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Immune tea – a simple remedy to prevent and treat colds and flu

There’s something soothing about a warm cup of tea when you’re feeling run down.  But not any old tea will do.  With people dropping left right and centre at the moment with colds, flu, and all manner of dreaded bugs, I thought I’d share this immune boosting tea recipe – a remedy I rely on to keep myself and my family well.

I also use this remedy to treat a respiratory infection.  It really helps relieve symptoms and shorten the duration and severity of the infection.  This immune tea is my take on the infamous hot lemon and honey drink my mum used to make me as a child, only packing much more of a medicinal punch.

So why is it so good?

  • The turmeric is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral.  This, combined with the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger, means that both are wonderful for treating the congestion associated with respiratory infections.
  • Honey has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation, promote healing and reduce infection.  But not all honey is created equal.  Processed honey has no medicinal qualities.  Real, raw honey possesses these properties, with some types of honey more potent than others.  Manuka honey is a type of honey which is potently antibiotic and is receiving much attention in the medical community for its medicinal qualities.  It or another raw medicinal honey would be your best choice here.
  • Lemon obviously donates a little hit of vitamin C.  But it is the zest that impresses the most.  Lemon zest is very nutrient dense, an amazing antioxidant and is very anti-bacterial too.  It is also very good for stimulating digestion and breaking down mucous.  Where ever a recipe calls for lemon juice, always incorporate the zest too.

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So now for my immune tea…

500ml of boiling hot water
1 organic ginger tea bag or a 1 cm slice of fresh ginger root, diced or grated
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder or a 1 cm fresh piece of root, diced or grated
1 tablespoon of manuka or raw honey (more or less to taste)
Juice and zest of one lemon


  1. Pour the boiling water over the ginger, turmeric, and optional coconut oil.
  2. Let it sit for a few minutes before adding the zest and juice.
  3. Add the honey then simply sip yourself well.


Supercharge it
Simmering the ginger and turmeric root in the water for 5-10 minutes will make a more potent brew.

Boost it
Add a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil to the tea.

Read about my other immune boosting wonder here.

Do you have any homemade remedies you swear by to prevent or treat colds and flu?  I’d love you to share by commenting below.


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  • Libby

    I often make this tea but have never added turmeric. Great idea! Does it taste better to steep the root instead of adding powder?

    • Turmeric is quite a dry, bitter tasting herb. I grow and therefore use the fresh herb, but you wouldn’t add it for taste (only medicinal). x

  • Katie

    Georgia, do you ever use Bentonite Clay? I’ve been reading about it lately and how people take it internally to draw out toxins. Would it have the potential to get you over the flu quicker by any chance?

    • Hi Katie, I’m very sorry, I have no experience with it. Sorry I cant help G x

  • Gigi

    Whenever we have cold or flu in our house, we have been drinking boiled ginger tea with milk and sugar. It soothes the throat and helps with the cough.

    • Thanks Gigi – I also make a chai immune tea that is very soothing too G x

  • Sharene

    Honestly, make this everyone. I just did for myself and my adult daughter and we are so excited. It is just delicious.

    • Thrilled you like it Sharene, thanks for your comment G x

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