Best Home Made Sore Throat Recipe??
I'm in search of a sore throat soother that doesn't involve store-bought lozenges and syrups. I'll include the two that I've been using since I was a kid, but I wanted to see if other people had more potent recipes!
1 mug hot water
lemon juice to taste (1/2 a lemon, usually)
honey to taste (2 Tbs, roughly)
small pot of water
palm-sized piece of ginger, sliced
brown or rock sugar
Simmer the ginger in the water for an hour or more, then add sugar. This makes a potent drink, and personally I think it tastes better (more mellow) after it's sat around and re-heated the next day. It's QUITE spicy right after you make it, but has more depth of flavor and syrupiness the next day. If you make this too strong or have too much at once, it might make you salivate uncontrollably. Ginger is weird that way.
Thanks in advance for sharing!
Straight from the Dominican girlfriend slash witch doctor (and tested just two days ago on my sore throat - only 10 hours later I was belting scottish drinking songs along with a CD, to the annoyance of the upstairs neighbor):
4-10 1/4 inch slices of ginger
1-2 1/4 chunks of apple (i.e. 1/4 or 1/2 an apple)
1 cinnamon stick (look for La Flor, it's much cheaper)
1 - 2 teaspoons sugar
Juice of 1/2 lime (preferred) or lemon
Get it all up to a boil then reduce to simmer for 5 - 20 minutes (depending on desired strength). I like to simmer it until the cinnamon stick unfurls. If you leave it overnight steeping, you'll get a nice zing from the ginger.
Put 1 - 2 teaspoons of sugar in the bottom of a coffee cup and pour in the tea. Then add the lime or lemon (this is one difference from other recipes posted here, you don't cook the juice).
You don't have to chuck the rest of the apple you cut either. You can use it the next day. The cut side will be brown of course but won't affect the taste in the tea.
Can you buy Traditional Medicinal teas where you live? They offer one called "Throat Coat" which involves licorice...link below...I've not ever tried it but knew of it when I worked in a Health Food store a few years ago...the manager would bring all of us a cup of the TM Ginger Aid tea at 4:00 each afternoon...I loved that! She grew up on Barbados. I only know of the lemon & honey that you already mentioned...hope you feel better soon!