If you have been suffering from a cold or the flu lately, you're not alone. While you might have cleaned out your local pharmacy for over-the-counter cold and flu medicine, there are still some remedies out there that might be worth a try. Here is a soothing tea recipe to help you recover from your cold or flu:
1. LemonLemon is full of vitamin C, which can help reduce the duration and severity of symptoms if you already have a cold.2. CinnamonAdd this antioxidant-rich spice for a warming flavour.3. GingerGinger’s been used for centuries to relieve a sore throat and loosen up congestion due to a cold. Best known for its ability to calm an upset stomach, ginger can also treat vomit and nausea. (Click here for a warming apple ginger soup recipe.)4. ClovesCloves can make it easier to cough up and eliminate phlegm. These flower buds can be ground with a mortar and pestle for a sweet and peppery seasoning.5. TurmericOne of the most effective anti-inflammatories around, turmeric can help reduce inflammation and relieve gastrointestinal discomfort.6. CayenneGreat for warming the body, cayenne help with stomach problems and poor appetite. Many traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicines add cayenne to help circulatory problems.7. Raw honeyHoney includes small amounts of vitamin C and folate, and can help soothe the back of throats, which often become irritated from coughing.Ingredients3 cups of waterJuice of half a lemon1 cinnamon stick3 slices (1/4 inch thick) of fresh ginger¼ tsp cloves½ tbsp. turmeric1 pinch cayenne (start with this and add more to taste)1 ½ tbsp raw honey (can add more or less to achieve desired sweetness)Directions1. Add all ingredients (except honey) to a pot and bring to a boil.2. Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes.3. Add honey and stir, adding more if necessary.4. Pour tea through a strainer and drink while warm.5. Rest.
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