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Recipe: Sick Day Tea

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Your sinuses are clogged, you're coughing, your stomach hurts, and all you want to do is sleep. But if you can muster about 10-20 minutes of energy, I have a tea that might help you get better a little faster-- or at least feel a little less congested and nauseous! The concept of ginger tea has roots in tradition and folk medicine, so there really could be something to its curative powers!

You can use either a teapot and strainer or saucepan, but you should be mindful of the concentration of ginger depending on what you use. For a teapot, a 1-inch length of grated ginger should be just fine, and for a saucepan, you'll probably need 1 cup of it. Remember that ginger can be a very strong taste and smell; it's one of the things in this tea that will help open your sinuses again, and might help settle your stomach! Boil the ginger with about 4 cups of water if you're using a saucepan, then simmer for about 15-20 minutes. If you're using a teapot, let the grated ginger steep for about 5 minutes.

In your cup or mug, add 1 tbsp of raw honey, 1 tbsp of lemon juice, and 1/4 tsp of turmeric. Pour the ginger tea into the mixture, and stir until dissolved. Drink it while it's hot to get the most out of the steam and fresh ingredients! If you happen to have any elderberry syrup, you can also add this to your tea, but keep in mind that this can make you drowsy or upset your stomach further, so only do this if you're ready for bed!

Good luck, and feel better!

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