‘Tis the season. No – not that season. Not the one filled with snow and sugarplums. It’s cold and flu season. Times when there’s a change in the weather seem to hit people harder than extended dead-of-winter months, and this year has been no exception.
Even when you’re eating your greens, taking your probiotics, and loading up on all your immune-boosting vitamins and minerals, sometimes life still knocks you sideways, rattling loose a runny nose, sore throat, and cough. For those days, I’m sharing my not-so-secret-anymore cold-busting beverage full of lots of anti-inflammatory ingredients.
- juice of one lemon
- 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 tsp grated fresh turmeric
- unpasteurized honey to taste
- hot water
- pinch of Ceylon Cinnamon
- cinnamon stick to garnish (optional)
Grate ginger and turmeric (you may want to use gloves to avoid staining by the latter) into a tea ball and steep in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Remove tea ball. Juice the lemon into the mixture, and stir in honey and cinnamon.
Now, Uncle Buck maintains that a true hot toddy needs a shot of whiskey in it. If you’re of legal drinking age, I have no objection to that modification. No objection at all.
About The Author:
Kelly Boaz, CNP
Kelly is a holistic nutritionist, specializing in eating disorder recovery and food freedom. She is also a public speaker (TEDx King St. West, TDSB) and a writer. Learn more about Kelly, and about booking private consultations at kellyboaz.com Twitter: @kelly_boaz Facebook: /KellyBoazDotCom