Helen's Cold and Flu Remedy

11:30 am on 15 July 2013

Courtesy of herbalist/naturopath Helen Donnison  from Vibrant Health in Hamilton.


  • 2 lemons
  • 2cm root ginger
  • 10 - 20ml high quality echinacea tincture*
  • clove of garlic (optional)
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp manuka honey


Grate rind of lemons and ginger root, crush garlic and pour 1 litre of boiling water over and leave to steep for 10 minutes (or longer).

Add lemon juice and strain.

Add echinacea and honey, stir to dissolve.

Drink the entire brew over the course of a day. Keep it in a thermos to keep it warm.

Note: Use less echinacea if you want a preventative brew, and a higher dose if you feel you are coming down with a cold or flu or you already have one.

You can also add more garlic – just chew parsley to get the smell off your breath. (Parsley is also high in Vitamin C for fighting infections). You can get echinacea from most health shops, your local herbalist or herbal dispensary.

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