Winter months call for some soothing tea in our household. We’re big fans of all sorts of teas for all times of the day or night. I personally love having teas with a touch of local raw honey which makes any tea taste even better.
I’m not sure if it’s just me but it seems like the usual illnesses are making the rounds a little too often. Having two kids in the house (and one of them being a newborn) means taking lots of precautions because sicks kids = cranky kids. We like to take precaution, by upping our immune systems and drinking lots of this healing spiced ginger and honey tea.
My husband takes credit for this tea. He loves making this and getting everyone in the family to drink. When my parents come over, he makes it for them as well. Even my dad, who would never swap his cup of desi chai for anything, even drinks this from time to time.
I think this “concoction” as we like to call it, comes first on our list of teas. We love to drink this at least once a week for some good immune boosting. When any of us feel a sore throat or a cold coming on, it becomes an everyday necessity.
Ginger, clove, turmeric and cinnamon all give wonderful soothing and healing properties. Clove and cinnamon have long been used to help coughs. All the spices are also anti-inflammatory and contain lots of antioxidants. The ginger helps to alleviate throat pain. It’s also sweetened with local raw honey (antioxidant, antibacterial, and immune-boosting).
If you read the recipe below, you’ll notice that there is no boiling involved. We prefer to make the tea this way to preserve all the good properties of the spices. Read on to see how to make it, and if you happen to try it out, leave a comment and share with your friends too!
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1/2 inch piece of raw ginger, grated
- 1/2 tsp organic cinnamon powder
- 1/8 tsp organic ground clove
- 1/8 tsp organic turmeric powder
- 1 tsp raw honey
- Grate the ginger piece into a large 16 oz mug, or two 8 oz mugs.
- Add the cinnamon, clove, and turmeric powders.
- Heat up 2 cups of water until barely boiling. Do not let the water boil. If it does, wait for it to cool a couple of minutes.
- Pour the heated water into the cup(s). Allow to cool for 5-7 minutes.
- Stir in the honey. Enjoy while hot!
Optional- strain to filter out the spices. Note- waiting for the tea to cool before adding honey preserves the raw beneficial properties of the honey.