Alas, the requirements of the last week or so have wrought a nasty case of the sniffles, coughs and sneezes. Kori returned home from a wet work trip to North Carolina to find illness settling in. It started with a scratchy throat and quickly ramped up to full fever and congestion. Fortunately, with the help of shot glasses of homemade Fire Cider and attempting to catch up on lost rest, recovery has been rather steady.
Today, however, it seems to be all about the lingering cough and that annoying sudden tickle that leads to a sudden burst of sneezes or fits of coughing. This called for a nice pot of tea–tailor made to combat the annoyances and, hopefully, support the final recovery–especially since Kori has another 13-hour work day coming up on Sunday!
Tea Recipe for Sniffles Recovery
This tea recipe is actually quite tasty–a little sweet, a little spicy, and a nice rosy hue. This makes about 3-4 cups or a smallish-size teapot’s worth of tea…
1 Tablespoon Slippery Elm Bark
1 teaspoon dried Ginger Bark
1 teaspoon dried Hibiscus leaves
1 teaspoon dried Echinacea Root
1 teaspoon dried Rosehips
2 sticks of Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons raw, local honey
We got all the herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs and they are all dried.
Bring about a quart of water to boil in a kettle. Meanwhile combine all the herbs (except cinnamon) in an infuser, nest, or tea bag. Toss the cinnamon sticks into the tea pot and pour boiling water over herbs into pot. Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Stir in the honey (We stir it into the pot, but you could add a little to individual cups too.) Strain herbs and sip away!