"First let me say I am not a doctor. I am just saying what works for me. You may have different results."
Almost a year ago, I mentioned drinking clove tea and how I got immediate results with a cup of warm clove tea. I don't know that I've ever mentioned how I make a cup, so here's how.
You'll need whole cloves.
You take ONLY 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the clove buds and simmer them in a cup of water for about 10 minutes in a covered pot. It won't look really dark, but that's normal. The cover on the pot is to protect the good oils from evaporating more than necessary. You can even save the clove buds for another cup of tea. They're pretty potent little things! You can sweeten the tea with a little honey, vanilla or milk if you want. But if you're sick with a cold the last thing you want is to drink some milk or dairy products. I found it only creates more mucus to have to deal with.
If you simmer it for longer than 10 minutes, it will be pretty strong and numbing. Yes, that's right. It might tingle your tongue a little and make it go numb. Again, that's normal.
That's one of the main reasons I drink clove tea when I'm sick. It numbs the pain in my throat and makes me feel better. Breathing in the steam from my cup helps relieve sinus pressure and sometimes I don't even drink the tea if it's just my sinuses bothering me. I'll just leave the tea in the pot cover my head with a towel and breathe in the steam. Ahhh! relief.
I found this awesome facial massage video and combined with the clove tea spells relief. The self massage is so easy to do and I can instantly feel a difference while I'm doing it!
Clove tea also helps me relax before bedtime. It has a calming effect so that especially when I'm sick, my body can relax and thus heal faster.
Clove tea also helps break up mucus and helps you cough it out.
I learned all about the benefits of clove tea plus so much more in this book. I recommend it! I will say I have not tried Chaparral or some of the other herbs mentioned but just stuck with the herbs found in my cupboard and local grocery store.
Peppermint, onion, cayenne, ginger, clove and garlic. With just these herbs I have found plenty of help!