Cold Remedy Tea is the perfect recipe to have on hand for cold and flu season. I love this recipe so much that I drink it all the time for preventative care.
“You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae.” – Paul Walker
The last thing we need with our busy schedules is to feel under the weather. The minute I start feeling like a cold is coming on; I whip up a batch of Cold Remedy Tea to help me on the road to recovery.
This tea recipe packs a powerful nutrition punch. Ginger, raw honey, turmeric, lemons, and oranges are a nutritional combination your body will love.
I always look for natural ways to help cure any ailments and boost my immunities, and this tea is one of my favorite formulas.
Since a batch of Cold Remedy Tea can last a month in your refrigerator, why not make some for friends and family to have on hand?
Cold Remedy Tea Ingredient: Ginger – Health Benefits
Ginger is a powerhouse of health of its own. It contains gingerol, which has many medicinal properties.
It reduces inflammation and pain in the body. We all could do with a little less inflammation, right?
Another great health benefit is that it stimulates circulation.
Ginger can also help treat many forms of nausea and vomiting.
Here are some fun facts about ginger you probably didn’t know:
1) The ginger plant is an herb. This is something I didn’t know!
2) Ginger is not a root; it’s a rhizome. Rhizomes are underground stems. (Imagine how smart people will think you are if you bring up this little nugget at the dinner table.)
3) Ginger can grow up to 4 feet tall. It’s typically grown in the tropics and other warm regions.
4) The plant is native to southeast Asia.
5) Slices of ginger are eaten in Japan in between food courses to clear the palate.
How to preserve fresh ginger once you’ve cut into the root (or rhizome, now that we know better!)
Wrap the ginger in a paper towel and place it in a plastic bag. It will last up to two weeks.
Cold Remedy Tea Ingredient: Raw Honey – Health Benefits
Most of the honey you find in grocery stores is pasteurized. Look for raw honey to reap the best benefits.
Raw honey can kill unwanted fungus and bacteria, according to research.
It’s also a phytonutrient powerhouse. That’s one of the reasons why raw honey has immune-boosting properties.
Raw honey will also help with a sore throat and act as a cough suppressant.
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What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is an aromatic spice from India that is a gorgeous orange color. For thousands of years, turmeric has been a staple in kitchens throughout the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia.
Cold Remedy Tea Ingredient: Turmeric – Health Benefits
According to healthline.com, turmeric may be one of the most effective nutritional boosts that exist. Studies show it has major benefits for your brain and body.
The most important compound in turmeric is called curcumin. It is a strong antioxidant and a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Curcumin also helps block free radical damage and stimulates your antioxidant defenses at the same time.
Cold Remedy Tea Ingredient: Lemons – Health Benefits
Lemons contain a high amount of Vitamin C, which helps support your body’s natural defenses.
It is reported that lemons help reduce phlegm. They also help decrease the strength of the flu or cold. That’s good news!
Fun Facts About Lemons:
I like to add a bit of trivia to my recipes because it adds a little fun to dinner table conversations. I’ve gone through my life, not knowing if lemons are native to America. Now I know.
1) According to contemporaryfoodlab.com, lemons were brought to the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1493.
2) Lemons are grown primarily in California and Arizona. (My guess would have been Florida – but they weren’t even close to the number of acres the other two states have dedicated to lemons.) They produce 95% of the lemons consumed in the United States.
3) On average, the US consumes three pounds of lemons per person.
4) The top two countries we export our lemons to are Japan and Canada.
5) Each lemon holds on average three tablespoons of juice.
6) Lemon trees can produce lemons all year round.
7) You can get 500-600 pounds of lemons from a single tree every year.
8) Miners in the gold-rush of 1849 paid a premium price for lemons because they helped prevent scurvy. California is one of the top producing states of lemons because of this demand.
Cold Remedy Tea Ingredient – Oranges – Health Benefits
Oranges are also high in Vitamin C, and when you want to shorten the time you feel sick, this vitamin is one of your best bets.
They are also a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your cells that defends your body against illness.
How to pick out the best citrus fruits:
You want to pick lemons and oranges that seem heavy for their size. Thinner skin usually means more juice.
The lighter the color of lemons’ skin means they are usually more tart than a darker yellow.
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Here’s how to make Cold Remedy Tea recipe:
Ingredients for Cold Remedy Tea
2-inch piece of peeled fresh ginger
1 cup raw honey
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
2 lemons, halved, sliced thinly, and seeded
1 orange, halved, sliced thinly, and seeded
Directions for making Cold Remedy Tea
1) Grind the ginger into a paste with mortar and pestle.
2) In a large bowl, mix together the honey, ginger, and turmeric. Then stir in the lemons and orange and mix well.
3) For each serving, place 2 heaping tablespoons of the mixture (including orange and lemon slices) in a mug. Fill a mug with hot water and stir to blend.
4) Transfer remaining mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate up to one month.
Here’s the printable version of the Cold Remedy Tea recipe:
- 2-inch piece peeled fresh ginger
- 1 cup raw honey
- 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
- 1 orange, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced and seeded
- 2 lemons, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced and seeded
- hot water
- Grind the fresh ginger into a paste with mortar and pestle.
- In a large bowl, mix together the honey, fresh ginger, and turmeric. Stir in the lemon and orange slices and mix well.
- For each serving, place two heaping tablespoons of the mixture (including the lemon and orange slices) in a mug. Fill the mug with hot water and stir to blend.
- Transfer remaining mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate up to one month.
Tips for making Cold Remedy Tea recipe:
1) Grinding black pepper in your tea or adding a few peppercorns will help your body absorb the turmeric.
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