When I was little, I remember my mother making me a mixture of lemons and lots of honey to help soothe a really bad sore throat. It was delicious. There was something about the interplay between the very sour lemon and the the spoonfuls of yummy honey she would add in. Then she would heat it up so it was nice and warm.
As I grew older I took the recipe and added hot water to make a “lemon tea” that I made for anyone that was sick or starting to feel that way. I have been not feeling so well the last couple of days. It started with stuffed up sinuses which progressed into a sore throat and coughing. Yesterday, the shit hit the fan and I was achy all over and didn’t want to move much. I am blaming in on too much flying. We didn’t have any lemons so Jake made me some lemon tea out of key limes. There was lots of love in it, but the key limes just didn’t quite do the trick. So last night he, I and Sophie headed out for our evening walk to the nearby grocery store to get some lemons. Then he made me the tea and it was just exactly what I wanted. For that split second that I was drinking it my throat didn’t feel like knives were tearing it apart.
Last night I tossed, turned and coughed in the way you do when you are sick. I had crazy dreams that seemed even more real than usual. Then about 4 a.m. in the midst of one of my coughs that was just dreadful, I had an idea. What about if I added fresh grated ginger and mint leaves (from my very own mint plant that is going crazy) to the lemon tea? I have read that ginger is supposed to have healing qualities and the mint it seemed would help break up the crap in my chest. So this morning, into the small saucepan I put
- juice from one good sized lemon (the softer the skin outside the juicier they seem to be)
- about an inch of ginger grated with my dear microplane
- and a handful of mint leaves
- a coffee mug full of water
- a good drizzling of honey (I like my pretty sweet so I am very generous with the honey)
All of the amounts of these ingredients can be played with according to your tastes. Then I let it heat up and boil for a minute to get everything all mixed together. After the minute passed, I turned off the burner, put the lid on and just let the whole mixture set for a couple of minutes while I started some cinnamon buns for Easter breakfast tomorrow. Then I strained the whole mixture and am currently sipping. It is really delicious. The flavors seem to meld together nicely and it seeems to be forcing up the crud in my chest. I hope everyone is feeling nice and well, but if you aren’t give this a whirl. 🙂