March 24, 2023

By Laura Quach | Health Editor

A runny nose, pounding headache, aching body and an annoying sore itch in the back of the throat—the change of the season brings the flu, along with its unwanted symptoms.

An easy home remedy to tackle such indications of illness is hot tea. A special concoction of water, lemon, cinnamon sticks and honey may sound basic, but it packs a punch that is effective.

Dr. Frederic Butler, who works at US Health Works in San Diego, said lemon, honey and cinnamon all have traits that combat flu and cold symptoms.

“Lemon has mucus-thinning properties to make it easier to swallow and alleviate congestion,” Butler said.

Cinnamon sticks contain an oil that has antibacterial properties and are extremely high in antioxidants, Butler said.

“Honey is a cough suppressant that is as effective as dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant found in Robitussin,” Butler said.

Two-and-a-half cups of water, one whole lemon, two cinnamon sticks and honey to taste are the ingredients required to make the tea.

In a pot, bring the water to a boil with the cinnamon sticks.

Next, quarter the unpeeled lemon and place it in the boiling water. Stirring occasionally, allow the lemon and cinnamon sticks to boil for about 10 minutes.

Finally, add honey to taste, and enjoy a soothing, wholesome and unrefined cup of hot tea.

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