Happy Home Remedy

Ginger Tea Cold RemedyMaking Peace with Spring Colds.

It’s definitely spring in our part of the world, and along with daffodils, primulas and signals that the mythical Bunny made its annual appearance, the big giveaway is the number of lingering head colds plaguing friends and neighbours. It’s that cold. Starts out as a small sniffle or tickle in your throat and two weeks later you are still huffing into kleenex and moaning wide-awake staring resentfully at the midnight moon.

Thanks to those always seasonally serendiptitous folks at Bon Appetit magazine, I came across a home remedy for colds that I swear has kept the bugs at bay and a spring in my still winter-soggy step while those around me are swaddled in sweaters and weakly croaking into hankies.

The recipe originated with Portland, Oregon’s Moxie RX, sadly no more. When I looked it up, it so much sounded like my kind of place, that I might have to buy myself a little vintage Airstream trailer and recreate it here. It was one of those places that you miss without ever having been there.

Moxie’s Cold Cure-All

  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp honey or light agave syrup (nectar)
  • 1 tsp finely chopped peeled ginger
  • 1/4 tsp echinacea extract
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a mug with 1 cup boiling water, stirring until honey is dissolved. Let sit for one minute before drinking. This drink is spicy, warm, and soothing. Perfect for those almost-but-not-quite-Spring days.

Note: I add a sprig of fresh oregano. Oregano oil is also very good for cold prevention – plus it makes a perky little garnish šŸ˜‰


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About Vicki

Iā€™m a coach and consultant and in my spare time I like to cook and play house. I believe happy idleness is a purposeful pathway to a contented life. And I am happiest either in my pajamas or an apron ā€“ or both.

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