I always thought my mother was crazy for making me drink a mix of echinacea syrup, water, and sugar whenever I had the first signs of a cold or flu, but maybe she wasn't completely nuts.
Studies show that this flower, echinacea, and the essence it provides helps your body make more white blood cells to fight off any illnesses. This quick immunity boost helps your body get a jump start on colds and flus.
Drinking the stuff on its own is pretty difficult (hence the sugar my mom added to my drinks - it has a very bitter taste but can be disguised as a lemonade of sorts with the right ingredients) so here is a recipe for a tea that will make it go down easy ;)
1 bag good quality organic echinacea tea
3 or 4 thin slices of fresh organic ginger root
3 tablespoons organic lemon juice, fresh squeezed
2 tablespoons raw organic honey/agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon organic ground clove
Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
1. In a large cup of hot filtered water, steep the tea bag and the sliced ginger
2. Add the lemon juice, honey and spices and stir well. The tea will be cloudy.
3. If you’d like, you may strain the tea through cheesecloth to remove the ground spices and ginger.