At the first sign of a cold, opening the pores and sweating can often be enough to help your body fight off the sickness. Here is a simple formula using kitchen herbs that can be easily kept on hand – take it at the first sign of chills, runny nose, sneezing, etc.
**This is only to be used for cold conditions with no symptoms of fever or sweating**
3 cups of water
3 dried green onion bulbs
2 dried tangerine peels
3 slices of fresh ginger (the size of a quarter)
Honey to taste
Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the ginger and tangerine peel and reduce heat to medium. Let it cook for about 10 minutes (water should be slightly yellow and reduced by half).
Add green onion bulbs, cook an additional 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and strain off liquid. Add honey to taste.
Cover yourself in a blanket or hooded sweatshirt to keep warm and drink the tea as soon as it has cooled sufficiently. In most cases, you will produce a sweat and may need to rest a little bit afterwards, but should be able to avoid prolonged symptoms if you catch it soon enough!
Special thanks to Dr. J who passed this gem along early on in herbs class!