Natural Home Remedies: Sick Tea

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Long before modern medicine, women have holistically healed the sick with remedies derived from nature and feminine intuition. This divine power and ability to solve almost any problem has always been one that makes me proud to be a woman. I have witnessed three generations of women in my family mix potions and brew teas that treat any ailment from a headache to hypothyroidism. But of course, no good deed goes unpunished. Many healers throughout the centuries have been accused of witchcraft. They were simply general practitioners and midwives who offered their services to those who did not have money or status to access doctors and hospitals. With modern society’s dependence on the health care system and pharmaceuticals, we see that capitalism has once again overpowered the woman and her magic.

But in the spirit of the medicine women before me, I believe that knowledge sharing is the key to awareness. My very own Bruja (Courtney Sprewer of EatDrinkDoWear) and I,  often joke about being witches when we string together a concoction of ingredients to fix whatever it is that’s plaguing us at the moment. This past week, we joined forces to rid our apartment of a dastardly illness that was trickling down from one roommate to the next. Since neither of us put faith in over the counter fixes, we decided to get our other roommates on board with what we have deemed as “Sick Tea”. After they finished their first cup, we heard cries of “My sinuses are opening up!” and “I finally got a good night’s sleep!”. The next day, we were all back to normal, emerging feeling happy and healthy.

With cold and flu season approaching, this recipe is great to have on hand as soon as you feel the sniffles coming on. Even if you aren’t sick , it is always good to have a cup for a quick immune system boost. Containing nature’s natural antibiotics and tasting similar to the broth of a soup, this tea can cure the common cold, sinus infections, and sore throats. Check out the recipe created by Courtney below. Be sure to let us know your results!


Ginger – Ginger has antibacterial properties. It also functions as a diaphoretic which means that it promotes sweating by warming the body from within, making it great for sweating out a cold.

Green TeaGreen tea was used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to control bleeding and heal wounds, aid digestion, improve heart and mental health and regulate body temperature. Recent studies have shown green tea can potentially have positive effects on everything from weight loss to liver disorders.

Garlic Clove – Garlic is said to be a powerful antibiotic, and reduce the frequency of the common cold in adults.

Cayenne Pepper – Cayenne pepper is often used as a home remedy for coughs, colds, and congestion. It also contains Vitamin C.  

Turmeric – Turmeric is great at combating inflammation, and also contains Vitamin C.

Honey – Honey possesses antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and works great as a natural cough remedy.  

Lemon – Lemons are high in Vitamin C, and aid the immune system in fighting off illness.

Apple Cider Vinegar – ACV has been known to clear a stuffy nose and soothe a sore throat.  




How To:

Cut a slice of ginger root, place it in a pot of water, and bring to a boil. Boil for 2-3 minutes, and let the water rest for 1 minute before removing the ginger slice, and placing your tea bag in. Allow the tea to steep for the recommended time on the packaging, which is usually 2 minutes or so. Next place about a half capful of ACV into your mug with the tea. Add a pinch of cayenne and turmeric, one garlic clove, a slice of lemon, and as much honey as needed to sweeten the concoction. Stir, enjoy, and get well!

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