Hi everyone! Sorry for not posting anything lately, but I was busy with university stuff. It was a pleasure to discover that in my absence, people were still interested in my posts and accessed the blog looking for more. My 10 Ingredients to Keep the Cold Away post became quite popular and I received messages from followers who want to know more about the way you can use these ingredients. The reason why I’m writing this article is that I want to explain better the way these ingredients can help you.
How to use these ingredients?
Add the ingredients into your dish to spice it. They will improve the taste and also will protect you from getting a cold or flu.
Recipe Suggestions: Creamy Carrot Soup, Simple Indian Potatoes, Extremely Hot Potato Chips
2. Herbal Tea
Another way to extract the properties of an herb is to prepare tea. Water is, in general, a very good solvent for many of the herb’s properties.
Fill an empty kettle with 1 cup (250 ml) cold water. Bring the water to a boil and turn off the heat. Add the herbs and wait for 8-10 minutes to let the tea steep.
Recipe Suggestions: Onion Tea, Energizing Ginger Drink, Saint Nicholas’ Special Tea
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Here are three recipes that use some of the presented ingredients:
- Echinacea Tea
- Cinnamon Tea
- Hot Spiced Tea
Make a simple tea from this herb and drink 2 cups/day. Echinacea increases phagocytosis and lymphocyte activity, so it stimulates the immune system. Remember that you shouldn’t use this herb if you are pregnant, have asthma, auto-immune diseases, cancer or diabetes. Also, don’t drink this tea more than two weeks.
Use 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder, 5-7 black pepper grains, 5-7 cloves. Add honey or agave syrup to sweeten tea (if you want).
Use 10g ginger root, 5-7 black pepper grains and a pinch of red chili powder.
This tea stimulates the metabolism and makes you sweat, removing in this way the toxins from your body and it also reduces fever. Don’t use this recipe if you have stomach or intestinal problems.