With the first week of autumn upon is, it’s that time of year again when coughs and colds flourish. The days are still warm and balmy, but the nighttime temperatures are starting to drop. I haven’t seen any leaves start to change colour yet, but this morning, I did notice a bit of fluff on the donkey, which is the first small sign of her winter coat.
The sniffles have already found their way into our home. Having two children with an autoimmune disease means that they are much more susceptible to picking up every little cough and cold that goes around, so it’s essential to have a good home remedy to dose them up on at the first sign of a runny nose.
This quick and easy tea would hands down have to be my family’s favourite home remedy. My kids even make it when they’re not sick because they like it so much! Full of warming spices to chase a cold away, and beautiful honey to soothe a raspy cough, it’s made from simple ingredients that you can usually find in your fridge and pantry and don’t need to do a special trip to the shops for.
I make up a pot of this in the morning and then top it up with fresh boiling water a couple of times as the level in the pot drops. My kids love it and often ask for it at the first sign of a sniffle as it does a wonderful job of fighting off the early signs of a cold.
In winter, when the fire is going, I sit the teapot on top of the fireplace which keeps it lovely and warm, and fills the house with the beautiful aroma of citrus and spices.
So here’s to a lovely cup of tea…
- 1 lemon, quartered
- 1 tbsp raw, local honey
- 1 cinnamon quill (or 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon)
- 1 star anise
- 2 slices of fresh turmeric (or 1/4 tsp ground turmeric)
- 1/4 tsp black peppercorns
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- boiling water
- Squeeze the lemon juice into a tea pot, then add the skins.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Top with boiling water.
- Allow to steep for 5-10 minutes.