My Favorite Winter Cold-busting Tea

It may be the last leg of winter, but there are a lot of people out there (at least in Guelph) fighting off that final winter bug. My long-time favourite tea for when I’m feeling under the weather or when I’m simply craving a healthy warming brew is a ginger decoction with cinnamon and a hint of cayenne. Recently I threw in some sage leaves to boost the tea’s antiviral and bacterial activity, and to my surprise, the tea was even tastier than before so I decided to share the recipe with you.

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Make Your Own Immune-Boosting Elderberry Tonic

I regularly suggest Elderberry syrup for a cold or flu, a remedy that is especially useful for those young ones who resist any pills or nasty-tasting tinctures. Elderberries are now widely studied for their antiviral properties and ability to boost our immune system. 

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Stinging Nettle: Medicine and Food

Many of us first become familiar with nettle in our youth, as an annoying plant encountered when exploring fields or the bushes, but nettle is in fact a powerful nutritive tonic when used as medicine or food. Young nettle shoots can be picked in the spring and enjoyed in a variety of ways.

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