Chamomile Tea with Lemon and Honey
The only thing I hate more than being sick is being sick on a holiday. A sore throat and sinus pain all started early on Thanksgiving eve. Instead of resting up and relaxing, I decided to spend the day to get my Thanksgiving dinner ready and rest the next day; I think that’s what sent my simple sinus infection into hyper-drive, evolving into bronchitis.
My throat was so sore my voice started to go out, and let’s not mention how hard it is to eat (that’s what Thanksgiving is all about right??). The only thing that soothed my throat enough to bring my voice back (slowly) and stop the pain (quickly) was this piping hot lemon and honey tea.
Lemon is acidic with antibacterial properties that help get rid of germs; plus they contain vitamin C which is known for building the immune system. Honey is also antibacterial, and it coats the throat to help to reduce inflammation and not to mention, it helps the tea taste better. Chamomile is essential because it has many antioxidants which is a good cough suppressant, tissue health, and repair; also chamomile tea could help relieve other cold symptoms as well.
Enough talking about it, let’s make a cup.
Herbal tea that is good for a sore throat, common cold or any other colds and help you get restful sleep too!
- 1 tea bag Chamomile
- 1/2 Lemon Juiced
- 1-2 teaspoons Honey Dark Amber colored raw honey is best
- 1 cup Water
Put water in a coffee mug.
Warm water in the microwave for two to two and a half minutes (If you are using the stove, bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. If you’re using a coffee pot put the tea bag in like you’re making coffee.)
After the water is almost boiling, put the tea bag in hot water. Make sure the whole bag gets wet.
Let tea bag steep in hot water for four to five minutes inside the microwave (not cooking), or on the counter with a small saucer on top.
Remove mug from microwave and remove the tea bag from the cup.
Squeeze lemon juice in, trying to avoid the seeds. (If a seed slips in the cup, just use the spoon to fish it out.)
Add honey. Stir until dissolved.
Drink hot as you can, but don’t burn yourself. The warmer the tea, the better for your throat.
- Chamomile tea is great to use for this recipe, but other herbal teas work too! Try peppermint, lemon ginger, or any other herbal tea you have.
- I've used a lime as a substitute to the lemon in a pinch.
I try to drink this tea two times a day when I’m sick but feel free to drink until your inflamed throat’s content! <3