With yesterday’s post and today’s post, you may be able to tell that I am sick. I’ve got a little cold. I’m not using any medicine since medicine, if anything, will slow down healing time by not allowing the body to do what it needs to do—cough, sneeze, drippy nose, fever, etc. These are all ways our body makes us better. So what can someone do to feel a bit better? Or, better, what can someone do in order to keep their immune system working well even when not sick?
Lucky, lucky, I have an answer for you. My dad has been swearing by ginger tea and lemon tea with honey as long as I can remember. I’ve modified his recipe to make it a little tastier (more, different flavors) and to have increased immune and health benefit. Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory, cloves and cardamom add delicious flavor and depth, and vanilla adds a creaminess and softens the bite of the ginger. Honey not only sweetens the tea, but it is both a throat soother and calms coughs. I’m a fan of local, raw, organic honey and I am fortunate enough to have a dad who keeps bees. It may be worth it to see if you can get your hands on some at your local farmers market or natural foods store as there are supposed to be many benefits of local, raw honey.
Makes one 4 c teapot
1 cinnamon stick
4 inches of fresh ginger, washed and thinly sliced or grated (no need to peel)
3 whole cloves
4 green cardamom pods, slightly crushed
1/4 vanilla bean, cut into a few pieces
2 whole allspice (optional)
Lemon and honey to taste
Add all of the above ingredients except lemon and honey to a teapot and pour in 4 cups of boiling water. Cover and let sit 10 minutes so the medicinal qualities of the spices is released. Strain into a tea cup, then add lemon and honey to taste.