I started off the new year strong. I planned my workout days, routines, and most of my meals. I was even drinking my healthy body and skin concoction (stay tuned for afuture post about what I am drinking to help rejuvenate my skin). I was so proud of myself!
And then it happened… I got sick!
Ugh. My sweet husband took a trip to Target the other day to find me theraflu or something that would help my cold-like symptoms.
I hate taking store-bought cold medicine with all of the ingredients that I can’t pronounce; they make me feel jittery and weird, and they keep me from being able to sleep.
When my awesome teenager was at home sick last week, I made him my homemade ginger tea and he seemed to recover pretty quickly. I knew my ginger tea was good tasting and good for upset stomachs, but that was about it.
Now – a week later – I am sick, the tea is gone, and I am on a mission to be healthy again.
In an attempt to take back my life and have this cold end sooner, I began researching natural things to help my cold.
To my shock and excitement, ginger has naturally healing properties that can help relieve the common cold symptoms! Evidently ginger helps ease congestion, sinus problems, and a slew of other things. For more information about the additional healing elements of ginger, read this article by Food Matters.
Here is one really great recipe that I found for Ginger tea from the awesome folks at the Food Network:
Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 20 minYield: 1 quartIngredients:
1 quart water
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup freshly grated ginger
1/4 cup honey
Thin slices of lemon and lime for garnishDirections :
In a saucepan bring water to a boil. Add lemon juice, the squeezed lemon, and ginger. Let steep about 20 minutes. Stir in honey. Line a strainer with a thin wet cloth and strain tea into a pitcher. Chill thoroughly and serve on ice with thin slices of lemon and lime.Let me know what you think! I hope this helps you and your family stay healthy during this cold and flu season.