Several weeks ago, my husband and I spent a weekend in White Pass to help his parents renovate a ski cabin they had just purchased. The original owners of the cabin had done a poor job of sealing and insulating the house, with the result that once walls started to come down, the dust of decades started to rise. I handled it quite well, but my husband did not. He had clogged, swollen sinuses, a sore throat, and even some nausea.
I turned to my favorite remedy for soothing colds, allergies, and the flu: Ginger Honey Tea.
Highly fragrant, ginger clears the sinuses and eases nausea and stomach upsets. Since ginger reduces drainage, it often soothes the scratchy throat so common to allergy and cold sufferers. The honey in the tea isn’t just there for a touch of sweetness: it works wonders on the throat as well, and for those unable to keep food down, provides a valuable source of calories. Did I mention this tea is also just plain delicious? Because it is.
GINGER HONEY TEA
- 1 1/2 tbsp (or to taste) fresh peeled ginger – minced or grated
- 1 tbsp honey (or to taste) – preferably local, to assist with allergies
- 8 oz water
- Fresh squeezed lemon juice (optional)
Bring the water to a boil in a pot. Once boiling, remove from heat and add the ginger to the pot. Cover the pot and steep for 10 minutes. While the tea steeps, add the honey and (if you choose) the lemon to your teacup. When tea is ready, pour it into your cup through a strainer. You may also choose to forgo the strainer and keep the minced/grated ginger in your cup. Consuming the ginger itself adds to its effectiveness but can be too overwhelming for some.
For those with clogged or swollen sinuses, be sure to breathe deeply over the teacup as you drink it.