I love natural, home remedies. When I can solve a problem without rushing to the drug store or doctor, it just feels good. This recipe was passed on to me by my friend and neighbor when I was complaining of a cold and the need for a non-pharmeceutical, holistic soother. It is wonderful, and hits the spot every time. When I have a cold, which I do right now, I drink nothing else. This is a perfect recipe to have in your arsenal for these ever germy, sniffly winter months.
I have to admit I lost the actual recipe, and use a different mix of clove and star anise each time. So this recipe is just a list of estimates, but it comes out lovely each time.
Cold Remedy Tea
2 star anise
1 sliver of ginger
1 cinnamon stick
2 cups of water
2 slices of lemon
Put the cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, ginger and one slice of lemon in a small pot with the 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour into your cup through a strainer to weed out all the bits. Drink it nice and hot with honey and a slice of lemon. If is too strong, you can just add a bit more boiling water.