In our kitchen we make this drink whenever someone has a sore throat or any hint of a cold coming on – it is a sage, lemon and honey drink.
Sage is a great herb because it has both warming and drying properties. People coming down with colds feel literally cold and damp. Sage is a ‘febrifuge’ – that is, it heats the body up, and it has been used for centuries in cases of excessive mucus, nasal drips, coughs, and sore throat. Sage is antiseptic and antioxidant. It is also helpful for mental exhaustion, healing sores, cuts out sweats, and is a digestive aid. Just by the way.
Lemon and honey is a well-known remedy for sore throats, both ingredients having antibacterial properties. Raw honey is best for this, and organic lemons!
What do you need?
For 1 cup
- About 5 leaves of sage, or 1 dried sage teabag
- A teaspoon of honey
- Juice of half a lemon, squeezed
- Freshly boiled water.
Put the ingredients in a teacup, pour the hot water over it, stir, and let it steep for about 10 minutes. Sip it while it is still hot. This tea feels ‘just right’ when you or your family don’t! You can even make a thermos flask full to drink through the day. Check with your health care practitioner if you are pregnant, nursing or epileptic.
For the best fight against a cold, give the person plenty of fluids, plenty of rest, plenty of fresh air, and encourage the body to heat up through hot drinks / herbal teas/ broths, and a hot bath or shower.