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Food Remedies for Colds and Flu

During those times when your immunity is low, and you feel cold- or flu-like symptoms, it’s time to take preventive action by enjoying one of these nourishing, natural home brews.

Learn more about preventing colds and flu.

Scallion Broth

This simple broth will help you sweat lightly, and is an excellent remedy for preventing and getting rid of colds:

  • Take one scallion, and chop it up.
  • Boil in water for 5 to 10 minutes. (Keep the lid on the pot to prevent vapor from escaping.)
  • Strain and flavor with tamari.
  • Sip it slowly, bundle up, then lie down, or go to sleep.
  • Scallion broth is the more effective of the two remedies, but if for some reason it doesn’t appeal to you, ginger tea is a good alternative

    Ginger Tea

    If scallion broth doesn’t suit your culinary fancy, try ginger tea:

  • Put a couple of slices of fresh ginger in one and one-half cups of water.
  • Boil for 5 to 10 minutes. (Time it based on how strong you like your ginger tea.)
  • Keep the lid on the pot to prevent vapor from escaping.
  • Add a little honey and lemon.
  • Sip it slowly, bundle up, then lie down, or go to sleep.

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    IMPORTANT: All information on this Web site is provided for educational use only and not meant to substitute for the advice of a local Oriental Medicine practitioner, biomedical doctor, experienced coach, or martial arts instructor.