Keep winter chills at bay with this fragrant Immunity Boost Tea. My kids have always enjoyed a warm lemon and honey drink (even if they are not ill…!!) but this recipe takes it up a notch.
You can play around with the ingredients and quantities to suit your taste. Fresh ginger can be quite strong (my children say ‘spicy’) and if you like a sweeter drink, you can add more honey which is a great soother for sore throats. Turmeric root can be hard to source so you can use the powdered version in its place, but the flavour won’t be the same and I find the texture of a powder in the drink isn’t very nice.
Ginger and turmeric come from the same family and have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to alleviate everything from depression to eczema. There are many health claims that haven’t been proven by modern science yet, but there’s no denying the warmth and comfort a cup of this tea will give you!!! And if any of the ‘immunity boosting’ and other popular health claims are even partially true, that is a bonus.
Lots of recipes suggest boiling all the ingredients in a pot, but my preference is simply mixing it all in a cup or mug and enjoying it straight up. If you don’t like the ‘bits’ you can let the mixture steep for 5 minutes or so and then strain before drinking.
- 1 tsp finely grated ginger root
- 1 tsp finely grated turmeric root
- 1 tsp honey
- Juice of 1 lemon
- A grind of black pepper or a pinch of cayenne pepper
Add all your ingredients to a cup and pour over boiling water.
Stir and allow to cool a little before drinking.
For more natural remedies, head to the Green Elephant Marketplace where you’ll find manuka honey lozenges, propolis throat sprays, winter wellness balms, cold chest rubs and more.