Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Home-made Organic Cough and Cold 'Tea'

Found this fabulous 'Cough and Cold Tea' recipe on Pinterest and had to try it!

It is delish! Made four jars the first time and ran out in no time! Everyone loves it, both as a soothing remedy when sick, but also as a preventative measure to stay healthy and boost your immune system!

The Yummy How-To...
- 2 organic lemons ( I found that I needed more)
- 1 piece of ginger about the size of your thumb (the original recipe called for two pieces, but I am not a huge fan of ginger so used less). Use as much or as little as you like. Oh, I noticed that the zing of the ginger actually mellows and melds in the syrup.
- Honey, enough to fill the jar.

Scrub your lemons. Slice into small slices, wedges or chunks, whichever look you prefer. I like nice thin slices.
Peel and slice the knob of ginger into pieces, coins or slivers. I used half coins.
Wash and dry your canning jars and lids really well.
Place the ginger into each jar, add the lemon slices on top till jar is full.
Top up with honey, let it settle into all the crevices, and then add some more, so that it covers the lemons.

They say that if you let it sit for a month or two, the fruit will break down a bit and it will all gel into a lovely, soft, lumpy syrup. Mine never lasts that long ; )

If you use it fairly soon, the lemon juice will still be layered on top of the honey.
Give everything a good stir in the jar and add a spoonful to your cup.... or just dig into it, going through the layers, filling up your spoon and add the gooey goodness to your tea cup.

I got super lucky!
My potted up lemon tree was super loaded with lemons this year,
and they all ripened up in late fall!
 Perfect timing!
So I was able to use my own organic, homegrown lemons. Yum!

Also, I live a few blocks away from a fabulous local honey farm (Fredrich's!)
So was able to buy local and support a mom and pop business.
Love when it works out like that : )...  
Shop local, support mom and pop biz's, go organic, and when possible, grow your own!

Add to your favourite herbal tea or to a cup of hot water.
I am on a Black Currant Tea crazy lately, which is also good for colds, and add a good big spoonful of this 'syrup' to my cuppa.

Why it works...

Ginger helps to control and calm the symptoms that come with colds, flu's, upper respiratory tract infections, and bronchitis. It also helps to reduce muscle pain, and settle the tummy if one has nausea or vomiting.

Lemon aids in controlling fever and chills as well as adding that much needed boost of vitamin C to soothe your sore throat. It has anti-septic properties and also gives one a boost when feeling fatigued. If taken before you get sick, it helps to build up your defence system and prevent flues, colds and inflammation.

Honey has natural anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties so helps to boost immunity to fend off colds, coughs and flues, plus aides in the healing and soothing of symptoms if you do get sick. It is also a soothing cough suppressant.

Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
An Irish Saying
~ ~ ~

Lemon tree, very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet....

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