As the cold and flu season encroaches on us it is nice to have a few treatments options at your disposal. This recipe is easy and uses simple ingredients found at home, but the best part is, it really helps! Brew this tea at the very first signs of a tickle in your throat and if your throat is feeling sore. It is especially effective for strep throat symptoms. Drink at least 4 cups a day for relief.
WARNING: This drink is potent. The garlic (a key ingredient) can kill most forms of bacteria but leaves your breath strong enough to ward off vampires. I think this is fine – you are getting sick and this isn’t the time to be a social butterfly. Curl up with a good book and sip away on this tea- you will thank me in the morning.
-4-5 cloves of garlic
-1 lemon (cut in slices)
-1-2 inches of fresh ginger
Yields: 4 cups
1.) Place 1 L of water on the stove in a pot. Gentle crush garlic with a fork and add to pot. Slice lemon into 1/8 inch circle slices and add to the pot. Dice up ginger in small cubes and also add to the pot.
2.) Let all the ingredients simmer on the stove for 15 minutes. Keep pot covered as we don’t want to lose any of the liquid.
3.) After the tea has simmered and the smell of garlic is strong in the air, collect liquid and disregard the ingredients. Pour some in a mug and add as much honey as desired (usually 1 tbsp).
From the kitchen of: Dr. Angela Hunt ND