Ah, winter. Full of hot cocoa and marshmallows, Christmas, New Year’s Resolutions, comfort foods galore and nasty, nasty colds. The thing that annoys me the most about colds is that they last forever. This Cold Tea, when started early enough, will cut your cold in half and even prevent it if you are diligent! The key is to start it when you feel the faintest of tickles in the back of your throat.
Here are the players:
- 1 cup of honey
- 1 large lemon
- 1 large ginger root
Cold Tea Instructions
Peel the ginger or wash it really well and leave it unpeeled. Slice it.
Quarter the lemon.
You want to end up with about equal parts lemon and ginger. Err on the side of more lemon unless you are a ginger fanatic – then feel free to go crazy!
Put the lemon and ginger in a jar and squeeze the honey over it.
Once everything is combined, pop it in the fridge and it will keep for several weeks, but give it a few hours before you use it for the first time. Overnight is ideal as the flavors meld together and it gives the vitamins and antioxidants time to flow.
The health benefits of honey, lemon, and ginger could be their own individual articles as they are amazing. Combining them only makes it better.
I’m not a doctor so don’t take these claims to the bank. Do a little research on your own. Trust me though, this stuff is the total biz.
I would recommend (and this is what I do) 2-3 Tablespoons of the syrup for a normal sized mug.
Add boiling water and let it steep for a few minutes.
If you feel yourself getting sick or run-down make yourself a mug of this and do it a few times a day. If you are prone to getting colds, have a mug of this Cold Tea every night as a preventative measure. You can also add a few tablespoons to chamomile tea or green tea and it is Awesome!
Side perk of Cold Tea if you are a singer:
Keep a steady flow of this during your rehearsals and performances as it will A) Keep you healthy, B) Coat and protect your throat, and C) Generally make your life better (the third one is for everyone, not just singers. )
Raise a mug to health and wellness!
Here are a few resources, if you are interested. I know some people scoff at Wikipedia, but I love that there are references at the end of many articles and I can research further, if I am so compelled:
Ginger – http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265990.php
Honey – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey#Health_applications
Lemon – http://www.healthambition.com/health-benefits-lemons/
Originally published December 7, 2015
Tuesday 14th of November 2017
I really want to make this! I am prone to getting colds that last forever and this sounds perfect to keep in the fridge to have available on a regular basis. Thank you! ~Julia