One thing I never fully understood before having kids is how often they get sick, and what it involves! It usually starts with an exceptionally cranky child and some exciting plans having to be cancelled at the last minute (very disappointing, often for both parent and child!). Then whatever illness it is from a cold to a stomach bug, it almost always leads to lack of sleep for everyone in the household. Good times!
To help boost our immune systems I sometimes make Hot Lemonade tea with ginger, turmeric, lemon and honey. Ginger has been used as an herbal medicine for thousands of years. It is well-known as a digestive aid, and may also provide anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting benefits. Turmeric also has anti-inflammatory properties. A squeeze of lemon infuses the tea with vitamin C, a must-have to help heal and prevent illness. Finally, the honey works wonders to soothe a sore throat or cough and of course make the tea appealing to our little ones with a sweet touch.
Turmeric root can be hard to find and sometimes isn’t available. I usually ask someone in the produce department if I can’t find it.
I haven’t done this, but if I can plan ahead one of these days I think it would be a great idea to make some of the tea with just the ginger and turmeric, then freeze it in an ice cube tray and transfer to a sealed container in the freezer. Then it will be on hand in case I get sick and don’t feel like making the tea from scratch!
Hot Healing Lemonade
- ½ inch ginger root, peeled
- ¼ inch turmeric root, peeled (optional)
- Juice from about ½ medium lemon
- Honey to taste (about 1-2 teaspoons)
- One cup hot water
- Prepare ginger and turmeric roots, and place in mug.
- Add boiling water, and steep for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove ginger and turmeric.
- Add lemon juice and honey.