In the spirit of the season of runny noses, I will share the recipe for our family's favourite cold remedy: honey-ginger tea with lemon. Not only does it seem to provide relief, it also tastes good. Adjust proportions to suit your personal preference.
Honey-Ginger Tea With Lemon
filtered, reverse-osmosis or tap water (not bottled water)
1/2-1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 generous teaspoon natural raw honey (try a farmer's market or local producer). Use commercial brands only in desperation since they tend to be highly processed.
- Peel and slice ginger into very thin strips, about 1 tablespoon per mug (although it is called "tea", this is definitely a "mug" kind of drink) and place in the bottom of a mug (if microwaving) or a teapot.
- To microwave, fill the mug with water leaving room at the top for lemon and honey if using a mug and microwave on high until it reaches boiling temperature (about 2 minutes).
- For a teapot, add boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes.
- Remove ginger slices (if desired). Stir in the lemon juice and honey and enjoy.