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Warming cough busting tea

cinammon, cloves, peppercornsThis recipe made from warming spices makes a delicious drink for all the family to protect from and alleviate the symptoms of coughs, colds and flu and is especially good for clearing catarrh and a blocked nose.





1/2 oz fresh ginger root, sliced

1 stick of cinnamon

3 cloves

3 black peppercorns

3 cardamom pods

How to make:

Place in a pan and cover with 1 pt/600 mls of cold water. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Strain, sweeten with honey if desired, and take every 2 hours diluted with boiling water.



French Apple and Cinnamon Tea


This is the third in this week’s series of seasonal recipes, taken from the book ‘Healing Drinks’.  The traditional combination of apple and cinnamon works well in this sweet and spicy tea.  The tart flavour and cold properties of the apples and balanced by the sweetness and warming properties of the honey and cinnamon.  Jean Valnet, the French phytotherapist, recommends apple tea to be taken daily to prevent cold and flu viruses and to ward off arthritis and gout.



4 apples, washed and sliced

600ml (1 pint) water

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

How to make:

Place the apples in a pan, add the water, cover and cook on a low heat until soft.  Strain and then stir in the honey and cinnamon.

Serve hot (2-3 servings)

Elderberry ‘Rob’

healing-drinksThis autumn booster is the second of our seasonal recipes for the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ and is taken from ‘Healing Drinks’.

The autumn is a great time to make use of the glut of fruit that might otherwise go to waste and drinks made from apples, pears, plums, blackberries and elderberries are packed with vitamins and minerals and provide vital nutrients for the immune system, preparing us well for the onslaught of winter and the ills it may bring.  Spices added to enhance the flavour of the fruit have the extra benefit of stimulating the circulation, keeping us warm as the weather turns colder.  This recipe also works well with other fruit such as blackberries and blackcurrants.


450g (1lb) fresh elderberries

450g (1lb) brown sugar

How to make:

Strip the berries from their stems, wash and then crush them.  Place in a pan with the sugar.  Bring slowly to the boil and simmer until a syrupy consistency is reached.  Pass through a sieve and bottle in clean, airtight bottles.

How to use:

Take 1-2 tablespoons in a cup of hot water regularly as a preventative or at the onset of cold symptoms.

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