Nobody likes being sick, but sometimes it still happens (especially if you have little humans around you). If I feel like I am coming down with something one of the first things I do I make up some lemon, honey and turmeric ‘tea’. It’s warm and comforting and jam-packed with vitamin C, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antiseptic potential.
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Luckily, this ‘tea’ is easy to make and you could easily have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen right now!
So that’s it right there, just three powerful ingredients! This is truly a case of less is more.
I love this cup, like love, love it. I snagged it on a trip with one of my besties which makes it even more special. It’s just so damn pretty and the reminder to enjoy the little things helps to ground me and to put a smile on my face. So let’s get started, fill your kettle with water and set it to boil.
So to start let’s add in the turmeric, a little goes a long way. I would strongly caution against adding any more than 1/4 tsp (and you can use 1/8 tsp if you prefer). This stuff is powerful and does settle a bit on the bottom of the cup. It is included in this ‘tea’ for its anti-inflammatory qualities. It also helps to give our ‘tea’ a cheerful yellow colour. If you are looking for some more of turmeric’s benefits you can check out this other post I came across.
Next comes the delicious honey, praise be to bees for this wonderful creation and for all the pollination they throw our way. I can’t wait until I can have my own backyard beehive, but for now, those pesky by-laws thwart me again (they also prevent me from having my backyard chickens).
I put in about 2 tbsps but my cup is big, or you may not like it as sweet (or maybe you want it sweeter). So you can adjust the amount of honey until it is right for you. Honey is awesome as it provides anti-bacterial power to our ‘tea’.
At this point your hot water should be ready, so let’s fill the cup and give it a stir to melt the honey and distribute the turmeric through the water.
All that is left to do is to add the lemon. As with the honey, you can adjust the amount of lemon to your taste. That said you want enough in there to get a decent dose of vitamin C.
With the amount of honey I include, I find that half a lemon is about the right amount. But some people love lemons, like my nephew. That kid will eat lemons like other people eat oranges, it’s truly painful to watch. Or there was the time The Hubby tried some of those miracle fruit tablets that inhibit your taste receptors. I literally had to take the lemons away from him before he gave himself an ulcer.
Rather than throw the peels in the compost bin (citrus isn’t good for your garden) or *gasp* the garbage so I save mine in a mason jar in the refrigerator. Why? Well, you see I am saving them up until I have enough to make some lemon and vodka disinfectant. Which is another great thing to have around if you happen to be feeling under the weather.
I also save my orange peels (in a separate mason jar in the fridge) and use those to make my Natural Orange Disinfectant. I really love making my own natural cleaning products as I can control the ingredients and avoid any nasty chemicals.
These leakproof mason jar lids are amazing! I use the wide mouth ones as it’s easier to pack lunch in, but they also have regular mouth ones too. They come in really handy when I pack my mason jar lunches to take to The Day Job.
But back to our ‘tea’. Once you have the taste to your liking then it’s time to put on your snuggly reading socks, grab your lemon honey and turmeric tea and climb into bed for some Netflix and chill. I should point out that this is a good drink to have in the morning even if you aren’t feeling sick!
What is your go-to drink for when you are not feeling well?
Honey, Lemon & Turmeric “Tea”
- Favourite mug
- Measuring spoons
- ¼ Tsp Turmeric
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- 1-1 ½ Cups Water Boiled
- ½ Lemon
- Fill the kettle and set it to boil.
- Add the turmeric and honey to the cup.
- Pour in the boiling water and stir.
- Squeeze in the lemon juice