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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Spicy Ginger Tonic For Colds and Flu


When you have an upper respiratory infection, drinking plenty of fluids can soothe and moisten sore throats and prevent dehydration. Water and herbal teas are good choices, but this recipe is particularly therapeutic because ginger, chili peppers, and garlic can help your body fight infections.

For more tips, read my blog on Home Care For Colds and Flu.

2 inches fresh ginger root, grated
4 cups water
10 dried chili peppers
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves fresh garlic, grated
1 tablespoon honey

Add ginger, chili peppers and water to a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.

Turn off the heat, add the garlic and allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes.

Strain, then add lemon juice and honey. Stir to combine. Taste and add additional water if needed to dilute the spicy flavor.

Sip the tonic slowly throughout the day. Cooled tonic can be stored in the fridge and consumed cold or reheated as needed. 

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