Sage is a fabulous antibacterial, and its pungent, bitter, aromatic compounds stimulate metabolism and activate the immune system. It lends itself well to treating common ailments, including colds and the flu, sore throats, stomach bugs, indigestion, tonsillitis, and mouth sores. The addition of Manuka honey to this tea makes it especially soothing in cases of a sore or inflamed throat, and it balances the bitter flavor of sage.
Did You Know?
You can take 1–2 Tbs. of Manuka honey daily to bolster immunity and help fight viruses.
Recipe adapted from Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen by Brittany Wood Nickerson
- Makes 3 cups (6 servings)Servings
1/4 cup fresh sage or 2 tsp. dried
1 Tbs. grated or chopped orange zest
3 cups boiling water
1 Tbs. Manuka honey, or to taste
- Combine the sage and orange peel in teapot or jar, and pour in boiling water. Cover with lid, and let steep 5–15 minutes.
- Strain, and sweeten with Manuka honey to taste. Drink 1/2 cup, hot, every 1–2 hours to soothe a sore throat or symptoms of a head cold.
- Calories: 10
- Carbohydrate Content: 3 g
- Sugar Content: 3 g