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TRA­DI­TIONAL treat­ments for com­mon ill­nesses. This week: Sage tea for a sore throat IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: 250ml wa­ter, 1 tsp sage leaves (around three to four leaves).

WHAT TO DO: Bring the wa­ter to a boil in a small saucepan. Put the sage leaves in a cup and pour the wa­ter over them. leave to in­fuse for ten min­utes, then strain and drink.

This tea can also be used for gar­gling — do this twice a day.

WHY IT WORKS: The word sage can be traced back to the latin word sal­vare, which means ‘heal­ing’.

The es­sen­tial oils con­tained in sage leaves are an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory, fungi­ci­dal, an­tibac­te­rial and work against viruses.

EX­TRACTED from Vine­gar Socks by Karin Berndl & Nici Hofer (Hardie Grant, £12.99).

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