We all know the feeling.
For me a tell-tale little scratchiness at the back of my throat is always an indicator that my immune system is not quite working as well as it should and something is coming on.
Even if you do the best to look after your health, sometimes this is a fine line. You are under a little more stress or you have not had quite enough sleep and this just leaves a little opening, a little weakening in your body giving bugs a chance to attack.
When I feel like this my go-to comfort drink is my soothing and warming spiced flu fighting tea. Simple goodness of natural ingredients to help your body fight and soothe cold and flu symptoms.
HOW TO MAKE IT
It starts with a Twinings Lemon and Ginger tea bag, add a few slivers of fresh ginger, a slice of lemon, a few whole cloves, a good pinch of cinnamon, a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey. Finally add a tiny touch of cayenne pepper.
Simply put all of the ingredients into a large cup or mug, add boiling water and allow to steep to develop the flavours for a few minutes.
ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS
The hot water activates the spices as well as providing necessary fluid.
The lemon provides vitamin C, well known to help the body combat colds and flu.
The ginger has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help soothe a sore throat.
Honey has anti-microbial qualities and likewise is very soothing to a sort throat.
Cinnamon has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Cloves are well-known for soothing toothache so their properties are also useful for soothing a sore throat by providing a slight anaesthetic.
The cayenne helps clear sinuses as well as providing a lovely additional warmth and kick to the drink.
Apple cider vinegar is another amazing natural product that has all sorts of properties including anti-microbial properties which help in fighting colds and can be useful in helping to clear congestion.
All together, some powerful, all-natural cold and flu fighting qualities combined in a lovely delicious warming drink.
Give it a try today.