Bulletproof Herbal Tea

There are many superfood elixirs & herbal remedies out there like Sambucol and echinacea -- and they are great!  But I love the idea that powerful remedies can also be made from the ingredients in our pantry - at no extra cost. And guess what?  We all have one of the most powerful herbal remedies against the common cold sitting right in our spice cupboard:


Did you know that oregano:

  • attacks harmful organisms that lead to infection;
  • is rich in magnesium, zinc and vitamins C and E -- all awesome cold-fighting nutrients!
  • helps digestion by stimulating the flow of bile from your liver (which is great for detoxing!)

So when your friends, family and co-workers are falling like flies all around you, bulletproof yourself with this immune-boosting tea:

  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2-3 fresh oregano leaves
  • a 3 cm knob of fresh ginger (peeled & sliced)
  • 2 tbspn raw honey 

Fresh ginger root is always used in traditional Chinese medicine to fight colds for its warming properties.  And lemon is full of vitamin C and acts as a tonic for our liver.

Stick all the ingredients in a blender and whiz.  Now you have 2 choices:

  1. Use it a cough syrup for you and your children.
  2. Use it as a base for your bulletproof tea and add hot water.

To use as a base for tea, just pour in a teapot or thermos and fill it with freshly boiled water.

Don't have fresh oregano leaves? No worries! Put 2 tspns of dried oregano into a pot, together with the sliced ginger and add about 850ml water.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.  Then strain and add the lemon juice and honey and mix.

Affordable & virus-fighting oregano cough syrup & tea!

Next on Thrive:  We're going to tackle the horrible Hong Kong cough -- and I'm going to be saying the F-word a lot...


Thrive Nutrition Practice launches in Spring 2016.