TEA FOR COLDS & SORE THROAT
Thyme ( Thymus vulgaris) has potent antimicrobial properties and is excellent for colds and flu, and other respiratory tract infections, such as tonsillitis. It also has antispasmodic properties, so it helps to relieve coughing. • Infuse 1 teaspoon dried or 2 teaspoons fresh leaves in boiled water and drink up to 3 cups a day.
Sage ( Salvia officinalis) also has antimicrobial properties and can be used as you would thyme, for colds, sore throats and gum infections. • Infuse ½-2 teaspoons of dried leaves in freshly boiled water and drink up to 3 cups a day.
Marshmallow plant ( Althaea officinalis) can be used to soothe inflamed membranes in the mouth and throat. It is antibacterial and antitussive, so it’s useful for sore throats and dry coughs. While both the leaves and the roots contain mucilaginous properties, the roots contain more of these properties. • Infuse 1-2 teaspoons dried marshmallow root in cold (not hot) water and steep for 8 hours to release the mucilage. Drink 3 cups a day.