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{Note from Jessica: Today’s post is shared by my sweet friend Jess Kuh. Jess is a fellow real food lover with a passion for natural living, herbs, and anything that keeps her family and home healthy.}


Sigh. Summer was not long enough this year. I know it was the same amount of time, but really, it just went by way too quickly for me.

It’s time to start thinking of fall…and winter. For me, that means I start stocking up on herbs, oils and other essentials for cold and flu season. I hate to think about it, but I also hate when a cold creeps up on us and we are not prepared. 

I stock up my herbal cabinet like I stock up the pantry. Now is the time to get it done.

But, the longer I spent looking into home remedies, the more I got back to the basics, because you know what? They work! And some of the basics are so much easier to find at the store when you don’t have time to order online.

A hot cup of tea does wonders for the body, especially during times of illness. The warm liquid is often soothing to sore throats and helps to calm a cough.

Adding a few extras can also help aid in recovery,  helping the body get over the hump of an illness.


My favorites? Ginger, cinnamon, raw honey and lemon. Yes, it is that simple. This recipe is always a staple when we have an illness going around our house.

In fact, I even crave it when I can feel the start of a scratchy throat or my nose starting to run.

Cold and Cough Tea

Yield: 4

This is super easy with minimal effort when you are not feeling well. This recipe is always a staple when we have an illness going around our house.


  • 1 chunk of sliced ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cups of water
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Raw honey to taste


  1. Place ginger and cinnamon in a pot and cover with 4 cups of water.
  2. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain and add the juice of half of the lemon.
  4. Add raw honey to taste.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 52Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g

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This is super easy with minimal effort when you are not feeling well.

I also like to save the ginger and cinnamon and add it to my next batch to get out any ‘extra’ flavor that might be there. 

What are some of your favorite cold and flu remedies?


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