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Best Tea (decoction) for Colds and Flu

by An excerpt from Herbal Antibiotics

October 2005

- 3 cups water
- 1 ounce dried Sage
- Raw honey
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Pinch of Cayenne

1. Boil Sage at a slow boil in water until liquid is reduced by one half. Let cool.
2. Strain liquid, and press Sage to remove as much liquid as possible.
3. Reheat to barely hot, and add fresh wildflower honey to taste. Let cool; add juice of 1 lemon and a pinch of Cayenne.
4. Store in refrigerator.

To Use: Take 1 tablespoon (cold) to 1 cup (hot) as often as needed for the beginning of throat or upper respiratory infections.

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Cayenne powder has been used by researchers in Antarctica to help them bear the extremely cold temperatures. The cayenne powder is sprinkled into their boots before putting them on. As the powder slowly comes in contact with the skin through the socks, it will draw blood to the feet, thus bringing much needed warms to the extremities. The one draw back is the red powder stains light colored socks. From our readings, it seems the stained socks were a small price to pay for the great benefit of being able to feel your toes after a little while out in the blistering cold! After trying this on a number of occasions during the winter near Lake Superior, I'm also convinced the stained socks are worth it.