Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Fighting a Cold

Have you ever been fighting a cold, you have the sniffles, the scratchy throat, but you don't want to admit that you may be sick because that would be giving into the cold?  And if you have a cold, that might mean that all of your healthy habits don't give you super human strength?

From mid November until mid January at least one person in my house (excluding yours truly) was diagnosed with pneumonia.  Me - I remained healthy and assumed the role of family nurse and chauffeur to the doctor's office.  And now out of no where I have the runny nose and sore throat - I do not have a cough - thankfully.

So after a dinner highlighting the wonderful tastes of raw garlic and an intense yoga class to try to sweat it out, I am now soothing my throat with my favourite homemade tea.

Lemon Ginger Tea with Honey - this is such a simple tea, but it makes everything feel better.  The taste reminds me a lot of NeoCitran but doesn't make me groggy.  Its as easy as it sounds to make...

Lemon Ginger Tea

1/2 lemon cut into slices
1 thumb size piece of ginger peeled & cut into strips
boiling water

Place the ginger slices in a tea pot and crush with the flat end of the handle on a knife.  This releases the juices in the ginger and keeps it in the tea pot.  Add the lemon slices.  Pour boiling water over lemon and ginger.  Let steep for at least 5 minutes.  Pour into your favourite mug and sweeten with honey.

I have been told by many people this is basically a Hot Toddy - so if you want the loopy side effects of NeoCitran add rum or whatever alcohol is added to a Hot Toddy.  Sweet dreams.


  1. MMm, I love this kind of tea.. Perfect for this kind of weather! Happy to be your newest follower!