I found this recipe for a soothing homemade tea to combat the cold and flu on Chatelaine. The breakdown on the ingredients is fabulous – Lemon: Full of vitamin C which can help reduce the duration and severity of symptoms if you already have a cold. Cinnamon: Antioxidant spice which adds a warming flavor. Ginger: Used for centuries to relieve a sore throat and loosen up congestion due to a cold. Best known for its ability to calm an upset stomach. Ginger can also treat vomit and nausea. Cloves: Make it easier to cough up and eliminate phlegm. Turmeric: One of the most effective anti-inflammatory around and also relieves gastrointestinal discomfort. Cayenne: Helps with stomach problems and poor appetite. Honey: Has small amounts of vitamin C and folate; can also soothes and calms sore throat.
Soothing Herbal Tea Remedy
3 cups water
Juice of 1 small lemon
2 cinnamon sticks 5″
6″ piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced thin
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves 2 teaspoons turmeric (this does stain, use caution)
1 pinch cayenne (you can add more if desired) *
1 – 2 Tablespoons honey depending on desired taste
Directions: Add all the ingredients, *except the honey, to a pot and bring to a boil.
Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.Strain through a fine strainer. Stir in honey to taste and drink while warm. If storing, keep in the refrigerator and warm when ready to drink.I am not a doctor, nor trained in any way medically, nor claim to be. Please see your physician with any questions about these products, recipes or ingredients and use at your own discretion and responsibility. I waive all responsibility medically or any otherwise.
From Chatelaine. Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016
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