So I’ve been MIA on my blog these past few days because I’m sick and have cough and cold. It’s really hard to concentrate and write with a headache, a runny nose and an itchy throat. I’m still checking my emails, my social media accounts, and managing comments here on my blog but no post–not even a Crafthursday or The Monday Grace–though I’ve been crafting and being grateful everyday since my last post. I use whatever energy I have left for doing work stuff for our online shop.
My sickness started with a cold. I’ve been taking meds but they don’t seem to work fast. I tried avoiding sweets and cold drinks (failed on the first three days though) and decided to go on water and pineapple juice therapy. But days passed, I got worse, and I realized that I also got cough too; dry cough, the worst! Anyway, I remembered one of Genzel’s blog post about a sore throat home remedy and remembered that I know a sort of an elixir (yes, thanks to HIMYM) for cough and cold! It’s pretty much the same except that I added grated ginger. If you’re following me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen this familiar cup of tea I posted a few nights ago. I’ve been drinking this for days now and I find it really effective so might as well share it to everyone, right? ^_^
Enough of my babbling, sorry I’ve missed this! So here’s the recipe for those curious folks. ^_~
What you’ll need
- Kitchen knife
- Two teabags of Green Tea (without additional flavors, i.e. mint)
- Cutting board
- Coffee press (because I don’t have a teapot with built-in strainer)
- Honey (natural, pure, and unprocessed; NOT honey-flavored syrup)
- Hot water (not in the pic ‘coz I was still boiling it when I took this)
How to prepare
Honestly, I did not measure any of the ingredients I used. I just eyeballed it just like what I usually do when I cook. But I’ll give you the approximate measurements. Heee
- Grate about half a teaspoon of ginger. Put the grated ginger in the coffee press.
- Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the coffee press.
- Pour about a tablespoon of honey into the mix.
- Remove the tag/label of the teabags (especially if they have staples). Put them in the coffee press.
- Pour hot water into the coffee press. I used 3-4 cups of water. Stir to mix everything, especially the honey.
- Steep for about 2 minutes; 5mins, tops. Serve. Drink.
Serving Size: 3
- Adjust the portions of the ingredients accordingly if you’re making less or more serving.
- You may also adjust the measurements of the ingredients to your preferred taste.
- You could also use–instead of a coffee press–a teapot with a built-in strainer if you have one; or you could probably use a coffee filter. If you don’t have any, maybe you could just dump ’em all in a regular teapot or teacup and just strain (using a strainer or cheese cloth or clean kitchen towel) everything before drinking the tea.
- Put the other half of the lemon in a sealed container and put it back on the refrigerator for your next batch of tea.
- Use hot, NOT boiling, water.
- Don’t steep for too long if you don’t want a stronger/spicier taste of ginger.
- Recommended serving size is 2 teacups.
- Drink while hot and inhale the steam from the tea.
Lemon, ginger, honey, and green tea have lots of health benefits. Here, I listed down the ones that are related to sickness, cold, and cough.
- “Ginger’s antihistamine property is known to inhibit airway contraction and help stimulate the secretion of mucus. It helps get rid of congestion in the throat and nose.” – The Health Site
- “The phytonutrients in raw honey have antibacterial and antiviral properties that may help boost your immune system and fight sickness.” – The Dr. Oz Show
- “Honey’s thick consistency coats your throat and the sweet taste is thought to trigger certain nerves that make your throat less sensitive to the cough impulse.” – The Dr. Oz Show
- “Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds.” – Care2 Healthy Living
- “Green tea is the best food source of a group called catechins. In test tubes, catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties.” – Harvard Health Publications
Is it really effective?
Based on my experience, YES! It provides instant relief for my itchy throat and runny nose. I first tried this one night and after drinking two or more cups, I didn’t cough anymore and I can breathe better. The effect subsides when I woke up the next morning so I decided to make and drink this tea again.
Now, I drink this tea every morning and every night, and just after two days, I feel way better! I haven’t fully recovered yet but I feel so much stronger, my coughing has decreased, and I think my cold is gone. With these results, I am considering drinking this concoction at least once a day, everyday, even if I’m not sick!
So if you’re feeling under the weather, I highly suggest that you try this home remedy for cough and cold! ^_^
What do you when you’re sick with cough and/or cold? Do you rely on meds alone?