With the latest cold front to arrive, I can definitely tell that winter is coming. And of course, like clockwork, I’ve come down with a nasty cold to welcome the season.
When I got sick as a child, my mum used to make me boiled ginger tea with a squeeze of lemon. At the time, I wasn’t a fan of the spicy, sour concoction, but I really did notice how the warming tonic improved my sore throat.
Taking those lessons from my mum, I’ve created a simple concoction that not only improves on the original recipe, but adds a shot of health from Lemon Myrtle as well. Here’s what I add to about 250ml of boiling water:
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Myrtle Tea
- 3-5 slices fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional, mix in once tea is brewed)
Lemon Myrtle is amazing in this mixture because it contains zinc, vitamins, and antioxidants to help your body fight the nasties. It also adds a delicate flavour that is slightly sweet and has a hint of citrus that isn’t overpowering or sour.
Ginger provides the finishing notes on the palate and its spiciness helps soothe a sore throat. Additionally, if used, honey helps with coughs and adds a bit of sweetness to the mix.
For an extra bit of spice on the palate, try adding some mountain pepperleaf to the tea mixture!
Let me know what you think here! Do you have any other natural cold remedies?