Springtime Cold Remedy

detox medicinal food spring Mar 25, 2024

Springtime colds can be the worst. The damp and chilly qualities of the Earth and Water elements seem to set up camp in the body. The warm sunny days seem to taunt the cold sufferer.

As we know, food can be medicine. So, before you rush out and buy decongestants, anti-inflammatories, or get on antibiotics, try out this tea (and accompanying tips) and see how it can support you to clear the cold.

Boil a “thumb” of chopped ginger in 4 cups of water in a covered pot for 15 minutes.

While it is boiling, smash a clove of garlic with the flat part of a large knife (the clove stays intact, it just gets smashed) and place it in a mug to sit for several minutes.

Once the ginger tea is ready, pour it boiling hot over the garlic clove and let it steep for 5 minutes.

Stir in a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey. You can also add a little sprinkle of cayenne if you feel like there is a lot of stagnant congestion that needs to move out of your body.

Drink the tea as hot as you can comfortably stand. When you are finished, eat the clove of garlic.

Repeat this process 2-3 times a day, until all the ginger tea is consumed, reheating the ginger tea each time you make a cup.

If it feels good to you, make this healing tea for 3-5 days in a row. 

Check out a video of me making this tea on YouTube.


Stay away from cold foods and drinks, raw foods, and heavy foods like meat, dairy, baked goods, and fried foods as they will just drive the cold deeper into your tissues.

If you want to learn more ways to support your health and wellbeing naturally, join our Spring Detox April 1-22, 2024 to discover more about seasonal balancing, how so many foods are our medicine, and how you can arrive into summer feeling your best!

With love and light,


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