Flu-fighting tea

Malgorzata Sypien, M.D., FAAFP, Integrative Family Practice, Chicago IL

Yes, it's that time again – cold and flu season.

This natural, flu fighting tea soothes your cough and sore throat with honey, lemon, ginger and other immune-boosting herbs.


  • 3 cups of water
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 slices of fresh ginger (1/4 inch thick)
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ½ tbsp. turmeric
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1 ½ tbsp raw honey


  1. Add all ingredients (except honey) to a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add honey and stir, adding more if necessary.
  4. Pour tea through a strainer and drink while warm.

* Please note these recommendations are meant for otherwise healthy individuals. Those that are immuno-compromised, elderly or sick for a long duration of time should consult their physician.