I’d like to PROUDLY PRONOUNCE that I’m not as rotten of a person as I was earlier this week when I was making the Lemon Honey Syrup.
I have pulled myself up by the bootstraps, yanked my husband up off the floor, and lovingly shoved homemade chicken and dumplings’, vietnamese Pho soup, and all sorts of hot tea down his sick little throat.
“I don’t really like using Neti Pots,” he proclaimed.
“Well, I don’t really care what you like!” I cooed, as I, mask laden, beat/massaged his back for 2 minutes trying to loosen the phlegm that could or could not be developing.
“Do these breathing exercises. . . .” I handed him his phone, with a YouTube video pulled up. . .
“Now???” he said confused.
“Of course now!” I said, “I haven’t got all day!”
That right there, is love. As I told my sister today, I surely would have divorced him for scaring me so bad, if I didn’t love him so darn much.
My bestie has been telling me to make this tea since the beginning of the Pandemic to help boost my families immunity. She has been making it daily as a tool in her arsenal, to help hype up her clan’s immune response to anything sinister that might come their way.
She uses fresh ginger AND fresh turmeric, but I’ve adapted this version to use, the easier to find, ground turmeric. It’s also less costly, which is an added bonus.
I really hope you try this tea, and not just if you’re sick. It has a lovely fragrance, and gives such a nice tingle in the back of your throat that’s reminiscent of a fresh mint tea. It holds the powerhouse of ginger and turmeric which boasts of health benefits like. . .
- Pain relief
- Decreasing Nausea
- Boosts immunity
- Blocks the growth of several strains of respiratory tract pathogens
- Helps to lesson the effects of colds, flu, and allergies
- Reduces inflammation and helps protect against diseases
Admittedly, I have a sweet tooth, so I sweeten mine quite liberally. I’m sure it’s divine with just a tablespoon of honey, but if I’m being frank, a tablespoon will never be enough for me.
Make sure to squeeze a wedge of lemon in too, it adds just the right tanginess and brightness, that will have you coming back for more.
Watch the video of how I made it here. . . or skip down further for the complete instructions on how to make this powerhouse tea!
Ginger Turmeric Tea (Hot or Cold)
2 cups water
1 tsp. fresh ginger, diced
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
pinch of Black Pepper (about 1/8 tsp)
Honey or preferred sweetener, to taste
Slice of lemon
1.) In a medium sized saucepan, bring water, ginger, turmeric, and black pepper to boil. Reduce to simmer, and cook for 10 minutes longer.
2.) While your tea is simmering, into your mug add 1 TB honey and a lemon slice squeezed.
3.) Once the tea has simmered for 10 minutes, pour into mug. Add more honey or desired sweetener if desired. Enjoy hot or cold!
PS- If you just can’t be bothered with the stove top, try it in a microwave safe glass mug. Half the ingredients for single serve, and cut the cook time down to 4 minutes (maybe a little less . .watch it closely. You don’t want it to boil over). Let steep for an additional 4 minutes. Serve hot or over ice!
Double PS:) Don’t skip the black pepper. You can’t taste it, but it helps your body absorb the turmeric 2000 times better.