we busy ourselves when we’re feeling run down, thinking it’ll just go away. When you’re feeling run down, you need to rest up. Get extra sleep and clear your calendar for the day.
  • Take Echinacea root. The root of the plant is the most active and the most beneficial to boost your immune system.
  • Keep hydrated. Dehydration (especially from sweats if you’re feeling feverish) can make you feel so much worse. Sip water slowly throughout the whole day and add some fresh lemon if that helps you drink it. Herbal teas work well too (like this one, recipe below!)

Cold and flu remedies, tea for the flu, tea

Here’s how to make the tea:

You’ll need:

  • Juice from ½ a lemon
  • Freshly sliced ginger (as much as you want)
  • 1 tsp raw organic or manuka honey
  • Fresh boiling water

Add all the ingredients (the sliced sliced ginger, squeeze of lemon and honey) to a mug of boiling water, and stir well. Drink throughout the day.

TIP: if you’re feeling very congested, add a pinch of chilli. Chilli helps to expel mucous from the body.

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Cassie Mendoza-Jones is a kinesiologist, naturopath and writer for women who feel stuck, unworthy and disconnected to themselves. In working with her, women move into what she calls “heartfelt harmony” – a state of balance, ease and vitality. Through her Heartfelt Harmony Society courses + guides, eBooks and free resources, she’s here to help you shake up your approach to self-care, self-worth and self-acceptance on every level, while making it all feel like nourishing yourself without feeling guilty for it is the simplest thing in the world. (Truth: it can be.) Her upcoming book with Hay House is due for release in early 2016, and her lessons and insights have been featured in publications such as Body + Soul, and on popular websites such as Sporteluxe, news.com.au, Vogue.com.au, and smh.com.au. She’s spoken at events and workshops around Australia for a variety of companies, including LinkedIn. When she’s not working with clients, or creating new books, online courses and programs, she’s getting lost in a good novel, hanging out in a cafe or suiting up for a yoga class. Meet Cassie + get ready to find the most balanced, centred version of yourself at www.elevatevitality.com.au and www.heartfeltharmony.com.