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As the weather turns colder, this herbal tea can be a lifesaver. In this video, I interview Bibi Kasrai from Harvard Cooking Girl about a natural antibiotic tea that can help prevent the flu. Bibi shares a story about four thieves during the time of the plague in France who used clove, cinnamon oil, and ginger to protect themselves. She also shows me how to make the tea using lemon peel, ginger, cloves, cinnamon bark, and hot water. I wondered about using the whole lemon juice, but Bibi explains that most of the benefits are in the lemon oil found on the peel. Give this herbal tea a try to help you stay healthy during cold and flu season.

Transcript

Phoebe Chongchua:
Hi, I’m Phoebe Chongchua. You’re watching The Plant-Based Diet. I have Bibi with me again from Harvard Cooking Girl. And you know what? It’s coming upon that time when we start, right, getting the flu. And seriously, you need a natural antibiotic and you say you use tea

Bibi Kasrai, Chef Harvard Cooking Girl:
This is my flu shot. Yeah. There is an old story they say in France during the time of the plague, they were four thieves that robbed actually everybody who suffered from plague. And they arrested them and they asked them, what’s your secret? We’re going to lower your sentence, your death sentence. And apparently, they rubbed clove and cinnamon oil and ginger all over themselves.

Bibi Kasrai, Chef Harvard Cooking Girl:
I mean, that’s the story. I dunno if it’s true or not, but what I do know for a fact is the nutrients and the benefits of this. So every morning, like today, we all had it. We have a tea root. I actually did a Japanese style. But basically what I do, I peel, I’m going to use this lemon later tonight, but I peel the lemon, I cut a little bit of the ginger, cut it, whatever. And in here I put cloves, cinnamon, bark. I don’t like processed cinnamon or powder cinnamon. This is better. Cinnamon, bark cloves, lemon rind and ginger hot water. I let it brew and let it seep and brew. And voila. This is my flu shot every day.

Phoebe Chongchua:
Wow. And this is great. I tried some earlier. I love this. Love it. So much healthier for you to start your day. So you’re actually not putting lemon juice in it then?

Bibi Kasrai, Chef Harvard Cooking Girl:
No, most of the benefits, most of the, you can smell it. The oil. See if I squeeze it, you see that it’s difficult for the,

Phoebe Chongchua:
camera to pick up, right.

Bibi Kasrai, Chef Harvard Cooking Girl:
But just rub it. You see all the oil and the benefits of the lemon are actually on, not on the pit because it’s there.

Phoebe Chongchua:
Yeah. So what Bibi’s actually showing me is how you actually get a little bit of a spray from the Yeah, it is a very fine mist to see. Great. Yeah. I’m going to use that for my face. Exactly. It’s a very good facial.

Bibi Kasrai, Chef Harvard Cooking Girl:
Use all of these things on my face.

Phoebe Chongchua:
Bibi, Thank you so much.

Bibi Kasrai, Chef Harvard Cooking Girl:
Thank you.

Phoebe Chongchua:
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Author

Phoebe Chongchua is a multimedia brand journalist who consults and writes on wellness, all things plant-based, fitness, lifestyle, and travel. She is yoga certified and earned her certificate in Whole Food Plant-Based Eating in 2010 through eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. She's also a top podcaster for her marketing/storytelling podcast, The Brand Journalism Advantage at ThinkLikeAJournalist.com

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