Ginger, lemon and maple syrup tea
- 4 cups of cold water
- 1 piece of ginger, (about half the size of a fist), peeled and thinly sliced
- Fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or honey
Add the sliced ginger to the water in a pot and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes (without allowing it to boil again).
Pour the liquid into a cup (leaving the ginger in the pot) and add some lemon juice (about 2 tablespoons) and a spoon of maple syrup or honey.
Drink a few times a day.
If you can, leave the pot of water and ginger on the stove all day and keep drinking from it. The longer it sits the stronger the ginger taste will get.
If you’re feeling very congested, you can also add sliced garlic and cayenne pepper to the pot when you’re simmering. It makes for a much spicier tea.
It’s not just a soothing tea, there’s medicine in all of it. here’s why those ingredients will help:
Water will help you rehydrate and also help flush your system.
Lemons are high in vitamin C, which has anti-inflammatory effects, it enhances iron absorption in the body which plays an important role in immune function. Lemons also contain saponins which have antimicrobial properties (a natural disinfectant). Lemons also reduce the amount of phlegm produced by the body.
Ginger contains sesquiterpenes that specifically target rhinoviruses, (the cold virus), as well as substances that suppress coughing. It’s a natural pain and fever reducer, a mild sedative, and a natural anti-inflammatory.
Maple syrup contains essential nutrients like zinc, iron, calcium, and potassium.
Honey has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.
Garlic can be an expectorant for coughs and it is a natural antibacterial.
Cayenne pepper is high in vitamin A. It also has vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium and manganese. The capsaicin in cayenne dilates the blood vessels and speeds metabolism.