Everywhere you turn, it seems someone is battling a cold, allergies, or sinus infection. It’s that time of year again! The summer season has faded quickly, and we are experiencing some big dips in temperature. For some reason, every season change I get allergies. Itchy ears, sneezing, itchy roof of mouth, runny nose… all those fun things. And eventually my throat starts to feel sore. I know what is coming next if I don’t get a handle on things.
I run to my cupboard and grab a few ingredients. That’s all that I need to make a soothing, hot drink that will relieve my symptoms temporarily. This tea is made up of 4 ingredients, with water being included.
While you put the tea kettle on to boil, fill a spoon (teaspoon) with honey (raw is best) and put it in a very small mug. I use a small cup so that I can quickly finish it and feel relief. You want it somewhat potent, since it is meant to coat your throat. My cup fits 4 ounces, so half a cup.
Next, add 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice. It does not have to be fresh, but if you have lemons on hand it will definitely be more potent by using them. Sprinkle just a bit of cinnamon into the cup. Don’t go overboard, but also don’t just barely shake any out. The cinnamon is an important part of feeling better, as are the other ingredients. It also tastes super yummy. I love cinnamon!
When your water has reached boiling point, take it off the burner and pour over your other three ingredients. Carefully stir so your honey dissolves and everything is combined.
There you have it. Let it cool for a minute, and then enjoy the instant relief once you take a sip. I’m telling you, it is for real! Not only is it a comforting, hot drink going down (you may be experiencing the chills or body aches), but it has wonderful anti-inflammatory agents as well as anti-bacterial.
The honey works to coat your throat, but is also your natural antibiotic! There are so many benefits to honey, especially in treating colds. Check this website for more information about honey. Who knew something that tastes so good is also exceptionally healthy for you?!
The lemon juice is high in Vitamin C, which helps to support and strengthen your immune system. It has anti-inflammatory effects that help to sooth asthma and respiratory infections. This is just one of the many benefits of lemon juice.
The cinnamon works as an antibiotic as well. The combination of cinnamon and honey is dynamite. Meaning, using both of them together works wonders for not only the common cold, but other diseases as well. There is much information out there regarding this common household ingredient.
Drink this tea throughout the day if you can. As I said, it will not only soothe, but will help treat your cold. I also suggest supplementing with vitamins such as Vitamin C, Echinacea and probiotics three times a day. Try to get a grip on your cold before it really gets a grip on you! It is possible to kick off a cold before it really settles in, and this is one way to help.
I hope those of you who are sick right now find some relief soon… starting with this drink! Try to avoid over-the-counter antibiotics (unless you are beyond sick), and get some good, wholesome, natural FOODS into your body! Letting your body fight off sickness on its own without antibiotics is better for you, making you even stronger and less susceptible later on. If you really do need a prescription (and by all means, please take it if you are really sick), you still can drink this tea. Also take some probiotics to keep your body strong during and after taking antibiotics. Antibiotics fight to kill off bad bacteria, but they also kill off the good too. So restoring your healthy bacteria is important to staying healthy afterwards.
Soothing Honey & Cinnamon Tea
by The Happy Homemaker
1 tsp. raw honey
1-2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon (roughly)
1/2 cup. boiling water
I’m off to make myself another cup. :)
The Happy Homemaker