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Martha E. Rivera, M.D of White Memorial featured in FIRST for Women magazine

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“There are just too many questions about the safety of OTC cold products,” says mother-of-one Martha E. Rivera, M.D., a pediatrician in Los Angeles. So instead of hitting the drug- store when her now-grown son had a cold, she made him a cup of healing tea. Dr. Rivera boiled enough water for the tea, adding fresh peeled, sliced ginger (from an inch-size part of the root) and 1 tsp. each of thyme, oregano and sage. After steeping the tea for 5 minutes, she strained it and added honey and a lemon wedge. Why it works: “Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and it’s warming, so it soothes sore throats,” says Dr. Rivera. “And honey is a proven cough suppressant, while sage eases inflammation in the throat.”


Cold Remedies

  January 08, 2015