Citrus Honey Ginger Tea is an invigorating, fresh, hot, tea drink to help banish winter health woes and it is our go-to cold & flu remedy.
Is it me or for the past two months does it seem like everyone has been sick? My family and I are *finally* feeling better after a few rounds of colds – thank goodness! Today, I am sharing the cold and general wellness tea remedy that my family has been making to get us through: Citrus Honey Ginger Tea. This recipe uses fresh ingredients to make a hot tea drink versus ready-made tea from a box. We sometimes need to go above and beyond to banish those energy-zapping illnesses, my friends, and this is one of those times! Gather up some lemons, limes, fresh ginger root, coconut oil (optional) and raw creamed honey and let’s do this!
I say that the coconut oil is optional for a good reason. I am one of those coo-coo “coconut oil people” that puts the stuff in everything – this habit started when I was pregnant when I had a nutritionist and was “hyper into” getting good fats into everything I ate – every chance I had (and I still am but perhaps not with the same intensity that comes with being in the “pregnancy state of being”). Everyone has different preferences and dietary needs at different points in their life, not to mention some people don’t like drinking coconut oil in bevarages, like, say, my husband Eric – drinking beverages with coconut oil grosses him out. To tell you the truth, it took some getting used to for me when I first started adding it to my coffee (what I mainly add it to besides cooking & baking with it). If coconut oil is not your thing, no worries, just skip it!
I am not nutritionist or in the health care sector at all but I can speak to my (and my husband’s) personal experience that drinking a cup of Citrus Honey Ginger Tea a few times a day (at the most) when we had our colds several times over the past 2 months – it alleviated the symptoms of our congestion and at the very least, made us “feel” slightly better while we drank our tea. Even if you don’t have a cold, maybe just feeling a little lethargic, the kind a cloudy day might bring, this can lighten things up and make you feel warm and bright again.
I did some internet research on the health benefits of every ingredient in Citrus Honey Ginger Tea and below are my findings.
Lemon: As a refreshing drink, lemonade helps you to stay calm and cool. The health benefits of lemons are due to its many nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and protein. – organicfacts.net
Lime: The health benefits of lime include weight loss, skin care, improved digestion, relief from constipation, eye care, and treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, respiratory disorders, gout, gums, urinary disorders, etc. The first fruit that comes to mind in terms of medicinal uses is the reliable lime. – organicfacts.net
Organic Raw Honey: Raw honey is never strained, filtered or heated. Research suggests it’s loaded with many trace minerals, organic enzymes, antioxidants, plus antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that make it a powerful package of health. Its rich origins mean that it’s loaded with more interesting taste and flavor. – doctoroz.com
Ginger (root): Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain. The root or underground stem (rhizome) of the ginger plant can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form or as juice. – medicalnewstoday.com
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is made by pressing the fat from the white “meat” inside the giant nut…Coconut oil’s saturated fat is made up mostly of medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs…Fans of coconut oil point to studies that suggest the MCT-saturated fat in coconut could boost your HDL or “good” cholesterol…Coconut oil does have antioxidants, compounds that may help reduce the risk of disease. –webmd.com *I chose this article because it balanced out the “hype” surrounding coconut oil, I think including it in my diet in small, reasonable amounts can be helpful and apart from the possible internal health benefits, as a moisturizer, it really helps dry skin – especially when I’m sick 🙂
Above is a photo collage showing how to make Citrus Honey Ginger Tea start to finish 🙂
Citrus Honey Ginger Tea
- hot water , 1 cup
- fresh squeezed lemon juice , 1 tablespoon or to taste
- fresh squeezed ime juice , 1 tablespoon or to taste
- organic honey , 1 tablespoon or more depending on desired sweetness (I use raw creamed honey, my husband uses regular organic honey)
- fresh sliced ginger , 2 slices or to taste (a little goes a long way)
- 1 teaspoon organic virgin coconut oil *optional
- Bring water to boil in your tea kettle.
- Place lemon juice, lime juice, honey, coconut oil (optional) and ginger slices in the bottom of your favorite tea mug.
- Carefully pour hot water over the ingredients. Stir until ingredients are dissolved.
- Add additional slices of lemon and lime, if desired. Enjoy!
I hope everyone is feeling good as we roll into Spring and Summer is right around the corner 🙂
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