Many folks, including myself, enjoy drinking mulled cider during the cold winter months. Not only is it a warming beverage, it’s a delicious dose of healing spices.
Mulled cider is a “decoction” of herbs and spices that can greatly lessen the symptoms of flu and colds.
A decoction is the process of boiling and then simmering herbs and spices in a liquid to extract their healing properties.
Decoctions are best used with dried spices, fungi, roots, barks, seeds and dried berries.
Below is a Mulled Cider that you can start sipping to help your body heal quicker from the flu.
This mulled cider contains:
Ginger: a rhizome that boosts circulation, brings heat to the digestive system, and eases nausea and vomiting
Star Anise: a seed pod rich in shikimic acid that is anti-viral and anti-fungal, and thins and clears mucous from the respiratory tract
Ceylon Cinnamon sticks: inner bark of a tree used for warming the kidneys, contains natural antiseptic and anesthetic compound (eugenol) that can kill bacteria and viruses, prevent infection, and ease pain
Cloves: dried flower buds from an evergreen tree that is used as a pain relieving anesthetic
Allspice: berries that contains eugenol which is an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory infection fighter
If you’re feeling symptoms of the flu (or a cold) coming on, pick up these healing spices, decoct them in your favorite juice, and start sipping!
And, check out this article for more flu healing remedies: The Worst Flu Season! Try these Remedies
- Put all ingredients into a soup pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to simmer.
- Cover and simmer for one hour.