Anti-Inflammatory, Immune-Boosting, Mineral-Rich Get Through The Flu Tea
Stay hydrated and nourished when you or your family come down with the flu. This anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, mineral-rich Get Through The Flu Herbal Tea is exactly what sick bodies need. With the benefits of nettle, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric, it helps your body heal naturally.
Despite doing all the right things…
We took our fish oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, and probiotics. We used anti-bacterial and anti-viral essential oils specifically for cold and flu prevention.
And, we still got the flu. 🙁
It happens to the best of us, right? We can do all the right things, and our bodies still succumb to sickness. We are human, after all.
When my kids and I had the flu recently, we had NO appetite whatsoever. I don’t think I ate for three straight days. The body aches, chills, fever, and overall discomfort simply overpowered all desire for food.
Even the foods that usually sound so comforting and nourishing — like bone broth — didn’t sound at all appealing. And, I wasn’t even nauseous!
Knowing how important it is to stay well-hydrated when sick, I dragged myself out of bed and into the kitchen, looking for something, anything that might give us nourishment and help facilitate our bodies’ innate capability to heal itself.
That’s how this Get Through The Flu Herbal Tea came to be.
Herbs in Get Through The Flu Herbal Tea
As I crafted this tea, I allowed my intuition to be my guide. I already have knowledge of healing herbs and spices that are beneficial during times of illness. So, rather than hopping on the Internet to Google what sort of tea I should make, I simply followed my instincts.
Nettle for its large amount of vitamins and minerals and ability to facilitate detoxification.
Peppermint for flavor and congestion relief.
Fresh ginger because it’s warming, soothing, good for digestion, and a powerful cold/flu fighter.
Cinnamon with its natural anti-viral and antibiotic properties.
Anti-inflammatory turmeric to provide pain relief. Black pepper to make the curcumin in the turmeric available to our bodies.
We basically lived off this tea for three days, making pot after pot and giving thanks for the pain relief, hydration, and minerals it provided. It’s delicious as-is, however your intuition may guide you to add stevia for sweetness, raw honey to soothe a sore throat, or fresh lemon juice for extra Vitamin C.
How to Make Herbal Flu Tea
Since flus tend to hit everyone in a house over a period of days or weeks, don’t bother with making single cups of this herbal flu tea.
We use our French press to make 4 servings at once.
Combine the dried herbs and spices in the French press. While you’re adding spices, bring water to a boil. I love my electric tea kettle for fast boiling!
Once it boils, fill the French press with water, put on the lid, and allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes.
Add sweetness with a bit of stevia. Or, raw honey soothes a sore, scratchy throat.
Add extra Vitamin C and liver support with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Have this tea on-hand at all times by making a batch and freezing it in ice cube trays. To make 1 cup of herbal flu tea, take out 4 to 5 tea cubes and heat on the stove.
Get Through The Flu Herbal Tea
Stay hydrated and nourished when you or your family come down with the flu. This anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, mineral-rich Get Through The Flu Herbal Tea is exactly what sick bodies need. With the benefits of nettle, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric, it helps your body heal naturally. It's delicious as-is, however your intuition may guide you to add stevia for sweetness, raw honey to soothe a sore throat, or fresh lemon juice for extra Vitamin C.
- 2tablespoonsdried stinging nettle
- 1-1/2tablespoonfresh gingerfinely diced
- 1tablespoondried peppermint leaves
- 1-1/2teaspoonground cinnamon
- 1/2teaspoonground turmeric
- 1/4teaspoonground black pepper
- 32ouncesjust-boiled water
- Add the nettle, fresh ginger, peppermint leaves, cinnamon, turmeric, and black pepper to a French press or loose-leaf tea pot.
- Fill the French press or loose-leaf tea pot with just-boiled water. I LOVE my electric ceramic tea kettle!
- Steep at least 5 minutes and up to 10 minutes.
- Pour into tea cups or mugs. Add a slice of lemon, raw honey, or stevia, if desired.
- Drink liberally during illness, especially the cold or flu.
This tea is not only healing, it’s SO delicious, cozy, and comforting. Even though the kids and I are totally recovered, we still find ourselves making and enjoying Get Through The Flu Tea! I believe it continues to boost our immune systems and prevent further sickness — because, in our area, the flu has definitely gone viral. 😉
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What do you sip on when you’re sick? Do you use herbs and spices to help you heal?
Originally published February 12, 2018. Updated and republished on January 5, 2020.
My family doesn’t always like the holistic recipes that I try out but this one is a hit! My oldest son got the flu first and now my youngest son has it. I’ve made this tea three times in a span of three days because they keep asking for it. It’s not only great for you, but it really tastes good! Thanks again, Lindsey!
Well, I’m so sorry the flu has hit your house, but glad this tea recipe is coming in handy and that it’s so loved! Hope everyone gets well soon!
Where do you get stinging nettle leaves?
They’re linked in the recipe. 🙂
Both of my little kids recently got flu… We are sitting home for a week already, drinking lots of water and tea and i am so open to try new healing tea recipe , thanks !
Oh no! I’m so sorry! I hope this helps!
Everyone at work has the flu! It’s the season in Japan so this will help me fight it! Thank you
Great idea! I love that you used nettle and I bet that kick from the cinnamon is so tasty!
A perfect remedy for the flu.
Such a great tea recipe! Perfect for getting through these last few weeks of winter!
Wow! Now this is one potent tea! Love it! Plus that beautiful china, the teacups are so pretty!
Thank you! That’s a set from Pip Studio. We started it for my daughter when she was 7 and have added to it over the years.
I thought I recognized that set! I LOVE Pip Studio!
Thanks for posting your tea recipe…it has all the good things in it…
Yes, it happened to us too! For sure. Life. What a beautiful tea. I made a similar one for us! I love your inclusion of cinnamon, turmeric and black pepper, which I didn’t do. Fun flavors and so good for the bod. Hey, love those pretty tea cups too! 🙂
The peppermint mixed with the cinnamon and turmeric with the ginger was such a lovely flavor. We’re still drinking this tea even though we’re all better! I’m sorry y’all were sick, too, but it makes us stronger, doesn’t it?
Ahhh I’m so worried we’ll get the flu!! Glad y’all are feeling better! This sounds delicious and so soothing!
I hope you don’t! But, I’m sure you’ll recover quickly if you do because you’re already healthy! 🙂
This is a good one to have on hand!!
I just had some wild nettles we foraged today in my bimbipap!! Great idea using them in the tea…they have so many great properties!
Awesome! I LOVE Bibimbap!!!!
This tea sounds terrific, even on non-sick days! I need to get some stinging nettle leaf to keep on hand. Thanks for the recipe and glad everyone has recovered from the dreaded flu!
We’re still drinking it even though we’re not sick! It’s really so good!
I feel like so many people have been sick recently. I’ll definitely have to make a big batch of this in case I catch something.
yeah, this winter was a bummer that way!
Oh I am going to have to brew up some of this tea ASAP! We have cases of the flu running through both classrooms. Pinning to make soon!
Oh no! Make gallons! 🙂