In the dark depths of January, detox underway and possibly with a sniffle or two, these 3 easy, home-made herbal teas will set you on the road to warmth, comfort and recovery. You can buy them but using natural ingredients will give you the best results for cold symptoms.
To make one cup you’ll need:
5g fresh ginger root.
Scrub the ginger or lightly peel. If you choose to peel ginger, use a teaspoon to scrape the skin away (it’s the best way by far – granny’s top tip).
Slice the ginger into fine slivers and put in a pot. Add 250ml of freshly boiled filtered water.
Leave to steep for 10–15 minutes. You can then strain it, or you can leave the ginger in.
If you want to make the tea stronger, you can simmer the ginger in a pan with the lid on for a few minutes.
For two to three cups:
4g lemongrass leaf
3g thyme leaf
3g tulsi leaf
2g ginger root powder
1 drop of peppermint oil
Honey to taste
Put all of the ingredients (except for the honey) in a pot.
Add 500ml freshly boiled filtered water. Leave to steep for 10–15 minutes, then strain. Add the dash of honey to taste.
Lemon and Ginger with Manuka honey Tea A herb tea classic – for a reason! Great for fighting the lurgies and easing cold symptoms.
To make two cups of a herbal classic you’ll need:
10g fresh ginger root
1g turmeric root powder
Lemon juice a twist per cup
Manuka honey 1 tsp per cup
Grate the ginger and put it in a pot with the rest of the ingredients except the lemon and honey.
Add 500ml freshly boiled filtered water. Leave to steep for 5–10 minutes, then strain.
Add the lemon and honey to each cup.