The super herb that will banish colds and flu… and costs 60p!

No matter how many Lemsips we slurp or decongestants we squirt up our noses, fighting the common cold feels like a David and Goliath battle.

That’s why preventing yourself from getting ill in the first place will always triumph over trying to get rid of flu when it’s already here.

Sound like the stuff of magic? Not really!

All you need to do is stock up on some super sage the next time you hit the shop.

[Credit: Brittany Colette]

While the general rule of thumb is that fresh is best, you can get it dried to make it stretch further.  

This little gem from Mother Nature’s garden is a true powerhouse, high in antioxidants and known to boost brain function, lower blood sugar, and level out cholesterol.

It is also pure magic when it comes to soothing sore throats and viruses, due to its ability to tone irritated tissues, calm inflammation, and kill bacteria.

[Credit: Phillip Larking]

The humble sage is even said to be linked to benefits that can lower your risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.

Our buddies over at Nexus, a publication dedicated to health breakthroughs, have recommended the perfect recipe to get sage into your diet pronto before you catch the winter lurgy.

Check it out below and happy slurping!

Sage Tea

Ingredients:

1 litre of water

12 fresh sage leaves

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

A pinch of cayenne pepper

[Credit: Sophie Dale]

Preparation:

1 In a teapot or saucepan, bring that water to a boil

2 Add the sage leaves and remove the teapot or saucepan from heat

3 Let steep for 15 minutes

4 Stir in the remaining ingredients

5 Pour a cup full, breathe in the aroma, and enjoy!

As it says in the Nei Ching, the oldest known medical texts, ‘to cure an illness after it arises is like forging weapons after the battle has started or digging a well after you’ve become’.

If that’s not a message to be proactive on prevention over cure, we’re not sure what is!

For the full article, click here: Sage Tea Recipe.

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