The 4 Ingredient Tea that Always Kicks My Colds.

Via on Dec 23, 2012

Photo: David Leggett on Flickr.

 Colds during the holidays are no fun.

I’ve been sick all week, but once I started doing this faithfully again, my cough started to subside. This falls under one of those “yeah, the science is there to explain why, but it just really helps me feel better” sorts of things.

Step 1.

A heaping tablespoon of local honey.

Step 2.

The juice of one lemon

Step 3.

Some cayenne. A few shakes or more if you can take it.

Step 4.

A slice of raw ginger

The combination of warming spices, warming and soothing honey and astringent, sour lemon work better than anything I’ve ever tried to get rid of winter colds.

Add hot water and keep repeating until that cough and cold are gone!


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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries and has far too many books for her own good. When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is a massage therapist, writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time putting a little bit more of her heart on the page. Connect with Kate on Facebook and Twitter


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11 Responses to “The 4 Ingredient Tea that Always Kicks My Colds.”

  1. too true, Kate… my mom used to call it "sicky tea"

  2. michelle pessin says:

    Thanks Kate…LOVED your bio…OMG !!! …we share SO much: kale! … palindromes! …giving up learning knitting!… blackberries!… barefooting! …magic tricks! …changing the world!!! …being a compassionate friend!!!! …not learning to play the accordian!!! …galivanting!!! … and, of course exclamation marks!!! BUT I must say, I totally adore ellipsis…and have definitely been accused of overuse…"misuse"???

    will def. join your entourage!!! …happy holidays…:)

  3. Linda V. Lewis says:

    This tea is great when you feel well as well!

  4. maria m. says:

    came down with a cold this morning….sipping my tea now and it is so good and making me feel better. (preferable alternative to cold meds) Thank you!

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  6. meribeth says:

    wow. i'm sipping my first cup on the first day of the crud and even if it doesn't help, it's yummy and comforting. thank you :)

  7. Kelly Ogborn says:

    In my silver metal water bottle there is always a mixture of apple cider vinegar, cayenne, and liquid ginger concentrate. It’s a 24oz bottle into which I put 2 Tbs of Braggs vinegar, 1Tbs of The Ginger People liquid ginger, and because I love the rush- 1heaping teaspoon of cayenne. Then fill the rest with hot or cold water, weather depending. This a pure energy, feel-good drink which keeps me going all day!

  8. ronna26 says:

    We make the same tea….I knew there were more reasons I adored you…

  9. Claire says:

    Nice recipe… I'll try soon !
    Although I've already tried something similar that works : just spike this version with a dash of rum… it will make you sweat the cold off (and kill the bacterias) !!!

  10. Melanie Sakowski says:

    Hi Kate!

    That was a great article, and one of the best bio’s I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Exploding with radiance, vivacious and unadulterated bliss and resplendence, you are a beam of light to the world.

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