Lemon, Thyme and Ginger Warming Tea Recipe
• 4 organic or spray-free lemons
• Piece of ginger root, 3cms
• Good handful fresh thyme sprigs
• Raw manuka or bush honey for serving
1. Peel the rind off whole lemons using a peeler. Keep remaining lemons covered in fridge to use later.
2. Peel and grate or finely slice the ginger root.
3. Place lemon rind, thyme and ginger into a saucepan, cover with 3-4 cups cold water and bring to a gentle simmer.
4. Simmer gently with lid on for 10 minutes, turn off the heat, keep covered and leave to cool in the saucepan.
5. Strain the mixture and retain the juice. Place juice into a glass container and keep covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Top ¼ cup of juice with freshly boiled water, then squeeze in the fresh juice of ½-1 lemon. Adding it at this stage retains the vitamin C content. Add 1-2 teaspoons of raw honey to taste and a slice of lemon for decoration.
- May provide symptomatic relief for head colds, coughs, sore throats if taken 4-5 times per day.
- Also pleasant as a refreshing and warming winter tonic.
- Can also help settle a queasy stomach and aid digestion if taken after a heavy meal.
- Ginger can be quite strong, so use less if you are unaccustomed to it – adjust the amount of ginger in the recipe to your liking.