Friday, September 3, 2010

Thyme Tea (Hot Lemonade)

There's a cold going around and it's only September! I just had my first big sneeze this afternoon. Wheee! So, cold remedies? This one's old school: thyme tea. Plain thyme tea is gross, so I'm addding fresh lemons and some local honey.
This is the tea steeping. You can breathe in the steam as it's steeping for sinus relief (It's not a decongestant or anything, just for comfort. Careful with the hot steam!)
Thyme Tea (Hot Lemonade)
2 t dried thyme leaves
1 green tea bag
1 small pan of water (About 3-4 C)
1 lemon
2 T honey
1 T sugar

Bring water to a boil add the thyme and green tea. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Juice 1 lemon and pour juice into a large mug through a strainer. Discard the tea bag then pour the tea into the mug through a strainer. (Save the remaining tea for later.) Add honey... then Oooooo! That was tart! Sugar to taste. The lemon gives this a hot lemonade taste which is more palatable than the plain tea, plus the lemon feels good on a sore throat. 

Recipe Source: Me, Suzanne Nikolaisen

P.S. You can buy loose, dried thyme leaf at health food stores. (While you're there check out "Tea for Flu" by Good Earth.) Read more about thyme.

About the honey, we went to an urban beehive tour presented by  Ellen Hartz. (Photos courtesy of my husband.) Interesting fact? Bees forage for 2 miles around the hive. Ellen gave us a jar of honey to take home. (Thanks Ellen!)

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