A steaming cup of spicy ginger tea warms you from your fingertips to your toes. It increases circulation in the lungs and keeps mucus flowing. Combined with lemon and honey, it soothes dry, scratchy throats.
Use a teabag or ½ teaspoon root powder per cup of boiled water. If you feel overheated, make your tea with 1 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger instead.
When you’re getting back on your feet after a struggle with a respiratory bug, clean up after the fight with this Mineral-Rich Tea. Boil 1 1/2 quarts water, turn off the heat, and add 1 1/2 Tablespoons each oatstraw, horsetail, mullein leaf and nettle leaf. Cover and steep 20 minutes. Strain through a coffee filter to remove irritating hairs. Drink 2 cups a day for 3 days.
To support winter wellness, add garlic to your diet. It’s been called “Russian penicillin” for good reason—bugs hate it. To achieve this effect, here’s how to prepare it. Crush the fresh clove to release an antimicrobial compound called allicin. But don’t cook it, or allicin is destroyed. To benefit from its potent immune support, add crushed garlic to cooked vegetables or soups just before serving.