You know one sign you’re getting old? When you suddenly learn to appreciate the drink that your dad or grandpa used to drink when you were younger.
Known to us Filipinos as “salabat”. I have learned to get used to this routine of ginger tea when I have symptoms of colds or flu.
Ginger is obviously a cheaper alternative healthy drink. It is commonly found in the aisle of Asian spices and rootcrops. A common ingredient in Asian and Indian cuisine, ginger is known for its medicinal properties.
I recently made my own version of ginger tea but with additional ingredients. I came up randomly with this version of ginger honey lemon tea by making use of what’s available in my kitchen. (I also find this from online sites so I know I am safe! haha).
I boil my sliced ginger root in water and add some sliced pieces of one whole lemon.
I am not a big fan of spices but lately I have discovered turmeric and cayenne pepper and their work of wonders against colds and fighting infections . So I put a dash of each. A friend of mine said it is also better with a dash of cinnamon for added flavour.
And finally, to add some sweetness and so I forget about the sour and spicy taste, I put some drops of honey which is known also known to have antimicrobial properties to fight colds.
But just a friendly reminder, this may not work for everyone.
If you have some medical conditions or if you are drinking some maintenance drugs, this might not be good for you. And of course, if you feel your condition gets worse, it is always best to see your doctor for check-up.
I am a big fan of natural home remedies and I think it works miracle on my colds and sored throat. For those like me who can tolerate the taste, just be careful in drinking this on an empty stomach or it might give you a tummy ache.
Otherwise, enjoy hot or cold !