Natural cold remedies: ginger-scallion tea

ginger-scallion tea

You know when you suddenly have that achy feeling in your neck and shoulders, slight chills, a light fever, fatigue, and a slight headache? Maybe you start sneezing uncontrollably, and your nose starts dripping. Ah yes, you’re “coming down with something”! Oh no!

With the right self-care, you can often kick that cold out before it starts developing into something nasty. Thankfully, ginger and scallion are the perfect herbal allies for those early-onset cold symptoms! Ginger and scallion work together to warm you up from the inside out, produce a light sweat, and kick that cold from the surface of your body. Take that, cold!

If you feel cold symptoms creeping up, may I also suggest booking an appointment as soon as possible! Acupuncture and cupping can support your immune system and give you an extra healing boost, helping you feel better faster. 

**Note: if you have a high fever, profuse sweats, burning sore throat, red itchy eyes, or strong sensation of heat, this is not the appropriate tea for you.

Ginger Scallion Tea

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices ginger with the skin on, each approximately 1/4 inch thick
  • 4 scallions/green onions, the white-pale green parts only (chop off darker green parts and save for use in cooking)

Instructions:

Place 3-4 cups water in a saucepan with ginger slices and white part of the scallions. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Slowly drink tea by the cup while wearing warm clothes and sitting under a blanket, until a light sweat forms. Once sweat has been achieved, stop drinking. Rest, or take a nap!

Drink tea 3-4 times per day during the acute stages of cold onset. Simply reheat leftover tea over medium until hot, then let cool slightly and drink. Make additional batches of tea as necessary. If cold develops further, or you start developing high fever, sore burning throat, profuse sweats, red itchy eyes, or feel very hot, stop drinking.