Natural Remedies: Tomato Tea for Cold and Flu

Natural Remedies Tomato Tea for Cold and Flu

I’m taking a break from the Friday Cocktail this week to share one of my favorite natural remedies for cold and flu: tomato tea!

This has already been a rough cold and flu season in our house. Darrol Henry is in school – aka a giant petri dish full of germs – for three mornings a week and has brought home a handful of sniffles and one vile stomach situation already. Most years I get one or two colds during the winter, but this year I need to get serious about my natural remedies, y’all!

I’m sure I’m not the only one dealing with cold and flu this winter, so I wanted to share one of my old favorite natural remedies here.

I had actually forgotten about tomato tea, since I hadn’t gotten sick that often until recently. Then a couple of weeks ago my friend Star got sick and posted on Facebook about this recipe I shared at Eat Drink Better back in 2011. You’re basically making a steamy mug of tomato soup with lots of raw garlic, lemon, and potent hot sauce to kick those nasties to the curb.

This natural remedy was adapted from Jean Woolheiser’s original over at Earth Clinic, and it really does the job!

Healing Tomato Tea


  • 1 mugful vegetable juice (I used Knudsen’s, since it doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup in it.)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • vinegar-based hot sauce, to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat just the juice up in the microwave for 1 minute to 1:30. You want it steaming hot. If you’re not crazy about the microwave, the stove top works just as well, but let’s be honest: when you’re sick, convenience rules.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. I used about a teaspoon of Cholula hot sauce, but whatever you can handle is fine.
  3. Like Woolhiser says, you want to not only sip the tea, but breathe the fumes deeply, as well.

Like I said, cold and flu season is proving to be no joke around here, and I’d love to add to my natural remedy arsenal. Do you guys have any other natural remedies that you like to use when you’re under the weather?


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