The following post is from Shaina of Food for My Family and Olmanson Photography:
The temperature here is falling. I watch it on my phone while I sit curled under a wool afghan, my knees pulled up to my chest, my book in hand. It has nearly become a game, this casual refreshing of the home screen to see the drop from 0º F to -15º F and then lower.
Inside we nurse runny noses, rubbing the delicate skin raw over constant sniffling and blowing and dabbing. Earlier we baked a loaf of bread just as an excuse to turn the oven on.
The dead of winter. It always sounds so ominous, and then it’s here. My husband starts joking, too soon if you ask me, that it’s always winter and never Christmas as we stare out into the grey landscape that greets us each morning.
To help me get through the next few months, I’ve started to drink my daily water warm. While I enjoy black tea and spiced chai varieties, green tea with a bit of orange, there are times when it I just need a warm cup to hold under my face as I sniffle through my book. This is that tea.
Ginger is the perfect type of cold and cough fighting tea. It helps clear the sinuses and soothe sore throats, and the bit of honey at the end is an oft used cough remedy itself. It’s also a great digestive aid, known for soothing upset stomachs. Plus, it’s warm, and sometimes it’s simply having something warm to drink that really matters.
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ½-1 tablespoon honey
- 2 thin slices of lemon for garnish
- Peel the ginger and slice it thinly. Add the ginger and two cups of water to a small saucepan or tea kettle and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat off, add lemon juice and allow the tea to steep for 15 minutes. Strain into heated cups. Stir in the desired amount of honey.
- Garnish with lemon slices and serve immediately.
Do you ever make your own teas or tisanes?
|Shaina Olmanson is the freelance writer, photographer, and home cook behind Food for My Family. Cooking daily with and for her four kids and husband, Ole, drives her desire to inspire other families to do the same. Shaina is also the author of Desserts in Jars and contributes regularly to a variety of online sites and traditional print magazines.|