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Cold & Flu Tea for Pregnancy

Want an herbal tea that will help you kick your cold or flu to the curb AND is safe to drink during pregnancy? Here's a delicious recipe that will bring relief with each sip.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried rosehips
  • 1/4 cup dried elder flowers
  • 1/4 cup dried echinacea herb (Echinacea spp.)
  • 2 tablespoons dried orange rind
  • 2 tablespoons dried nettle leaf
  • 2 tablespoons dried spearmint leaf (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dried apple (optional)

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Instructions

  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium size bowl until well-mixed, then store in an airtight container for up to 1 year.
  2. To steep, bring fresh water to a boil, then remove the kettle from the heat and allow the boiling to come to a stop. Place 1-2 tablespoons of the cold and flu tea for pregnancy mixture into a tea strainer in a mug, then pour over the nearly-boiling water, cover with a small plate or other cover, and let steep for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Remove herbs from the tea, then sip as desired, preferably while wrapped in heavy blankets to promote sweating, which cools the body and helps rid it of unwanted pathogens.
  4. While this nutritive tea can be considered safe during pregnancy, as with all things, it should be drunk in moderation.