Homemade Honey Mint Ginger Tea
As I write this, my nose is stuffy, my inner ears are itchy, I have 911-worthy coughing episodes on public transit, my throat looks like the innards of a Walking Dead zombie, and I'm coughing up fluorescent goo.  Yup, it's that time of year again: Cold/Flu Season.  Also known as, Germ Monsoon Season in the Pacific Northwest.

I went to a walk-in clinic today and the doctor asked me if I've recently been exposed to "anything."  I snorted.  "I work in a high school," I replied. Enough said.  Since I became a child and teenage monkey wrangler 6 years ago, I have never been so frequently ill with such a variety of ailments.  From conjunctivitis to pertussis, I've had 'em all.  The most memorable was a 9 a.m. onset stomach flu that turned me into the crazed, sweaty, burping woman running down the hallway during Morning Announcements. My most persistent affliction? Strep throat.

If you or your children have never yet encountered this particular beast, you're in for a doozie.  Think sword swallowing, except the sword is your own saliva.  And while Susie will cough for a few days at home with Mommy, who lovingly makes her chicken noodle soup and tucks her in tight for a day of Children's Tylenol and Netflix, when Mommy gets strep throat, there's no one to take care of her.  What does strep feel like? It's like razor blades have invaded her throat and the only relief (if you have something against Penicillin) is ice cubes, lots and lots of glorious, numbing ice cubes.  And because swallowing happens, oh, every 30 seconds or so, it's impossible to carry on with the day and just try to ignore it. Daddies, beware; If you come home and your wife is prone, hair unwashed, in her granny robe, chewing ice instead of making dinner, bite your tongue, tell her how much you value her instead of getting angry, and give her a nice foot rub.  Proceed carefully with this one.  One moment of anger is not worth 8 hours of banishment to the couch.  

Whatever your ailment may be, I have a delicious, organic, homemade tea recipe that will soothe your throat and look pretty enough to serve to guests.



*Bonus points if the mint is home grown!



1 cup purified, boiling water

1 or 2 sprigs of mint, any variety

1 curl or several grated pieces of organic ginger

1 tsp organic honey, any variety

1 tsp candied ginger (to be added last)



1. Bring 1 cup of purified water to a boil.  Turn off heat.  Pour into a clear mug.

2. Using a teaspoon, submerge 1 or 2 sprigs of freshly plucked mint into the hot water.

3. Using a carrot peeler or cheese grater, peel 1 curl of ginger or several grated pieces and submerge in the hot water.

4. Add 1 tsp of organic honey (I like the wildflower kind best.  It adds a complexity of flavour that works fabulously in tea).  Stir.

5. Lastly, if you have a sweet tooth, add 1 square of candied ginger, which will sink to the bottom and infuse the tea with gingery sweetness.


If you have any questions about this blog, or ideas for my next one, please email me at the.plant.whisperer1@gmail.com.  I hope we feel better soon! ;)
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