Ginger, Thyme, Cinnamon, Licorice Tea with Honey
Helps loosen mucus, acts as an expectorant, helps soothe sore throat and coughs. Honey helps coat and heal sore throats, along with providing a sweetener to the tea.
***Please note that I am not, and do not assume to be, a doctor of medicine, a natural path, or a homeopath. This remedy works for my family and we wanted to share it with you. We also do not use measurements, but everything is in equal parts. ***
Licorice Root – This can be found at any whole food store or natural store
Cinnamon Stick – ground cinnamon will work just fine.
1 small piece of ginger – ground, pre-ground jarred ginger, sliced jarred ginger, use what you have on hand.
Thyme – Fresh or dry, we used dry
Micro-planer, or fine side of grater
Small piece of wax paper for collecting and pour – we just find this is the easiest way to collect and dump the herbs.
Tea strainer or fine cheese cloth or empty tea bags
Gentle Boiling Water – What is this? It is right before the water comes to a full boil.
Using a Micro-planer, grate a small to small-medium pile of cinnamon stick and licorice root onto the wax paper. If you are using ground cinnamon, approx. 1/8 to a 1/4 tsp should be enough.
Once you have a small pile, grate the fresh ginger – approx. 1/8 to a 1/4 tsp of ground ginger. Make sure to pinch a few of the goodies out from under the planer and add it to the pile.
Sprinkle a pinch – approx. 1/8 to a 1/4 tsp – of thyme onto the pile.
Once everything has grated and added, using the wax paper, fold and slowly pour the contents into the tea strainer or empty tea bag. If you are using a tea bag, fold over and secure according to the manufactures directions. If you are using cheese cloth, fold up the corners into a small poultice. Tie with a small string or rubber band and place into the bottom of the tea cup.
Gently pour the water over herbs and let it steep for 5 minutes. For kids, steep for 2-3 minutes with warmed water, so they don’t burn their tongues.
Sweeten with a teaspoon of honey and drink. Remember to drink it while it is warm.
If there is a tiny amount of floaties swimming around in the tea, fear not, that is just the herbs that escaped. They are perfectly safe to ingest.