It's that time of the year again...cold, ice, snow, and, well, colds!
The hubs has been dealing with a sore throat for the past few days--a combination of the change of weather, dry air, and sinus drainage. Happens every year. I'd seen several different recipes for soothing throat drinks online, and I thought I'd take a stab at making my own concoction. The best part? The hubs liked it, and it really helped to sooth his raw throat! I thought I'd share it with you.
For one mug:
8-10 oz. hot water
4-5 teaspoons of raw honey, to taste (and by teaspoon, I mean the kind you eat with at the dinner table, not the measuring teaspoon)
1 1/2 measuring teaspoons lemon juice
1 measuring teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar (I used Bragg's)
1 measuring teaspoon ground cinnamon (again, to taste)
1/2 measuring teaspoon ground ginger
Mix everything together well. Heat in the microwave or use the hottest tap water. Continue to mix as you drink, or the ingredients will settle to the bottom of the mug. Drink every few hours as needed.
Raw honey, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and cinnamon all have antibacterial properties, and can help not only sooth, but also could aid in shortening a cold by giving your body a bit of an immunity boost. The honey also coats the throat, helping to alleviate the annoying sore throat. Ginger adds a little extra spice, and also relieves inflammation and irritation. Pretty sure that's a win-win-win-win-win! And the best part is that you don't need to be sick to drink it--have a warm mug on a cold mornings to start your day!
By the way, I'm no doctor. This is not medical advice. This is just what worked for us. Enjoy!