Got the flu? According to Wishard Memorial Hospital, so do I. Not one of those 24-hour kinds either. This is Super Flu, and has lasted two weeks. Doctors say you can’t do much about it–over-the-counter medicines can alleviate symptoms, but you basically have to wait for it to end.
The good news is there’s a tea at TeaPots n Treasures that can help: The Flu Buster.
The Flu Buster is an herbal tea containing white willow bark, elderberries, lemon balm, lemongrass, lemon verbena, blood orange peels, apples, rose hips, hibiscus, stevia, blueberries and oatstraw.
“Elderberries have been used to help prevent, treat: colds, flus, fevers, bronchitis,” wrote owner Donna Yarema Stroh. “White willow bark relieves pain–a natural aspirin–but unlike aspirin will not thin the blood (also used for fibromyalgia). Lemon balm–helps with sore throat–fights para-influenza virus and bacteria. Honeybush–15 minerals, vitamins C, K, A.”
White willow bark, according to HomeRemediesWeb.com, is good for a fever and an anti-inflammatory.
According to HerbWisdom.com, elderberries are “used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsilitis.” The site reports that elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995.
Acording to The Herb Book by Dr. John Lust, lemon balm is an antispasmodic.
Lemongrass has antimicrobial and antibacterial qualities, according to EHow.com.
Lemon verbena can help reduce fevers, EHow.com reports.
Blood oranges contain Vitamin C, according to Blood-Oranges.com.
Apples, according to HealthDiaries.com, help reduce wheezing in asthmatics.
According to Lust, rose hips are good for headeaches.
Hibiscus, Lust writes, is used as an antispasmodic.
Stevia is a natural sweetener.
Blueberries, according to WomenFitness.net, contain vitamins A, B complex, C and E.
Oatstraw, Lust writes, are good for upset stomachs and chest problems.
Yarema wrote that The Flu Buster should be prepared by using good boiling water and steeping about three to four minutes. Depending on the type of infuser you use, you can reuse the tea leaves six or seven times.
The stevia makes the tea naturally sweet, but you can add sugar or honey. The tea has a strong berry-like taste with hints of lemon. It is very drinkable, which nets it a four-star rating.
TeaPots n Treasures is located “(almost) on the Circle” at 7 E. Market Street.