This spicy honey and lemon tea is incredibly good for your throat, chest and immune system...and is super easy to make! All you need is some ginger, cayenne pepper and, of course, some of our Scottish Heather honey!This cosy brew serves one, and can be tweaked to skip the cayenne pepper if you don’t enjoy too much spice. Ginger will add enough kick on its own.
Ingredients20g root ginger
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1-2 teaspoons honey
(and hot water!)
MethodPeel the ginger, then cut it into 4 chunks and place these in a saucepan with 300ml of water. Let it boil for about 10 minutes.
Pour the water from the saucepan into a mug, leaving the chunks of ginger behind.
Stir in the lemon juice, cayenne and honey.
This drink is often given to people when they are ill due to the combination of these magical ingredients.
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Cayenne pepper decreases congestion. It does this by stimulating the mucus membranes in your nose and sinuses, dislodging phlegm and stickier mucus that tend to get stuck in your throat and chest when you are ill.
Ginger alleviates mild nausea and is known as a great carminative, which is a substance that promotes the removal of excessive gas in the digestive system.
Lemon - full of vitamin C, boost hydration (which is very important when you are ill) Fluids thin out the mucus and stops you getting dehydrated as your body works hard to fight the virus. Lemon also reduces phlegm.
Warm/hot water allow all of these ingredients to dissolve or soften and blend together to make a smooth liquid.
Why not add in some garlic (if you can handle it!) which has more immune boosting properties and soothes tired throats.
Why not check out our blog on why honey is good for you here