Shift Work Illness: Does Your Fledgling Immune System Need a Boost?

One of the down sides of having to work a 24/7 roster encompassing some pretty ruthless and irregular hours, is that we are prone to attracting some pretty nasty infections.

One of which of course is the dreaded cold and flu.

The headaches and/or body aches; runny and/or stuffy nose; cough and/or sore throat; fever and/or chills – not to mention the all time favourite symptom of FATIGUE, can really knock us down when we’re already struggling to function around a life of constant sleep deprivation.

So after a recent trip to a health retreat (yes I know you’re very jealous), I managed to pick up this awesome tea recipe, appropriately called – ‘Cold and Flu Tea’. If you’re feeling run down and beginning to feel the onset of a cold or flu, I certainly recommend you give it a go.

Cold and flu tea


3 garlic cloves
5cm (2 inch) piece of fresh ginger
1 cinnamon stick
juice of 4 lemons
2 ginger tea bags
1 tablespoon honey


Bring 2 litres (70 fl oz/8 cups) of water to the boil in a pan. Finely chop the garlic, ginger and cinnamon in a food processor and then add to the boiling water.

Add the lemon juice, ginger tea bags and honey. Boil for 5 minutes and then strain before serving.

Note: If the tea is too strong for your taste, you can add more water. Makes 2 litres (70 fl oz/8 cups).

Of course nothing helps cure a common cold more easily than getting plenty of rest. So if the dreaded lurgy has taken a strong hold, it’s time to put yourself first – even if it does mean staying in bed all day.

P.S – Don’t forget to let me know what you think of the tea!


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