A Recipe for Flu Fighting Tea

Recipes | | November 4, 2009 at 8:00 am
Photo by Ruta & Zinas.

Photo by Ruta & Zinas.

I was recently on business in Bangkok when I awoke with the type of bone aching pain I thought could only happen in cheap Halloween movies.

I felt as though I had some form of the plague, avian flu or swine flu. With no idea where to go or who to see in Bangkok I made this simple -yet extremely powerful- antiviral, immune enhancing, microbe-crushing tea. I drank about a liter a day and was on my feet in 48 hours. Here’s how to make some of your own:

  • Juice  a bunch of citrus for some serious vitamin C. Grapefruit, orange, limes or lemons work (I had to use pomelo in Thailand). Find your own proportions depending on what tastes good
  • 3 inches of ginger peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • Pinch of cayenne powder if you’ve started running a fever 

Add ginger, garlic,  to a saucepan and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and add the fresh juice, cayenne and honey. Sip until you feel human again!

For some more tips read Dr. Gibran Ramos’ awesome tips to maximize your immunity and Christine Dionese’s Chinese medicine immune boosting tips and Treating kids this flu season.

NishantDr. Nishant Rao is a co-founder of WellWire.com. He is a well-traveled naturopathic doctor and new father, practicing an integrative approach to create wellness in and around Los Angeles. Become a patient or discover his practice.

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7 Comments

  1. Julia says:

    Sounds good and I am not even feeling sick! Very similar to a drink I make when I am feeling a cold coming on: honey, garlic, olive oil, & a whole lemon in a blender with hot (almost boiling) water, blended until smooth enough to drink. I like the idea of adding ginger. cayenne & other citrus juices. Might be a good defense BEFORE cold/flu symptoms start! Thanks for the additional ingredients to my basic cold care. Think I will go blend up a drink!

  2. Sounds great but is it FDA approved? It seems as if even sensible health advice is becoming illegal.

  3. I bookmarked your site, this is very useful, thank you.

  4. Dr. Orna Izakson says:

    Yum!