Is there something more common yet so uncomfortable than sore throats? I myself suffer from these every now and then, specially during fall and spring season. Like many, I have tired lots of home remedies as well as conventional medicine to try to deal with these symptoms before, finally I found something that has worked for me and I’d like to share it with you, perhaps it will work for you too.
This Natural Ginger Tea offers me an instant relief when my throat is bothering me, and as to the reason of why that is? Well, each of its ingredients, help in a different way to alleviate the symptoms related to sore throats. Here are the ingredients:
It contains two important compounds gingerols and shogaols, and it is believed that these have anti-inflammatory properties that may help manage or reduce your risk for many conditions, including sore throats. So that’s a great start, right?
Well, this is an easy one. Lemons possessed high levels on vitamin C, commonly used to treat colds. This by itself might not be enough to soothe your sore throat but in combination with….. You guest it - Honey! It might as well be the oldest trick in the book to treat colds and sore throats.
We have all used honey at some point before to help with sore throats, well as it turns out, one study found that honey was even more effective at taming nighttime coughs than common cough suppressants. Other research shows that honey is an effective wound healer, which means it may help speed healing for sore throats. Huh! Our grandparents had it all figured out.
Spring Mix Berries herbal tea:
This last one is my own personal addition to this recipe. I love berries and it the beginning I just added it to add some flavor to it (I love berries) but it turns out that berries contain something called astringent tannins which soothes sore throats, plus you know berries are yummy so that’s an added benefit.
Ok, so now let’s get to the fun part. How do we make it?
Any berry based tea. I use a spring mix that I get from local herbal tea store.
On a saucepan add about 8 oz of water and set your stove to medium heat. Peel and cut the ginger into thin slices and add to sauce pan (approximate 3 tablespoons of ginger) with the juice of 1 lemon and 3 tablespoons of honey. Once the water starts to boiled, bring the heat down to low and let it cook for about 10 minutes.
Add a berry base tea when serving. Pour tea into a mug and (For natural herbal tea), add 2 teaspoons of the tea into an infuser and let it sit for about 8 minutes. Remove infuser and enjoy your tea!
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Please note that for those who suffer from blood pressure problems have to consult your doctor before drinking this tea, as it has been said that ginger may lower your blood pressure.