Grandma Knew a Thing or Two, Part 2

by Vickie Johnston, Owner and Founder, H2O Health

Grandma gave us tea when we were feeling poorly. She always said, “The magic in teas comes when you cover it and let it steep for five to 10 minutes.”

With these common ingredients, you can make teas that may help the body’s ability to boost and cleanse your immune system.


Cinnamon has been known as a natural remedy for cough, sore throats, arthritis, dental health, fighting infections and viruses, reducing brain degeneration (and improving its functions), and blood cleansing, among other benefits.


Vitamin C — this water-soluble element plays the role of an antioxidant for the body’s system. It helps maintain the health in our connective tissues, ensures the good functioning of the heart and enhances one’s immune system.

Citric fruits

These beauties are commonly associated with vitamin C, so make sure you get plenty. Other foods high in vitamin C are guavas, sweet yellow peppers, black currants, kiwis and — like it or not — broccoli and Brussels sprouts.


This is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent. It can help heal wounds and burns, prevent acid reflux, prevent colds and coughs, and reduce stress and sleep disturbance.


Chamomile has been used as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant for skin burns, irritation, bruises, sciatica and rheumatic pain for instance.

In the form of tea, it is used as a tranquilizer for cases of anxiety, stress and insomnia, besides helping with general stomachaches and the problems that come with them such as nausea, flatulence and diarrhea. Chamomile is also recommended for women with severe menstrual cramps.


This a plant is originally from southeastern Asia. Besides its culinary use, this spice is also one of the oldest natural medicines in the world. Places like China and India have included ginger as part of their healing toolkit for millennia now to treat colds, cough, headache and nausea.

Indian ginger tea

This tea is brewed by boiling water, adding in crushed ginger, black tea, sugar (if needed) and milk. Bring the mixture to a boil — this ginger tea has excellent soothing properties and is one of the best I’ve tried, true and tested home remedies.


Drink mint tea for respiratory conditions.

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and does not take the place of professional, medical advice with health care professionals.