It doesn’t seem to matter HOW strong your immune system is or how well you behave! If you are human, you WILL get a cold. Especially if young children (and their snot) live in your home. So a cold buster tea seems essential, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately, for the caregivers of the world (women), we often have to continue with our daily lives — no matter how we feel. There is no such thing as a “Woman Cold” (as opposed to a Man Cold). Get kids up and fed and off to school. Make sure there are groceries in the fridge. Help get everyone’s homework done. And so it goes…
So I guess it’s up to us to get ourselves better as QUICKLY as possible. While keeping it gentle and nourishing, and drugstore-free.
Here are my Top 5 Way To Beat A Winter Cold (or Strategies for Kicking a Winter Colds Ass). Included in that list is this yummy tea recipe below. Don’t forget about the wonderful ways to avoid the cold in the first place, with Foods For Winter Immunity.
This delightful cold buster tea has been used as a tonic for colds for a long time in this household. The usual ginger + lemon + honey + cayenne + hot water is a classic. HOWEVER…I’ve recently begun adding other delights to this wonderful beverage.
Not only does it taste amazing, I actually feel almost high drinking it. And it’s effects are instant. The feel-good effects may not last forever, but that doesn’t mean the tea isn’t still working its magic behind the scenes. My kids even ask for it the minute they begin to feel yucky. This recipe below, with the added turmeric, cloves and cinnamon is so delicious, it’s hard to believe it’s doing such good, important work.
Find the recipe below. Leave a comment if you like it.
Cold Buster Tea
- 2 or 3 inches fresh ginger, sliced or grated
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 – 2 tsp turmeric (OR 2 inches fresh)
- 10 whole cloves (or 1/4 tsp ground)
- 1/8 tsp cayenne
- 3 cups fresh water
- juice of 1 whole lemon
- 1 Tbsp raw honey
- Stick the ginger, spices, and fresh water in a pot. Bring to a boil, and simmer for quite a long time. It’ll make almost a concentrate. Simmer at least 15 to 20 minutes.
- Strain out the spices and pour back into the pot.
- When you’re ready to drink, add the lemon juice and raw honey (and add some water and re-heat a little if necessary).
- You may take this concentrate, place it in your fridge and add to hot water, fresh lemon juice and honey when you need it.