The flu season is right around the corner. It usually begins in October and peaks in December and January. Every year in the United States, an average of 5 percent – 20 percent of the population gets the flu.
One of our flu fighting favorites is a spicy tea concocted from echinacea, goldenseal, and slippery elm bark with just a dash of the red hot pepper capsicum. Echinacea, goldenseal and capsicum combine to fight off germs, while the slippery elm bark allows the tea to coat the back of the throat, where viruses are most likely to take hold.
We recommend drinking several cups daily as a preventive throughout the flu season.
Here’s How to Make It:
- Purchase one-half ounce of powdered goldenseal root… one-half ounce of powdered echinacea root (not the whole plant)… two ounces of slippery elm bark powder… and one teaspoon of capsicum. These can be found at your local health food store.
- Combine the ingredients in a brown paper or plastic baggie, close tightly and shake. Transfer the contents to a screw-top jar. (Give this jar a shake each time you use it in order to remix the ingredients.)
- To make the tea, pour one cup of very hot water into a mug over one-half teaspoon of the powder.
- Cover and steep for five minutes before drinking.
Use Common Sense If You Get the Flu
What to do if you get the flu? Of course, nothing replaces good old common sense during flu season. This means you should stay at home, get plenty of rest, and drink lots of fluids.
With smart planning and a dose of good luck, you and your family just might be able to make it through another flu season without getting sick.