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Lots of people have homegrown wintertime cold remedies. It could be something that has been passed from generation to generation in your family, from a specific soup recipe to something with a little more kick. My father will eat chopped raw onion mixed with honey when he feels a cold coming on. However, most people prefer to sip something hot and comforting.

I love a hot toddy, but whiskey at work is typically frowned upon. If you’re feeling like you need an immunity boost in the middle of the day, you might want to order a Medicine Ball Tea at Starbucks. According to Reader’s Digest, this once-secret menu item is not-so-secret anymore.

The Medicine Ball Tea is one of Starbucks’ most popular custom drinks. People swear that it wards off sniffles, sore throats, and all the minor issues that can hit you during cold and flu season. The hot beverage includes steamed lemonade, hot water, Jade citrus mint green tea, peach Tranquility tea, and honey. Don’t worry, no raw onion.

The combination of ingredients in the Medicine Ball Tea makes sense if you’re under the weather. The honey and lemon will soothe your throat and gives you some vitamin C. Green tea is known to have a number of health benefits, including the presence of antioxidants. Plus, any hot drink will make you feel at least a little bit better on a chilly winter day.

If your barista gives you a puzzled look when you ask for the Medicine Ball Tea, you can simply ask for a Honey Citrus Mint Tea. Apparently, Starbucks has a policy against calling it “Medicine Ball Tea” since it does not contain any actual medicine. I guess they’re worried about getting sued. And who can blame them? Everyone is so literal and litigious these days!