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Immune Tea - Just What the Doctor Ordered!

A healthy yellow colored herbal tea

When I’m not well with a cold, sinus congestion, fever and in bed but not sick enough to go to the hospital, this is what (I) the naturopathic doctor takes to recover.

The trick behind this tea is to physically stimulate a healing response by sweating it out while resting (instead of sweating it out at the gym or yoga) at least twice a day. Remember to keep a 4 L jug of room temperature water at your bedside as well, so you can replace all the fluids you are sweating out.

What you will need:

Ingredient List:

Immune Tea Directions:

Sip 1 cup every 15-20 min till you break a sweat

Stay hydrated as you sweat and curl up with blankets, a heating pad or hot water bottle with your favourite book / online binge!

Person enjoying the immune tea in bed

How does this work?

Ginger, Cloves and Cinnamon are warming herbs which speed up blood circulation and increase body temperature to bring on a fever. Fevers are the body's natural defense for killing bacteria and viruses.

Resting in a hot environment (bed with hot water bottle/ heating pad or bath) will speed up the fever process which ends as you break a sweat. Sweat is the body's way of releasing toxins from the blood as well as bringing the temperature down.

Lemon, as a source of Vitamin C protects the body's cells from damage during fevers and when bacterial and viral toxins are released.

Honey is a natural antimicrobial and antiseptic.

Physically inducing a sweat by sauna, covering up with heat (hot water bottle or heating pad, or even a hot bath) can do wonders for the immune system and speed up recovery.


No treatment, supplement, diet, or lifestyle modification — aside from physical distancing, also known as social distancing, and practicing proper hygiene ⁠— can protect you from developing COVID-19.

The strategies outlined below may boost your immune health, but they don’t protect specifically against COVID-19. This information is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat any existing or pre-existing medical condition and does not replace the treatment of a qualified medical practitioner.

Dr. Angeli Chitale

Published On: 11/17/2020

By Dr. Angeli Chitale