I am sick. Sick of being sick, too. My head throbs, my ears ring, my nose runs, and my throat burns. Yes, cry me a river — I hear the violins loud and clear — but being sick is the worst. Nothing tastes good, everything is melodramatic, and I am boring and un-fun. The only thing I feel good about is my ability to make and drink lemon ginger tea.
Ginger is known for its magical characteristics that make it a natural remedy for many ailments. It is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion (I chewed on ginger chews daily while pregnant to help curb my morning sickness). It is a warming remedy, ideal for boosting the circulation and lowering high blood pressure. Ginger is anti-viral and makes a warming cold and flu remedy. Due to the spicy flavor and warming qualities of ginger, making a lemon ginger tea is perfect for a cold. Both lemons and ginger are high in vitamin C and together, they temporarily relieve sinus pressure, a burning sore throat, and can temper coughing.
Lemon ginger tea is super easy to make. It is like eating a head of kale; it just feels healthy and good. There is also something calming and healing about the act of making a hot drink, too. It is like sitting next to a blazing fire with a good book.
Ingredients to make a BIG POT of tea to drink A LOT of for SEVERAL DAYS:
* juice from 3 lemons
* 1/2 cup of honey (more if you want sweeter, less if you want more tart)
* A pot full of water
* 1 peeled and sliced ginger root
* Place the peeled and sliced ginger into a pot of water
* Add lemon juice and honey
* Boil all together for 30 minutes to an hour
* DRINK. I store the tea in the fridge and every time I need more, I simply refill my cup, microwave it and have fresh tea!
The truth is I don’t know HOW well the ginger is working. I mean, I like to think it is working, but I don’t know if it actually is. I still feel lousy…..but the lemon ginger tea is calming, hydrating, and delicious. The bottom line is that it forces me to drink liquids, which I know helps with a cold.
Does anyone have remedies or suggestions on how to cure a nasty cold? Would love to hear! Have a great week! And don’t catch my cold!