It seems like everybody has been sick the last couple of months. Since just before Christmas, we’ve had wave after wave of colds and sinus infections sweep through this house. Whenever somebody gets a sore throat or the first sniffles appear, this is my go-to brew: black tea with ginger, honey, lemon juice, and cloves.
So why is this tea good for colds?
- Tea is rich in protective antioxidants, and the warmth helps soothe sore throats and loosen congestion.
- Raw honey is also an antioxidant, as well as antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and full of good enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Honey helps soothe sore throats and makes the tea taste good! If you can’t find raw honey, at least try to use unpasteurized honey as the high heat from pasteurization will destroy its nutrients. Remember that babies under one year should not have honey due to the small chance of infant botulism.
- Ginger has strong anti-inflammatory properties, helps reduce nausea, and boosts the immune system.
- Lemons are high in vitamin C and help loosen congestion.
- Cloves are a natural analgesic and can help numb sore throats.
Of course I don’t want to give caffeine to my kids, so when I make my ginger honey lemon tea for them, I use either decaffeinated tea or reused tea bags (most of the caffeine goes into the first brew).
Next time you’re feeling under the weather, try this!
- 1.5 cups water
- black tea, loose or in a teabag
- 1 tablespoon finely julienned or minced ginger
- pinch of ground cloves
- 1-2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- In a small pot, add water, teabag, ginger, and cloves. Bring to a boil and gently simmer for 3-5 minutes.
- Pour the ginger tea through a strainer into a mug.
- Add honey and lemon to taste.