Words by naturopath and herbalist and Organic Food, Health and Lifestyle educator, Anthia Koullouros
During the cooler months, I make an extra effort to avoid nasty cold and flus. I bolster my nutrition with plenty of raw and cooked, seasonal organic fruit & vegetables and plenty of fresh herbs, spices, lemon and lime juice. As a naturopath, I also turn to herbal tonics to help restore, tone and invigorate systems in the body or to promote general health and well-being – especially in winter when the immune system may be compromised.
A tonic is a medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of well-being. A tonic could be a juice, broth, tea or herbal infusion fortified with superfoods, healthy oils, herbs & spices and probiotic rich fluids such as kombucha or kefir. Tonics are different from herbal remedies are available from your Naturopath or Herbalist.
Here are a few gluten free tonics for you to make at home…
SOOTHING SORE THROAT TEA
Supports immunity and helps relieve symptoms of sore throats and coughs
Ingredients to make 1 cup:
5mls of Comvita Fresh-Picked Olive Leaf Extract (Natural Flavour)
1 teaspoon of Manuka honey
1 squeeze of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves
1⁄2 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger root
¼ teaspoon of turmeric root powder
1 cup of freshly boiled water
Add the ingredients to a teapot with freshly boiled water.
Brew for 5 minutes.
Pour tea through the strainer.
Stir in the Comvita Fresh-Picked Olive Leaf Extract Natural.
Sip while warm
Drink up to 3 cups throughout the day for a delicious sip-scription!
Fresh-Picked Olive Leaf Extract– Traditionally used in Western Herbal medicine to support the immune system and relieve symptoms of coughs, colds, & flu, sore throats and upper respiratory tract infections.
A COOLING OLIVE, LEMON & MINT HYDRATING DRINK
Supports immunity and helps relieve symptoms of colds & flu such as a fever.
Ingredients to make 1 litre jug:
15mls of Comvita Fresh-Picked Olive Leaf Extract (Peppermint Flavour)
750mls of fresh, filtered water
250mls of a fresh or dried peppermint herbal tea, cooled
1 lemon zested and sliced
1 bunch of fresh mint leaves
Add all the ingredients to a 1 litre jug followed by the water and tea.
Stir and chill.
Drink 4 cups throughout the day to cool and hydrate.
Fresh-Picked Olive Leaf Extract – Traditionally used in Western Herbal medicine to support the immune system and relieve symptoms of coughs, colds, & flu, sore throats and upper respiratory tract infections.
*Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner.