Fight Colds with FIRE!

The weather has been fickle, 50’s and thunderstorms on Monday and below 30° with snow today!  The cold, the wet and the sudden change in temps may leave you sniffley, headachey or simply feeling blek.

Start your day with this FIRE-Y tea to help kick the common cold out of your system.  It is said that ingesting spicy herbs warms the body, causing it to perspire, which could be beneficial in fighting of the first signs of a cold.  So nip the maladies of chills, runny nose or fever in the bud with the following:

SRIRACHA, LEMON, GINGER + HOT WATER

Source: everydayfoodblog.marthastewart.com
Source: everydayfoodblog.marthastewart.com

Yes, common kitchen ingredients that naturally stimulate and strengthen the body.

SRIRACHA:
I don’t know about you but when I’m sick, especially with a sore throat, I crave spice.  Well, wouldn’t you know, capsicum aka cayenne or chili pepper is a stellar anti-viral—fighting colds, aches and pains with its HOT herbaceaus power!

GINGER:
A classic immunity tonic that provides relief of fever, sinus congestion, sore throat and stomach ache. It’s the oils in ginger we should credit for its healing prowess and because they are so strong a little goes a long way.

LEMON:
Not only will lemon juice enhance the taste of this fire-y concoction it also helps in speeding up the healing process.  Just 1 lemon contains over 80% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is another immune booster and will help shorten the duration of the pesky cold.

WHAT TO DO:
In a pot, over medium heat, boil water (enough for 1 mug of tea) and add a generous squeeze of Sriracha (you may also use a generous shake of powdered cayenne or a fresh cayenne pepper, slice it in half, toss it in the pot of water to steep.)  Slice a 1-inch piece of ginger and add that to the pot.  Let steep for 5-10 minutes then strain and pour into a large mug.  Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the tea and drink.

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