Right before the New Year I started to feel a cold coming on. “Oh no…” I groaned to myself – time to whip out the vitamins, healthy food and drinks.
One of my favorite home cold relief medicine is a ginger, lemon and honey tea. I use all fresh ingredients which makes the taste even more potent.
Not only is this completely delicious and easy, but the ingredients are very good for your immunity.
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and phytochemicals which are plant constituents that help to boost the immune system. Ginger has a lot of nutritional components such as acting as an anti-inflammatory and digestive health as well as nutrients like potassium, vitamin B6 and magnesium. Finally, the honey sweetens the otherwise bitter bite of the hot drink but fresh honey raises our protective antioxidant levels and the smooth, sticky consistency helps to sooth colds and throats.
Enjoy this delicious warm drink (even if you’re not feeling under the weather).
You Will Need:
- Fresh Ginger (1-2 inches or to taste)
- Lemon (1-3)
- Honey (1 tsp)
- French Press (if you don’t have one, you could use a pot or thermos and strainer)
Boil water (depending on how much you want to make) in a teapot, pot or hot water heater.
Meanwhile, peal fresh ginger and then finely chop or grate fresh ginger. Take two lemons – slice small rounds of one lemon to actually place in the tea and just chop the other lemon in half to juice.
Take your French Press and put the fresh chopped/grated ginger in the bottom, squeeze the two halves of the lemon into the French Press and then take the slices of lemon and place them in last. Next, pour the steaming hot water to the top of the French Press.
Let this sit for about 10-15 minutes. After seeping, press the French Press down and serve hot!
Other added options: add a little cayenne to taste or a few squirts of liquid Echinacea.