It’s getting to that time of year where the flu starts kicking everyone’s ass. Kids have gone back to and bring their filthy, dirty germs home. Everyone is wiping their runny noses and sneezing and hacking all over everything. And although the holidays have passed, our bodies are not easily letting us forget the past few months of not getting enough sleep, skipping exercise, drinking way too much booze and not nearly enough water and spending the better part of December eating Christmas cookies for dinner.
Well, now it’s payback time.
Enter the Starbucks Medicine Ball
This hot tea concoction is super popular with cold sufferers. I tried it last flu season when I was starting to feel a little oogie and honestly, it really did make me feel better. Inhaling that super hot, steamy cup of tea while it’s cooling off (it’s always hot AF) and then finally sipping that sweet, fruity, peppermint tea really made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and not so “death warmed over”.
Since then, this has become my drink. I make it every night when I want to unwind from the day and I make a big pitcher of it to keep in the fridge to drink ice cold during the day. Because regardless of how cold it is out, I still love an iced cold drink. And this one is delish iced!
With the right ingredients, it’s super easy to make at home. When I say “right” ingredients, using Teavana tea is the key to this tasting just like Starbucks. You can grab both teas here. It’s also a whole lot cheaper. So if you’re feeling sniffly or just want a feel good drink on a cold night, here you go!
You ready to feel all warm and cozy?
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Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball
A make at home version of Starbucks Medicine Ball. A hot tea concoction of lemonade, honey, peach and peppermint tea to chase your cold away and help you feel better instantly.
- 1 teabag Teavana Jade Citrus Mint
- 1 teabag Teavana Peach Tranquility
- 1/4 cup Simply Lemonade
- 1 Tbls Honey adjust to your sweet level preference
Add lemonade, honey and 1 cup water to a mug and microwave for 3 minutes or until steaming hot *
add teabags and steep for 3-5 minutes and enjoy! **
*You can also simply add boiling water to the lemonade and honey, although the lemonade will cool the water slightly.
**I usually just leave the teabags in while I’m drinking
Getting your annual vaccinations is the single best protection against the flu.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands often with soap and water to remove germs and reduce the risk of getting sick. Wet, lather (front and back of hands, between fingers and under nails), Scrub for at least 20 seconds, Rinse well under clean, running water and Dry (using a towel or air dryer).
If you do not have access to soap and water, an alcohol based hand sanitizer will work in a pinch.
With all that handwashing comes dry, cracked skin which allows germs to easily enter the body. Apply a good moisturizer to damp hands to keep skin soft and healthy.
Avoid Close Contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Keep your distance from others when you are sick to avoid spreading illness.
Practice Healthy Habits
Get plenty of sleep, keep hydrated, eat nutritious food, manage stress, exercise regularly and get some fresh air.
Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
Keep It Clean
Disinfect commonly used household items like remotes, light switches, telephones, door knobs and faucets. Wipe down your workspace, phone, keyboard and mouse at the office as well.
Discard toothbrushes regularly, especially after an illness.
Here is a great 3-Ingredient DIY All-Purpose Cleaner that is much better for you than all those store-bought cleaners loaded with chemicals
If you’re already feeling icky or want something healthy and yummy, here are a few recipes to try