gluten-free. dairy-free. homemade.
Lately I have enjoyed this decongestant tea, aka ginger tea with goodies.
For some reason, once in a blue moon I awake to fluid in my right ear. The pain is fairly acute, and the Valsalva maneuver is not enough. This tea concoction has been effective in giving some relief.
In all honesty, cayenne is spicy. According to Wikipedia, cayenne is a mildly hot chili pepper. In the ingredients list, I mention adding one to three dashes of cayenne powder in case three is way too much. The effects of the pepper being too strong for taste will be a burnt mouth/throat. Some can tolerate that though… to each his/her own.
One last thing, I love that this tea tastes good even cold. Don’t worry if it sits out for an hour after so many sips, it will still taste pleasant, and that to me is a good tea!
Notes: (1) Be certain to check if ingesting ginger and cayenne are okay if on medications of any kind. (2) I am not a medical practitioner. (3) I prefer to use organic ingredients with this recipe whenever possible. (4) Something on the web I found which has been helpful as a natural decongestant is what my aunt refers to as go-go juice (maybe because it makes her able to get up and go?), here. (5) I have read countless articles declaring local honey to be best when troubled with allergies. Even so, I sometimes use organic from the grocery store. (6) Can be made for two people, rather than one serving, depending on cup size. Just use all ingredients except water for each cup.
Spicy homemade tea to help with congestion around allergy season.
- 2 c. water
- ¼-½” ginger root, cut into pieces
- 1 T. lemon juice
- 1 t. honey (local or organic)
- 1-3 dashes cayenne pepper, depending on spice tolerance/preference
- Pour water in small sauce pan over stove eye, along with ginger root pieces, and bring water to a boil.
- Once boiled, turn off and leave on eye to simmer for a few (3-5) minutes.
- Strain ginger root pieces from tea and pour into serving cup.
- Add 1-3 dashes cayenne powder, depending on spice tolerance/preference, lemon juice and honey. Stir well to incorporate ingredients.
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