The “Whole Body” section at Whole Foods sees a significant spike in sales about 1-2 weeks into January. Can you guess why?
This is about the time a person realizes his or her symptoms are no longer the effects of a well celebrated New Year and are, in fact, the start of a cold or flu. Since all I was hitting on New Year’s Eve was tea (admittedly lame), I was faster to recognize the softball in my throat as an ailment and not the consequence of celebration.
“Hippy” inclinations aside, I’ve long thought cough medicine was a form of syrupy, grape TORTURE. Why add suffering on top of suffering? Instead, I turn to nature for remedies I actually want to drink.
Landing somewhere between a soothing vegetable broth and Tang (in a good way!), this herbal tea’s ingredients unfold as you sip- a hit of ginger here, a faint kick of garlic there, a tart pucker of lemon and the sweetness of raw honey.
Whether not there’s a softball in your throat, this tea is a healthy way to start the morning or sip while cozily escaping the winter just beyond your window.
Sip and be well!
Herbal Cough Suppressant with Lemon & Turmeric
- 1 bunch oregano
- 1 bunch thyme
- 1 1- inch piece ginger peeled, grated (or more if you like ginger)
- 2 1- inch pieces turmeric peeled, grated
- 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 small garlic clove grated
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3 tablespoons fresh Meyer lemon juice regular lemon or lime also work
- Lightly whack oregano and thyme with a wooden spoon to bruise and release oils.
- Heat herbs, ginger, turmeric, peppercorns, and 8 cups water in a medium saucepan until an instant-read thermometer registers around 130°—it should be uncomfortably hot to the touch but not boiling.
- Reduce temperature to low and let the mixture steep for 6 minutes.
- Add garlic, honey, almond milk, and citrus juice, stirring to dissolve honey.
- Strain into a pitcher or large heatproof container, pushing on the herbs to squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
- Divide among mugs, sip, and enjoy!