Cold and flu season is here and almost everyone around me is coming down with “something”, so I hope this natural cold and flu soothing tea remedy comes with good timing
I have given out this tea recipe so many times and everyone loves it! It’s truly an instant feel good potion. I got this recipe from a former coworker, Harrison K. from Harry’s Deli in Irvine, California. If ever around this area, check out his place for amazing food. He is a genius in the kitchen, and has given me many tips and ideas, as well as a chili recipe that once helped me win a chili cook-off.
Why does this recipe work? It works due to its powerful combination of natural anti-flu/cold substances, all combined into one “magical” potion. It contains garlic, a natural immune system booster because of its antiseptic, anti-fungal and nutritive properties. It is a natural detoxifier protecting against bacterial and viral infections. Don’t get discouraged by the garlic part, you will barely be able to taste it.
Lemons are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and a great body alkalizer.
Ginger has been used for centuries as an effective cure for cough and cold. It helps alleviate sore throats, itchiness, coughing, and even blocked nasal passages.
Honey has been proven by studies to shorten the duration of the common cold and fight viruses and it reduces coughs by coating and soothing an irritated throat.
Cayenne Pepper stimulates the release of mucus from the respiratory passages and it helps clear your sinuses.
I believe that not only do these powerful nutrients work individually, I believe that combined they create a synergy that makes them even more potent. Enjoy and drink it throughout the day!
2 ½ quarts of water
½ lb of sliced ginger root
4 garlic cloves, sliced in half lengthwise
4 lemons, sliced
Raw honey to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
- In a large saucepan add the water, sliced garlic and sliced ginger root.
- Bring to a boil and continue to cook over medium-high heat for 20 minutes
- Add the sliced lemon and boil for 5 more min. (Do not boil for longer or your tea will be bitter)
- Remove from heat.
- Squeeze the lemons by pressing down with a fork or a potato masher
- Serve and sweeten with honey( preferably raw)
- Add cayenne pepper (optional)
- Enjoy & drink throughout the day (If it’s too strong just add a little bit of hot water).
- Thank Denise 🙂