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.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.