LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- It's flu season again, and it's time to look for new ways to stay healthy.
Dr. Martha Rivera, a pediatric infectious disease expert at White Memorial Medical Center, gives her sick patients a dose of some homemade flu-fighting tea.
Ingredients in the tea include ginger, oregano, sage and thyme. Honey and lemon can be added to taste. Rivera said the ginger provokes a good anti-inflammatory response.
"Ginger is a wonderful way to increase the body heat...you sweat...you get rid of the virus," she said.
After drinking this tea, patients say they feel relief right away.
It's a natural prescription that Rivera said can help the body heal.
Natural tea recipe:
2 cups boiling hot water
1 slice ginger root (about 1-inch thick)
1/2 tsp oregano (dried, fresh or oil)
1/2 tsp sage (dried or fresh)
1/2 tsp thyme (dried or fresh)
Steep the tea for 15 minutes. Add honey and lemon to taste. Use maple syrup for children under the age of 1.
Homemade tea recipe can fight the flu, health expert says