I've been sick for the past week with a sore throat, a cough, and congestion that rains down heaviest on me at night, while I'm trying to sleep. It has been swell . . . yeah right.
Aside from the initial intake of echinacea tincture, I've been taking large doses of Vitamin C, gargling with tea tree oil in warm water, and drinking a warm garlic-lemon tea. I got the idea and recipe from my favorite family health go-to reference book, Aviva-Jill Romm's Naturally Healthy Babies and Children.
It is soothing to a sore throat, tastes nice, and boosts the immune system. Win-win-win. I've really been savoring it.
- 4-6 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 quart boiling water
- Honey to taste
- Lemon juice to taste
Pour the boiling water over the crushed garlic cloves in a quart canning jar, cover, and let sit for at least a half-hour. Reheat the garlicky water as needed on the stove-top, adding it to the honey at the bottom of your favorite mug. Stir and add lemon juice to taste. Sip freely.