Flu Tea

It finally happened. I woke up this morning with a stuffy nose and slightly sore throat. I really don’t have time for a cold so I need to kick this thing to the curb fast! Here’s what I’m doing.

First thing, I grabbed my cold/flu bomb and rolled it on my throat and the bottoms of my feet. The cold/flu bomb is a combination of Shield, oregano, and melaleuca. I have extolled the virtues of Shield before when I used it on Sunshine’s throat last year. You can read that story again here. Oregano has amazing antibiotic properties and melaleuca is known to fight bacteria and viruses. Mix together and you have something powerful.

Once I got the cold/flu bomb on me, I went to the kitchen and started up my diffuser with Shield, White Fir (for cleaning the air), and Oregano. Then I put the kettle on to make flu tea.

Flu tea isn’t really tea. It’s hot water with 3 drops of Shield and a generous teaspoon of honey. But not just any honey. I use Manuka honey in this tea.

Honey has long been known to have antibacterial properties. But the source of the honey determines how much of an antibiotic it is. The antibacterial component in Manuka honey (found in New Zealand and Australia) is called methylglyoxal, or MG. The higher the concentration of MG, the more potent the antibacterial properties of the honey. Manuka honey has a rating scale of UMG for Unique Manuka Factor to measure the amount in the honey. Ideally, you want to 16+ to get the maximum benefits. Manuka honey is used most often in the treatment of wounds. You can read here how I treated Cookie’s infected skin.

While Manuka honey is by no means the sweet honey that we’re used to eating, I’ve come appreciate it’s sharp taste because I know the benefits that will come with it. I won’t eat it on toast but melted in a big mug of hot water, it’s actually quite good. And you can always add some “regular” raw honey to sweeten it up a bit.

If you don’t have Manuka honey on hand, some good local raw honey will be just fine, too.

If you’ve got a cold coming on, here’s the recipe for Flu Tea to make yourself.

1 cup hot water
1 tsp (generous) Manuka honey (or just raw honey if you don’t have Manuka)
2-3 drops Shield
1-2 drops SN’s Lemon Mix together until the honey is melted and enjoy. I usually drink 2-3 cups of this per day when I’m feeling sick.

Use coupon code plainjane for 10% off your Spark Naturals order. This week (November 10-16), Spark Naturals’ Cold/Flu Bomb Kit is on sale. With my coupon code, you’ll get it for 20% off the regular price. Can’t beat that deal!
(Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional. I’m simply sharing what works for me.)

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