Its flu season again and we anticipate a lot of sniffles, scratchy throats and the odd irritating cough. Obviously, the best way to avoid getting sick is to stay warm, always wash your hands or get a flu shot. Now, because we don’t want to be continually medicated, we try to nip this in the bud!
This spicy ginger tea will soothe and warm you from the inside out, and reduce the duration in which you might be feeling under the weather. And that’s what we are rooting for.
Here is what you will need:
Place three cups of water in a sauce pan and heat. While the water is heating, add tea leaves to taste. Then add half a tea spoon of ginger, a quarter tea spoon of turmeric and a pinch of cinnamon.
Add the rind of a quarter lemon. Bring to boil and let it simmer for about five to eight minutes.
Remove the tea from the stove and pick out the lemon rind using a sieve/ strainer. If you used shop bought ginger, turmeric and cinnamon, do not completely strain out the tea. If you used the natural form of the ingredients, you might want to strain the tea completely to remove the chunks.
Squeeze lemon juice (to taste) into the tea. Finally, add honey (to taste) and enjoy sipping your tea!
Lemon is rich in vitamin C which helps to keep colds at bay and reduce the duration of the cold in case you already have one.
Turmeric has natural antibiotic properties and is one of the best anti-inflammatory herbs around.
Cinnamon is rich in anti-oxidants and has a warming flavor.
Ginger has been used for millennia to ease congestion caused by a cold and relieve throat irritation.
Honey contains folate and vitamin C which also help to soothe the throat, which often get irritated from coughing.