Practical Prepping for Cold and Flu Season


Herbs are a healthy alternative to pharmaceuticals and are loaded with healing properties.  This recipe for a HOT/COLD TEA is a tasty and natural way to fight a bug.


1 fresh sage leaf [1 tsp. powdered]

1/2 inch peeled and crushed ginger root [or 1/4 tsp. powdered]

1 tb. fresh lemon thyme leaves and/or 1 tb. fresh minced lemon balm [or 2 tsp. dried]

honey to taste

Place all ingredients in cup except honey. Use a tea ball for herbs or strain after steeping.  Pour boiling water over herbs and ginger; cover and steep for several minutes.  Strain. Add honey to taste.  Benefits of this tea are best if prepared fresh each time.

  • sage heals a sore throat
  • ginger warms the blood, stops headaches, lowers blood pressure and is an antibacterial
  • lemon thyme is antibacterial
  • lemon balm is antiviral
  • honey is antibacterial



About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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One Response to Practical Prepping for Cold and Flu Season

  1. Mae Robinson says:

    Thank you for all of the good information,
    Mae Robinson in Oostburg, Wisconsin

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