Monday, February 10, 2014

It's cold & flu season {+ a tea recipe}

Is just starting to get cold here in Belgium, so I figured I'd share my favorite home remedy with you all (besides the obvious bone broth, that is).

Not only is this soothing infusion delicious, it's also packed full of good-for-you ingredients that well knock any case of the sniffles out of the park!

First up is chamomile. Use fresh dried flowers if you can find them, but the ready-made tea bags work fine as well. This plant is reputed to help a large number of ailments, one of which is to sooth and calm - in other words, help you sleep! Sleep is very important when you are feeling under the weather as it gives your body time to heal.

Then we add lemon juice. Lemons are rich in vitamin C which helps boost the immune system. Lemons also help digestion, which can be a plus, depending on what sickness you're suffering from. I also find the hot vapors of this fruit clear stuffed sinuses pretty well.

Honey and cinnamon round this drink out, giving it both sweetness and a bit of a spicy kick. Honey helps to coat and sooth a sore throat and has anti-bacterial properties. Cinnamon is said to reduce inflammation and also to have anti-bacterial properties.

If you mix all these ingredients together, not only do you end up with a cocktail of goodness, but a tasty one at that! Sometimes I'll whip one of these up even when I'm not feeling ill, just because it's so tasty!


Get Well Feel Good Tea
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Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of steeped chamomile infusion
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1/2 tbsp of cinnamon powder


Method:

  1. In a large mug, mix together the hot infusion and the lemon juice.
  2. Add the honey and cinnamon, stirring until the honey is melted.
  3. Drink by little sips. Breathing in the steam coming off the mug will also help clear sinuses.
  4. Repeat 3 times per day until all symptoms are gone, usually within a day or two.
   

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