Remedy for a Cold or Flu – Hot Honey Lemon Ginger Tea
Ginger is a healthy anti-inflammatory and immune booster, lemon is full of vitamin C, and honey has antibiotic properties.
Honey Lemon Ginger Tea
- 4 cups water
- a 1 inch (2.5cm) chunk of ginger (or more if you like a strong ginger taste)
- 2 organic lemons
- honey to taste
- rum (optional, for a bedtime toddy)
Slice the ginger as finely as you can and place it in a saucepan with the water. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat off. Cover the pot and let steep for 10 minutes.
Pour 1 cup of the hot ginger infusion into a big mug. Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. Stir in enough honey to make a sweet drink. You will need several teaspoons of honey per cupful. This is not a time to worry about cutting down on sweets – the honey has healing properties that are more important.
Reheat the pot gently whenever you wish to make another cup of Ginger Lemon Tea and add the fresh lemon juice after the ginger infusion is poured into the mug (so you don’t destroy the vitamin C in the lemon juice by heating it too much).
If making this drink before bed, omit the ginger and add a few tablespoons of rum to hot water, making a hot honey, lemon and rum drink to help you sleep. Very nice.
Makes 4 big mugs full of tea, enough to get one sick person through the day.