Dontcha just love that the days are getting warmer and longer, but you’re stuck in the house, miserable with a stuffy nose, so you can’t get outside and enjoy it?
Wanna try some herbal tea? I think you’ll be surprised at how much it can help…
This isn’t just any herbal tea.
It’s Gypsy Cold Care Tea. A tasty trio of herbs that may relieve congestion, reduce coughing, also can help with sinus pressure, sinus headache and fever. It’s called “Cold Care” tea, but I’ve had success with it for allergies, sinusitis, basically any kind of head congestion. Tired of the over-the-counter allergy/cold pill that fogs your brain up while it dries your nose out? Why not give this a try instead? It’s delicious, and It Works.
I use this tea a couple of different ways:
1 – if I just feel kinda icky, with a stuffy nose, maybe some sinus pressure, I just make a cup of hot tea and sip. The peppermint works wonders on the stuffy nose. The key is to sip, slowly, inhaling the aroma.
2 – If I have a full-blown cold, fever, runny nose, cough, congestion, etc., I make a very strong infusion of this tea blend. (By strong, I mean, double the amount of tea that I’d normally use for the same amount of water, plus I steep it for as long as I can. Maybe even overnight.) I grab a big ol’ blanket, cover up on the couch, and sip this tea. When made as a strong infusion, the herbs in this tea will make you sweat. In my experience, sweating out a cold is the fastest way to rid your body of it. As your body temperature rises, it is effectively burning off the pathogens, and then they leave your body through your sweat.
About the Ingredients:
Peppermint – relieves nasal congestion by inhaling the hot tea as you’re drinking it, acts as an anti-tussive to reduce coughing, acts as an analgesic to reduce pain, and can reduce fever by causing you to sweat.
Yarrow – its antiviral action is great for fighting off a cold, and it’s a diaphoretic. (It dilates your arteries to stimulate circulation and open pores, stimulates sweating which moves the heat out, breaking the fever.) It’s anti-inflammatory and astringent nature reduces swelling and inflammation, allowing mucus to flow more easily.
Elderflower – Stimulates circulation and promotes sweating which helps to remove toxins from the body. Sweating also reduces your fever after its work of killing pathogens is done. It’s also anti-inflammatory and an expectorant which helps with sinusitis, the cold, and/or sinus allergies.
I like to throw in a little catnip with my tea as well. I find it’s great for headaches, and a bit of a mild sedative. Sometimes I just have to force myself to sit down and rest, and catnip helps me do that.
So, why not stock up on some of these herbs before your springtime allergies hit? Or just in case you catch a cold?