I love the holidays; Christmas and New Years are wonderful occasions to celebrate with family and friends. However, this time of year also seems to add extra stress, busyness, and lack of sleep. (Even if they are all for good reasons!) This, along with the added sugar in my diet, and it’s no surprise that I’ve had a tickle in my throat all week. You can be sure I’ve been sipping on this nightly! (And trying to go to bed earlier!)
This ‘tea’ is a combination of healthful ingredients that are commonly found in the fridge and pantry, and can be used to help find relief from coughs, sore throats, and the overall feeling of unwellness. The lemon and ginger add vitamin C as well as having antibacterial properties; and ginger provides relief from nausea. Cayenne pepper helps clear congestion. Raw honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties; it is a great relief for sore throats and coughs. And the raw apple cider vinegar aids in the restoring and rebalancing of your gut flora (Where 70% of your immune system resides!)
Happy New Year to you all! Wishing you much joy and health in 2014!
Ginger Lemon Tea (Serves 1)
(A Grow. Cook. Eat. Share. original recipe)
1 1/2-2 cups hot (not boiling) water
1 heaping tablespoon unpasteurized honey (use Manuka honey if possible)
1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
Juice from 1/4 lemon (approximately 2 teaspoons)
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Combine in your favorite mug, and enjoy!