A severe cold or a sinusitis may provoke a lot of pain and discomfort. Unfortunately, these health problems are very common, especially in the cold season. In fact, people who have a weak immune system complain that during the winter, they always have a prolonged cold.
In order to treat bad colds or sinusitis, you can use plenty of herbs and natural remedies. But this solution combines the proprieties of a few powerful plants and spices so that you can have a fantastic homemade treatment in a few minutes. In fact, we are talking about a spicy tea, which will help you get rid of any stubborn cold or sinusitis. But first, let’s see what are the health benefits of its main ingredients.
Lemongrass is filled with volatile oils that are helpful for your overall health and especially for your sinuses. This herb is also clearing your respiratory system, which means that you will breathe a lot easier. Moreover, it has antiseptic and antimicrobial proprieties. These will help your immune system fight against the cause of the infection.
Lemongrass is also a rich source of vitamin C and A, as well as magnesium, calcium and potassium. All these contribute to a stronger immune system, which is exactly what you need when suffering from sinusitis or severe colds.
When it comes to flu and colds, ginger is a famous natural remedy. Its popularity is due to its extraordinary proprieties and health benefits. Its anti-inflammatory effects help your body reduce the inflammation of your sinuses and throat; furthermore, this herb helps you combat other internal inflammations that are hidden. The bioactive substance it contains – gingerol – also fights infections and inhibits the growth of dangerous bacteria.
This herb is loaded with nutrients, even if dried. It is an amazing source of iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K. Moreover, the herb is well-known for its anti-inflammatory proprieties. A substance contained in cloves, named eugenol, can drastically reduce inflammation, up to 30%. For this reason, you will often find clove oils as an ingredient of throat sprays. But why buying such a product, when you can benefit from its proprieties by savoring a spicy tea?
By adding honey to your tea, you improve its health benefits. Honey has been used as a remedy for colds and flu from ancient times, and it continues to be a great ally when fighting with a stubborn cold. It is loaded with valuable nutrients that will help your body heal quicker, but you have to wait until adding it to your tea because it loses its proprieties at high temperatures.
How to Prepare Your Spicy Tea
- 1 tablespoon of lemongrass (fresh or dried)
- 6 cloves
- 3 slices of fresh ginger
- 3 peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon of fennel
- 6 cardamom seeds
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
- 2 cups of water
Put 2 cups of water in a small pot and bring the water to the boiling point. Then, add all the herbs and reduce the heat. Put a lid on and let it there for about 20 minutes. After this, take the pot and drain the tea. You should be able to fill now one cup of tea, not two. Let it cool down, and then add the raw honey.