Try this recipe to keep symptoms of cold and flu at bay.
Soothing Throat Tea
From Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar
($16.95, Storey Publishing, 2008)
2 parts licorice root
1 part cinnamon
1 part echinacea
1 part marshmallow root
1/8 part ginger
Cover ingredients with cold water and heat slowly in a saucepan. Simmer for 20 to 45 minutes, covered. The longer you simmer, the stronger the tea.