Last night I starting feeling those first feelings of getting a cold…scratchy throat, light headache, and so tired. No fun.
So right away I began my self care measures to help my body get through this virus as quickly as possible. Of course, what my body needs is rest, but in addition to that I add some Chinese herbs, some herbal teas and some needles.
Colds and allergies are distinctly different, but can produce similar symptoms, including sneezing, sinus congestion, runny nose, scratchy throat and sinus headache. The common cold targets the upper respiratory tract and is the result of exposure to one of many different cold viruses. Allergies are the result of your immune system reacting abnormally to otherwise harmless substances. Herbal teas, made from a variety of herbs, may offer some relief for mild cold or allergy symptoms.
The tea I made this time tastes like a chai tea. Josh calls it my witches brew because you get to see all of the herbs and spices floating around in the tea as it’s simmering. So yummy. It tastes great even if your aren’t coming down with a cold!
8 cups water
15 whole cloves
15 whole green cardamom pods
15 whole black peppercorns
1 finger of ginger sliced
5 sticks of cinnamon
Bring the water to a boil and then add the spices and simmer for 30 – 45 minutes, the longer the better. You can add black tea at the end if you’d like. I’ll often make a double batch and reheat individual portions. I’ll also add honey and almond milk sometimes. Yum. And the house smells amazing as it’s cooking.
See your doctor if your symptoms persist, and ask your doctor if herbal teas are safe for you.
Licensed AcupuncturistI am an acupuncturist, mother of 2, dog mom and exercise enthusiast in the Bay Area.
My mission is to help you bring your body into balance so that you can focus on being the best, most loving version of yourself.