A few days ago we spent some time with our five month old grandson. He wasn’t his usual chuckling, smiling self.
He had red eyes, a cough and a fever, and lots of congestion. Poor little guy.
Driving home, I noticed I was coughing. And didn’t feel too good. One very restless night later, I realized the little had shared his cold with me. Aches and pains, fatigue and headache. And I could feel the scratchiness when I coughed down into my lungs.
A few minutes with Google and I confirmed what I had been thinking. Hot ginger tea was what I needed. Ginger has great anti-inflammatory properties, so it would serve to sooth my irritated throat and bronchial passages.
I dragged myself to the grocery store for some fresh ginger. Then I followed the easy directions and steeped myself a steaming, fragrant cup of tea. I added just a drop of honey.
- 4-6 thin slices raw ginger (or more, depending on how strong you want it!)
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups water
- juice from 1/2 lime, or to taste (optional, but delicious)
- 1-2 tbsp honey or agave nectar, or to taste (also optional but delicious)
Peel the ginger and slice thinly to maximize the surface area. This will help you make a very flavorful ginger tea.
Boil the ginger in water for at least 10 minutes. For a stronger and tangier tea, allow to boil for 20 minutes or more, and use more slices of ginger. You really can’t over do it, so feel free to add as much ginger and simmer it for as long as you want.
Remove from heat and add lime juice and honey (or agave nectar) to taste.
The secret to making a really flavorful ginger tea is to use plenty of ginger – more than you think you will need – and also to add a bit of lime juice and honey to your ginger tea. You will also probably want to add more honey than you think you will need as well.
The result? Instant relief. The heat eased the congestion and pressure, and the scratchy, sore feeling when I coughed felt so much better. The coughing slowed down and diminished. I do have to agree with the recipe, I probably needed a little more honey. But that’s ok, since honey does a lot to sooth sore throats.
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