When I make a blended batch of my cold and flu tea, the aroma takes me back........back to my childhood. As a child, whenever I got sick, mum used to make this tea for me religiously, fevers, colds, earaches etc..... I remember the waft of herbs as I lay sick in bed....mum in the kitchen steeping the tea in a big pot. And do you know what.... it worked! Tea making for common ailments harked back to the days of my mums childhood in Greece when my Yiayia (Grandmother) made it for her seven children.
It's funny.... as I have got older, I now realise that traditions are such an important part of my life. And having a Greek background I think I have many. Without even realising it .....just by osmosis, I learnt all these special ways, watching mum, listening to her rich and varied stories as she was growing up. My day to day life was full of traditions without me even knowing it. Mum came to Australia as a young 20 year old and I suppose clung on to what she knew. It was her knowledge base and being in a strange country and a new mum it held her in good stead. I thought this way of life was all very normal, till I went to school and realised how different my home life was to most Aussie kids.
This is now part of the fabric of me.... a rich tapestry to embrace and love.
I deliberately have not put how much of each ingredient....some of you may find the sage too strong and therefore you can mix in less. Rule of thumb generally is equal ingredients except the Lavender.... be sparing with that one.
Cold & Flu Tea
Greek Mountain Tea
Culinary Lavender (Herbies spices) do a good one
I have tweaked this tea recipe to include an extra ingredient. Back in my previous life ...... click for a quick read "Meet me" we used to make quite a few different Lavender products. One of the most popular ranges were the "Cold and Flu" and "Headache Blend" teas.
Mix up in a bowl.... be a bit sparing with the Lavender as it is quite strong in flavour. A teaspoon should do it.
Now for the Headache Tea.......
Again mix in a bowl.
Store in glass jars.... you now have a lovely tea to help you get through the last of Winter. Don't forget to pop some in to a sick friend, they will really appreciate it.
Do you have some natural cold remedies that have been passed down to you?
PS. I got all my herbs (that look like drugs) from ethnic type shops (Lebanese/Greek) in Liverpool. Yes, I drove all the way to Liverpool.....that is where I get all my wonderful Indian spices also. A fabulous culinary shopping experience.