To protect against burglary, you might install an alarm system that alerts the police when someone tries to enter your home, or you might have a pet dog who barks at strangers. The idea is to drive out a would-be intruder before he enters. A similar approach is used by traditional Chinese medicine for colds and flu prevention.
Traditional Chinese medicine describes levels of illness. One aspect of cold/flu prevention is to fortify vitality with healthy dietary habits and qi-enhancing herbs. We might strengthen digestion with ginger tea. However, superficial discomforts can penetrate deeper into the body when our immunity is weak and healthy habits insufficient. We often ignore early signs such as muscle stiffness or chills so that the imbalance is made worse. Superficial discomforts penetrate deeper to affect internal organs.
Herbal Flu Tea contains herbs that are traditionally used to ease colds/flu sore throat, sinus and lung congestion, cough, low energy and weak immunity.
Fineleaf schizonepeta herb, Ligusticum root, Perilla Leaf, Divaricate Saposhniovia Root, Astragalus root slices, Tangerine peel, Mint, Poria, fuling, licorice root, Glycyrrhizae preparata, Magnoliae bark, Codonopsis root
Schizonepeta is traditionally used for reducing fever and sore throat, ligusticum enhances circulation; perilla, Saposhniovia (fang feng) and mint increase sweating to help regulate body temperature; astragalus and codonopsis increase immunity; tangerine peel and poria (fuling) aid digestion. Overall, digestion and immunity are enhanced and fever and cold symptoms reduced.
Flu Fighter Tea strengthens and frees breathing and enhances immunity. The traditional method of cooking this recipe is to make a water extract: “Boil five bowls of water to one.” By cooking the herbal soup according to those guidelines, the strongest results will be achieved. However, the taste is also strong.
We suggest starting its use as a light beverage tea by simmering the herbs in water for up to 15 minutes. Inhale the steam. The mint leaves will be refreshing. That will help you to get used to the taste. You might lemon and honey. Drink it warm or cool between meals. The second cooking should be longer in order to release the benefits of the roots. Simmer with water for up to two hours. The tea can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days. Drink it between meals for the best benefits. Finally simmer the herbs for up to 3 hours and use the brew as a warming foot soak. We absorb herbal benefits through our skin.